A quick update.
While the paint dries on the metal corners I've been taking care of a few odds and ends.
I picked up some hardware to mount the radiator and exhaust fans but they'll need to be cut to size.
My father in law let me in on a quick and easy way to do it with wire strippers that I'd never realized you could do before heh. I usually see people cut screws with a dremel or hacksaw and file them down. I did the same at first and ended up with a couple screws that were to short real fast and he just happened to be around atm to help out with this. So I thought I'd show and tell real quick while we're in between coats of paint.
As many times as I've used these I can't believe I never noticed the M3, M4, M5 holes and so on in the center are threaded screw cutters...
That would explain why these come in metric and standard... lol
Thread it in there like so and measure from the back of the threaded side to the head and...
Squeeze until it pops. The handle is so crummy on these that you can only do about 4-5 before it starts to get really painful. It's worth it though..
They do cut at a slight angle but when you screw it out of the strippers it cleans the threads right up.
Grabbed these to mount the hdd's. Rubber washers will go between the hd's/screw heads and the blocks.
What a pita. Even with the rear holes slotted a bit to allow for some adjustment.
This made me reaaaaaaaly appreciate the lip on either side of a hd cage for ease of mounting.
Came up with the easiest solution for the gap here.
Nipped an inch off the end of this yard stick. Drilled a hole at each end and one in the center to screw it into the lid.
Just needs a little paint!
Until next time space cowboys.