I made some major progress today and as is stands I'm only missing a bit of polish and the masking tape for the face plate before I can do the very last paint job. The epoxy worked miracles on the crack and I managed to get a smooth transition between the glued area and the rest of the bracket by the use of some trusty old sanding paper.
Here you can see that I finished the holes, they will be polished up a bit before painting but the fan holes only need to let air through to the chips on the card.
As you can see the epoxy worked quite nicely in hiding the crack, I only have to be careful with the positioning of the masked areas for the "face plate", I really don't want epoxy to be showing in my lettering.
Here you can see a small addition that I needed to make for the bracket since I needed a hole to let the DVI connectors through.
This is a small addition that I made for the bracket, and it will fit the bracket to the PCI slot cover. It will be painted as well to be as inconspicuous as possible.
I also made the needed modifications for my heatsinks, so now my main VRM heatsink has a "groove" in it to allow it to pass over any components besides the VRMs and as such I can use a thinner and more effective thermal pad to get better temps.
After messing around with the VRM 2 heatsink I ended up going for the old ram heatsink but with a slight modification to allow it to stay clear of the capacitors on my card.
I also found a rather ingenious way to fit it to the card, rather than choosing between he nicer ram heatsink with thermal tape and the crudely made one with screw holes and thermal pad. I designed a way to fit the RAM heatsink to the card with screws and thermal pad (I might even use thermal paste if I wish. Take a look:
So what do you all think? getting excited to see the end result? I know I am