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HAF932 with Extended Bottom. Name: Scrap Metal 932EXT

GOAL: To make enough changes that you will ask yourself "that's a HAF932...I think"

The Plan: (after numerous idea changes)
1. Keep inside of case open as possible.
2. Hide all water cooling parts in custom bottom case.(15"w x 12'h tapering to 9")
3. Sleeve and hide as much wiring as possible.
4. Install NZXT fan controller,water temp and pair of 120mm fans and grill in front of bottom case.
5. Remove top fan grill (weld to front horizontally) and replace with metal and install rad grill and 3 120mm fans.
6. Weld up all unnecessary holes in MB tray.
7. Make access panel in bottom to WC compartment.
8. Relocate IO front panel to 5 1/2" drive bay.
9. Make a switch plate for On/Off,reset,HD activity and power.
10. Remove HD cage and cut down to hold only 2 drives (may completely remove)
11. Install Rads (360 and 240),pump, res and excess wiring in bottom case.
12. May use copper tubing to run water lines up the edge of MB tray.
13. Custom paint PSU, case inside and out. Color and paint scheme undecided at this time.
14. Install blue cold cathodes out of sight. Countersink two 8" in front behind strip grills.

I have officially gone from a completely toolless case to all tool case

First mod 10/03/2010
Move IO panel to drive bay.


Cut up and fit into place


Glued in place with SEM urethane bumper repair kit.


IO board glued in place












Positioning 8" cathodes


Prepping for the cut


Should look good lighting up the grill


Top lined out and cut,whole top will get new metal and 3x120 grill installed




Notch made for top cathode light




Inside look at front cathode and fan grill cutout


Top grill cutout will be welded to front horizontally on bottom case extension for a pair of 120's


And my high tech full scale drawings/template


If you look close you can see where it kicks out a little at bottom of case....because I actually used the case and traced around it.


Here I cut all the tooless tabs off and ground it smooth




Made a new plate to cover all the stamping holes. Instead of trying to measure all holes I place plate in position and used rattle can primer and sprayed through mounting holes on backside to mark the exact locations.






Here I removed the upper PSU mounts and I will use the rear hole for the 8 pin MB power.


My dremel on steroids!
















 

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First coat of primer ready to sand. Then I will apply a second and final coat.






Got some pant work done today. Went with a pure white base covered with white pearl and 3 coats clear.























Here is the paint scheme I think I will be going with.
The large single arch will have 1/8" candy red outline and black inside.
The double arch will have 1/8" candy blue outline and candy orange inside.
The small arch will be candy green with no outline.
I will also use one or two of them on the side panels.
Of course that's always subject to change...considering I was going to paint case blue and orange with similar stripes! LOL












---Note to self make sure paint is dry before touching with template!!!---








Repaired














 

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Originally Posted by johnko1 View Post
hope goes well ,good luck
Thanks

Got couple things done today, added pics in the OP.
Made cutouts for the 8" front cathodes. Cut out front fan grill and top of case.
Made notch in upper drive bay for cathode clearance.
Removed HD bay

Hope to have more time on it tomorrow. I have couple more things to do on the 51 chevy in the background...then PC case full time!!!
 

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Only had couple hours on it today, but got alot done.
First thing was to remove all the tooless drive holders. I do like the way they work but don't like the 40 or so holes punched in it. So cut off the lips and ground it smooth and made a plate to make for a cleaner look. (back to the screwdriver)


Next I cut the top PSU supports out as they won't be needed.

Then I cut access holes in the bottom and made a removable panel to help clean up the bottom and allow access to wiring on front of bottom case.

Also made a panel to cover big hole where HD cage use to be. This will be permanently welded in place.

Put piece of card board to show approximate size of PSU cover to hide more wires and hide access hole to lower case.

That's all for today,next I will start filling unneeded holes in MB tray and start planning for WC tubing locations.

Hopefully all that will seen are the 24,8,and 6 pin wires and only 2 3/4" hoses.

I thinking about making a removable cover to hide back of drive bay.

Tomorrow I will revel how the name came about. "Scrap Metal"
NO LAUGHING when you see it!!!
 

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My TIM came in today. Got the Indigo Extreme for the CPU Skinny says it's the best. Cranking the cpu temp. up 90c will be scary. Oh yea tube good ol Shin-Etsu.
 

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Sub'd hope this turns out well im looking to do some work on my HAF as well.
Thanks
It's gona be alot of work. As long as it's done before Black Ops is released.

Got the vid cards done tonight. EK blocks







 

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nice
subed.

nice work with the metal

Thank You

Got more done today
1.Removed pop rivets from top of drive bay and plug welded them to provide smooth surface for new top panel.

2. Cut top to size and tack welded in place. As you can see I'm putting 3 fans in top with new grill (may change to 2)

3. Prep MB tray to hide more holes and tack welded metal in place. My goal is to make inside as smooth and clean as possible with only 24,8 and the 4 6pin wires showing.

4. Then there's the SCRAP metal for the bottom when I was searching through the garage and basement I came across old 4 draw file cabinet that was slated for junk yard. Then I thought "I think that just might work!". It will save me alot of bending and speed up the project.

I have to paint rims on the 51 chevy today but hope to start making cuts on bottom yet today and continue filling more hole in top case.

Pics update in the OP

Thanks for watching.
 

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Question for anybody watching.
Need some ideas on tubing colors.

My thoughts Black tubing with silver fittings or blue tubing with black fittings or black on black. MB is std Gigagyte blue.

I'm pretty settled on a light medium blue metallic or blue with white pearl and gloss clear for the interior.
 

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very nice i just painted my HAF but dont like it might do some more modding.
One question wat did you put on the 5.25inch drivebays to cover all the holes?

Edit: wat glue did u use to glue the i/o panel to the front?
 
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