Spider Monkey wrote:
lol, Bruce Lee lunchbox FTW!
Do0d I totally saw that and DO WANT!
LOL that was a total impulse buy, saw it in a store window as I was passing by, about ten years ago, and I had to go in and buy it. There's a matching thermos in there too
Went back to work on the intake this evening, dusted off ye olde jigsaw and cut the opening in the chassis.
Here we have our opening.
Then some love with the rounded edge file.
Next up is securing the improvised mounting plate to the chassis, we'll try this two part, clear drying epoxy.
The instructions told me to mix equal parts epoxy and hardener, and do it pronto since it sets in about a minute. A vigorous mix and slapped some on.
I let that sit for about a half hour, then used a couple very small pieces of 3M double sided adhesive to tack the fan in place onto the chassis.
Since I didnt have a fan template for the mounting holes, I used a 5/32 drill bit to score my marks through the fan holes.
Once I got to the top two holes, I noticed that the epoxy wasn't holding very well.
It was still the consistency of rubber cement. I must have not had enough hardener in the mix- the gentleman at the hardware store who steered me toward this product said it gets very hard quickly, and is supposed to hold up for a long time.
This is when I came up with a better idea. First I needed to clean off that crap, so took some Goo Gone and a razor blade to it.
This worked pretty well, so next we'll take an 1/8" bit and drill a couple holes through the chassis and mounting piece.
Then load up an 1/8" rivet and do work.
Finally took a 3/16" bit to the scoring marks I made earlier, mounted up the fan, then snapped the front bezel on to see how it lined up.
Now I need to figure out what I'm going to do to finish off the bezel. I initially was thinking of filling in w/ some body filler, but that big intake will be tricky to work around. So far I'm leaning toward a hex mesh to cover the entire opening (leaving room for an optical drive on top), but I'm all ears for ideas.