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Case Mod - In Progress Project Black Rain: RIP 2008

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by modsquad, 14 Sep 2006.

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What to do...

Poll closed 30 Jun 2007.
  1. Finish the machine entirely:

    87 vote(s)
    91.6%
  2. Finish the case mods only:

    3 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. Just go away:

    5 vote(s)
    5.3%
  1. sailorboy

    sailorboy New Member

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    Exlnt work as usual!
     
  2. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Alu Polish:

    Here is what I spent the weekend working on:
    Exhaust Fan: I am using the EverCool AL120025
    The evercool is a Alu-body 120mm fan:
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    Tools of the trade: (dirty-nasty job):
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    Polishing-disks and compound.
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    (2) grades of "cut" gray then brown:
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    Then finish-off with "hand polishing" using:
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    Before any polishing, we need to do some sanding.. 600grit, then 800grit fin-with 1500grit:
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    Then polish, if U-see " sanding-marks" after using the gray-compound, go-back and wet-sand some more..
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    stock evercool on top, my polished unit below:
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    EverCool uses a plastic (chrome-plated) fan&motor within the Alu frame. I say BAAA..
    Lets paint it:
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    Flat-Black..
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    With the Alu-frame polished...More flat black paint:
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    Just the heatsinks: let's pull the tape:
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    use an exacto-knife to "scrap-away" the black paint from the high-points of the heatsinks. I have yet to use the "Mothers Billet Polish", that's next. As well as as mounting hardware:
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    That's it...OUT-O-Time:
    Only (3) days of work this week, (4) days of mod-action..
    MS
     
  3. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    Good stuff MS, the pics dont show just how long it takes to polish alu, but anyone who has done it will apprieciate, nice idea with the matt black heatsinks as well :thumb:
     
  4. tkdwarrior

    tkdwarrior New Member

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    top stuff MS! keep it up :thumb:
     
  5. Solaris

    Solaris New Member

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    The details are truly amazing. :cooldude:
     
  6. elliod

    elliod New Member

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    really good and i just love those pointy things(don't know the name sorry).
    keep up the good work.
     
  7. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    oh wow thats an awesome idea, great work as always ^^
     
  8. hydro_electric_655

    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    At first I thought you committed a crime and paint over the polishing then I scrolled down. heart attack averted. Looks sweet. I am thinking about getting a buffer for my garage. I like shiny stuff.
     
  9. zhangmaster12

    zhangmaster12 New Member

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    great great mod, pure sexy
     
  10. Lian Li Lover

    Lian Li Lover New Member

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    :rock: I did exactly the same thing to my one of those fans only I did mine by hand (blisters really hurt). Really like the idea of painting those bits black, may have to borrow that idea
     
  11. Bbq.of.DooM

    Bbq.of.DooM Custom User Title

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    Just wondering, in Soylent Green, where did you get those carbon fiber speaker feet?
     
  12. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Reservoir Caps:

    Got them in a local stereo-shop, they are made by a company called Black Diamond Racing.
    Got in about (6)hours of work in today:
    finished my exhaust fan:
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    pictured are the stock and my modded-unit:
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    Then on to reservoir caps. I am using Indian Larry's oil tank filler caps for my AC aquatubes. So, instead of having to remove (5) bolts to add H20 I will be able to simply unscrew a cap.
    The IL caps are threaded for 1-3/16"-12. The first order of business is to drill a (centered) pilot hole, then a 1-1/8" hole using a hole saw in the stock acrylic top:
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    then tap:
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    I bolted the acrylic top to a block of wood to have a stable work surface. Does it work every time?
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    lucky I have a few extras.. :hehe:
    We are in business:
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    swap out the black Alu aquatubes for the acrylic ones:
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    that "thing" in the center of the aquatube is a AC tubemeter. A H20 level sensor:
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    add the acrylic top:
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    IMO, these look pretty-cool. They give a unique look to the aquatubes and as a added bonus:
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    make adding H20-EZ..
    that is as far as I got today, last-few last pictures:
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    the reservoirs are setup to accept (2) red 5mm LEDs each
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    tomorrow, I will power-up the LED's and post a few more pictures..
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    Until then:
    MS
     
  13. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    awesome!!! i love it!!! more!!!
     
  14. greensabbath

    greensabbath Got Wood?

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    I purchased about 11 of those fans recently and i loved them already but after seeing what you did with them, i love them even more, wow. The res caps look sweet too and although i know its already been discussed, i still think the top res section would look better if there was one larger plate instead of two smaller one, but either way, its coming along nicely.
     
  15. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    It's a little late, but the tat says

    In God We Trust
    Vengance Is Mine
    Sayeth The Lord
    No Fear
     
  16. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    YEP, I think (hope) Indain Larry would approve of my use of his gear...
    RIP Larry:

    @green: thanks, the evercool fans are great. The only way to go IMO..
    @CH: more tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing RED-light emanating from those aquatubes, should look pretty-cool.. BUT, first U-guessed it---BeeR...
     
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  17. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    sure why not he was strong in believing in and doing what you love and makes you happy and Im sure he would be real happy to have a tribute computer built in his name granted if umm he knows or ever used a computer that is ^^ but none the less I think the fact that your doing what makes you happy is good enough for Larry
     
  18. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    SO-true HBD, but (as I have said before) this is not a IL-tribute project. Just trying to build (what I think) is a cool-computer, using cycle-gear from a few elite builders who's work I enjoy...these projects should, in fact--need to be fun for the builder and viewer...I draw a parallel between what they-do and what we-do, hence my magnetism to there shiny-parts:
     
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  19. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    true my apologizes a tribute to computers builders and bike builders alike doing what they love to do [​IMG]
     
  20. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    There WE-go..
    My projects are passion-plays to-me..
     
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