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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by TheGreatSatan, 9 Nov 2010.

  1. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    (This project started 6 days ago)

    I did just say in another thread that I haven't had the time to work on my mod, but this is different. At the Micro Center where I work, we usually have a computer with great specs on display for the customers to check out and enjoy. At the moment we have nothing on display, but the manager wants us to throw something together. He also wants it to be "different", so I'm doing a custom Cobra GT500 theme case with the dual white stripes going up the front and across the top. I will be painting everything else flat black.

    I chose the Coolermaster 690 since it's a case that we sell and it's not all that pricey. The employee cost was $50.

    Oh, and I plan on finishing within 10 days!

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    Here's the case on Newegg

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    Here's the inside top panel. It's ugly and will be modded as well

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    The inputs have been removed as I prep for painting

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    The whole interior will be flat black. There's a lot of painting left to do once I get some more!

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  2. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    This is the goofy pattern on the inside top and front

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    I used a wire cutter to remove the pattern and then a sanding block on my dremel to smooth out the edges

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    Then I taped up the top for painting

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    And added a few coats of flat white paint

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    Three hours later the tape came off

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    Next, I removed the filters from the front bay covers so when I paint on the other side it doesn't leak through

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    And I peeled off the Coolermaster logo on the front

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    The front is then taped off too

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    I also taped off the side panel where I'll cut the window

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  3. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I put the inputs back into the top panel

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    And then reconnected the painted panels on the case

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    Now that the paint is dry within the case I put the bay clips and screws back in

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    The backplates are getting painted too.

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    I got an actual Cobra logo from Ford

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    The lettering is 2" and applying it is easy

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    This is the same striping used for cars

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    I carefully cut more than enough to mold

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    I was happy to get a flat edge with the striping

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    Now comes the big one. I had to cut it from 6" to 2"

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    We're nearing the end!

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  4. CoolModder2010

    CoolModder2010 New Member

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    Dude I love the GT 500!! And if the case looks half as good as the car, its gonna be mean. The only thing Im not caring so much for is that you painted the stripes over the front and top but you used vinyl on the side, looks a little odd to me but it could just be the pic. Otherwise very nice. Cheers
     
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  5. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    I taped off the side panel where I want to put the window and then clamped a ruler along its edge to keep my dremel on the right path

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    And it only takes about 10 minutes

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    Then I grab a large piece of plexi to size up

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    Once the window edges are filed down and the holes for the rivets are drilled, I add a coat of paint

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    While the paint dries I go back to the other panel and use an epoxy to add an automobile filter that will later be used in conjunction with an intake fan

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    Now that the paint is dry I can add the window I cut with rivets and these little pieces of metal I cut from the old side panel

    They'll take the pressure from the rivets off of the glass to prevent it from cracking

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    I still have to be careful putting them in because I could easily scratch the glass or damage the paint

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    Here's where I'm at right now

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  6. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    So, I've been thinking that plain old thumbscrews weren't going to be good enough this time

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    Then I found that they actually sell cool cobra tire valve caps. I'm going to make my own thumbscrews!

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    I just have to add a little QuickSteel and a regular case screw

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    Now I just have to let them dry

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    Now that they're dry I put them in the case

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  7. mav2000

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    Looking great....super stuff
     
  8. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    For the most part, the store will supply the inyards, but in this case I had to supply the fan for the rear of the motherboard/processor. I needed it to be a thin 15mm fan to fit behind the right panel and it had to light up to make good use of the air filter on the side of the case.

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    It lights up the filter very nicely

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    Even in complete darkness

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  9. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Damn, very nicely done!
     
  10. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Looking good, that filter mods different:thumb:
     
  11. craigr1982

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    Nice work TGS :)
     
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    nice work! :)
     
  13. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Music Enthusiast

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    Coooooool
     
  14. Bounty`

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    Gt500 is an epic car, and this is looking to be an epic case :)
     
  15. LatinSpirit

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    Very nicely done, I have been wantng to put stripes on my next case for a long time!
     
  16. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    Now's a good time!
     
  17. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Love the case, love the mustang, hate the filter. It doesn't look like it belongs there.
    Wonderful job with the pin strips btw
     
  18. Skorchio

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    Love that Filter mod :)
     
  19. TheGreatSatan

    TheGreatSatan Dark Lord of BT!

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    My Ford logo arrived

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    And so did my Cobra Engine decal

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    My mods are a piece of art, so I always sign them

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    And I am done!

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    This case will be on display at Micro Center in Brentwood, Missouri.
     
  20. jaguarking11

    jaguarking11 Peterbilt-strong

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    First of all the car pictured is a mustang gt. NOT a gt500. Two different animals.

    Secondly, this is not a mod, this is a paint and stick deal. Being that its a paint and stick deal, I expect the lines to be straight & the case to be prepped if your going to spray it. You did neither.

    So it lacks originality, precision and creativity. I am sure Chinese case manufacturers are going to eat this up.

    PS get rid of the ford logo, it does not belong there. The mustang is built with pride.... not built like a Chinese toy. :duh:
     

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