Numerous scores from the junkpile at work today. two blade fan enclosures, each containing nine 3 wire 120mm fans.
cooling shouldn't be much of an issue. also located an IBM workstation case that was getting tossed. haven't done any measurements yet, but I'm hoping it will fit the mount holes so that i can cut off everything but the chassis where the motherboard sits, and the backplane. I tried to go with a low profile case, but I'm going to need a full size slot for the 5.1 soundblaster. sucks cuz the TNT video card I have is a low profile, so I've got to get a larger I/O plate for it.
The dash is a no-brainer.
double DIN right from the factory, all I have to do is cut the little crossbar across the bezel, provided the LCD I pick up fits. in any case, all I should have to do is dremel the outside a bit to accomodate the display.
a friend overheard me discussing the project, and offered the hard disk enclosure out of a Panasonic Toughbook. Apparently this is some super indestructible notebook that is issued to the military. the hard disk enclosure is basically a gelpack. this thrills me because one of my biggest concerns is shockproofing the hard disk and cdrom. more the hard disk though, because I assume a notebook cdrom drive should have a decent amount of shock tolerance. I'll post pics of the toughbook enclosure when I get it.