I started the beginning stages of my build. I mounted the mobo in the case so that's set. It took a while figuring out an optimal position to place the case on the console. I decided that I needed to screw the mounting brackets backwards to allow for more space. I also decided to mount the case with the cables up rather than to the back or front. The arm rest has another mini storage area that will provide sufficient coverage and space without having to worry about crimping or over bunching the cabling in a tight space. I had to modify the arm rest storage as well. The pics will follow ..I took a lot so I am trying to find the best way to attach them.
Regarding the holes that I drilled...The ABS plastic is quite tough and the Dremel was having some dramatic moments so I figured I would drill holes around the bin then afterwards perform cutting and cleanup with the Dremel.
I also found that the mounting bracket holes are a different size on one side. I need to get some wider diameter screws to attach the brackets to the console.
My plan for tomorrow will be to:
- Purchase wider diameter screws to mount the case to the console
- Cut and touch up the mini storage bin to allow for cable space
- Drill, Cut and touch up holes for USB Ports
- Determine optimal spot for mounting PSU
You might be wondering why I'm mounting the case so high up anyways and why have the back of the mobo and cables facing up rather than to the rear or elsewhere.
Here's my explanation:
The pic below is a rear view of the console on its side. You can see the case sitting lower. The problem is that it will interfere with the emergency brake cable and there is no clearance from the 'hump' in the center floor.
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From CarPC: Storage Bin Mod
I cannot mount the case with the back of the mobo facing the rear of the console because there is no clearance for the back panel and exhaust fans. So I finally decided to mount the case higher up with the back of the mobo facing up. That's why I have to do some cutting to the mini storage area in the armrest to make clearance for the cabling. That mini storage place was wasted space anyways for me.
Woohoo! I got my LED power switch in the mail today...the one that was missing when FedEx originally delivered it.
In any case I will probably add this to my plan for tomorrow or at least this weekend...to drill the hole and mount the switch.
I'm expecting a couple more parts in the mail today.
- 5mm LED Clip x1 - So I can mount the HDD LED on the console.
- FrozenCPU Standard Motherboard Power LED Extension Cable x 4 - To extend the Power LED connection from the mobo header to the reset switch being located on the front console.
- FrozenCPU Internal USB Extension Cable - 400mm (PUSB04) x 1 - To extend the USB ports from front of console to the mobo USB header.
- FrozenCPU Standard Motherboard Reset Switch Extension Cable x 4 - To extend the Reset connection from the mobo header to the reset switch being located on the front console.
A couple more hours an I would have been up for 24 hours straight. Anyways... I finally mounted the Mini-ITX case. Was not a first try success but after a few mods to the console and taking a trip to LOWES to get nuts and bolts..I'm one step closer..one step out of many more that's for sure.
I may some miscalculations on positions to drill the holes and I also had to cut the bolts a little so they would not touch the mobo after mounting the case to the wall of the console. I will post pics later.
I also found that I will need more cabling for the reset switch and USB ports to reach the mobo headers from since they are in the front part of the console.