Sunday seemed like a good day to get a Dremel tool and get to work on my long-dormant project.
These three photos are measurements. The mottom of the tape measure is where I intend to cut it off. If all works as planned, the shuttle case will be just under 3 inches tall.
One thing that had been eluding me was a method of mounting the hard drive. I intended to keep it inside the Shuttle case, along with an Opus PSU (or now the DSATX!)
I did some thinking and was examining the Shuttle case as an artist examines his canvas and noticed these white rubbery feet on the case about a quarter-inch tall. There's even a hole in the middle. So I picked up some 6-32 socket-heat cap screws, some washers and some other bits at Home Depot (along with the Dremel) and here's what I came up with for mounting the hard drive:
And it looks good from the lid of the case, too. All it took was transferring the mounting holes of the bottom of the hard drive to the case and drilling four holes.
The case feet will provide additional shock protection for the drive. I plan on mounting this underneath the dash on the passenger side. There's a crash bar inside the dash, so I figure some strapping (like for radiator hose) could go through the bottom of the case, up and over that crash bar, and be used to hold the PC in place.
So one fiberglass-reinforced cutting wheel and several hours later, I have this:
It looks kinda rough, but when it's together, it looks nice enough to go under my dash!
You can see how the socket-head cap screws out the top look pretty good. (The cables coming out the back are USB, firewire the front-panel audio.)
Here's how tight it is inside the case:
You can see that the hard drive barely clears the RAM. Maybe you can't see it. When I do my final install, I'll crank on the hard drive mounting screws a bit more, pulling the HDD in closer and compressing the case feet. That should create a bit more gap between the HDD and the RAM for airflow.
The end with the motherboard ports will have a 40mm fan pushing air in. The other end will have a pair of 60mm fans pulling air out.
I haven't checked yet, but if it's visible when mounted, I'm going to add a Matrix Orbital LCD to the side of the case. This will display current track, CPU temps, OBD information, network connection status, and who knows what all else.
NEEDS LISTPC Parts
- USB 802.11g adapter w/ external antenna connection (Buffalo?)
- Cradle for Treo650 to fit into ashtray
- Equalizer/pre-amp - Three.1 In-Dash Car Audio Equalizer and Crossover
- 4-channel Amplifier
- Front Component speakers - Infinity Reference 6810cs (For the doors)
- Rear Speakers - Infinity Reference 6812cf (For the rear)
- I can add another amp and subwoofer later on.
Lastly, thanks Frodo for moving this to Worklogs!