So far, I have I have hit road bumps and speed limits during this project but these past few days have yielded some absolutely excellent results!!! I was a wee bit nervous about cutting into the material that I have worked so hard to cover the console with. But the only way to advance forward is to get out there and do it! So I started with the fan openings to get a feel of how to cut the material without completely chopping it apart.
I cut slices to give a nice "round" look to the fan openings. I used thumb tacks to secure the material to the console while the locktite glue dried.
I repeated the method with the fan opening at the rear of the console as well. Having both these fans should allow me more then adequate airflow and cooling for the VIA SP 13000 Mobo that I am running. Although I do not expect it to get very warm because I have tried to keep things to a minimum of power constraints. Once the glue dried, I simply cut the excess material off and drilled holes for the fan assembly bolts.
My next step was to mount the stereo. I used staples and locktite glue to pull the cut material into the proper place to give it a nice refined look. I think that it came out rather well. My next step for the front of the console is to mount the A/C controls which look like they will promise to be a royal pain in the @$$.
While thinking about the steps I will need to take to get the A/C controls mounted, I decided to fit the DVD burner, the front fan, and the fan controller. I mounted the fan controller upside down so that I can see it when I am sitting in the driver's seat rather then having to read it upside down. When I post my finished project I will go over all of the accessories that I incorporated into this project and where I bought them from but for now I will keep my updates strictly to my work processes.
Here is a nice semi-side shot that shows the Thermaltake fan completely mounted. I plan on installing a 12" blue cathode light inside this case that will emit (hopefully) some light through the fan grills and through the plexiglass window in the back. I would like to get a nice little VIA logo for the plexiglass window but it looks like I might have to make my own and have a buddy of mine put it in the vinyl cutout machine. More updates to come. Till then..........................