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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

    (This project started 4 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!



    Here's the case on Newegg









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



    The inputs have been removed as I prep for painting





    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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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

    This is the goofy pattern on the inside top and front



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





    Then I taped up the top for painting



    And added a few coats of flat white paint



    Three hours later the tape came off



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



    And I peeled off the Coolermaster logo on the front



    The front is then taped off too



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


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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

    Not here.

    I put the inputs back into the top panel



    And then reconnected the painted panels on the case



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



    The backplates are getting painted too.



    I got an actual Cobra logo from Ford



    The lettering is 2" and applying it is easy



    This is the same striping used for cars



    I carefully cut more than enough to mold



    I was happy to get a flat edge with the striping





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





    We're nearing the end!




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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

    Hey nice! A speed mod eh; those are fun if you do not have to put a lot into it.

    So you got the job at Micro Center?

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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

    Yep!

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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

    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



    And it only takes about 10 minutes



    Then I grab a large piece of plexi to size up



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



    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



    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



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



    Here's where I'm at right now






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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

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



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



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



    Now I just have to let them dry


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    Project: Mustang Cobra GT500

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


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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.







    It lights up the filter very nicely



    Even in complete darkness


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    Nice idea on the thumb screws and I was not sure where you were going with the air filter, but now I see the light... :-;

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