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    Default Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"


    Hi guy's here is a build log for the Fractal Define XL case I have been commissioned to do. The case was graciously donated by Fractal-Design.
    This will be only a case build with no PC hardware,that will be installed by the end-user.
    It will be loosely based on the 2007 Corvette Brickyard Pace car mainly for the paint scheme. Goal is to give it an automotive feel without modify the entire case as most of the mods will be done on top section of the case.
    It will include CNC billet aluminum case feet,headlight and taillight bezels and rear spoiler with fiberglass scoop and polished stainless exhaust side pipes. I will also make the lens for the lights out of cast acrylic with 12 volt LED bulbs. Grill and scoop opening will be fitted with modders mesh donated by MNPCTECH. Window will be shipped with clear acrylic that can be used or easily used as drill template for different color acrylic.

    Table of Contents:
    1. Day one,Cover Plates
    2. Top Rad plate
    3. Rear filler,grill cutout and welded up
    4. Window cutout
    5. body side moldings and sidepipe exhaust

    OK on to the build:
    Here I have roughed out a set of case feet from 2" stock aprox. 1 1/2" tall with final design yet to be determined.





    Inside made couple cover panels just to help clean up the inside.




    Now to set it up for 360 rad in the top panel,as most of you know there isn't enough room in most cases for rad and push/pull fan setup. So I bent up a piece of .070 thick stainless because it is the same thickness of the rad grill I'm going to use. I used a sheet metal roller to create the radius in the front.



    Last edited by FannBlade; 10-11-2012 at 07:48.

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Reserved for final pics

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Looks cool so far.. Can't wait to see the finished product..

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Finally someone reserving for final pic!

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Ok let's see if I can get everyone caught up:
    My first thought was to just make some straight panels to fill in the sides but wanted to do something different. I needed 2 1/4" to fill in top panel so ordered up some tubing.
    At this point I still had no direction of completed project...just started build and let it come to me.








    Now to cut out case top.




    Time to cut out for the rad grill. This is one I had here off an old build and used it mainly because it's steel. Both the new top and grill are .070 that should give it a nice flush look.








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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Today I made the rear filler panel and cut out the grill area and finally welded top panel in place. Excuse the dirty welds I was out of argon gas so used a flux core wire. YUK!










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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Now onto the window cutout. Layed out with masking tape and cutout with angle head grinder with 4 1/2" cutoff wheel and corner finished with a dremel.







    Drilled and installed the 8/32" nutcerts for the cover panel




    First round of prep work done. 4 rounds of bondo work rough down to 180 grit. I will be using a 2 part filler primer to final it for paint and wet sand with 400 grit paper.




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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Another update:
    I got the case feet tapped for 10/32 bolts and drilled case so I could get them mounted. This let me layout for the exhaust side pipes. Once in position drill through holes and attached them with 4- 8/32 nut-certs and some stainless bolts. Pipes with be sanded with 1000 grit and polished to a chrome like look.









    Also started playing with the stainless body side moldings,still haven't decided if I will use these yet but do have them ready for final finish work.




    Pic of the modders mesh for the grill area donated by MNPCTECH.
    Last edited by FannBlade; 10-11-2012 at 07:32.

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Looking good so far, can't wait to see the finished project

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Looks cool so far.. Can't wait to see the finished product..
    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Looking good so far, can't wait to see the finished project
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyMatt View Post
    Finally someone reserving for final pic!
    I hate looking for final pics also.
    I also have a "Table of Contents" in the OP.

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Looks awesome so far, thanks for posting Fannblade!

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Dam.That is a sick looking case.I wish I had that kind of Talent.

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Got a little bit done today. Headlight and taillight bezels cut out of 2 3/8" 6061 aluminum round bar. Tomorrow I will cut the reflectors and drill for the LED's and hope to get acrylic lens fitted up. Should be able to finish the case feet also. That will wrap up the metal work, and then it will be off to primer.





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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    looks very nice so far thanks for posting

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    A look at some more progress!
    Case feet done and ready to be buffed.








    Video of the profile on bottom of case feet...it matches the light bezels.

    Last edited by FannBlade; 19-12-2012 at 10:03.

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    Default Re: Fractal-Design Define XL "Custom Motor Coach"

    Sweet mod and you have a great shop with fantastic tools!
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