Ok, time to relocate the power and ethernet jacks.
I'd rather not desolder the ethernet jack if I don't have to. After searching for a couple of days for alternatives, I decided to make a keystone jack work for me. These are the wall-plate based rj45 jacks that you can pick up at Home Depot. Here is the plate, I've already drilled two mounting holes in it:
And after cutting it out to fit into my case:
Now it's time to cut a hole in the back of the case for this jack. I have also removed the plug from the psu and will cut a hole for it in the case. I purchased a tungsten carbide cutter tip for my dremel. After practicing with it on the case of a broken DVD rom I started to get the hang of it. Let the cutter do the work, using almost no pressure at all works the best. I traced the openings in pencil, drilled as many holes as I could fit in the space, then used the cutter tip to come just up to the lines. I then used needle files to finish the opening by hand. I think they came out well. In the picture you can see the hole for the power port (marked with blue arrow) and the network port (marked with red arrow). The yellow arrow marks where the original DVD power port was. I plan on cutting a fan hole there later:
Now I went to my local computer store and had them make me a cat5 cable with a jack at just one end. I purchased the keystone jack that goes with my wall plate from Home Depot. This came with a plastic punchdown to connect the wires:
I used some lamp cord from the local hardware store to connect the AC port to the PSU. I figure I should be careful because that will carry 110v to the psu. I just used some 6-32 bolts and nuts to secure both the power and ethernet ports. Here is everything put together in the case:
And finally, the exterior view with ports installed:
I'm at the limit of what I can do with the parts that are here. I have ordered an AT power extension chord in order to reach from the psu to the motherboard. I can't test to see if everything still works until that arrives. I am also waiting on two fans and a DVD rom drive. I can't wire in the power and eject buttons until I get and mount the VFD display on order and fabricate a bracket system to hold the two drives.
Oh well, perhaps a couple of days to clean up the mess I made are just what I need!