Question: Can I modify this rack and have the result still strong enough to hold the content?
I have a server rack made from Steel. However it is 1980's old and doesn't quite conform to modern standards. To rack up some new devices, it needs modification and I'm not sure if this is a good idea.
I've mocked up the post at https://www.tinkercad.com/embed/7CJmNpPJF3S but it doesn't really help.
The rack was from a Data General computer from the 1980s. However there are no active components left so it is not a valuable antique computer.
Problem is that I need to fit some rails for (more) modern equipment, and they look like this:
Additionally, the modern rails are longer, so won't collapse short enough to reach the rear supports.
Each server weighs about 15 kilograms, and the SAN is easily 40 kilograms per unit and there are three units. I also have two hefty APC UPSs to fit, which will be 50+ kilograms each.
Total weight is about 250 kg, say 300 kg for misc and rounding. That's 660 pounds total.
I'm thinking of emptying the rack, and taking a grinder + cutoff wheel to it.
the rear vertical rail will be cut off completely, and relocated so its further back in the rack. I lack welding kit, so will drill and bolt the verticals to the horizontals where they cross. That is only Four Bolts per side, which may not be sufficient.
At the front, I intend on cutting off most of the rear flange to create clearance for rails.
Of course cuts will be ground smooth, and then bare surfaces will be primed and painted with a matching colour.