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The slides alone are going to be hard to find. Somebody,somewhere recycled the racks that held all these servers but probably didn't pull the slides at the same time. No doubt the slides are long gone.
So you're faced with having to buy a whole rail/slide set. I picked up two sets via ebay. Search for "FRR-FR28-TW-R". They're made by AIC and are 28" deep.
Otherwise you could always pick up any other sets that would handle the weight load. They're using two sets of cheap solid slides, versus much more expensive ball bearing slides. These boxes, when fully loaded, are going to be HEAVY, so you need to use decent ones. I've racked many a machine over the years and you cannot go wrong with buying good quality rail sets. In many situations I've just drilled new mounting holes in either a case or the rail when they don't match up. Sure, it's convenient having a threaded hole in the case, but it's not that much more work to just use a nut and bolt (just be sure the head of the bolt clears the gap in-between the rail and slide).
I strongly urge anyone thinking of mounting one of these beasts to NOT USE SHELVES. You will regret it if/when you need to service something inside the box and have to pull the whole thing out. Buck up and spend the money on appropriate rails. Your back will thank you for not injuring it later, when you've long since forgotten how heavy this eff'ing thing was to start with, and is now even heavier will all those drives loaded...