... or how to use heart surgeon tool to fix C64 !
Ha ! So part three it is ... Yoda said.
Well, he didn't say it but just imagine he did ok ?
Yup, this is part three and last part of Great refurbishing of six Commodore 64 units. However, more C64s are piling up so it is not a final post about mods of these great computers !
In the first part I've covered whitening process and cleaning in general. Second part was about minor PCB repairs, SwinSID and ROM changes.
The third part will be about case mods and wraps it all up. Let's begin !
Further case mods
Just to remind you, I have five C64 C and one G unit(LoL).
After cleaning and whitening I had to prepare slots and holes for SD2IEC internal installation. SD2IEC was made by myself but I'll cover a full story about it in future posts. Here is a photo of it.
In a version G getting a proper place for SD2IEC was an easy task since there is plenty of space, buuuut just remember to use Dremel-like tools only when you are sober :D
While cutting I didn't notice that I am killing a case with collet cover :/
Here is a view of a finished G unit and if you want to see a video of it working just have a look at PART TWO
SD2IEC in Version C
Some more fixes
It had to be fixed. I could have used acetone or soldering iron as usual but this time, I figured that I can make a perfect use of surgeon cutting tool.
I've got this puppy from one of my biggest friends and who actually is heart surgeon ---> (Cheers Sebkos :).
Another issue was with mismatching cases.
Five out of six C64s had matching cases, however, the last one had the lower part of the case from early C cases series and upper part from the newer one. I decided that I'll do minor changes to it and install this little part shown below.
After a bit of cleaning and taking measurements I've heated up a metal thingies (I dunno whats its proper name :D any native speakers around ? ) with a blow torch and stuck it to a case.
To make it more solid I've applied a bit of an epoxy resin.
I wrote in previous parts of c64 refurbishing that two of worst cases will be painted. Yes, yes I know .. a lot of you would not paint it but still wanted to experiment and see how it'll look.
I chose a nice looking metallic blue color from Motip.
I was hoping to achieve an effect that would slightly change color with different light sources, It turned out to be a good choice. You will see that on photos below.
Also, this is typical car paint and that is why I needed undercoating in a first place.
Cases had to be left for drying so I had a bit of time to complete these builds with one final piece.
Originally cases are fitted with dull green LEDs.
At first, I wanted to put blue LEDs instead of green but later I figured that warm white would look neater.
The problem was that I had only SMD packaged white ones so I had to implement a cunning plan ! < INSERT EVIL LAUGHTER HERE >
Now with LEDs finished I was ready for final assembly so a few hours later ....
End results can be watched below.