33908Re: [midatlanticretro] RE: Intertec Superbrain
- Jan 7, 2014
>to factory but unless it was something really special, restoring to
> Well contrary to popular belief about me... I'm not about restoring
common condition. I originally went with the factory condition concept
because I was coming from the world of vintage cars, but after
restoring a sol-20 and realizing that the common hack involving a
hacksaw to the back metal that hits the power plug when removing the
case top was a great idea. All I did was clean up the cut and touch up
the paint so it might have been done by someone who at least had a
>Could be worse than to be considered the poster child for expert
factory restoration of vintage computers. I am in the middle. I
believe you should stabilize a computer by cleaning and replacing bad
parts. I usually remove the "dumb" or meaningless modifications that
serve no historical purpose. I don't mind putting in new parts to
replace old vintage parts. I also don't accept anything really dirty
or beyond hope just to be able to claim I own something. I also must
admit that if I too had some of Corey's talents and tools that I might
not also take case restoration a little farther.
Hard to say there is a simple continuum line between the academic /
historian and the collector / techie of vintage computers. It is more
like a series of traits.
Multiple choice (choose one):
You receive a set of original service manuals for a favorite vintage
computer but the binder holding them is from an old car parts store
(let's say). Do you...
a) Leave as-is to preserve the historical context
b) Leave as-is because you don't care and any binder is good enough
c) Replace with a new binder similar to the docs' manufacturer, make a
counterfeit label for the binder, etc.
d) search Ebay for the original binder any condition
e) search Ebay for the original binder, good condition
Me? I have done all 5 of these at one point or another..
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