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This is the third part of Wasabi C64 refurbishing. The first part is here and the second is here.
Ok, I have to admit this task wasn’t challenging. The case of this C64 was broken and scratched but still in one piece. With some old techniques (and new ones as well) it was a rather easy job.
Here is how it looked after the initial cleaning.
Ok, I have this relatively new (for me) method of fixing various broken plastic parts. I’ve tested it on several other cases and it worked very nicely. Before this method, I used acetone to join broken ABS parts or used a soldering iron to create a strong bond. Combinations of the above methods were used to bring this C64 case to one piece.
First I used acetone to join and hold in place the broken ABS part. After that, I cut a brass mesh to a desired size/shape, and with the help of a soldering iron, I melted it in the middle of a break. Here is how it looks.
A larger piece of brass mesh was used to bind the top part of the case. I must admit that I did a lame mistake and held soldering iron for way too long (meh, these whiskey Fridays…) which resulted in slightly deformed parts 🙁
Further case fixes and fails too
The next fix is another failure lol. It is all about broken brackets. It could’ve been simply 3D printed… Do I have to mention that I am 3D printing things for nearly 8 years now? Well, unfortunately, it struck me exactly when I was writing this post. This is due to a recent YT video made by Mr. Hey Birt
The funny thing is that I’ve failed even more and fixed broken screw studs in an old-fashion way too – soldering and using epoxy glue.
Anyway, the fix is still a fix 🙂
I also had to fix one of the broken screw studs. Since the original stud was completely missing, I’ve created a new one out of a plastic wall dowel.
At this stage, I’ve also fixed some minor cracks with a soldering iron method.
This C64 case had a lot of tension marks. To fix them, I’ve used a hotair gun set to 206 C.
Now the case was ready for final cleaning, and mounting PCB inside 🙂
I’ve also made a new LED. The original was missing.
The Grand finale
This time I’ve decided that I won’t use putty and paint to completely fix the case. I chose to leave all “scars” because when I did previous refurbs, a lot of folks told me that bringing hardware to the original form is better. It is doable though 😉
Anyway, my job is done.
Final tests with external SD2IEC
Time to play “Shadow of the beast” loaded straight from the Easyflash3 cart 🙂
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One thought on “Extreme refurbishing: Episode 5 – Wasabi C64 – Part Three”
One of the most incredible restorations…..It looked hopeless…..and you managed to bring it back to life.!
Just incredible work….thanks for the wonderful content.