So, those of you that know from following Photos & Videos that I recently obtained four pallets of keyboards (http://deskthority.net/photos-videos-f8/four-pallets-of-keyboards-t2204.html
). Within those four pallets I was fortunate enough to find a poorly treated IBM Model M SSK.This baby needed some love...
Almost all of the springs were rusted, about a third of them were bent and malformed. Using the Sandy method for replacing all of the springs wasn't enough, I knew that it needed a rebuild. Here are some images just to show how badly the screws were damaged:
Inside I found:
* Rusted corner of the board
* Lots of dust!
* And a dead flying bug (no joke)
So after opening it up and seeing all of the damage I quickly wanted to see if it worked at all, and QWERTY worked just fine so the board was indeed functional.
I bolt modded it via Ripsters Rivet replacement mod and it worked fairly well. When the instructions say a clean cut with the rivets he really means it. A dremel helps significantly with sanding if the cuts aren't clean (most of mine were horrid).
I placed brand new Unicomp springs on the board. On a side note, I notice these spring to be VERY stiff in comparrison to my main Model M and other Model Ms I have. Has anyone else noticed this? It is due to poor placement or just the fact that the springs are brand new?
So since this was a huge endeavor for me I wanted the board to look really nice! RGB shift alt ctrl, colors F1 keys, Red Esc Delete, Orange Page Up/Down the works.The Final Product
Conclusions and concerns: Bolt mods suck, and there are one or two keys that seem to spit out two letters with one click every now and again. The one that is most noticeable is the E key, and is a bit bothersome. If anyone has advice on fixing this problem please let me know. I am hoping that is it just a new spring issue, but I could go back in and fix it (at somepoint later, because I am NOT touching those rivets anytime soon).
Future improvements: Green Insert, some kind of color for Home & End
Thanks for looking!
P.S: I have heard that you hate the colored WASD keys Ripster, got them as a test but most likely taking them off of this board.