IBM Model F XT $11.50 eBay find

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madrobby

08 Dec 2018, 15:24

Even shipping wasn’t bad considering the heft.

And it works just fine, plugged it into the good old soarer’s and it came back to life! Only key that has issues is the + key on the numpad. It needs some real good TLC and deep cleaning.
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Will post “after” pics once I get to clean it.

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Dingster

08 Dec 2018, 18:43

Damn thats quite a lucky find. Good luck with the restoration!

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madrobby

08 Dec 2018, 22:19

Dingster wrote: Damn thats quite a lucky find. Good luck with the restoration!
Thanks! Discovered the + key works fine, just needed a bit of cleaning :)

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madrobby

09 Dec 2018, 02:14

Interim progress report!

Insides (yuck):
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Case before:
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Case after:
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I’ve finished washing and scrubbing the keycaps, as well get the stickers and residue of the caps. They’re now drying.
Because the board works, I’m not bothering right now with taking it apart, the dirt on the inside was mostly dust etc. I did wipe down the barrels etc. with isopropyl alcohol, and have the case a good clean. It looks 500% better already!

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Ir0n

09 Dec 2018, 05:28

^ i was the "last" bidder on that I got up and forgot about it and you outbid me by a dollar. At least I'm like 90% sure it was this one.

Glad you're gonna use it though because I was going to rape it of springs and flippers for an 122 or a "Model MF".

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

09 Dec 2018, 06:51

Ir0n wrote: ^ i was the "last" bidder on that I got up and forgot about it and you outbid me by a dollar. […]
No matter how much the winning bid actually is, on eBay the previous bidder is always outbid by just 1 bidding increment.

And this sale is an excellent example why a sniper is always at an advantage against an early low bidder:
https://www.ebay.com/bfl/viewbids/39217 ... 7675.l2565

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Ir0n

09 Dec 2018, 07:55

lol yup it was the same one i see my name in your link Lmao son of a bitch.

Oh well it's no biggy I think it's funny.

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madrobby

09 Dec 2018, 14:47

Board cleaned up nice!
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lueblue

09 Dec 2018, 16:43

Why do some keycaps look crooked?

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madrobby

09 Dec 2018, 16:48

lueblue wrote: Why do some keycaps look crooked?
Do you mean they’re slightly rotated? The Model F has pretty loose and wobbly caps by design, it’s not something that you feel while typing tho. Gotta use a ruler and straighten them out and make a better photo. :)

lueblue

09 Dec 2018, 18:37

Nevertheless, good job on cleaning the keyboard!

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