IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)


07 Mar 2019, 19:03

A sign? more like a cry for help :lol:

Bottom plate is currently waiting for it's last coat of paint but it's raining (expected in the UK) so I can't get that finished just yet.


13 Mar 2019, 20:40

I was eyeing this up on Ebay at the time, and I was gutted when I didn't get it (the listing finished a day earlier than I expected, for some reason). Really glad I didn't win it though, otherwise I'd have made a thread like this... haha.


13 Mar 2019, 20:50

If it's any consolation, it probably wasn't worth it. It's been like 2 weeks now and its still not finished. I've even had to borrow a bar clamp!


15 Mar 2019, 18:00

Update - Foam has arrived however some cockwomble from the place I bought it decided to fold it in the middle. No, it wasn't a flat parcel, it was a tube. They folded it and rolled it. After punching out the holes (and slicing my finger in the process), the holes are VERY out of line because of the crease in the foam. I doubt this is going to work as a result. Today was a bad day for the Model F.


15 Mar 2019, 19:41

Update 2 - Got it back together. Bar clamp method didn't work one bit, most likely because the foam was too thick. This time, the keycaps went on first try for the most part. Everything works however the keys sometimes the keys activate random ones but that's probably down to the fact that it's a 30+ year keyboard thats been submerged in water.

Some pictures (will post more tomorrow)

Close up showing fixed plastic and red plate.
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10 days late...
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16 Mar 2019, 10:46

Here are some more pics of the completed keyboard -
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alpha close.jpg
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All I need now are some adhesive pads to call this complete!

Regarding the 2nd keyboard, I've fixed the bottom plate by hitting it with a hammer a few times over a block of soft wood. This has worked really well but still bulges a tiny bit.
fixed plate 1.jpg
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