IBM Model M silver label keyboard restoration and screw mod


03 May 2019, 03:22

How the keyboard looked when I first got it.
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Starting to remove the keycaps and key stems.
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Starting to clean the outer case.
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Removed the Lotus 123 keyboard shortcuts label.
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Top case nice and clean and all sticker adhesive gone.
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Soaking all the keycaps and key stems in dish soap ready to be scrubbed clean.
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Keycaps and key stems all nice and clean drying.
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When I first opened up the keyboard I was unfortunately greeted with 22 broken plastic rivets at that point I knew a screw mod was the best thing for the keyboard.
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Removing the remaining plastic rivets ready for the screws.
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After removing all the rivets I washed the barrel frame here is it completely clean.
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Starting to drill holes through the barrel frame but first I used a soldering iron to make little dips to guide the drill bit.
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Close up of some of the holes drilled in the barrel frame.
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Close up of some of the screws now installed.
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Top down view of all the screws installed.
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The fully restored keyboard I had to add some replacement keycaps as the original ones were missing. Overall I think it turned out great please let me know what you think and any other questions you might have I'm happy to answer Thanks.
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Last edited by Fkazim on 04 May 2019, 09:03, edited 12 times in total.


03 May 2019, 09:10

Great job. Where did you get the replacement keycaps ?


03 May 2019, 09:18

Thanks for your comment. I was given a full set of free keycaps when I brought an IBM Model M 1991 model from eBay. but I also have sourced replacement IBM Model M keys in the past mainly from IBM Model M122 keyboards as they still go for a relatively cheap price last time I checked.

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03 May 2019, 18:14

Nice job!


03 May 2019, 19:11

Thanks really appreciate it.

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04 May 2019, 01:09

Good job. Enjoy this keyboard for the decades to come. :-)

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04 May 2019, 05:36

That looks like one I saw in an eBay auction not too long ago, the sticker across the top looks familar. At any rate good job on the restore.


04 May 2019, 08:38

Hey everyone thanks for all the comments btw lhutton I did win it in an auction on eBay so mine may well be the one you saw I won it for a good price. These silver label Model M's don't come up on eBay much.

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