Well I guess that was the Summer that wasn't, or at least not much.. So I've been playing with one of this year's acquisitions - an N1700 VCR.. Sadly, it suffered in transit, and despite the sender's bomb proof packing.
Structurally, it has suffered some cosmetic and mechanical damage.. The cosmetic is all down to broken plastic parts, and thankfully, nothing that would seem to be major, and with the aid of a small screwdriver to undo a number of screws, I was able to flex the plastics back into place, but there are several "screw holes" that have been broken and will need some crafty glueing.
Mechanically, it was apparent that the cassette door was not closing fully, and was not releasing the system control interlock.. Eventually, and after a bit of chasing up blind alleys, I discovered that the cassette compartment floor was somewhat bowed and not pushing down far enough on the interlock lever.. This could be overcome by pressing down on the top of the door, but was not a fix.. Logically, the cassette compartment needed straightening, and I was surprised to find how easily the metal could be bent.. So a few minutes of gentle force from my grubby, chubby fingers, and a visual guide from a straight edge was enough to get the door to close properly.. It's just a pity that the tape counter has suffered some force to its reset button, which now protrudes from its little aperture at a rather jaunty angle.
Electronically, the VCR will go immediately into standby (as it should) and the clock can be set - so no problems there.. The PSU appears to be working, but it is a complex bit of kit and will need a thorough going over, but the next problem is that the capstan and head drum drive belts have been static for a long, long time, and will not run true on the pulleys, the drum belt in particular throws itself off after only a couple of seconds, so no advances can be made now, until I can source a belt kit.
Does anyone know where I might be able to find such a rare thing? And, in the interim, would there be any advantage in trying a flat elastic band to drive the drum whilst I check out the rest of the electronics?
Forget elastic bands! I found what looked like reasonable approximation, but it too does not stay on the pulleys - more to the point, it will not 'ride' on the top of the barrelled part of the motor pulley.. The band just runs out to one edge of the pulley, rides up over the flange and throws off.
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