I had last Monday off work and I was doing my usual looking on eBay and Criagslist for vintage Apple II gear. Late in the evening, I spotted a Craigslist ad for an Apple II. I wiped my eyes and looked again thinking it was someone with a II Plus that thought it was an Apple II (which is more often the case). Well, this was a real Apple II. I had my daughter take a look to see if she could see the “Plus” on there and she said no. By the way it was listed under “Antiques for sale by owner” instead of “Computers” which I thought was a little odd.
So I emailed the person and ask a few questions and said I was very interested. From the picture it was in nice shape. He promptly emailed me back the answers I wanted to hear and I asked for his phone number and if I could call him the next day. (It was 10pm at this point). He emailed and said yes.
I spoke with him and told him I was a collector and very interested in it and that I would like to drive out Saturday to pick it up. He said he would be around and that I could come and pick it up. The person was a really nice guy and was an RF engineer. He had a Laser 128 without a power adapter and a MITS Altair 680b for sale also. (Wife would kill me if I bought these so they are still there). So Saturday came and my wife and I took a trip across PA and picked it up.
I got up early this morning and documented it and figured I would share it with all of you. Comments and suggestions are welcome since I am very familiar with Apple II gear from the IIe on and not at all familiar with the Plus on back. Especially not the II since I thought I would never own one in my lifetime.
So here goes:
Here are the items that I purchased for $300.00
- ROM Card in Slot 0
- SilentType Interface was in Slot 1
- Disk ][ Controller in slot 6 (With 16 sector upgrade)
- DOS 3.2
- Apple Utilities
- Apple II Basic Programming
- Apple II reference Manual
- Applesoft Reference Manual
- The Apple Tapes
- The Applesoft Tutorial
- Silentype Manual
- A Visicalc and Applesoft Data File Programming Book
Yes, this guy was the original owner and bought this Apple II back in 1980 (I was a senior in high school) from MicroAge Computer Store in Phoenix AZ. He lived in Phoenix before moving to Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, the magazines that were in the lot, have his mailing address in AZ on them.
I am the second owner of this Apple II.
I gave the Apple II a good "once-over" this morning and hooked it up to a known good disk ][ and it booted fine. Some of the keys are not working, but everything else seems to be working fine. I hooked up the Disk ][ that came with it and then the SilenType printer and everything worked perfectly.
The Apple II is a late model “8005” date code on the motherboard (see pictures). I have not pulled the CPU yet for see exactly what revision the MoBo is, but plan to do that. Serial number is 40209 on a black and white sticker. Date codes on all the chips seem in line for the period. The person I bought it from also made a few more trips to MicroAge for accessories over the next few months.
I uploaded a bunch of pictures and as I said above, I never thought I would own an original Apple II so if you guys spot anything from the pictures or have any suggestions on how to proceed to completely restore it, I am all ears!!
It is missing one of the plastic “Velcro” tabs from the lid.
More to come...
Here are some more pics. I didn't know how to put them on a reply so I put them here.
Back of the ROM card. Well thanks to Mike, I am in a restore mode on this Apple II.
It booted, but was very erattic. Cleaned the pins of the ROM Chips - Very tarnished.
Now chasing down some RAM problems or maybe address buffer problems. So it's about 80% of the way there
I still think it was a good deal. (I think?)
I am scanning the SilenType manual now. Carefully removed the staples and it is going as I type.