WTB Apple /// Internal floppy drive Flapper/Lever

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WTB Apple /// Internal floppy drive Flapper/Lever

one of my Apple III internal floppy drives lever/flapper has crumbled to bits. IT was broken and I glued it but its unsalvageable. The internal drive is different from the external Apple III mechanism as it has an angled faceplate and elongated flapper. I know this makes it pretty hard to come by. I am hoping someone has parts or at least a drive they are willing to sell. Please let me know.

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I have been hunting around

I have been hunting around online for services where you can mail them a part and they can reproduce it but I have found none. Does anyone know of such a service?

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Verault wrote:I have been
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I have been hunting around online for services where you can mail them a part and they can reproduce it but I have found none. Does anyone know of such a service?

You need a pattern, and that requires a donor part to model. 

 

Shoot some photos of its present state. I have a lot of expertise in rebuilding plastics, but that is at an hourly rate, usually for antique plastic and Bakelite automotive and radio parts. 

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Thats not a problem. I can

Thats not a problem. I can get one of the originals to barrow. But then what? I dont have a 3D printer nor the knowledge to make a 3D rendering. I was hoping to send it away to a service that can Print a new one as well as make the plan I can upload to the internet so everyone can have the plans.

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I really figured someone

I really figured someone would have at least something to say about my comment of finding a service that can create 3D print files....

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Verault wrote:I really
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I really figured someone would have at least something to say about my comment of finding a service that can create 3D print files....

You'd need a whole part for them to use to create accurate metrics for the model, fwtiw. 

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In case you still need this,

In case you still need this, there is an relatively unexpensive internal Disk /// on FleaBay:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Working-Apple-III-Computer-Internal-5-25-Floppy-Disk-Drive-w-Ribbon-Cable/393075104501?hash=item5b851a1af5:g:o84AAOSwGJJf656y

 

At worst, you could have someone model the flapper, then sell it again. 

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Out That is expensive!

Out That is expensive! Believe it or not I asked around to see if someone could model it. Noone was interested. I am investigating alternatives.

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Verault wrote:Out That is
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Out That is expensive! Believe it or not I asked around to see if someone could model it. Noone was interested. I am investigating alternatives.

 

Well, no-one can model it without actually having the part to measure. I think that is a pretty specific issue. I know two or three people that could and probably would do it with the part in hand, but no-one that will guestimate it. 

 

Sadly, all Apple /// stuff is horribly overpriced at present. 

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no guessig needed , I

no guessig needed , I superglued the orignal back together. It will never work again without crumbling but its good enough to model.

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Well as luck would have it I

Well as luck would have it I was on eBay just browsing when this was "recommended" to me:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-III-External-Disk-Drive-Latch-Apple-III-Computers/303811894045?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

 

Whats weird is its on my saved searches and I wasnt notified.. of course. Good price, its mislabled external although its the elongated internal version.

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Verault wrote:Well as luck
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Well as luck would have it I was on eBay just browsing when this was "recommended" to me:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-III-External-Disk-Drive-Latch-Apple-III-Computers/303811894045?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

 

Whats weird is its on my saved searches and I wasnt notified.. of course. Good price, its mislabled external although its the

 

I hope that you got it. FWIW,  looking at it, this part doesn't need to be 3D printed. A basic plastic moulding kit could be used to duplicate it, or it could be routed out of hardwood. I thought that it had a through hole swing swivel, not pegs. 

 

If you aren't going to use the broken one, I might buy that off you and try to accomplish fabricating some repops. 

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