That part really wasn’t as bad as I thought. And as I mentioned before, it was around this point in the game that I decided NOT to deconstruct the components off the fiberboard just yet. The board itself is pretty warped but it sounds like that’s pretty common. I really want to leave this as unmolested as possible. I decided from here that I would leave as much as I could intact. Just enough to get down to a blank chassis pan.
I’ll decide later on if I really want to deconstruct the components just to put a new board underneath.
For now I was able to unsolder the tube leads and pull the nuts off the front panel hardware and lift the entire thing out as a unit.
Here’s the almost-blank pan and the board laying on the paper layout I printed off earlier:
Not much to show really.
As you can see the tube sockets are removed and the pan is almost stripped free of its components. Now you can see the extent of the damage and how it spread. By this point I’ve tried removing that brown tar stuff in small test areas. And don’t be fooled, this shit is on there good!! I tried alcohol, that was laughable. I tried thinner, pffft… “whatever..“, it said. I even tried heavy duty varnish remover. That kinda worked but it took a lot of elbow grease.
Anyway here’s the pan pretty much without any components on it:
So that’s it. Chassis is down to bare metal. Now its time to scrub this tar off.
Actually I had to bust out this super gnarly stuff from the garage that I hadn’t used in forever. It’s bad, but I already tested it in a pretty heavily stained area and it worked really well.
Stay tuned for that….