That's it. I've decided to run the gauntlet and repair my broken Vacumatic. I bought this one (pics below!) off a fellow FPNner about a while ago knowing it wasn't holding ink, but I figured I'd send it in for repair and hopefully have a fully functional pen for cheap... Well, reality has a nasty way of kicking in when you least expect it and the sheer price of sending a pen overseas from Australia for repair far outweighs any saving I would have made, so I figured that if I'm already going to invest money into making this Vac functional, why not learn a few skills and buy a few tools on the way?
So, any advice on the required toolset? Of course I've read the articles on Richard Binder's and Ron Zorn's site, and also just ordered 'Da Book', but I want to know you guys' take on it!
I managed to get the filler out without any fancy implements since it wasn't screwed in all that tightly. I can see that the diaphragm is quite worn and a new one will be needed. This Vac also needs quite a good polish... It has quite a shallow but noticeable scratch on it that would be nice to buff away, as well as a multitude of microscratches...
And thus the journey begins.
A "before" pic of the 'patient'
This nib looks like it's semiflex EF, only minimal pressure spreads the tines!
Great transparency... This baby NEEDS to be used.
The sorry state of the diaphragm...
I'll be sure to update you all on the progress of this repair!
[Apologies for the terrible photography, my good camera needs a recharge... But not bad for a phone camera, huh?]
Thanks for all your help
Edited for clarity.
Edited by Ytland, 12 June 2012 - 07:24.