Let’s set the scene. It is Thanksgiving Day, the table is set, the food is ready, and your wife breaks two cork screw pullers in the cork of the wine bottle. How do you get the cork out without digging it out and making a complete mess? Solution: Simple! Use three rolls of electrical tape, lockjaw pliers, one extra large adjustable wrench and a crowbar. Clamp the locking pliers onto whatever remands of the broken cork screw. Then find three people crazy enough to cooperate while one person levers up on the pliers using the crowbar resting on the wrench around the neck of the bottle. So crazy it had to work.
This vintage Scooby-Doo alarm clock has been in the family for many years but the plastics had degraded causing the internal supports for the buttons and displayed to break. My original goal was to simply replace the broken plastic supports by adding some custom internal brackets, unfortunately the alarm also did not work which turned into a lengthy electronics repair.
Update: The resistor substitution box is George Graves’s design and is detailed on his site “Digital Underpants“:
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A good friend gave me this 1971 vintage Monroe 1651 engineering calculator.
Please watch (part 1) if you want to see the full introduction & teardown.
Fair warning: This is a half hour video of me powering on and simply putting the calculator through some calculation exercise to demonstrate its capabilities. It will be dry watching unless you’re a calculator freak like me or you enjoy watching some old nixie tub calculator porn.
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What makes this old calculator so interesting is how much electronic computer power it had in the day. It was feature rich, agile and even small comparatively for the early 1970’s. The nixie tube display also adds a warm glow of appeal not commonly found in too many surviving electronics of yester year. Let’s don’t forget to list rare! This example of old tech is museum quality in functionality as well as scarcity. Unfortunately for this example any functionality requiring the “second function” feature is not currently working. I have my eyes and ears on the lookout for spare parts and service manuals but nothing yet. If you know of any resources please contact me, my email is in my “about me” page on ToddFun.com (a bit coded to avoid some web bots but you humans will figure it out).
I did get in contact with the original owner of this calculator who bought it for his work with aviation calculations in 1971. At the time of this write-up he is 77 years old and I’m trying to coordinate an interview with him. I have a long list of questions so if that manifests I will update this page or post a new article on this calculator.