Customs: Help fixing G1 Soundwave

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  1. Katarn84

    Katarn84 Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

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    Something like two weeks ago I bought an incomplete G1 Soundwave an Sixshot for € 25 (more or less $ 34). SW lacked his batteries, missile and battery clip (last two I bought from TFSource and got them today) and Sixshot his guns and the jet nose which splits in half on the side of the knees.

    I was fixing SW's loose joints with some nail polish. When I tried to fix his loose neck joint, I opened him up on the central body and a V shaped metal strip went for my eye. It's the spring of the cassette door...
    I've spent half an afternoon trying to understand where it should go and I think I got it right, but the cassette door struggles a bit to open and I can't remember if it was so even before I opened the toy.
    Can someone give me a schematic or a photo of the correct position of that spring? Just to be sure.

    I'll go and look for the remaining missing pieces when I'll get the money. Luckily here in Italy TFs aren't considered as they should so I could be enough lucky to find Soundwave and Sixshot's guns cheaply (I saw something like € 40 per Sixshot gun on ebay...), but I don't think I'll be so lucky regarding the knee joints (with the metal pins holding them would be great).
     
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    REPAIR HELP - G1 Soundwave

    I just transplanted an unbroken tape door into my G1 Soundwave, and have run into a small issue. After piecing everything back together, and preparing to put the back on and close him up, I seem to be at a loss as to where one specific piece needs to go. There is this tiny metal "V" or "L" shaped clip that I believe is supposed to open the door once the eject button is pressed, and the latch is released. Any guidance on this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  3. autobotsl1

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    I'm in the exact same situation as you, only I have two fixer-upper Soundwaves I'm trying to restore. My guess was the same as yours. It has to be the mechanism that opens the door since put back together, the door no longer springs open when the eject button is pressed, only losens enough to pry open with fingers. Whatever you do, don't lose yours, I'm going to try to take a photo of my "V" or "L" shaped clips and post them here.
     
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    I currently have a TRU Commemorative Soundwave disassembled for something and don't see any definite "V" or "L" shaped parts. Since it's a different tape door altogether, that probably explains it. This mold uses a small spring wound in a vaguely "V" shape that helps propel it open which I assume is not what you're talking about. But if one of you guys can post a picture, I'd like to see if I can help.
     
  5. autobotsl1

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    We're only talking about the original G1 Soundwave, the Cassette player from the 80s. I doubt the post G1 Soundwaves have any parts in common with G1 Soundwave. If there was anythng like that in other Soundwave figures, it is very small and prone to falling out during disassembley without being noticed, and easily lost.

    This topic should only be for G1 Soundwave / Soundblaster. I have a few pictures of the part. I'll try to upload and post them later tonight or sometime tomorrow.

    For example, the later Sounwave reissues had the re-tooled tape door. As technology advanced through the 90s and later, I would assume the internals improved. Just because it has the same outer parts doesn't mean it's the same animal on the inside.

    Although it is possible that being so small the part fell out without you noticing it. Have you reassembled your TRU Soundwave to see if the tape door still springs open? If it doesn't you have probably lost that part. Please reply to this post if it doesn't spring open on yours. I plan to get pictures up as soon as I can. Should help the OP, yourself and anyone else involved in restoration and preservation efforts.
     
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    Here are the pictures I took, only one fell out of each Soundwave and fell out of the bottom of the torso somewhere around the leg attachments.
     

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    I've been doing some tinkering around and I'm starting to suspect it was originally in the recess same side and below where the eject button is. I managed to get a couple of good ejects and I'm going to turn it a couple of different ways later on if I have time and see if I can recreate the result I had earlier. Also I found a guy who claims to have figured it out and contacted him here. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/trans...1-g1-soundwave-deck-question.html#post7327382

    He didn't post how he did it, but maybe he'll come over here and help us.
     
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    I've been doing some tinkering around and I'm starting to suspect it was originally in the recess same side and below where the eject button is. I managed to get a couple of good ejects and I'm going to turn it a couple of different ways later on if I have time and see if I can recreate the result I had earlier. Also I found a guy who claims to have figured it out and contacted him here. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/trans...1-g1-soundwave-deck-question.html#post7327382

    He didn't post how he did it, but maybe he'll come over here and help us.
     
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    It appears that the tape door has to be open when you put the body assembly back together regardless on which way that clip is facing in the recess. Otherwise, it won't compress the clip properly.
     
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    Okay, I don't know if it's 'the' way, and won't know for sure until I get my next junker Soundwave (I now know how to disassemble without it blowing up!) ;-)

    This is the only way I've been able to reassemble Soundwave with our 'mystery' clip, and I must say, I've get very satisfying ejects!

    First the clip must be orientated so the long end is pointing up and towards the direction of where the legs and feet will be. The short end lies inside the recess on the body left side (the eject button side). I've tried the right side but the left works best.

    When you join the front body to the back body, make sure the tape door is open. I tried it closed and it doesn't compress the clip correctly, and the door doesn't open. You must hold the door open while you are joining the body arms and legs together, then hold or clip it together while you insert and tighten the three screws in the back.

    Reference the attached pictures to see where I placed the clip.
     

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    Yep, that's what my door did when I joined the front body to the back with clip in place and tape lid closed. That problem completely went away and I got satisfying ejects of the tape door after assembly, when I kept the door open while joining the body halves with the clip in position in the pictures above.

    My best guess is that clip doesn't compress properly unless the door is open. Can be a bit awkward holding the door open . I laid the back body flat on a table with the belt clip on the back removed just like in the picture in my last post here. I placed the lid eject clip/spring in the position shown in the same picture. Lowered the front body while holding the lid open with a finger and carefully pressed it together, then closed the lid, and with a free hand, put some weak clips to hold it together until it could be flipped over to inert the three screws in the back.

    The legs and arms of course are inserted before you even try to join the body halves together :) 
    It helped to put blocks under the legs to make them level. When my next junker Soundwave arrives, I'll make a tutorial. You can count on that promise just like you could count on me providing those pictures I posted here.
     
  12. Katarn84

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    Opened again to fix the head joint, snapped the spring in two trying to get it straight (was bent in the wrong way from a previous tinkering)... problem solved forever...
     

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