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    Default Who made SWTPC chassis?

    A little side project I have going with my collection is to try and match setups in certain catalogs/brochures from companies like SWTPC.

    One of those is to collect everything that appears here on this SWTPC brochure photo:

    swtpcbrochure.jpg

    After a long hunt, I just scored this Motorola 9" TV - the same one used in all of their advertising for the 6800/CT1024/GT-6144.

    I'm not going to get it exact - my CT-1024 has a different case/chassis, and getting a 6800 with the silver trim around the front would be very difficult (and expensive). But I'm pretty close. I even have the same tape decks. The only piece I'm missing is the PR-40 printer, which will be tricky because unfortunately it is prized by Apple 1 people, who are far more numerous and rabid than SWTPC people.

    Anyway, I'd really like to get a metal chassis made for my GT-6144 that resembles the one in the photo (the GT-6144 is in the center back of the advertisement). This'll make it easier to mount the PSU. I'm wondering if anyone knows who made these for SWTPC/others back in the day (SWTPC, according to the brochure, did not sell or produce them). And if there are any recommendations on where I might go to have one made without getting into $$$$$ ? It's basically just a flat pan bent up at 90 degrees at the back, couple holes drilled. It does have a little flange/edge all the way around so it's kind of like a baking tray.

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    any small engineering firm should be able to make you a chassis, probably cheaply as well. Do you still have wellow pages to look in...
    .. other than that try a model engineering firm.
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    What do you consider 'expensive' for a 6800 case with the silver trim?

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    My understanding is that SWTPC made their chassis in-house in their rather extensive manufacturing facility, but could be wrong. I heard everything was made in-house, including circuit boards, cases, pretty much everything except for the actual parts.

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    Thanks guys. I kind of thought SWTPC made their own.. they have that homespun kinda feel.. but I got thrown when I looked up an ad for my GT-61 and they said they did not provide the chassis/case for it. I'm wondering if for the ad photo it appears in, they maybe used a CT1024 case?

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    Not relating to the chassis, but today I just won this:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/SWTPC-ALPHA...72.m2748.l2649

    Didn't intend to win it. Thought it was going to go for a lot more than the $700 max bid I set, because I knew a bunch of well heeled collectors were after one of these, especially the ones that had Apple 1 stuff. The price is.. meh. The last one went for $500 and that was some years ago, so I guess 'inflation' and whatnot. This is what happens when you go swimming in the Apple collector shark tank I guess.

    Anyway, thrilled to have everything SWTPC had out in that picture now. When the TV arrives I'm going to try to stage everything like the brochure ad and take a pic!
    Last edited by falter; October 21st, 2018 at 07:16 PM.

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