To everyone with interest and especially the Patrons of the Museum...
Things are progressing! The museum is out of storage and is now in a 20' by 24' space adjacent to my home. The weather has been hot, and my budget small, so it is not progressing quite as fast as I would like.. but I thought you might like a report, so here goes....
My sincere and life-long appreciation goes to my friends and patrons who have supported my idea. Several folks think I am crazy to do this, but most are supportive. The move, from the storage area in McHenry, to the storage area in Fallbrook was discouraging - to say the least.
First of all the move was expensive - costing about $4,000 - and secondly, the movers treated the collection as if they were moving junk! The two 33ASR teletypes have cracked covers and most of the other machines have broken glass and dents. Thank goodness Teletype Corporation built them strong, as most of the equipment was shipped without any padding. The 108 dataset for the 35ASR teletype was dropped over and over, and still seems to operate.
Most of the test equipment arrived in good condition. Thanks to my friends at Bellcore TEC the DDS office equipment, plug-ins and test equipment is all in fine condition except for a few terminal strips and switches that need repair. The parts cabinet, parts drawers, card catalog, parts, typing units and portable D-4 channel bank all arrived safely. I spent many hours going over all of the parts and card catalog. Talk about memories! Some of the parts have been carefully filed as long ago as 1960, maybe longer.
Donations of items are still coming in, but slowly. I just received a 1942 TELETYPE maintenance manual from Milt Norstrom. Many thanks Milt! A recent goodies box from Bob Liddy included roll paper, a valuable commodity, amid other items to warm the heart of an old telephone man! If you find some of these old items, please do NOT throw it out! If you find any sources, please let me know who I can contact.
Soon the museum will be remodeled, it was originally part of the driveway, then a dual carport, then a garage, and now a museum. The walls will be insulated and covered with 5/8 inch drywall. two of the three garage doors will become semi-permanent walls. A regular 36 inch door will be mounted in the third garage door. Six relay racks will be bolted to the floor after the concrete is covered in plain grey tile. The ceiling will be covered with 1/2 inch drywall and additional florescent light fixtures will be added.
To everyone with interest and especially the Patrons and Benefactors of the Museum.