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Bend-O-Matic

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Bob DBF, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    I just picked up a couple of the aforementioned dive computers and wondered if there is a nondestructive method of disassembling the unit. I just am interested in removing some crap between the face and glass for cosmetic reasons.


    Thanks

    Bob
     
  2. captain

    captain Captain

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    I did disassemble a non working one years ago out of curiosity as to what was inside but I can remember how I went about it.
     
  3. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Define non-destructive. Do you want to keep it diveable or just displayable? If the rubber bezel ring is still in good shape you should be able to remove it from the stainless or plastic housing with your fingers. The bezel “should” pull back far enough to unscrew the clear plastic lens with a pin spanner. You might have to drop it in an ultrasonic cleaner if dried salt is jamming the threads. The tricky part is holding onto the body without damaging the bag.

    From what I have read, that will render it inoperable, which it probably is by now anyway. Whatever is on the inside of the lens is probably debris from something deteriorating inside.
     
  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Non-destructive as in not making one piece into several. I have a sawzall and I know how to use it, but it is hard to put things back together in a cosmetically pleasing manor afterword.

    I just want to clean it up for display or trade rather than restore. I managed to acquire two of them, one of which is in the original travel case. Also got a number of other old items in the same lot, but that is for another thread.

    Thanks for the help, I'll let you know what happens and pictures will follow.



    Bob
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    Occasionally gets lucky.
     
  5. EastEndDiver

    EastEndDiver Captain

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    Didn't the Bend-O-Matic use "Element X" in them?

    I sort of remember them advertising that fact or maybe my memory is playing tricks again.
     
  6. captain

    captain Captain

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    Element X looked kind of like one of those aquarium air diffusion stones only finer. The gas(?) in the bag was forced through element X and that caused the gauge to rise. The deeper you were the faster the gas was forced through the element. A rather simple device.
     
  7. regulator bj

    regulator bj Barracuda

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    img968.jpg img969.jpg Found some more information via an article showing the internals with brief dismantling instructions which might help
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  8. fp5849

    fp5849 Angel Fish

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    I have dis-assembled one without breaking it. Do you still want inputs for taking one apart?
     
  9. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    Yes. The problem I ran into was unscrewing the cover from the body. I don't want to use any more force than I have, so I'm looking for other methods to loosen the cover for removal. Of course I moved on to other projects while thinking.



    Thanks

    Bob
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    I swear its not hoarding dear, I'm just keeping an adequate stock of equipment and parts. It's life support, you know.
     
  10. Hickdive

    Hickdive Solo Diver

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    A bit OT but I have a customer who brought me his in to show me.

    It has never been dived and is still in its original box with instruction manual.

    Any guesses as to what it might be worth?
     

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