First post, by retrofanatic
Just picked this up a few months ago from a local recycler and wanted to post my progress on what I did to "restore" it.
It is an IBM Ambra 486 SLC system with WDC video chip onboard.
It's a nice little retro pc game box, but when I got it, I felt it was in need of some cleaning up as the front panel was chewed up somewhat and worn out.
I wanted to strip down the front panel to be more simple and decided to sand it down and give it a flat clearcoat treatment. This was by no means a proper restoration hence why I put restoration in quotes in the topic title. I just wanted to simplify it so it looked a bit more to my liking.
Surprisingly, my sanding and clearcoat job turned out really good and the finish does not scratch easy and feels (almost) factory fresh.
I added a CF to IDE adpater that worked after some tyweaking the manual IDE drive sttings in the BIOS and formatting the CF card properly. I installed DOS 6.22 on it and it runs like a dream.
I drilled a couple holes to the metal plate below what used to be the HDD caddy holder (this did not have the original HDD caddy that fit in the top back of the case) and screwed in the CF to IDE device using two motherboard standoffs.
I also had to install a new FDD as the old one did not work...I had to find just the right model so that the eject button fit through the front eject button hole.
This was a fun build. It's still a work in progress, but I tested an old 8 bit Adlib compatible soundcard in it and it worked well. I am not sure what I will use in the future, but I suspect that I may use a SB Pro 2.0 card that I tested on it as well.
Here are some photos of my progress.