Help With Coyle Trek III: SFS Tricorder

ALLEY

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Out of pure luck, I stumbled across a Coyle Trek III Tricorder that I purchased for an unbelievably cheap price.

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Obviously it’s going to need some paint restoration, but the electronics seem to be in working order (once I replaced a dead 9 volt battery and applied some oil to the plunger/ syringe to allow the pop-up mechanism to move freely once again).

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The one area that I’m going to need some help with is replacing the current “push button” that triggers the pop up mechanism. What is installed now is not a spring-loaded push button but is, instead, something more akin to a brass tack that hangs loosely out of the side of the body.

Does anyone have any pictures they can post of the proper push button mechanism?

Thanks!

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budashlock

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The 'button' its self reminds me of a flat head rivet, like this:
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or possibly a threaded one, like this:
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Here's a couple of Tricorders with their buttons intact:
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Hope that helps. Good luck
 

ALLEY

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I received some great insight over over at The Fleet Workshop regarding how the original pop-up functions…

It appears that the original rivet and spring in the pop-up head, itself, is still there…

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But is this strange, floppy, tack original to the build and supposed to be the intended “push button”?

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ALLEY

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OK it looks like the wonky “split rivet” being used for the push button is original to the build.

I’ll need to do some modifications on that detail.
 

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