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#1 Macdude443

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:40 AM

Hey all..

I have this GE blockbuster and the cassette deck is giving me a headache. There is a spring involved in the play function that has broken through a black plastic fitting under the play head and now it will not fully engage. It shuts off a second after pressing play. I've tried glue, I've tried welding plastic pieces with a soldering iron. No dice. Works for a few plays and then SNAP! I'm sure there have been similar mechanisms used in other brands/models. Anyone else have this problem, or a fix?

#2 skippy1969

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:43 AM

Hi Macdude,that is a very common problem with this model and the Realistic SCR-8.
I've fixed lots of these with this same problem.

#3 Macdude443

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:05 AM

Cool. What's your secret? I'm out of ideas, aside from welding.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:08 AM

And oddly enough, I remember briefly owning an SCR-8 with the same problem... correct me if I'm wrong, but that was a 3 piece I believe.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:10 AM

Cool. What's your secret? I'm out of ideas, aside from welding.

a member Bryan from here and s2g fixed my scr8 with jb weld and it works :-)

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:19 AM

JB Weld, eh? That's a good idea. Still curious to hear if there is any other method. I'll contact that member in the meantime. Thanks!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:21 AM

Cool. What's your secret? I'm out of ideas, aside from welding.

a member Bryan from here and s2g fixed my scr8 with jb weld and it works :-)


Do you have any more info on that member? Thanks

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:47 AM

Cool. What's your secret? I'm out of ideas, aside from welding.

a member Bryan from

here and s2g fixed my scr8 with jb weld and it works :-)


Do you have any more info on that member? Thanks

Bashngu

#9 Macdude443

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:00 AM

PM sent.

#10 bashngu

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:13 PM

SCR-8's/Blockbusters used to be one of my favorites until I came across this design flaw. I guess tho they werent expecting 20+ years when they built them.

This is for anyone who wants to try it. Bill, I'm VERY glad to hear that its still holding up for you.

As far as the repair goes It depends on the current damage/cracking to the plastic. I basically fill the entire area inside where the spring goes with WELD as well as coating the outside and forming a shroud around the entire piece. Then I use a dremel to grind the areas down for spring fitment and any grinding needed for mounting. I have done several this way. Some have been successful and some have not. If the original plastic has a missing chunk or is too far cracked then it wont work. Its a bad design to begin with. There is a lot of pressure on that small piece of plastic and as the plastic becomes less pliable through the years, it cracks. To put it another way, "Its a pain in the ass" lol.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:41 PM

yeap :w00t: :w00t: i have one with the same problem but have never got the chance to work on it ,, i might end up using my springpull drive i did on another box which worked untill a donor deck was found :yes: :monchito:

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:45 PM

SCR-8's/Blockbusters used to be one of my favorites until I came across this design flaw. I guess tho they werent expecting 20+ years when they built them.

This is for anyone who wants to try it. Bill, I'm VERY glad to hear that its still holding up for you.

As far as the repair goes It depends on the current damage/cracking to the plastic. I basically fill the entire area inside where the spring goes with WELD as well as coating the outside and forming a shroud around the entire piece. Then I use a dremel to grind the areas down for spring fitment and any grinding needed for mounting. I have done several this way. Some have been successful and some have not. If the original plastic has a missing chunk or is too far cracked then it wont work. Its a bad design to begin with. There is a lot of pressure on that small piece of plastic and as the plastic becomes less pliable through the years, it cracks. To put it another way, "Its a pain in the ass" lol.

Good to hear from you Brian :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

#13 bashngu

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 05:28 PM

SCR-8's/Blockbusters used to be one of my favorites until I came across this design flaw. I guess tho they werent expecting 20+ years when they built them.

This is for anyone who wants to try it. Bill, I'm VERY glad to hear that its still holding up for you.

As far as the repair goes It depends on the current damage/cracking to the plastic. I basically fill the entire area inside where the spring goes with WELD as well as coating the outside and forming a shroud around the entire piece. Then I use a dremel to grind the areas down for spring fitment and any grinding needed for mounting. I have done several this way. Some have been successful and some have not. If the original plastic has a missing chunk or is too far cracked then it wont work. Its a bad design to begin with. There is a lot of pressure on that small piece of plastic and as the plastic becomes less pliable through the years, it cracks. To put it another way, "Its a pain in the ass" lol.

Good to hear from you Brian :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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