Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mattel Vac-U-Form Upgrading

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I installed the upgrade kit to Mattel Vac-U-Form. The solid punched metal platform and the metal lid are looking good. Although the kit is quite expensive (mostly the shipping), the contents are well thought out.

Good quality of products such as a silicone lubricant which is used for underwater photography. The instruction included is very easy to follow. Even a drill bit is provided.

Before the upgrading, I was thinking to disassemble a Vac-U-Form to work done. However there is no screws on the body. For instead, the outer steal is folded and punched by a few rivets. Unlike plastic toys these days, Vac-U-Form from the 60's got some quality.

First, I drilled a hole to install the new silicone valve. The initial valve was just a thin flapper rubber sheet.

The new valve is installed.

Cleaning the cylinder with paper towels. I stuffed paper towles in the cylinder then moved the piston up and down.

Now the cylinder clean and old grease is gone. Then new silicone lubricant is applied in the cylinder. Also, around the floor of the cylinder, the silicone sealant is applied which is provided too.

The Vac-U-Form can be more than a vintage toy from the 60's. If you are into crafting small projects with vacuum forming, it is definitely a good craft tool on your working table

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