I recently bought a sold-as-seen Macintosh IIci that had been almost entirely gutted by its previous owner. Given that I didn't want to track down the multitude of parts to bring this back to working order, I figured I could do something with the case instead (don't worry, the original parts are being carefully stored!)
I have the original AppleColor High-Resolution RGB monitor that goes with this, and all components will need retrobriting. The case has been done so far:
It's turned out quite nicely! Disassembling the CRT to retrobrite that will be much more of an involved process.
In terms of hardware, the current plan is as follows:
An Intel NUC NUC7i3DNHE to run the media server - it's likely I will Hackintosh this to keep the Apple theme going. I plan to put a 240GB m.2 boot SSD in it, an internal 1TB hard drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
4x4TB external USB3.0 hard drives - likely configuration will be software RAID5 - I will need to figure out a good way to mount this in the case
An ADB-USB Teensy 2.0 converter hooked up to original ADB ports at the rear of the machine, and a 3.5mm jack extension mounted where the original 3.5mm jack was. I'm also likely to epoxy serial connectors into the holes where serial connectors once were.
I also want to use the original power outlet layout (with the IIci, you plugged in the computer and then could plug the monitor into the computer's PSU). I plan to achieve this with an IEC to mains power strip mounted inside the case, which will mean that the whole thing can be powered from one IEC lead.
HDMI ➤ VGA ➤DB-15 converter to plug in the original CRT.
I'll update this post with progress and pictures as they happen!
No dice on the AppleColor Hi-Res RGB display - turns out it's basically unconvertable to VGA. Therefore, I acquired a 15" Apple Multiple Scan display which still fits nicely on top. Like the AppleColor display, it is in need of retrobriting but this will be on the to-do list for quite a while I imagine.
Similarly, the NUC7 didn't happen - instead, it's been replaced with a NUC8i3BEK, which doesn't officially support an internal hard drive - but the headers seem to be there on the motherboard, so I will probably run it with the bottom case off once the extra drives have been bought. For now, it is running with a 1TB external. It's successfully running Catalina, and will be getting situated inside the IIci case soon.
Up and running!
Got some NOS AppleDesign speakers to go with. Still need to retrobrite the CRT and do some work on the internal cable management.