Nakamichi Dragon Repair And Restoration

This Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck is in pretty good cosmetic shape if not perfect.

I have removed the top cover to just eyeball the unit before I power it up. It's always a good idea to look before you apply power.

The tape path of this Nakamichi Dragon tape deck is very clean.

I've powered up the Nakamichi Dragon and I'll do some basic testing to see what's working and what isn't.

I'll be installing new belts during this Nakamichi Dragon repair and restoration. I have begun to disassemble the unit.

Almost all cassette decks need new belts installed as most of the tape decks are many decades old.

To remove the transport there are a number of tie wraps to cut along with cables and screws to remove.

You need to loosen circuit boards from the bottom of the Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck so that you can remove the transport.

Now I have the transport removed from the chassis. You should have enough slack to have the transport sit next to the chassis.

Be aware that when you start to take the transport apart there are many small parts that can easily get lost.

Work in an area that if something (especially small washers) fall you can find them.

With the Nakamichi Dragon's transport laying on it's face you start to remove the assemblies.

The screws are not all the same length or size. You must keep them in order so that you can get the transport back together correctly.

There are clips that need to be removed so that you can get deeper into the transport.

Now the idler tire can be replaced. This Nakamichi Dragon repair and restoration is getting closer to completion.

You have to remove the old idler tire and replace it with the new one. Watch that e-clip as it will go flying as it's spring loaded.

I've got the new idler tire installed. Hopefully this part won't have to be replaced for many years.

There are several places where the old grease should be cleaned up and new grease applied on this Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck.

The Nakamichi Dragon azimuth unit has a belt that also needs to be replaced.

This unit is one of the features that make the Nakamichi Dragon perform well on a wide variety of tapes.

The shaft will pop out just enough to allow the new belt to be installed. You have to be gentle or you can break the plastic housing.

With the transport back together the counter belt can be replaced. This Nakamichi Dragon repair and restoration is getting close to being done. 

This Nakamichi Dragon's cassette deck transport is quiet and records fine.

The playback also sounds good to the ears so now I'll do some measurement testing on the test bench.

This Nakamichi Dragon has some outstanding specifications and we will see how close this unit is to the factory specs.

I have my wow and flutter meter on it's most sensitive range. This Nakamichi Dragon ran well within specs.

The Dragon is one of the most complicated cassette decks ever built and I've never worked on one before so I'm hoping all go's well on the bench.

I'll use some alignment tapes made for Nakamichi cassette decks and see what my Sound Technology 1510A has to say.

The Dragon did very well on the test bench. This Nakamichi Dragon repair and restoration is complete.