While the original phone I bought for this project is uber-cool, the fact remains that it’s not quite period appropriate to the time when Zork was at its peak (1977-1983). So a little time wandering though the world’s biggest bazaar showed me an alternative. It came labeled as “No Sound from ringer, works okay” in grease pencil on the side. I didn’t care if it rings, since I’m going to gut it anyway, but it’s a little piece of the 70’s, and it’s ALL MINE!
I started by doing what I do to almost anything that comes into the house, I opened it up and took it apart to see how it works…
… and then ripped the guts out.
Strangely, this also had a clear cover over the dial mechanism: