How was the R80 (etc) HDA assembled?

Tony Duell ard.p850ug1 at
Sat Dec 31 11:49:28 CST 2016

How was the R80 HDA put together at the factory? From reading the printsets,
(R80, RA80, RA81, RA82 -- they all have similar HDA designs), I believe that
the spindle and platters were assembled in the lower half of the 'clamshell'
housing, then the upper part put on and bolted down. Then the positioner/heads
were fitted via the front aperture and bolted in place. Then the head
cables were
plugged into the preamp board on the front cover, this put on the front of the
HDA and fixed with the clips. All in a clean room of course.

Looking at pictures of an HDA without the top cover (search for RA80 HDA
on Google), I wonder how they fitted the positioner without damaging the heads.
There are 2 heads per arm per side on an R80/RA80. There doesn't seem
to be any way to insert a tool to keep them all off the platters. Or was there?
Surely they didn't scrape them over the disk surfaces?

Anyone know? I am not thinking of stripping mine, I am just curious....


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