When we last left the Super 23, it was on it's way to a machine shop. Blaine has been missing in action so I contacted Eric Stone at E T Precision Machine here on Whidbey Island.
I gave him the camera (what was left of it) and this picture. "Make the top like this."
Viola! A new flat top. Now I can start plugging holes, reassembling, and attaching new leatherette.
Here it is with the aluminum plate off.
The screws attaching the accessory show were interfering with the new machined mounting surface so he milled a hole in the little boss in the back for clearance.
And because of the accessory shoe screws had gone through much thinner material on the old cover, Erik machined litte holes for the nuts. The other screws are the screws that attach the aluminum plate. They are stainless steel #2-56 flatheads. A really nice job.