DIY Apple iPhone Housing, Restore your Apple iPhone 1st 8GB to its former glory with this New housing Faceplate Cover. give your Apple iPhone 2G/1st Generation a whole new face. You can use the following install instruction to replace your old Housing faceplate of Apple iPhone 2G with new iPhone Housing. (Note: This install instruction is only for reference, Please consider whether you can do it.)
Tools you will need:
T5 + and T6 - screwdriver, Openning tool(These tools we free supply)
super glue/adhesive(not supply)
Once you get the back off you'll be looking at this:
Note the location of screws and where things are glued to. I would suggest labeling all the tiny screws so you know exactly where they go because they are NOT all the same size. I took a lot of pictures throughout the process so i could reference exactly where everything went when i was ready to put it all back together.
Once you remove all the screws and electronic components you'll be left with the metal skeleton of the original housing. Quite honestly, this is the hardest part about the swap.
The skeleton is glued on by some crazy hard cement type glue. I couldn't seem to find anything to take it off so i finally went to Home Depot and picked up the strongest adhesive remover i could fine. This one removes concrete and flooring so i thought it'd do the trick!
Next, pour the solvent on the skeleton ensuring you get it in all the cracks. Let it sit for about 20 -30 minutes. After it's done its job and using the smallest flat blade screwdirver you have slowly pry away the skeleton. Be careful as these parts are extremely brittle. I cracked quite a few parts of it before i got this solvent and realized the 'proper' way to do it.
When you're finished you're left with this:
Actually, i think there are a few pieces missing from that pic, but you get the idea.
The housing will then be stripped bare with nothing left on it:
As you can see, before I went the "super strong solvent" route, I tried prying the crap out of the parts which bent a number of points of my original housing. No turning back now!
Once everything is taken apart, cleaned, and dried, it's time to put it back together. I referenced the photos i took earlier to ensure everything was put back in the proper place. i used superglue, but you could really use anything you wanted to hold everything in place. If you've gotten this far, you should realize how to put it back together.
Then it's simply a matter of putting the housing back on the phone and... Voila! An all black iPhone. For the SIM card cover i sprayed SEM trim black paint so it matched the housing.
We hope the install instructions was useful, and This Video can be used for reference: