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PostPosted: Nov Mon 20, 2017 3:59 pm 
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We got in a fresh horde of lil' AA5's. Most in poor cosmetic shape, most with cracks. Thus they were taken apart, recapped, and the cases cleaned, prepped and painted.
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Also did this sort of strange "Cavalcade" radio. Unusual in that its from 1941 and that I don't recall seeing this sort of plastic often from that time. Its actually a very good performing set. The case is slightly warped on top from the heat of the 35Z5. I added a strip of aluminum tape above that tube to maybe shield the plastic more.
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Lastly... did this Emud set. Not bad and it did work initially. Just needed a general recap. Added bluetooth too...
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Starting fires: as I read about my first radio, I learn that some old units used a power cord with resistance built in, to reduce household voltage to an acceptable level for the radio. These cords would get hot and could start a fire. Don't think yours is one of them.


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Yes, the so called "Curtain Burners" were of the first transformerless designs in the early to mid 1930s.

They used tubes with 300 mA heaters in a series string. Later when the 150 mA tubes came out, they were designed to add up to line voltage to eliminate this problem.

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The latest-greatest...

1: A very nice Silvertone tombstone from the 30's. It was donated a week ago and much to my surprise was already fully restored. Usually I wind up having to overhaul every set that walks through the door so its nice to open one up that's already done.
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2: An amazingly well-preserved 1941 Motorola. It had a tag on the back stating it had been restored in 1987. I expected to see all newer caps but instead only 2-3 were replaced. The set worked fine but as it will be sold I replaced all of the caps anyway. Nice set!
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3: Very plain and super common RCA. Yes- I know you're not supposed to plug them in before doing the lytics but oh well, I tend to do it with sets like these out of random curiosity. I was met by a snap and TONS of smoke. The .047 Bumblebee cap that serves as the across the line cap more or less incinerated itself. As in when I removed it the foil was melted together. Oh well, all caps replaced and she woiks!
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I'm sort of worn out these days as we had a big sale Sunday. Sold off about 75% of the sets we brought. So... time to "rebuild" the supply!

First set was this nice Zenith console. Everything was wrong with it and it took about a week and a half to get up and running. Lots of crumbly rubber wiring had to be replaced, there were several shorts that took time to tackle, Several bad tubes, broken tuning string, etc etc... But she works now and has added bluetooth to boot...

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Before I continue... does anyone actually read these anymore? If not I'll discontinue doing this diary.

Anyway, last night's set was this nice looking Zenith. I really like the color. Anyway just a general recap job and she was all good to go!

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Restoration Diary 2 ( post photobucket)
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I still read this diary, and I'm sure a few others are interested in in, so please don't discontinue this thread. Also, for a hint of how many people have looked at the thread, check the number of views next to where the thread is listed in the Antique Radio Discussions Forum.

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Yes, I suspect there are several who are reading your thread, but like me, mostly lurk and enjoy your pictures and comments.

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I do too. Always interesting to see what kinds of sets turn up in different parts of the country.

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Very entertaining. Love it!


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Ok, I was just checking. I realize this is a really monotonous thread with mostly run of the mill radios. Its partially for me as a historical record since all of these except the few that are mine then get sold. That and its also a visual reminder of the sort of insanity I likely posses for doing so many of these radios... So onward we shall proceed!


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The latest project was this 1958 RCA SHC-6 stereo system. I've worked on a few of these and for having just one 6V6 per channel they sound really nice.
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The chassis is sort of "Rats nesty" but not horrible. I did have an issue where FM would only work for a few minutes then fade away. There was a ceramic cap in the FM circuit that had a crack in it and once that was replaced the issue was solved.
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At some point someone stuck in a gigantic 5R4 rectifier in it.
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Beyond the recap the record player had two rotten idler wheels which I replaced with some NOS ones I had found a few months back. The cartridge is really weird and luckily its in good shape. I also installed a bluetooth receiver which the user can use via the tape selection.


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I am following along also. 8)

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The good ole 5R4WGA "Potato Masher"

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Yes, I am certainly following along!
I think your thread is wonderful!

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Restoration Diary 2 ( post photobucket)
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Hiya Bob,

Yep definitely following along. Thanks to you I can simply repair all of these sets vicariously through you. Keep it going.

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Not sure why I chose to restore this one because the boxy styles of consoles simply do not move. They just sit forever. Anyway someone donated this to us and I decided to overhaul it anyway. The record player was cleaned and lubed and by some miracle the cartridge is still good. The chassis was recapped, bluetooth was added and she's all good to go... or not. Probably we will have to give the thing away...
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I'll wager that it sells pretty quickly.

It's got a nice, unusual, curved front cabinet that appears to be in very good shape, plus AM & FM radio and a working changer. what's not to like?

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Its been awhile. But anyway between visiting my folks in TN for Xmas and then coming home and getting really sick I've not had a ton of time to work on stuff. On top of that we haven't really had many donations of late. So I decided to clean up the pile of "isle of misfit" radios that were cluttering up my closet and under my bench at the museum. Some of these were in bad shape or had some unfixed issues. Either that or it was a model that I am tired and bored of doing X number of times. PrimitiveRadioGod helped on a few that I wasn't able to properly diagnose. So here goes nuttin'

1: Sad Zenith clock radio. It appears to have been someone's 60's art project as noted by the bad hippy art. The case was also cracked in numerous places and when I took the innards out a big piece of the bottom came out with them. So it was glued back together, stripped and sanded down and repainted. The chassis was recapped and given a new cord.
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2:Stromberg Carlson bakelite set. Most of these have damage to the case from being picked up by the handle, which is pretty thin. This one survived. The dial scale is a tad warped. I partially overhauled it a year ago and it had some issues and I sat it aside. Primitiveradiogod got it working. I waxed and cleaned the case as well.
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3: An Emerson. I should've taken before pics because someone had splattered house paint all over the thing. It had a faulty output transformer, which primitiveradiogod installed. I recapped the rest. Some steel wool and howards removed the paint splatters and the plastic dial cover was polished with Novus.
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4:Knight AM/FM set. Despite the homely looks its fairly well-made and sophisticated. I had an issue with this one too and it was like the other set aside. Primitiveradiogod got AM working but still no FM. He handed it off to me and I found a shorted cap in the FM circuit. After that and the rest of the caps were replaced FM works and does so surprisingly well for an FM set of this vintage.
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5: Little Sonora radio. The paint was trashed on this thing and so after sanding it down I repainted it... except it was too cold outside and the paint wrinkled up. Thus it was stripped down again, sanded and given another paint job, this time in decent weather. It was given just a general recap and it was all good to go.
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6: Plain-jane GE. These things turn up A LOT! Anyway, as it was a plain white set which never sell for us I painted it Yaller'
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7: Last, an Admiral. This one had been donated to us years ago and it was in pieces, missing the knobs and the dial glass. Someone found the dial glass and I found some knobs-albeit not the right ones but whatever.
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PostPosted: Jan Wed 10, 2018 11:31 pm 
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I remember a neighbor of my grandfather gave me a GE like your yallar' one
The case was busted up, so I made it into a console…. a very ugly console. I was 10 years old, so my skills weren't honed yet :wink:

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