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 Post subject: FOUND - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Wed 03, 2018 11:29 pm 
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I’m restoring a Zenith 7s363. Looks likes someone had their hand in it already and broke off part of the bandswitch lever mechanism. I’m looking for the barrel part, see pictures, which has a piece snapped off but I’ll purchase both if someone having it and doesn’t want to split them.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 12:52 am 
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I may have what you need, I'll check tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 3:27 pm 
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Great! Let me know. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 6:05 pm 
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Here's Plan "B". In three different instances I cut & drilled some 1/8" aluminum which was in turn wedged tightly onto the barrel and slathered in JB Weld at the join. It's held well for forty years on one radio and several years on two others. The barrel hole is drilled a bit smaller than the barrel diameter and using a cone shaped grinding drill bit to get closer to the barrel diameter. When very close, commence the wedging using a piece of pipe to keep the force centered. Don't get too vigorous or you can break the barrel. Score the metal on the AL & barrel at the join and cover liberally in JB Weld. It works. I've replaced complete band change linkages twice where they were missing from the radio. Be sure to line up the extension with the flats on the barrel so it is in the proper position (angle) when installing.

The picture below is a set I built from scratch including locating a steel tube for the barrel. I used bar steel and Aluminum, sheet Aluminum and a steel barrel that was in my junk box. I drilled and tapped for the screw to retain the assembly on the band-switch shaft.
The second picture is the mounted assembly next to an original that was used for measurements and as templates. This was the only instance where I didn't have the original barrel.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 8:32 pm 
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Bugman, Very interesting approach. I think I’ll give it a try if LarryAD doesn’t have what I need.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 12:58 pm 
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What I have is from a 7J259, looks like it would need to be modified.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 2:22 pm 
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First, are you sure about the model number? I don't see a Zenith 7-S-636 listed. I do find a Model 5G636, Farm Table Radio. Is it a table model or a console? Check your model number and better yet, post a picture of the radio. Your radio's serial number will help isolate the model also.
If you do indeed have a 1942 model, keep in mind that you will have to find the pattern for a 1942 linkage. The one I displayed that I created was for 1939 model and the one from LarryAD is a 1938 model linkage. I did a 1942 back in the 70's and do not think I have the pattern anymore. You will need to locate a 1942 because it is quite different from the two posted so far. The 1942 moves a white plate behind the dial to indicate the band in use along with rotating the band switch if I remember correctly. I'll see if I have any notes in my files.

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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 5:39 pm 
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I did indeed list the model number incorrectly. It is 7s363. I changed it in my original post. Thanks for catching that.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 6:15 pm 
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Big difference in model numbers. The pictures I posted are for a 7-S-363 assembly. I gave that radio to my nephew in NYC several years ago so the linkage is not available. A fellow ARFer loaned his from a parts chassis to me so I could make the replacement. When I received the 7-S-363, the entire linkage had been removed and a hole drilled through the front panel of the cabinet and a knob had been attached directly to the band switch shaft so there was a funky knob to the right of the dial. I was able to patch & blend the repair so the patch doesn't show. I will see if I still have the sketches I made while I was making the replacement.

EDIT: That is a fairly common model and someone here on ARF is likely to have a parts chassis they would rob or sell.

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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 6:46 pm 
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Bugman, I’m hoping for that. Also the pix you posted are very close if not exact to my setup. I’m going to use your suggestion if I can’t get the piece. I don’t have any heavy aluminum around so I’ll have to dig some up


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 9:30 pm 
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I have this one if it helps - it's from a 1005 chassis.


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 9:40 pm 
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Andyjon, that looks VERY close to mine. Any idea what the id of the hole in the barrel is? How much are you looking to get to get it ?


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 9:58 pm 
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it's 1/4" i.d., 1/2" o.d.
If it'll work for you, just cover shipping.....

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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 05, 2018 11:26 pm 
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That sounds perfect. That’s VERY generous of you. If the length on the barrel is 1 1/4”, I’ll take it. I wouldn’t want to take it from you to find out it doesn’t work and maybe you or someone else could use it. Are you sure about the cost? I don’t mind paying you a fair price if it works. If not, I have no reservations in returning to you. Your choice. Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Sat 06, 2018 12:50 am 
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It is 1 1/4".
I have no problem passing little odds and ends collecting dust in my parts box on to someone else that needs them to resurrect another set. Isn't helping each other out what these forums are about? I've fished this pond for help more times than I can count, and everyone has been more than generous with their knowledge, so I try to help out others when I can. Little things like this helps keep some of the costs of this hobby down for ALL of us IMHO.

P.S. If it doesn't work, DON'T return it! I haven't used it in years thus far, and may never use it. Let it collect dust and take up space in YOUR parts bin - until someone else needs it, then pass it on to them. :lol:
I'll pack it up and get you a price within the next few days. I can't see it being more than a few bucks, though....

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 Post subject: Re: WTB - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Sat 06, 2018 12:55 am 
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Thank you very much. You are very right about this forum. Nothing but nice helpful people loving the art of restoring old radios. The length is perfect. Thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: FOUND - Zenith Bandswitch Lever
PostPosted: Oct Fri 12, 2018 5:57 pm 
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Thanks to all who responded. Special thanks to bugman and andyjon100. Bugman for his ingenious repair which I’ll definitely remember for the future and andyjon100 who had an exact replacement. Thanks all !


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