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 Post subject: Restoration Pilot Model 304 Cabinet HURRICANE Sandy (DONE)
PostPosted: May Mon 15, 2017 9:35 pm 
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I will now attempt to restore the Cabinet to presentable condition.

Here is what we Started With


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Mon 15, 2017 9:45 pm 
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I will start with Eye Tube holder and Speaker Frame

I have the Cabinet all apart as you can see

I have contacted Steve he has offered to reproduce the Front Panel and the Grill

That will be a big help.

More later

Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Tue 16, 2017 2:26 am 
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Wow quite the job there. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Thu 18, 2017 8:52 am 
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There are many many radios out there so why bother? Even if you work a miracle it will never be as good as restoring one in reasonable shape.

What's in all the delaminated ply layers? Salt and grime so squirting in PVA may only be short term repair. Then you will need to flush out all the coils and bits and some maybe already on their way to corrosion.

Then there is rust ...

Just my opinion.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Thu 18, 2017 11:48 am 
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Radio Fixer wrote:
There are many many radios out there so why bother? Even if you work a miracle it will never be as good as restoring one in reasonable shape.

What's in all the delaminated ply layers? Salt and grime so squirting in PVA may only be short term repair. Then you will need to flush out all the coils and bits and some maybe already on their way to corrosion.

Then there is rust ...

Just my opinion.

Gary

Many Pilot Model 304 ??????
Read the prior post on chassis. (Link,Top of POST)
Glad I do not think your way :?

Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Thu 18, 2017 4:10 pm 
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Some Saga on the chassis. Wow!!

Wouldn't have wanted to do that one although I have done some that were pretty bad.

Certainly filling in your time ...

GL with the cabinet.

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Sat 20, 2017 5:31 pm 
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Well I finished the Eye Tube Holder, complete with new Harness

Next Speaker Board


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Sun 28, 2017 8:53 am 
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hello joybird,
nice job so far you have a lot redo


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: May Sun 28, 2017 1:00 pm 
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Hi Rich,

Yep and just begun.

This is Speaker Board. It is 3 inches Thick
Cleaned it in a Bleach solution. Baked in 170 degree Oven for 2 Hours.
Re-glued, sanded,toned,sealed with clear.

Put in the Done Pile

Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
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Hello joybird,
that a strange arrangement to mount the eye tube in front of the speaker were maybe a mid or tweeter would be mounted.


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
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radiorich wrote:
Hello joybird,
that a strange arrangement to mount the eye tube in front of the speaker were maybe a mid or tweeter would be mounted.



They did that with a few Models, (upgrades) seemed to be a Big seller at the Time.

If you look close at rear of Chassis on these Radios there is an outlet for a additional Speaker.
OT is needed. PM OK.
I have never seen an add on speaker from Pilot, would be interested if anyone has.

Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: Jun Sun 04, 2017 3:32 pm 
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OK the Cabinet Bottom is going on the Bench today

Here she is Before





Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2017 7:31 pm 
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OK here is the Base
Reglued. Filled voids and cracks, toned with Mohawk Perfect Brown (100)


Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2017 7:46 pm 
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Next Step

I will have to replace the Inside Ply's on Both SIDE PANELS, due to water damage.
one is .050 thick (Vertical Grain) the other is .038 (Horizontal grain)

I have found replacement Veneer's after a hard long search. (ON ORDER)
In process now of re-gluing the Veneer that will be kept, then removing what is left of the bad Ply's
Will require some Magic to fix some of the Outer Veneer. It is just straight Grained, but , would be hard to fit new pieces.

Will post again when one section ready

Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
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I am working on this Cabinet. The last 4 days has been re-gluing , clamping sections at a time.

I am now ready to cut the veneer for the missing layers on the inside of the side Panels

The salt water really did a job on the inner ply's on the side Panels

Cost me $47 to get the correct thickness veneers. .050 and .038 .

Once glued in place 2 Sheets each side. It will be ready for sanding.

Will post some pic's then.


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
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hello Bob
tell me about good lumber is getting costly now know why everything is plastic or particle board.


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
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joybird wrote:
Radio Fixer wrote:
There are many many radios out there so why bother? Even if you work a miracle it will never be as good as restoring one in reasonable shape.

What's in all the delaminated ply layers? Salt and grime so squirting in PVA may only be short term repair. Then you will need to flush out all the coils and bits and some maybe already on their way to corrosion.

Then there is rust ...

Just my opinion.

Gary

Many Pilot Model 304 ??????
Read the prior post on chassis. (Link,Top of POST)
Glad I do not think your way :?

Bob T



I agree.. You should scrap it.. Then you can send me the knobs and eye tube holder :wink:
It looks real nice buddy..
Keep it up!

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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: Jun Tue 13, 2017 7:04 pm 
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While waiting for the Glue to dry, Worked on the Felt Washer Feet.

Made by the T.R Brawley Washer Co, Brooklyn, NY
All I can find on the Company is Patent info for felt washer

Filed 1/4/1916 S/N 97,431
Published 11/4/1916

The Brass cleaned up nicely with Dremel Wire Brush.
I Plan on building up the original Felt

FUN< FUN<

Bob T


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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
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Nice work after that sad event! It sure would be nice to find a source for new felt feet, although the stick-on felt pads work nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Restoration of Pilot Model 304 Cabinet (HURRICANE Sandy)
PostPosted: Jun Fri 16, 2017 3:32 pm 
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Getting there.

One more section to do .

Bob T


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