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 Post subject: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sat 24, 2018 3:53 pm 
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I'm surprised that no one has started a thread about basket case restorations. Feel free to post pictures of your most extreme/hardest radio to restore, or your best before and after radio transformation.



Here's mine: Although not yet finished, here's an American Bosch model 450 that was basically saved from the landfill.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sat 24, 2018 3:57 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sat 24, 2018 6:16 pm 
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RCA 29K2. Not the hardest, but one of the most satisfying before and after for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sat 24, 2018 7:15 pm 
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Nice job! I wonder what the scratching was from. Possibly a cat? Unless the finish was extremely weak, I don't think a person's fingernails could have scratched it up that badly.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sat 24, 2018 7:31 pm 
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Here are before and after pix of a FADA 790. A friend had brought it to me held together with electricians tape. Most of the pieces were there which made the repair easier.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 12:12 pm 
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I am a basket cake lover so I have a few.
We have probably seen one or 2 of these in the cabinet section.

1. Mission bell 45
2. Aircastle
3. Mid Philco 60 in process!


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 7:48 pm 
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A Philco 90 which sat in 4" of water sometime in its past.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 9:10 pm 
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Before and after of a Zenith S829:

http://www.saegerradio.com/Zenith_S829/Zenith_S829_before_and_after.html

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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 9:16 pm 
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Before and after of a Zenith S829:


Wow :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 10:02 pm 
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Here are a couple Wilcox-Gay sets...


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 10:15 pm 
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Here is a Philco model 37-610T that I fixed up a bit . . .


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Sun 25, 2018 10:39 pm 
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Here is a rare Delco 32v model 4049 made by Crosley.

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This is a Crosley 159, which is too another 32v set, and has the same power chassis as the Delco.

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Cabinet after, still working on the chassis
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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Mon 26, 2018 10:00 pm 
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Here's another one of mine: A Teletone 117A that I restored and gave to a friend. The radio was missing the Teletone nameplate on it, as well as the shaft, dial string, pointer, and knob for the dial. The dial glass had also worn off of the glass piece on the front. I refinished the cabinet, recapped the radio, made a back for it, restrung the dial, found a missing knob, and had a reproduction dial scale made. The only problem with this radio was that I accidentally cracked the dial glass while working on it :( . Also, I repaired the ripped (understatement) speaker.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
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Here's a rust bucket I did about 10 years ago. Stromberg Carslon 410H


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Wed 28, 2018 3:57 am 
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My most satisfying


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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Wed 28, 2018 2:57 pm 
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We got some super talent in here...

Bob (Joybird) was a restorer and a half. We chatted through an amazing restoration of a Pilot 304. He lost it in a flood but made it new again.
It belongs in this post.

Here is the restoration process.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Wed 28, 2018 4:32 pm 
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I do remember following Bob's thread on the cabinet restoration. He did an AMAZING job on that radio. It's just sad that we lost another talented restorer.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Wed 28, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Well, there was the "Mouse-House":
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(No, it's not finished yet.....)

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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Wed 28, 2018 5:11 pm 
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I'm afraid I don't have any "Before" photos of this radio. I really wish I did!

I bought this Majestic 307 at the AWA Conference in Canandaigua NY back in September 1988. It was Bruce Mager of "Waves" who sold it to me.
There was someone who did photograph it after I bought it as he really wanted to buy it from me, but i just didn't want to part with it.

The cabinet was a mess. Veneer as well as under laminations were loose. veneer was missing in several places. I ended up removing a strip on the right side so I had original veneer to piece in all the missing pieces on the front and top. the cabinet was literally in traction with clamps and weights on my mother's kitchen table as I carefully glued it all back together.

After I was done with the gluing, sanding and straining, I took it to a guy I knew who refinished furniture. He sprayed the lacquer finish on it.

It's not 100% perfect but considering what it was, it's so much better!

if I could find who took photos of it at Canandaigua 1988, I would love to get copies!

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 Post subject: Re: Let's See Your Basket Case Restorations
PostPosted: Mar Wed 28, 2018 7:36 pm 
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Steve,

That is one beautiful and amazing job.

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