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 Post subject: RCA 6T restroration finished, a darn good radio!
PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 2:43 pm 
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Picked up for $5, even at that price I bet most would pass on it. RCA radios are good performers and I think this cabinet is a good looker. I always start with the cabinet restoration first. The cabinet was easy to knock apart, the top piece of walnut was missing and the front walnut was missing quite a bit so I decided to replace the front piece. I used the inner piece of the front for maintaining the correct dimensions and added a 3/16 piece of plywood on the backside and two ply alwood walnut for the front. I chose a nice matched section from a 2X4 foot piece of walnut. I used Titebond wood glue and ironed the face and the top veneer, this process works well and is quicker than using contact cement. I have been using old fashioned joint compound for years as the wood filler. It is also quick and easy to use. For the walnut I used minwax English chestnut oil stain first and after twenty four hours I applied a coat of alcohol based Van Dyke brown aniline dye over the entire cabinet. The score marks were created using a Dremel tool with two round stones placed against a clamped piece of steel. I have two sealer coats sprayed, I'll add 3-4 top coats of clear semi-gloss lacquer in the next day or so.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 10:42 pm 
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Definitely a labor of love, nice work! What do you use to color the joint compound prior to filling?

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 10:59 pm 
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Like to see what the chassis looks like.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 11:17 pm 
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voroush wrote:
Definitely a labor of love, nice work! What do you use to color the joint compound prior to filling?

I apply the joint compound to the veneer let it dry, sand and then use oil based stain over the filled veneer.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Thu 18, 2019 11:45 pm 
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pauls.ironhorse wrote:
Like to see what the chassis looks like.

Here are pictures of the chassis and speaker. The voice coil is dragging a bit, may need to re-cone the speaker, the underneath side of the chassis is remarkably clean, the top side as seen has quite a bit of surface rust. I will remove the tuning capacitor and dial and bead blast and then clearcoat the chassis.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 12:24 am 
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Thanks for the additional pics. Will be following this restoration.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Fri 19, 2019 11:10 pm 
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Bead blasted the chassis after removing the tuning gang and dial. Painted the transformer black and clear coated the chassis. The dial lens was very dark with dark spot so I decided to make a new one. Stay tuned for more updates.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration started
PostPosted: Jul Sat 20, 2019 4:52 pm 
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Looks great Larry! Nice work.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration (cabinet finished)
PostPosted: Jul Mon 22, 2019 1:03 am 
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A little more time spent on the RCA this weekend, made a plastic dial cover, couple of coats of sealer, four coats of semi-gloss clear and grill cloth salvaged from a console. The chassis has been recapped some of the rubber wire replaced, new gromets under the tuning gang, found the audio output transformer opened, it was potted in tar, used a butane torch to heat and removed the bad transformer. Bead blasted and clear coated the can. I'll stuff it will a good transformer next.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration finished, a darn good radio!
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 12:45 am 
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Finished the RCA chassis and speaker restore and placed in back in the cabinet, IMHO the radio turned out well and is a good performer.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA 6T restroration finished, a darn good radio!
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Excellent work! Out of all the similar RCA tombstones, that particular model with the fluted pillars is my favorite. The repurposed grill cloth is a very nice touch. Enjoy that beauty!


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