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 Post subject: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Wed 28, 2020 5:20 am 
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I've been out of the hobby for some time, I occasionally look on Craigslist / Offer up (Not that I needed another project, I have plenty). This Fairbanks Morse console showed up and I could not pass on it for $120. This model has such a great looking dial. Normally I would do a complete strip and re-finish but this one uses the photo finish trim on the top sides and below the front control panel so I decided to salvage the original finish with touch up and new coat of lacquer. I installed a good looking pattern grille cloth from Ken Richmond. Here is the before and after pictures, now time to get working on the chassis.


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Wed 28, 2020 3:28 pm 
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Thanks for posting. I think it's an 8AC-2.
Good choice on the cloth and retaining the original finish.

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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Wed 28, 2020 6:44 pm 
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+1 on keeping the finish. Looks great.


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Wed 28, 2020 8:25 pm 
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A very nice job on finish, and a good choice of grille cloth.

Joe


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Wed 28, 2020 8:48 pm 
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i am so envious. The very first antique radio i got to play with when i was a teenager was a chassis (no speaker) out of this very model. I've been looking for a complete radio on and off for decades. You should take a picture in lower light with the dial lit up.

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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Wed 28, 2020 11:55 pm 
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Thanks John, Allen and Joe for the complements. Steve I'll add a pic of the lighted dial once restored, it uses 4 dial lights one on top one on bottom and two on the sides to light up the sub dials (volume & tone). I added a better picture of the front (flash makes finish look red) and back with the gimmicky tone projector and turret shield.
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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Thu 29, 2020 4:53 am 
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just beautiful. I'll have to step up my search :).

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Thu 29, 2020 7:00 am 
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Here is my Fairbanks-Morse 8AC-2 dial looks like lit up.

Joe


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Thu 29, 2020 11:36 am 
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Very nicely done. She's a beauty!


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Thu 29, 2020 11:57 am 
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Very nice!

While I understand Moscow, Paris, London, Berlin and other large cities, why Schenectady and Bound Rock?


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
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This was one of the first antique radios I found, I paid, I think, $10 back in 1997 or so. The cabinet was totally destroyed and I was not able to save it. I kept the chassis around.

I found a tabletop version of this a few years ago. A really big, heavy tabletop to be sure, but beautiful and uncommon.

Peter


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 Fairbanks Morse Console Before & After
PostPosted: Oct Fri 30, 2020 5:28 pm 
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I have the console and the table top model.

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