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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
PostPosted: Nov Sat 09, 2019 10:42 pm 
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Adding water slide decals is not a bad idea, but they were not on this model when it left the factory.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
PostPosted: Nov Fri 15, 2019 4:39 am 
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Making some progress. Applied a coat of Restore-A-Finish. It's not that glossy, just wet from the fresh application and the camera flash. It took 5 scrubs with Go-Jo to finally get all that nicotine off. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
PostPosted: Nov Tue 19, 2019 5:29 am 
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Brought it upstairs today. I haven't put the chassis in or the speaker just yet. I wanted to keep it as lite as possible to carry it up. Next up is the speaker grill cloth installation.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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It's looking great so far! Nice work!

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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Thanks. I had a brain freeze when I was putting the clock back together. Take note the hour hand should be halfway between the 3 and the 4 instead of nearly on top of the 4. Oye! :oops:

It's a pain to pull the clock out the back and fix it but I guess I'll have to.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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OK, removed the clock and fixed the hands, reinstalled the original speaker cloth (after washing and scrubbing it 3 times yesterday to get the nicotine out), reinstalled the speaker, and temporarily installed one of my extra chassis. I have a chassis that was supposedly refurbed but I want to check it out and that will be an after holidays Winter project.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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You are fortunate to have been able to clean the fabric. These are nice examples of 1931 radios.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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I forgot to mention earlier, the clock works. Took a bit to get it going at first but she's running fine now. I don't like the way it's wired thru that surface mounted single recepticle that the chassis plugs into so I think I am going to modify it. I'm going to replace that single outlet with a surface mounted duplex then add a plug to the clock wire. That way if I need to pull the clock for any reason I can simply unplug it rather than having to pull apart that surface mounted receptacle.

I hadn't noticed a previous owner had threading the clock wire thru the left front mounting hole for the chassis when I replaced the power cord so I had to take it apart again. This is the junction that's going to get replaced with a duplex.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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I'm open to suggestions for an antenna since I'm having no luck locating a Crosley Tennaboard.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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Mine did not have an antenna, so I use a wire laying on the floor.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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I forgot to mention earlier, the clock works. Took a bit to get it going at first but she's running fine now. I don't like the way it's wired thru that surface mounted single recepticle that the chassis plugs into so I think I am going to modify it. I'm going to replace that single outlet with a surface mounted duplex then add a plug to the clock wire. That way if I need to pull the clock for any reason I can simply unplug it rather than having to pull apart that surface mounted receptacle.

I hadn't noticed a previous owner had threading the clock wire thru the left front mounting hole for the chassis when I replaced the power cord so I had to take it apart again. This is the junction that's going to get replaced with a duplex.

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I'd.leave it original. If the clock fails and you want to run the radio independently just unplug the radio from that recptical, unplug the.main power cord, and if the radio cord is too short use an extension cord to connect it to the wall... another option would be to add a vintage inline cord mount switch on the clock lead.

Most radios made before the mid 30s were designed for an outdoor long wire antenna and not an internal loop... depending on sensitivity of the set and local signal conditions sometimes you can clip one end of a loop from a junk set and get good signal, other times an indoor wire is needed and other cases (typically low tube count sets, deep fringe reception locations, and or houses.with metal roofing, siding.or other Faraday cage like construction) and outdoor long wire is needed the only thing good enough....


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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Playtime g-father clock radio and some questions
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I'd.leave it original. If the clock fails and you want to run the radio independently just unplug the radio from that recptical, unplug the.main power cord, and if the radio cord is too short use an extension cord to connect it to the wall... another option would be to add a vintage inline cord mount switch on the clock lead.

Most radios made before the mid 30s were designed for an outdoor long wire antenna and not an internal loop... depending on sensitivity of the set and local signal conditions sometimes you can clip one end of a loop from a junk set and get good signal, other times an indoor wire is needed and other cases (typically low tube count sets, deep fringe reception locations, and or houses.with metal roofing, siding.or other Faraday cage like construction) and outdoor long wire is needed the only thing good enough....

My intent is to be able to unplug the clock to remove it to work on as oppossed to having to disassemble that plug assembly in order to get it out should it develop a problem. The Crosley Playtime originally came with a built-in Tennaboard antenna.

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