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 Post subject: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Mon 20, 2018 3:09 am 
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Just picked this up last week off an ad on Craig's List, its all original except for some electrical work that was done some time ago. The cabinet is needing a new speaker grill in which I have already made one today but still needing some minor detail work. The veneer one both sides have started to lift, I tried to save but couldn't so I will replace both sides with fresh walnut veneer. The rest of the veneer seems to be real good other than a few small chips on top. The chassis will go thru a total redo also, I have takin apart the chassis so I can bead blast prim, sealer, and paint silver, this will look very nice and will protect the chassis for many years to come, also the speaker bells and housing will also be bead blasted and painted. The cabinet is very solid , all the correct zenith wood knobs are there and will also be refinished. This baby strat will be a very beautiful radio when I get done with it, stay tuned for updates on the progress of this restoration.


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File comment: Not quite done on the grill, still needing some detailing on the torch and wealth.
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File comment: Chassis ready for bead blasting
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File comment: Pretty nasty
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File comment: Some speaker parts and dial ring that will get painted
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Wed 22, 2018 2:37 am 
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I can't wait to see the finished product as well as the steps you are taking.


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 3:18 am 
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Moving right along and ran into a few problems and may take a little longer to complete, the 2 speaker cones were shot and now being reconed at the speaker shop here in Dallas (freeman Tuell speaker service ) and both transformers for the both speakers were open so I ordered 2 new transformers from antique radio supply. The walnut veneer on the sides of cabinet had to be replaced and now have new walnut veneer with beautiful book matching pattern. Other than that everything is going good, the inside cabinet was nasty to say the least, there was a mouse nest inside behind the vertical speaker grill cloth area and had a pile of nasty sitting there, I almost threw up. I cleaned and scrapped the @#$! off then used my portable sand blaster with fine abrasive and blasted the inside of cabinet and its all clean and ready for the dark zenith blue paint. Cabinet has been stripped and now getting closer to grain filling, that I will do tomorrow and perhaps some stain and some toning will be done and sealer also tomorrow. Chassis was bead blasted, any pitting was smoothed out with automotive glazing putty then I primed, sanded and painted, sprayed Very fine silver to match the factory metal and then clear coated with two coats of automotive grade urethane satin clear. The small Speaker bell and large speaker bell assembly with stand, they were bead blasted and then primer and painted fine silver as the factory did, then were also cleared but in high gloss, reproduction decal for the large speaker is available, its the silver and black foil sticker that goes on the bell. There is still a lot of work left to do so stayed tuned every weekend for updates on this special restoration job for a special radio.


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File comment: Speaker bells , they were bead blasted and primed in this picture.
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File comment: Chassis has been bead blasted and ready for primer.
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File comment: Dial ring with the lamp shades, has been bead blasted.
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File comment: Front of chassis, ready for primer, by by rust.
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File comment: Fresh primer
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File comment: Looks like new
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 3:29 am 
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More pics.


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File comment: Some beautiful veneers and inlay.
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File comment: Heavy speaker board
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 11:42 am 
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Man after my own heart, looking good Fred!

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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 12:31 pm 
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Spectacular as usual Fred. I can't wait to see it completely done.


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 1:05 pm 
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WOW!


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 1:24 pm 
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I am doing this to mine right now as well. What type of veneer (species) is on the top? I need to replace the very top piece.
Thanks,
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 1:25 pm 
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I am doing this to mine right now as well. What type of veneer (species) is on the top? I need to replace the very top piece.
Thanks,
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Sun 26, 2018 8:17 pm 
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This is going to be fantastic Fred.

May I ask what paint (brand/color) you are using to spray the chassis?


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Mon 27, 2018 2:48 am 
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[quote="jamr005"]I am doing this to mine right now as well. What type of veneer (species) is on the top? I need to replace the very top piece.
Thanks,
Joe[/quoteThe veneer for the top looks like figured book matched walnut, really not sure.


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Mon 27, 2018 2:50 am 
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Dr. Radio wrote:
This is going to be fantastic Fred.

May I ask what paint (brand/color) you are using to spray the chassis?

The paint is made by PPG, solvent base and the color is a strait fine silver toner off the mixing bank.


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Mon 27, 2018 2:59 am 
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Thanks Fred.
Can't wait to see your final product.
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Mon 27, 2018 3:36 am 
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Spent all weekend at the radio shop working on zenith and I'm tired, back to regular job tomorrow. I need to slow down but I cant, I'm a workaholic. Always something to do. All done with the cabinet for now and sits with 5 coats of Mohawk Buffcoat lacquer sealer , next weekend I will smooth out the sealer (sand) and applied 4-5 coats of clear satin lacquer and that will do it for the cabinet ,the speaker grill I made looks good using the original Olympic torch from old grill but I don't want to make another one , bunch of time consuming detail involved in that, Inside cabinet was repainted to match the old dark or midnight zenith blue, I'm glad to see reproduction cloth for the zenith 12a58 is now availably from Kenny Richmond. It will be awhile before speakers are ready for install, there being re coned and one coil was sent out to get re wound. I must say the cabinet turned out well, it was pretty nasty, veneer problems on sides, cant tell by the before pictures.


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File comment: New grill is now in place, lots of time consuming detail work involved making that grill.
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File comment: Inside cabinet was cleaned, blasted and painted , looks very nice and fresh.
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Aug Mon 27, 2018 3:47 am 
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Few more pics.


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File comment: Dial ring painted next to zenith chassis
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File comment: Lightly bead blasted before painting inside cabinet
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File comment: New transformers for both speakers.
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File comment: Tuning condenser cleaned and ready for install.
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 02, 2018 2:08 am 
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Zenith is coming right along, cabinet is almost finished, The reproduction grill cloth looks very nice, Kenny Richmond did a great job on reproducing that pattern made just for the zenith 12a58. I'm sure it would go well with other radios also. The grill on this I had to make and was a chore, the finish is in statin and looks very smooth as I like em. This baby strat will live again soon, speakers are getting new cones and transformers, that will take a few more weeks before I get them back from speaker shop.


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File comment: Chassis is getting there
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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 02, 2018 8:31 pm 
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Finished up cabinet today ,looks very nice, chassis is almost done but waiting for some parts and speakers are getting new cones. I put chassis in cabinet to see how nice it looks. Very nice indeed, I will post more pictures when radio is complete.


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 02, 2018 9:44 pm 
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SUPER NICE!


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Sep Sun 02, 2018 10:19 pm 
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Just like brand new.


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 Post subject: Re: zenith 12a58 restore
PostPosted: Sep Mon 03, 2018 1:08 am 
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WOW, WOW... Amazing... That is beautiful!!


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