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 Post subject: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Thu 20, 2019 3:02 am 
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Going to redo this one, the grill was busted in at some point and was patched in with the little veneer pieces, missing pieces also. I didn't like that and I don't like patching in with little pieces of veneer plus the veneer used on this control panel was a plain old lookin veneer with no grain pattern to seake of so I decided to strip the entire piece of veneer of the front and that meant to remove the birds eye maple arches and side columns. It wasn't to hard to remove because the glue was very brittle but the veneer was a little tougher to remove. I want to put on some nice figured walnut or some thing like that to make this little radio really become a looker. Stay tuned in on this one, the radio plays very nice, with some period correct cloth and new book matched veneer and a refinish this will be a dare nice lookin early zenith cathedral radio.


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File comment: Bye Bye you old nasty broken plain jane veneer.
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File comment: You can see where the grill is cracked and not set back where it belongs, I will fix that before new book matched veneer is applied.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED!)
PostPosted: Jun Fri 21, 2019 1:28 pm 
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Ok I have the new veneer on now the front panel and will get some more done today, I wouldn't have replaced it but because of the old veneer coming off in many places around the speaker opening I figured this would give me the chance to make it better than trying to do patch work and the book matched walnut will look much nicer than what was on there.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore
PostPosted: Jun Sat 22, 2019 7:43 pm 
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This Zenett really looks nice compared to what is was, nice new book matched walnut veneer on the control panel, I did not want to piece the grill area back together so I went with fresh veneer for all, this thing really cleaned up nice and now can be displayed amongst the other cathedrals radios. You know I see a number of these on line and some are way over done with very bright birds eye maple, or the shading is way over done to dark, or just left alone and scraped up and not able to see any of the wood grain. , I did make a grill cloth wood backer in order to place new cloth in there nice and neat without gluing it to the cabinet which can be tricky and messy. It didn't have one in there I think zenith didn't make one for this model, better than factory now.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Mon 24, 2019 8:55 pm 
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The cabinet is gorgeous.

One thing about the chassis though. That .1 600 black tubular capacitor appears to be a Black Beauty or similar plastic encapsulated paper dielectric capacitor. They are just as prone to failure as the original paper caps ( only unlike the paper shell types sometimes when they fail they explode and sprinkle metal foil all over the place) those radios use, and should be replaced for the same reasons.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Mon 24, 2019 11:04 pm 
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Beauty, Fred! I have one of those in my collection also! Mine has a brass finish escutcheon, is that what I see on yours? My radio still has a nice original finish and the full tube shield in the back. I wish you sold "Fred Taylor Energy Pills"!! You whip these thing out, like it's no harder than baking a cake!


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Mon 24, 2019 11:47 pm 
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Ditto - simply awesome job. Pat yourself on the back for that one, for sure!!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 2:38 am 
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SteveG wrote:
Beauty, Fred! I have one of those in my collection also! Mine has a brass finish escutcheon, is that what I see on yours? My radio still has a nice original finish and the full tube shield in the back. I wish you sold "Fred Taylor Energy Pills"!! You whip these thing out, like it's no harder than baking a cake!
Well yes Steve the escutcheon is brass I figured there all were, just cleaned mine up a little it was so dingee you couldn't see any detail in it.. I'm no longer painting cars so I have plenty of time to work on radios. Believe me I wish I had more energy than I do. I wish I had more radios coming in for refinish. Im thinking about putting an add here on the forum for cabinet refinishing.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Tue 25, 2019 2:40 am 
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Ditto - simply awesome job. Pat yourself on the back for that one, for sure!!

Thanks Brian , for me just another day at the office. Thanks for your service, I too served 1976 - 1987


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Sat 29, 2019 8:43 am 
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As usual the cabinet is really beautiful Fred.

A question on the dial tuning, does the knob have any backlash? I ask 'cos a Zetavox ST I restored has a similar, 2 string arrangement, with only one spring, and does. I would say if the knob had a dot on it about a 1/4" of movement before take up.

Seems there are other owners of that radio out there so I could start another thread depending on what you can tell me.

thanks Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Sat 29, 2019 11:53 pm 
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I am another LH owner. I was given one almost 50 years ago, with a trashed cabinet. A few years ago, I bought another cabinet from a Forum member, which has a modified grille. The top arch is not there, and looks like it has always been that way. It's on my list of sets to finish; the chassis is already restored.

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Sun 30, 2019 12:42 am 
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As usual the cabinet is really beautiful Fred.

A question on the dial tuning, does the knob have any backlash? I ask 'cos a Zetavox ST I restored has a similar, 2 string arrangement, with only one spring, and does. I would say if the knob had a dot on it about a 1/4" of movement before take up.

Seems there are other owners of that radio out there so I could start another thread depending on what you can tell me.

thanks Gary

Don't know what you mean by backlash, no dot on the knob. When I turn the knob the dial moves right away no pause if that what you mean.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jun Sun 30, 2019 8:12 am 
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Thanks Fred

The dot on the knob was purely imaginary and used as an indication of how much the knob on mine moves before slack is taken up in the tuning drive. Usually called backlash over here.

I will start a new thread as Mods wont like me adding to this one.

thanks Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jul Tue 02, 2019 2:57 pm 
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OK, I would like to see your LH when you get it finished, always like seeing others of the same model.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith zenett LH restore (FINISHED)
PostPosted: Jul Wed 03, 2019 8:07 am 
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Hi Fred

Do you have any pics of the chassis topside that show the Zenette tuning drum?

thanks Gary


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