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 Post subject: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
PostPosted: May Wed 29, 2019 6:03 pm 
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What motor grommets have you used if you have restored one of these machines? I'm restoring one now, and the motor grommets are hard as a rock. The OEM grommets are flat on both sides, and seem larger than the conical shaped grommets Gary sells at Voice of Music. I'm afraid to remove one to measure the pass through in the motor board until I know I can get replacements.

I think the motor is an Alliance motor. Any suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 66E Motor Grommets
PostPosted: May Wed 29, 2019 8:03 pm 
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I used these from Antique Electronic Supply on my RCA record player (RP-178) and they worked great. There's extra bolt threads to take up the slack if the new grommets are thicker/ higher.
https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/g ... -package-9

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets
PostPosted: May Wed 29, 2019 8:28 pm 
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Thanks, but I think those may be too small (OD=1/2"). I think I may need a larger size, 5/8" OD.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets
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They'll grow when you compress them with the nuts. They are cheap and worth a try to see.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets
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I checked with Gary at Voice of Music and he recommended the 125-106 Zenith professional record player motor mounts. So I bought a set, and they are an almost perfect fit except for the center hole. The OEM RCA mounts have a 3/16" center hole with brass bushings. The Zenith mounts have a 1/4" center hole.

I found some 1/4" styrene tubing in my junk box and cut three new bushings. The OEM RCA brass bushings fit inside, so the motor centered nicely when the new grommets were installed.

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I installed the new 1434 idler wheel I also bought from VOM and reassembled the motor in the restored cabinet and gave it a test. My strobe disk showed the turntable speed to be right on 78 rpm.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets
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Here are some images of the restored player. I washed the cabinet with Simple Green. Then I buffed with Bakelite with Novus 2, and gave it a coat of wax.

I repainted the ugly gold paint. I took the player cabinet up to the NAPA paint store and had them color match the paint and make me a can of aerosol paint.

I replaced the dead crystal cartridge with a Pfansteihl P-51-3 cartridge and stylus, and recapped the amplifier. The audio quality is surprisingly good.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
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Here's a link to a You Tube video I posted with restoration tips for restoring an RCA 63E:

https://youtu.be/TZ0CHU2YkbY

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
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Hi Ed,
As usual, enjoy seeing your classy restorations
and your helpful step by step.

I often post your great V-M 1200 changer
restoration for new members.

We appreciate your efforts,
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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
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Hotwax, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
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Looks great! That's a cool little record player.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
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Thanks. You can see the influence of the cabinet design in the early 45 players that came out the following year.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA 63E Motor Grommets--Found, and Restoration Completed
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Indeed you can. I wasn't aware that this phonograph existed. I knew of that design only as a 78 turntable attachment to plug into a radio.

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