Below you will find all of the previous restorations I have completed. I wasn't initially intending to create a web site and therefore I didn't chronicle the progress on the first few like have started doing on all current and future restorations. Please take a look at my work and let me know what you think in my Guestbook.
My First Restoration
This is a 1938 Zenith 6S229 "Big Black Dial" Tombstone radio with 6 tubes and a faux finish on the cabinet. This is printed paper that is placed over the wood and lacquered. This is something that
is virtually impossible to recreate so I didn't mess with the cabinet. It was a lot of fun but also intimedating. I updated the electronics by replacing the wax/paper capacitors with current mylar
capacitors and the old electrolytics with current versions. All of the tubes were tested and bad or even weak ones were replaced with NOS (New Old Stock) tubes. With the help of Mr. John Goller of
johnandjeansantiqueradios.com I was able to correct a wiring problem. Someone had been in this radio previously and had it wired incorrectly. When I turned it on for the first time I was able to tune
in a station playing the "Boogie Woggie Buggle Boy of Company B" and it sounded so good!
This is a VERY rare Zenith table radio. This 1939 large gold dial is known as the "Stars and Stipes" due to tge stars around the dial bezel. This model has a flywheel style tuning mechcanism which allows rapid effortless tuning. The cabinet was in very good original condition but had been stripped down to the bare walnut wood. I cabinet was cleaned and toned lightly with Mohawk Extra Dark Walnut toner and finished off with several coats of Mohawk Clear Lacquer 50/55 sheen with light smoothing between coats. The chassis was removed cleaned and all the wax/paper capacitors were replaced along with the electrolytic capacitors. All other components were tested and replaced as needed. All the tubes were tested and replaced if defective or even weak.
1937 Airline 62-245 Table Radio
The Airline brand was manufactured by others and sold by Montgomery Wards stores and this one has received the nickname "Indian Head" because the cut out for the speaker resembles the shape of an indian with head dress. This is a compact 5 tube radio and features the AM Broadcast band and an On-Off/Volume switch. It waterfall sides and 3 different tones of veneers. It is a decent sounding radio for a compact with a 5" speaker. It is a popular radio and a nicely restored example can sell for $150-$200.00. This one has the original dial scale, dial glass and bakelite bezel as well as the knobs. The cabinet was worn enough that I stripped it and lightly retoned to original look and put just a few coats of lacqure on. The grille cloth was torn so it was replaced with one that I personally thinks looks much better that the original. You be the judge!
1939 Stromberg-Carlson 400H Table Radio
Stromberg-Carlson was considered the "Cadillac" of radios due to the excellent quality. This is a standard "All American Fiver" and is AM broadcast band only. The radio was missing all the tubes and had all it's original wax/paper capacitors. All NOS tubes were installed and all paper/wax and electrolytics capacitors were replaced. It does have very nice veneers and the slanted dial was somewhat unique for a table radio for the period. The grille cloth, dial scale, dial glass, dial bezel and knobs are all original. The radio plays and displays well.
1937 Crosley 517 Compact Fiver Table Radio
The 1937 and 1938 Crosley models featured a very popular "Gold Mirror Dial" that is really cool. If you look at it you would be certain the dial scale was printed on the background. However when you remove the background from the dial glass, the background is solid gold mirror with no printing and the dial scale is sreen printed on the inside of the dial glass backwords and therefore reflects correctly onto the background. This is another "All American Fiver" with AM broadcast band and five tubes. This one was a real joy to restore and I sold it to a gentleman in Cincinnati, Ohio who has a room dedicated to Cincinnati Reds baseball memorabilia and he wanted the radio so he could sit in his room and listen to the Reds games on the old AM radio like he did a kid.
The first 4 photos below are before restoration and the rest are after full restoration. Let me know what you think in the Guestbook.
1939 Emerson CM-267 Table Radio
This radio is a 5 tube set with the famous Ingraham cabinet. Ingraham was out of Bristo, CT and built the radio cabinets for many of the Emerson radios. This is one of their more basic designs. The radio came to me in really poor condition. It has one of the tightest working areas of any chassis I have worked on. I did replace the dial lense and I think all in all it came out pretty nice. Of course you really had to see it before to appreciate how it looks now. I did refinish the cabinet and repalce all the wax/paper capacitors and electrolytics as well as tested the tubes and replaced as needed. The radio sounds nice with a LONG wire antenna. A screw in the top of one of the tuning gang capacitors was stripped and I was not able to repair it, so it doesn't pick up well without the long wire antenna.
1939 Silvertone 6120A Table Radio
The Silvertone brand was sold by Sears-Roebuck and Company and like Montgomery Wards they outsourced the manufacturing to others. This one was a Colonial chassis with a very rare Ingraham cabinet. It retains its original dial scale and wooden knobs. The dial lense was extremely yellowed, so it was replaced with an exact reproduction. It has 6 tubes including the 6U5 tuning eye which was replaced with a NOS 6U5. The other tubes were tested and replaced as needed. All of the wax/paper and electrolytic capacitors. The resistors were tested and the 15meg across the volume pot was bad which would not allow the volume to turn complete down. It was replaced and this radio is one of the best sounding radios I have. It is awesome at night with the soft golden glow of the dial and the bright green eye. I have only seen one of these since I bought mine and it is currently on eBay for a Buy It Know of $895.00 and doesn't even have the original knobs.
The first 3 pictures are before restoration and the rest are after restoration.
1939 Zenith 5S319 "Racetrack" Table Radio
This is a very popular radio with collectors and was dubbed the "Race Track" due to the oval shape of the dial. The stripe on the cabinet is the dreaded but unique faux printed paper finish and in this particular case the front edge was fine with just one small chip missing. However the top just after the curve was badly chipped and although it was hard, I removed it up to the point where it was solid. It is immposible to make an exact reproduction, so I stripped the cabinet and retoned it so the area where the stripe was would match the rest of the cabinet. With the stripe intact all the way up the front and an inch over the top, it actually doesn't look bad and can't been seen when displayed at head level. I used Perfect Brown toner/lacquer on the front top and right side and and Extra Dark Walnut on the front bottom edge and the top and bottom edge of the left side. The speaker grille is walnut and was very lightly toned. I then hit it with about 6 coats of 50/55 sheen lacquer, lightly smoothing between coats. This is as close to original finish as I can get. The grille cloth was torn and I actually got the very last piece of reproduction grille cloth avaialble as it is no longer being produced. It is a slight shade darker than the original but has the exact same wave pattern. The speaker had a number of cracks in the cone material and were repaired. The chassis was cleaned and all of the controls were cleaned and lubricated. The dial cord was in great shape so it was retained. All of the knobs are original and are in good condition. All of the wax/paper and electrolytic capacitors were replaced and all tubes were tested and repalced as needed. This is a 5 tube set and I was surprised at the volume level and tone quality.
1938 Truetone D-724 Table Radio
This is my second restoration of the Truetone D-724 model radio and I was very pleased with the end result. The cabinet was stripped and refinished with Mohawk period and color correct toners and finished off with several quotes of Mohawk clear lacquer 50/55 sheen. Of course the normal smoothing was done between quotes. The chassis was removed, cleaned and all the wax/paper and electrolytic capacitors were replaced. All tubes were tested and defective or weak tubes were replaced with NOS tubes. The green tuning eye tube was replaced. The dial scale and dial lens were replaced with exact reproductions. The grille cloth was torn and replaced with a period correct reproduction. All of the controls were cleaned and lubricated for smooth and propoer operation. This 8 tube radio with it's 8" speaker really sounds great.
1937 Silvertone 4565 Table Radio
This is a very large table radio and has to be because of the large 7" Gold Dial Scale. It is my understanding that this was Sears & Roebucks Anniversary special dial and with the ornate markings and the magic tuning eye overlooking the dial, it is really a beautiful thing to behold in a dimly lit room. This example came to me with a cabinet that had been refinished in a redish color and the chassis had been previously worked on and had some issues with the the electolytic capacitors being wired incorrectly. I stripped the cabinet to the bare wood and with the front veneer being applied in several sections, I taped of evey other section and lightly sprayed the exposed sections with Mohawk Perfect Brown Toner. The other sections were sprayed with Mohawk Clear Lacquer. The top was also lightly toned with Perfect Brown and the sides were received a medium amount of Extra Dark Walnut toner. All the trim was done in heavy Extra Dark Walnut and the entire cabinet received 5 to 6 coats of Clear Lacquer with light smoothing between coats. The before and after photos speak for themselves. This radio is actually in my living room and is the one we listen when relaxing in that room.
The chassis was removed, all tubes were removed and the surface was claened throughly using brass brushes and elbow grease. I loaded the chassis into my trusty chassis holder and throughly cleaned all of the controls and lubricating all the moving parts for smooth operation. I then removed all of the old wax/paper capacitors and replaced them with current production mylar capacitors with the exact same values. As I mention earlier the original electrolytic can capacitors had already been replaced with under the chasiss capacitors from the 50's and the were not terminated at the proper points. I replaced them with current production exact value capacitors and installed a new polarized power cord for same operation. The tubes and other components were tested and any that were weak or out of specification were replaced. The speaker had a couple of tears and were easily repaired. I plugged her in and fired her up and she sings very well. I placed the speaker and chassis in the cabinet and installed the knobs which had been sprayed with the waterbased lacquer for bakelite and plastic, with knob felt of course. The radio site proudly in the living room and is generally the subject of conversation when anyone new visits the house and that allows me to take them to my workshop and show them my 140 strong collection.
1939 Silvertone 6250 Table Radio
This is one of the few Silvertone models with cabinets made by the famous cabinet maker Ingraham Cabinet, Co, Bristol CT. They were a main supplier to Emerson Radio & Phonograph, Corp. I actually have 3 of the models that used the highly collectible Ingraham cabinets. This model apperars to be more rare and sought after as I have only seen 3 of them on eBay or Craigslist in the past 3 years since I began collecting and mine is one of the 3. The one on eBay sold for upwards of $700.00 and I got mine although in pretty rough shape for under $150.00.
Let's get to the restoration. Well first the radio was not packed well and 2 of the tubes had come loose and were banging around in the cabinet. One of them was glass and broke into many pieces and some of the pieces worked their way into the dial scale and damaged the foil dial scale. The cabinet had a break in the top right section where the veneer waterfalls. The joints in a number places had broken loose and had to be reglued. I used a strap clamp to hold the glued repair in place on the waterfall veneer break and after everything was solid, I stripped the cabinet down to the bare wood and toned the bottom section of the front with a light coat of Mohawk Dark Walnut toner and the top and upper section of the front with a light coat of Mohawk Perfect Brown toner. The sides and trim received full coverage with Mohawk Extra Dake Walnut toner and then the whole cabinet got multiple coats of Mohawk Clear Lacquer with 0000 steel wool between coats.
The chassis was in need of a lot of love and it took a lot of scrubbing with brass brushes to get through the oxidation to the metal. I removed the tuning condensor and cleaned, lubed and adjusted it for nice smooth operation. I replaced the rubber mounts and reinstalled it into the chassis. The electrolytic filter capacitors were replaced as were all the wax/paper capacitors. The old faithful Hickok 600A tube tester was fired up and all tubes were tested and the one broken in shipping and 2 others were in need of replacement. The 6U5 tuning eye was also replaced. All replacement tubes are NOS. A new polarized power cord was installed and with the speaker in good condition, the radio was plugged in and tuned to the 1330KHz frequency of my SSTrans AMT5000 broadcast transmitter and enjoyed an episode of "Yours Truly Johnny Dollar"
1936 Airline 62-317 Table Radio
This is a pretty popular radio from Montgomery Wards. They had a chrome chassis 7 tubes including the green tuning eye. The chassis on this one had some rust and the cabinet finish was horrible and there was piece of veneer missing on the top right side at the very back. The grille cloth was worn and torn and the plastic dial cover was craked and yellowed so both were replaced. I took everything apart and began with the chassis. I checked all the tubes and replaced defective or weak tubes and installed a NOS tuning eye. I cleaned the surface rust from the chassis, but couldn't do anything about the pitting. I cleaned and lubed all controls and the dial cord was broken so I replaced it with a rubber version. The dial lamp groments were hard and brittle so they were replaced as well as the dial lamps. The speaker was surprisingly in good condition. I removed the dial and tuning eye bezels and sadly they both had rust so I had to take them down to bare metal to remove the rust. They are originally black. It doesn't detract from the nice look of the radio, but I prefer to leave them original where possible. I stripped the cabinet and replaced the missing piece of veneer. I did the edges and the top left step down in Mohawk extra dark walnut as well as the 3 speaker grille bars. The right side was done in Mohawk perfect brown and the left side was lightly toned with Mohawk walnut. I put several coats of Mohawk semi-gloss lacquer on with smooting between coats. My wife really liked the cabinet and the multi color dial which she said looks like a person and from a distance, the small dial does resemble a head and the black area below does look kind of like a large belly. Anyway it was all put back together and she claimed it for her own and it is now displayed in our bedroom.
1936 Marconi 84 Console Radio
This is a very rare Canadian Marconi console radio and was purchased from a family that really struggled with letting it go because it had belonged to the father and husband of this family. I assured them I would love it as much as he did and only wanted to restore it back to its original glory and get it playing so it could be enjoyed. He was scared to death of it being damaged in shipping as it had to from the Northeast to the Southeast. Well he was right, UPS abused it worse that any package I have ever received. The main glass over the dial was shattered into pieces. The dial scales are screen printed onto 2 pieces of plate glass and they were both broken into a number of pieces. There was a piece of the front of the cabinet broken off and another piece cracked. Two of the feet were broken off as well. It was very hard breaking the news to my new friend and his mother, but I assured them it was all repairable and you would never know it happened when I completed the restoration. I pulled the chassis and it was in all original untouched condition, which is the way we like to get them. I cleaned the Very large chassis which had years and years of oxidation. I had to totally disassemble the dial scale and tuning mechanism and carefully remove the broken glass dial scales. I was able to get them out without damaging them any further and all the pieces were still there. I am gluing them back together, but because dial lamps actually shine through the edge of the glass to illuminate the scale, the repair will not allow the true beauty of the scale to be seen, so I am taking the glued plates to a glass company and having two identical pieces cut and will then have a sign company recreate the scales and screen them onto the scale just like it was done originally. The tuning condensor rubber mounts were dry rotted and allowed it to wobble freely. I removed it, cleaned and lubed it and installed it back on the chassis with new rubber mounts. I cut the old top mounted electrolytic capacitor cans out of the circuit and replaced them with current production capacitors. I replaced all of the wax/paper capacitors with current production capacitors. As with all wax paper capacitor I use the excact mfd. value and at minimum the same wattage as the original. With the electrolytics, I use the same of higher mfd. value as the original and same or higher wattage rating. I tested all the tubes and had 3 that were weak or bad and they were replaced. The 6E5 tuning eye was totally dead and it was replaced with a NOS 6E5 which lit up good and bright and has execllent response. The controls were cleaned and lubricated and everthing is functioning very smoothly. The speaker was removed from the cabinet and was immaculate with no stains, tears or damage of any kind. The original power cord is a HEAVY DUTY cloth covered cord and is in like new condition, so I am not replacing it. With the electronics restoration complete, I fired it up and it sounds marvelous with deep rich tone, excellent treble and more volume than I will ever need. It is a very sensitive receiver picking up many stations with just an 18" wire connected. The cabinet was stripped and the broken pieces were repaired and the 2 broken feet were reattached. This cabinet has 4 different types of wood veneer and although the original had only one tone, I chose to allow the natural wood to come through on some portions and some dark walnut and perfect brown was used in some areas. A ton of work went into this one as it was the first console I had tackled and had 3 times the surface area of the table tops and it was so ornate with cutouts and and edging. The end result was very satisfying and I hope you agree.
1940 Emerson DS-436 Table Radio
This is a large and very heavy table radio. I have only been able to find one like it and that was on an old radio forum. The chassis actually mounts to a board and then the board mounts to the cabinet. I disassembled the radio and removed all of the tubes and tested them. Replaced any weak or defective tubes. I cleaned the chassis good with brass brushes and painted it with sliver Rustoleum hammered paint. The chassis had some rust and pitting, so the hammered effect hides the pitting areas. It really makes the chassis look good and of course will prevent future rust. I then replaced all of the electrolic and wax/paper capacitors. The dial cord was in excellent condition, probably had been replaced in recent years. This one has 3 dial indicators, one that moves right to left and is tied to the station tuner and the other 2 are on the left and right side of the dial and move up and down the dial. The one on the left moves with the turning of the volume knob and the one one the right is a four position tone switch. This baby has 9 tubes and uses 6L6 output tubes in a push pull circuit. I was amazed at how wonderful this radio sounds. The cabinet was stripped down so I lost the original decals which were a bit on the worn side anyway. I do have exact waterslide replacements and installed them. I used Medium Brown Walnut on the entire cabinet, so it is one consistent tone as was the original. Althought the original was slightly lighter, I like the darker richness of the Mohawk Medium Brown Walnut. I decided to use the Mohawk Gloss lacquer for a brighter shine with the single color cabinet. I cleaned and lubricated all the controls, replaced the power cord with current polarized cord and the dial cover was cracked, so I ordered a replacement and installed it into the cabinet. I then reassembled the radio and I hope you like the finished product as much as did creating it.
1937 Air Chief 7405-3R-1661-A Table Radio
This is my favirote radio so far of the over 170 in my collection. Air Chief was the brand name used by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company to market thier line of AM broadcast radios under. Like Montgomery Wards and Sears Roebuck & Company, Firestone contracted others to manufacture their radios. I had never seen this one and only had one other Firestone Air Chief radio. I found this one on Craigslist and although the finish needed to be redone, the cabinet was solid with tight joints and no cracked or missing veneer. I disassembled the radio and was very pleased to see that it was all original and had not been touched. I tested all the tubes and as always replaced all defective or even weak tubes. I put in a NOS tuning eye. I cleaned the chassis and cleaned and lubed tuning condensor and all controls. I then replaced all the electrolytic and wax/paper capacitors and installed a new polarized AC cord. The dial scale is black paper with the dial scale printed on it. When I removed the dial glass the metal bracket was very rusty. I removed the surface rust and painted it with black Rustloeum paint. The dial lamps actually sit against the edge of the glass and illuminate the scale to where it looks almost glow in the dark. I stripped the cabinet and toned the edges with extra dark walnut and the rest of the cabinet with perfect brown toner. The speaker grille bars were also toned with extra dark walnut. I used a black fine line toner brush to accent the cut lines in the cabinet. The knobs where toned in perfect brown on the side edge and extra dark walnut on the front face. I used Mohawk Semi-Gloss lacquer and put on 4 coats with light smoothing between coats. The original grille cloth was in excellent condition so I reused it and the tuning eye and dial bezels had a perfect patina. The speaker was in great shape except the spyder which on this speaker was on the top and had pieces broken off so it was not connected at all points and I carefully installed pieces to bridge the spaces. I then assembled everything and fired it up and the sound quality is exceptional. I only paid 50.00 for mine and liked it so much, I saw one on eBay and intended to win it. However it went for over 350.00 unrestored, so I will just be happy with having one.
1937 Majestic 60 Table Radio
This is a radio that I been wanting for a while. I bid on a couple of them on eBay with the tuning eye and just wasn't willing to go high enough to win one. I found this one on eBay and was able to do a Buy It Now for 114.00 including shipping. The radio was actually in a lot worse shape than it appeared in the pictures that were posted on eBay. They were fairly dark and didn't show the 5 or 6 places that the veneer was actually missing. As you can see in one picture someone actually took a couple of finishing nails to help hold the cabinet together at one curved area with the veneer missing. I have to admit this is my first time dealing with this much veener work. I guess I am pleased considering I had never done any kind of wood working before getting into the hobby of radio restoration. I have tried to show the before and after for each of the veneer repairs. The speaker cone was toast so I sent it off for reconing. The dial cover lense was also very yellowed and I ordered a reproduction. The dial bezel had some bad spots on the bottom and pitting so I brass brushed it until I got it looking good. Since I had to remove the patina on the bottom, I decided to go ahead and clean it up to the top line which really highlighted the patina on the top portion with the eagle. The grille cloth was some kind of stiff AC filter texture stuff and was replaced with nice scalloped reproduction grille cloth. The radio had been partially restored or should I say several of the wax/paper capacitors were replaced and all of the electrolytics. The truth is it is preferred to get a radio in all original condition so you know the schematic is correct. I have a had a couple that had the wrong value parts, electrolytics with the polarity reversed and other undesirable changes. In this case the parts were correct value and in their proper place. The tuning condenser was removed and cleaned and reinstalled with new rubber busings. The chassis was pretty rough so it was cleaned and painted with Rustoleum Sliver Hammered paint. I replaced the balance of the capacitors and tested all the tubes and replaced all defective or weak tubes. The one rusted tube you see in the picture of the back of the radio after restoration is the balast tube and it was working and I wasn't able to get a repalcement from my normal source so I left it alone. I will probably come back and paint it black if I don't search out a replacement. I cleaned and lubed all the controls and installed a new polarized AC cord. I stripped the cabinet and reglued several joints that were loose and began to work on replacing the missing veneer. I used Mohawk perfect brown toner for the lighter areas and black toner on the bottom edge. I used extra dark walunt on the top and black toner on 3 dark bars that run behind the dial. I reinstalled the rconed speaker and fired it up. It is just a 5 tube chassis but with the reconed speaker it sounded pretty nice. I reassembled everything and shot the after photos.
1941 Zenith 10S549 Chairside Radio
This Zenith chairside has nice speaker cutouts and the reproduction grille cloth complimented the radio very well. This is my longest project to date, but it is also the most special as well. I worked on it off and on for just over a year. It had the plastic jacket on all the wiring that had become brittle and cracked, so for saftey sake, I replaced all the wiring with reproduction cloth covered wiring. This was a chore. The dial scale had some rust and other crude on it from years of spilling liquid on the glass and it seeped onto the dial scale and down the long shaft that went into the chassis and had become gunked up. The On/Off/Volume/Tuning and Band Selector are all part of a multi function switch that took a lot of cleaning to free them up to work properly. I bought an identical chassis with the dial scale in excellent condition and replaced mine with it. I replaced all the weak and defective tubes, electrolytic capacitors, wax/paper capacitors and out of tolerance resistors. The cabinet was in pretty good condition and had been refinished some years back, but some of the speaker cutout pieces were broken and some small sections of veneer were missing. These were all repaired and the cabinet was cleaned and a new reproduction grille cloth was installed as well as new power cord. The station preset and tone preset bezels were worn and paint was missing. I cleaned them and repainted with hammered gold paint and it really looked factory. The brass dial bezel was very tarnished and I cleaned and polished it to an antique look.
Now to share makes this restoration so special to me. My father was born October 27, 1941 and had come up in the two way radio business when vacuum tubes were still the current technology. He told me how he used to listen to the old radio shows like Red Rider, Hop Along Cassidy and Green Hornet on an old AM radio when he would go to bed. I decided since this radio had been made in his birth year and I had invested more time and money in it than any other, I would give it to him for his birthday. I bought an SSTrans AM broadcast transmitter kit and built it. I recorded a number of radio shows that actual were originally broadcast on October 27, 1941 and had dad set in his recliner and close his eyes. I set the radio up next to his chair and turned the AM broadcaster on and tuned the radio to the transmit frequency and started one of the shows and had him open his eyes. He was very surprised and tickled to know he could go to bed listening to the shows he rememered from his childhood. I had made him a disc of many shows during his childhood. We got a timer and set it up to allow him to go to sleep listening and the radio will shutoff after an hour.
1938 Crosley 817 Super 8
The Crosley 817 is also called the "Super 8" due to it's 8 tube count. This really is a nice radio with push pull audio and an 8" speaker. I pulled the chassis, cleaned it, tested the tubes, replaced the weak and defective tubes. I replaced the electrolytics, wax/paper caps and tested other compents for tolerance. I stripped the old finish off the cabinet and sprayed it with mohawk toners and lacquer. I polished up the brass dial bezel and the 2 bars above and below the speaker cut out to a mirror shine. The bakelite knobs were cleaned and sprayed with lacquer for plastic. I put it all back together and fired her up and it really has a good sound with PLENTY of volume.
1936 Stewart Warner R-1721-A Table Radio
1938 Packard Bell 48B Table Radio
Packard Bell has an interesting story regarding their "Stationized" dial scale. Herb Bell created the Stationized dial by printing the radio stations call signs on the dial because his mother complained of having trouble reading the dial numbers. This has become a very collectable radio model due to the Stationized dial, green tuning eye and green lighted band selector eye. Mine was a lot rougher than the pictures indicate, but I had been trying to get one for a while, so I jumped on it. As always, I pulled the chassis and tested all the tubes and replaced weak or defective tubes with NOS tubes. The chassis had some areas of rust and minor pitting, so I cleaned off the rust and painted the whole chassis with Rustoleum Hammered silver paint. I removed the tuning gang condenser and cleaned and lubed it. I replaced the rubber grouments and remounted the tuning condenser. I cleaned and lubed all of the controls and installed a new tuning dial cord. I replaced all the electrolytic capacitors, wax/paper capacitors and tested othe components for correct values and repalced as needed. One knob was missing but I had no problem finding an original replacement. The cabinet had 2 inch high faux wood strips that wrap around the top and bottom of the cabinet. Both had large areas where the strip was missing, so I made the call to remove them. I stripped the cabinet and lightly toned the whole cabinet with Mohawk Perfect Brown Lacquer Toner and the 2 areas where the faux stips were, I taped off the rest of the cabinet and sparyed thoses strips with Mohawk Extra Dark Walnut Lacquer Toner. I then sprayed several coats of Mohawk Nitrocelulose Clear Lacqer with light smoothing between coats. The speaker was in great shape with only one small puncture in the cone. I repaired that and put everyting back together. To me this is one of the coolest looking dials at night. It looks like a cats face. The radio performed quite well and it is now sitting proudly in my collection.
1937 Delco R-1126 Table Radio
This is a small 7 tube radio with tuning eye. Delco was General Motors brand for AM broadcast radios. This one had already been partially restored by someone else. I tested the tubes and replaced a couple of tubes including the tuning eye tube. I replaced the last wax and paper capacitors. The field coil speaker had been replaced with a permanent magnet speaker which was defective. I was able to find a NOS permanent magnet speaker at Play Things of The Past. The finish was in good shape so I just cleaned it and put several coats of Mohawk lacquer on the cabinet.