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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Motorola man on Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:06 pm

Cloth sagged again, any suggestions?

I got started with painting the accents. The corners may need a second coat, then it's time for a few coats of lacquer.
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by fixinmyphono on Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:55 pm

On the back side of the grill cloth use some screen to keep it stiff?
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Electronhammer on Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:16 pm

Very nice radio. I like the unique dial. Cool
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Resistance is Futile on Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:19 pm

What I would suggest for the grill cloth sag is wrap the cloth on one side around the cardboard or would speaker framing, and staple the hidden side in 3 or 4 places in a straight line, then stretch the material tight on the opposite edge and staple that the same.

Then got to the top and do the same thing, then finish up with the bottom. your Grill cloth should be tight if you keep the cloth taught during this operation. I like the idea also of gluing the cloth down on the back side however to make it easier still use a couple of strategically placed staples.
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Motorola man on Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:01 pm

I haven't worked on it in a few months. Need to get back on it soon. I've got a few other radios that are begging for my attention, but this one needs to get finished first. Next in line is a Philco 71 cathedral.
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Electronhammer on Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:38 pm

What was your method for cleaning the chassis and what paint did you use? The chassis looks awesome. How did you clean the variable trimmer/tuning assembly? Could you post some pics either here or in Photo Bucket?
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Motorola man on Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:59 pm

I scraped the entire chassis with a flat tip screwdriver to loosen up the crud, then scrubbed it with Zepsolve. I wiped off the residue with a damp cloth & sanded the rust spots. I masked off the coils, tube sockets and the tuning condensor & painted everything with Testors chrome enamel, which I discovered scratches very easily. Won't be using it again.
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Electronhammer on Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:41 pm

How did you clean the tuning condensor? Looked like it had a bunch of dirt and crap in it in a previous pic.
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Motorola man on Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:23 pm

The fins weren't too bad, so I used an air compressor set at low pressure to blow out the dust. The rest of it I just scraped, scrubbed and painted.
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Re: Air Castle 932

Post by Electronhammer on Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:03 pm

Thanks. I have been thinking of taking the entire tuning condensor assembly completely off of the chassis of my 6T and soaking it in a vinegar/water solution and polishing the gears in it and then lubricating the gears and bearing and reassembling and installing it back onto the chassis. A lot of work, but I want my Motorola 6T to look its best. Heck, I have already spent several hours just on the transformer. Smile
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