Restoration of a 1950 GE clock radio

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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:17 am

I have this radio in maroon, I thought the series of photos is interesting;

GE Clock Radio

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:25 pm

what photos? No link..........

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Post by Tony V on Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:29 pm

Click on "GE Clock radio" Bill....that's your link. Nice radio!
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:42 pm

The bottom one is the model my parents had. I have a version of it with brass face surrounds. Of course, it had bad I F transformers, and, at one time, it was hit by lightning here, and, it burned out the clock motor. I was able to find a replacement coil. Keeps excellent time, but, radio is just o.k.
I like yours, and, beautiful work... Where can I get that electrolytic????

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:44 pm

I have your model of radio, but, original, or, not, it has wood grainning on top, and, sides.. Looks nice, so, I'm not going to wreck the work, even if it wasn't done at the factory.....

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:22 pm

Bill, those photos are not of my radio, just one like mine which I thought was interesting and posted. I don't have a clue where the guy got that electrolytic.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:49 pm

I bought one of those electrolytics like the red multi from Antique Electronic Supply. It works in my avatar.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:18 pm

The original builder of those "old style" electrolytics was Everett Hoard of Frontier Capacitor, rest his soul, he past a few years ago at about age 90. He restuffed/rebuilt OEM caps and sold NEW cardboard multisection caps. I don't know if the current maker bought the rights or what, but I know I was buying those style directly from him back in '95.
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:10 am

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Re: Restoration of a 1950 GE clock radio

Post by willy3486 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:37 am

I have a couple of those radios somewhere. These types of tabletop radios are my favorite. A afternoon and they are done. Its nice to get the big wooden ones going but its also nice to get one of these running in a single sitting. I will be glad when cooler weather gets here so I have the time to tinker.

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Re: Restoration of a 1950 GE clock radio

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:26 am

Some of these have all octal tubes and some have all mini's.  Some (like this unit and mine) have a mix of both!

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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:59 am

I have a 515-F with all miniature tubes and the dipped-solder chassis. Next to an inverted bakelite chassis Zenith I have, it is quite possibly the most miserable radio to work on I have ever messed with. Mine receives one station. A shortwave preaching station. Mine is slowly making its way to the landfill. Right behind that Zenith!  Shocked 

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Re: Restoration of a 1950 GE clock radio

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:37 am

You can see in the chassis photo where it was punched for all octal tubes.

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Post by Ragwire on Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:40 pm

I have that one or something similar. Mine uses miniatures though, not octals. Now I have to go look...I don't remember for sure.

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Re: Restoration of a 1950 GE clock radio

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:06 pm

Very nice radio. I normally don't like white radios but this particular shade of white is very nice. I like it better than my maroon.

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Post by mr_ed01 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:05 pm

Mine uses a mix of octal and miniature tubes, 12SA7, 12BA6, 12SQ7, 35W4 and 50C5.

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Post by Ragwire on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:20 pm

MEZLAW wrote:Very nice radio. I normally don't like white radios but this particular shade of white is very nice. I like it better than my maroon.
Thanks, well, it doesn't clash with anything. I have a pink Emerson in the bathroom that looks kind of silly there, but I like it anyway. Very Happy
mr_ed01 wrote:Mine uses a mix of octal and miniature tubes, 12SA7, 12BA6, 12SQ7, 35W4 and 50C5.
I'll look tomorrow, I bet mine does but I had forgotten.
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Re: Restoration of a 1950 GE clock radio

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:40 pm

This is mine and it has not been worked on yet;




I have seen some with Roman Numerals

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Post by Ragwire on Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:40 pm

That looks pretty intact except for the little clock knob on top. (shouldn't be impossible to find as they sold a lot of these) A little Novus 2 ought to really shine it up.
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