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Post by Dr. Radio on Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:02 am

Just sayin' Smile

Don't have much exciting to share, but will when the time comes.

You guys doing ok?

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:44 am

I'm getting ready to go someplace warm for the winter. I scored a pile of records at an auction the other day. I posted a blurb about that, on the Phongraph and Records board. Other than that, quiet as a church house around my place.

Oh yeah, and I can't get my little Heathkit scope to work.

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Post by Tony V on Sun Oct 02, 2016 3:47 pm

WC...anymore work on your Magnavox?
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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:27 pm

I think many members are getting ready for winter and closing up all their outside concerns, I know I am! Very Happy

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:30 pm

Tony, since I finished the restore on my little Concerto, there are no more left to do. I am going to overhaul the MPX adapters in the Symphony and Imperial in AZ this winter. If you'd like, I could post those projects on here. And, if I find a Stereo Theater, that might make a project of some type.

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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:55 pm

If you'd like, I could post those projects on here.

Please do WC! Very Happy

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:07 pm

I could also make a project out of my busted scope.

I bought a Heathkit IO-12 scope at an auction for $3. I don't have probes for it, so I used the probes for my VTVM with it. I used the scope that way to do the alignment on the tuner and MPX adapter on my Concerto stereo. Now I can't get my scope to show a trace. It comes on, I can adjust it, but I can't get it to show a trace. The scope is all original, caps, tubes, the whole thing. Either a component has failed, or I got lucky using it with VTVM probes the last time, or I'm not holding my mouth right. I need that scope to go thru an MPX adapter correctly. There is not much to one, but it needs set up properly to work.

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:41 pm

You might get an inexpensive contemporary x10 probe for it , check a few signal sources and see what you get.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:45 pm

I've been working on the Mustang.  The rear oil drain plug  wore out and boogered up the threads, so I had to tap in an oversize plug to cease it's leaking.  The radiator overflow reservoir  opened a leak, too so I had to replace it.  I had to clean up those things before sending it out to have the heater core replaced.  Now I am going to try some DX'ing on my Magnavox.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:06 pm

Is your Mustang one of those with a drain plug on the front of the pan and one on the rear, with a little hump over the steering rack? And an aluminum oil pan? With a rear sump?

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Post by Dr. Radio on Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:04 pm

Speaking of cars. I got to get going again before it gets too cold to work in the garage. More interior to reinstall in the '70 Chevelle. (Yes, I do all my own work. I had a professional shop install the new headliner, but that was it). Smile

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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:10 pm

Nice work, Doc. Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:42 pm

very nice! Is that a clock radio I see on the shelf while looking through the drivers side window?

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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:53 pm

Doc, do you do your own stitching work, or do you install kits? Either way, I'm impressed. How's about coming to sunny Arizona this winter and doing a little black leather work on an old Buick?

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:14 am

I fixed my scope. Embarassed

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:27 am

Well?  What was it? Very Happy
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Post by Conelrad on Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:45 am

I have an original vintage Tek: http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/310

Does everything needed in the retro Radio Ranch.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:46 am

I also have an old Tek 532. The thing is massive and dims the lights in the community when I fire it up. With the plug-in it has 77 tubes. It has a 6AL5 that hangs upside down that suffers from a wonky tube socket. I frequently need to remove the side panel and wiggle that tube to get a trace on it. It has its own roll around cart and is just cute as it can be, although I don't use it much. I like the little Heathkit scope since it is miniscule in size in comparison and it is not so finicky about working. Usually.

What did I find the matter with my scope, you ask? Did you notice the emoticon after my post? I got a probe off ebay and thought all was well. This time I could not even get a trace at all. Somehow the horizontal positioning control got turned all the way one way and that moved the trace enough I could not see it. My ORIGINAL problem was that I did not have the time base set properly. I've gotta quit tinkering with my test equipment. I will eventually tinker myself out of business. Embarassed

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Post by Guest on Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:30 am

I think we could start a thread on embarrassing moments in electronics.

I've had quite a few myself! Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:55 am

If I revealed every embarrassing moment I've had lately........ Embarassed

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Post by Dr. Radio on Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:07 pm

MEZLAW wrote:very nice!   Is that a clock radio I see on the shelf while looking through the drivers side window?

Yup Mr. Mez. Smile My garage is an "overflow catch-all" for my many clock radios.



Circa 1965 General Electric all transistor clock radio with simulated wood grain finish.



Circa 1976 Zenith "Circle of Sound" Digital Clock AM/FM radio.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:11 pm

Wildcat445 wrote:Doc, do you do your own stitching work, or do you install kits?  Either way, I'm impressed.  How's about coming to sunny Arizona this winter and doing a little black leather work on an old Buick?

I don't know if I could do the Buick justice. I work with "Poor Man's Leather" (vinyl), never real leather. Smile These are reproduction pieces pre-assembled. Despite the fact they were made in the U.S.A. and $$, I still had to do a LOT of "fitting" to get things right. Seat covers require finesse , heat, muscle, planning and hog rings Smile

Door panels require, fitting, refitting, more refitting and finishing with modifying and refitting Sad   Smile

I go to great lengths to make things fit and LOOK right. I once told someone, even if a person knows nothing about old cars, they can certainly spot a wrinkle, non-symmetry etc.

I also pretend to know what I'm doing under the hood. Smile





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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:45 am

I think it's a good idea to start a new thread, and, I think it should go in the club house.
I have many very embarrassing moments to ell about.....

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:28 pm

Bill, If you feel like starting one, Please do it! We will post in it. You are just as good at it as any of us.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:24 pm

Nice work, Doc.


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