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Post by willy3486 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:11 pm

Heres my latest radio going. Its a Zenith Chairside 5s237 radio. I picked it up at the Nashville Music City meet a few years back.
When I picked it up it looked like this.

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I decided to look at it a few weeks ago. I recapped it and to my surprise it worked good. I was expecting more than caps. Here is a video just after I got it going.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1sfRbF5BhU


I then worked on the case. I had to scrape a piece of veneer off to replace it. A 4 inch strip of veneer was shot. It was in a god location to not be seen, just under the radio on the other side of its book case. I also had to reglue a lot of the veneer on the sides. You can see how the veneer was loose in the video. I used almost 20 clamps at once to glue it back. After that was done I stripped it and used lacquer to coat it. Here is a  picture of it now.


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It plays decent. It needs a antenna but I made one out of a old TV picture tube degausing coil. I had a small one and I was able to mount it into the top of the book case out of the way. It was a nice project that was easier than I expected and a neat little radio. I have it now next to my chair in the living room.

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Post by Dr. Radio on Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:48 pm

Beautiful job there Willy.

Looks like it receives standard broadcast and SW1 ?
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Post by willy3486 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:09 pm

Thanks. It plays AM and yes it has shortwave as well the best I can tell. I was able to tune in some on the SW band as well. I really like it.

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Post by hismastersvoice on Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:33 pm

That's cool. Never seen anything like it, and beautiful job restoring it.
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Post by willy3486 on Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:09 am

I have seen them in photos but this is the first I have seen in person the best I remember.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:12 am

Nice job..............

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Post by hismastersvoice on Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:25 pm

I hear you. There is quite a dramatic difference in these radios between photographs and the real thing. This is something I am learning all too slow.
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