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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:21 pm

Well, here's an unusual project for me. Restoring a Philco 70 Cathedral radio....  The first one I got from the estate of a friend in Kalamazoo who died about ten years ago... He had dropped it, and, pretty well busted up the cabinet. The top has a giant hole in it,  they made a new front panel, but, incorrectly, and, out of the wrong type of wood, and, he did a botch job on rebuilding it...
Speaker needs rebonning, also.
I picked up one empty cabinet off ebay not too long ago, with repairable grill work, but, no chassis. I recently bought a basket case rusty one with a rough cabinet, but, speaker is good...
Chassis is a real rust bucket..

I've decided to re-rebuild my friend's chassis, but, putting original cap blocks back in it from bad one, but, gutting caps, and, putting new ones in blocks.. I'm going to repair the best cabinet, and, refinish it, and, install new grill cloth. My friends' radio has the wrong knobs. I have correct ones with wreck...

This will be a long project, but, I feel well enough now to do several hours work at once...
If interested in this project, please let me know, and, as soon as possible, I will start posting pictures of the project....
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:35 pm

That sounds good! Don't overdo it, though.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:14 pm

Sounds like a good project. Could you share some pictures? Very Happy

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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:16 pm

As soon as I can, I'll get pictures.. Overdo what?? It's already a wreck. I want to save it.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:16 am

I meant for you to pace yourself and not do too much at once. I know the Philco will get the beauty treatment. Very Happy
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:42 am

I promise I'll be careful. Thank you.....................
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Post by simplex1040 on Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:23 pm

I want to see.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:17 pm

Glad to see your up and at it again Bill. Take care and don't overdo yourself. I know the radio will come out well.
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Post by Ragwire on Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:06 pm

Me too. I'll bet it's good to be home and have a project going. I'm interested in following the project.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:48 am

Well, tried taking some pictures this morning, then, camera died. I hope it's only batteries, but, I have to go way to Wal ratt to get them. The batteries at Rat shack leak.

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Post by Ragwire on Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:25 pm

I had good luck with the dollar store ones so far.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:43 pm

I bought new batteries at Walrat. They also had to reset the date.
Batteries were really dead. But, not leaking..........
I'll try again, Wednesday.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:20 pm

You must be living right not having them leak!
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:45 pm

They're the only ones that haven't leaked.....

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Post by Dr. Radio on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:11 pm

Walrat...

lol!
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