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Post by HarleyinSC Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:39 am

Hello everyone!

Just joined this forum.
I recently received a Zenith 8S463 radio from a friend and am considering trying to get it working.

Looks like everything is there except for a missing knob, however all the wiring has been cut out of it.

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Is this something worth trying to repair/restore?

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Post by Tony V Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:51 pm

Welcome to TRF! Depending on your skill level will determine if this is possible. These are nice performing radio's after being gone through. If you can read a schematic then replacing the wiring is possible so yes its worth restoring.
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Post by Dale H. Cook Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:22 pm

One caveat is that on some radios the dress of the wiring is crucial for proper operation of some circuits. It would be good if you can get some photos of the underside of a complete original chassis (chassis 5808, used in at least a couple of other models) so you can replicate the lead dress.
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Post by Spivey Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:17 pm

Welcome to TRF! I am not familiar with that particular unit but when you say the wiring has been cut out of it, then I would as has already been suggested that some pics be posted so we can get some idea of what we are really talking about. It could be something reasonable simple or you may end up with a parts set.

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Post by jamesstack Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:34 pm

just a few days ago I posted my first questions to this forum regarding this radio. I had all my questions answered by a forum member.  They were quite elementary and I intend to see if the radio works. I'll  be pulling the chassis and replacing the power cord as its rotted out. I got it about 4 yrs go at a yard sale. Its a 1941 model called a Wave radio because of the boxed antenna locate under the shelf. It was the first year for this feature and I don't know if Zenith continued with later years or not. It got 10 tubes and  repairs are feasible if you have a tube tester and other test equipment.  Much of this equipments used back in the day is still available at good prices, as it too is considered vintage.  I'm a little behind with things right now but I can send you photos of mine as well as a schematic down the road if you need it. I found this schematic in the NRI 1946  service manual of over 1600 sketches and due to the size and binder type will have to photograph the two pages for you.  Hang onto yours in any event as I have yet to see what parts, if any, I need to replace on mine. -js

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Post by willy3486 Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:43 am

These radios IIRC had rubber coated wires. It may be that the actual wires are there but the rubber has dry rotted and fallen off. Look to see if you see bare wires in it. As far as the knob goes it is reproduced if I am not mistaken or can be purchased used by Julie McCall AKA radiopup or maybe Mike Koste at gobs of knobs if I remember his name. As far as the finish goes be careful with the case. I think that one that may have the photo finish on the wood pieces in front of the speaker area. That was a process similar to putting paper or similar to it that looked like wood grain. If you remove it there is not the usual veneer on it.

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Post by jamesstack Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:57 am

Thanks Willy for your informative post. I just realized I've never put a picture of the Zenith. I'll take one later today for all to enjoy.

I never noticed the cord's rubber coating until you brought it to my attention. I've got about 20% of the rubber left, enough to confirm your observations. So far I've done nothing with the radio; been too busy getting back in the game. There are no missing knobs on the Zenith, but it remains to be seen if I can get them off successfully without damage. I'm sure I can.

I've spent most of my free time lately, getting acquainted with all the new-to-me stuff that's come to light in the last 50-60 years. I'm looking to buy a signal tracer next, never having owned one. Been looking for either an EICO 147A or a Heathkit IT-12 model. Only source I've found so far is fleabay and the prices aren't cheap. So far I've lost out on three or four of auctions . Also I cobbled together a Dim-Bulb current limiter to use when I power up this baby. A Ebay seller makes a real clean one, but he's getting $40 for them, too rich for my blood. It cost $15 for the parts and it will be completed this week. I've also bought lots of the basics (resisters, capacitors, etc.) with,pre buying to come later on..

One item I'd like to find now is a decent soldering station (heat gun and soldering iron). Most available ones are Chinese, but from what I've discovered, their basic generic design leaves something to be desired, with some models not even safe to turn on. Anyone out there happen to have one for sale?

I just bought a 32 gb USB stick drive containing a momsterous library of Rider and Beitman schematics. Problem is, I can't print the schematics as individual files , It looks like I need t a Mac pdf to html converter program for this.

I'll be returning soon for help once I'm get better outfitted and prepared to tackle the restoration. This really is a friendly site. Until next time...
-js

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