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Post by HarleyinSC on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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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