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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by farmboat, Nov 4, 2019.
Bought an Arvin radio at auction. Guessing its from the 40's. Who could repair it? Or I may sell it.
I knew they made add-on heaters, didn't know they made radios as well. Anyone who repairs old tube car radios should be able to repair it. If it were mine, I'd have to do it myself.
I sent my Zenith radio to Old Car Radio Charles Forgey 423 344-8357.
Cool, but the question I have, is it complete? That might just be the control head and speaker.
Since you can see a few big cables running to the "speaker", it makes me think that it's the type that has all the electronics in the "speaker" housing.
Yeah that's what I'm hoping, people forget how much room all that stuff took up. An incomplete set like that would be a shame. I bet that thing cost a bundle back then.
If you're going to sell it, don't touch a thing. Unless you're really good, it won't improve the value and may reduce it.
If you have the model number maybe look for a repair manual.
Old tube radios are not hard to repair, I got into it years ago, most of the time if all the tubes light up all that is needed is to replace the capacitors. Remember I said most of the time, I have had some real basket cases.
And yes, they were very expensive, I have one in my '37 Cadillac and it was the most expensive option that could be installed.
No they aren't but the people buying them generally prefer to do it. I'm just saying there really isn't any reason to even knock the dust off when flipping it for resale. It won't help and may hurt. So long as it is complete is the main thing.
Sigh, so true.
Jim, this is my Arvin from 1967
Spin up some Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass!
The beach boys sound pretty good on it too!!
I looked on ebay, and although I didn't look at all the Arvin radios listed, and didn't see a car radio, they seem to sell for between $25.00 and $100.00.
Here is a link to an Arvin preservation website:
radio museum, for more info:
The site below, is to help identify the model.
Figure out what you are after first. I am working with an old Arvin and trying to add new components to make a blue tooth speaker out of it. At this point the best option is to take an older bose speaker I have and take it apart and put the components in the Arvin
Touch of Honey, I stared at that album cover for a long time.
Even if you get it fixed, it will only play AM stations from the 30s.
If only, that would be kinda cool.
Maybe we could get a pic of the innards in the speaker? What's the tube line-up? That will definitely give an age range. Loctals were developed in the 1940s and were reasonably small by vacuum tube standards. Subminiatures and "space charge" & series string came later iirc.
You could always mount a Bluetooth speaker inside of it ?
You'll go blind! Don't do it!
Like a mini music time machine!
I got a early 60’s custom cabinet stuffed full of Fishers equipment.
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Arvin made some pretty cool car radios back in the 1930's. This is when car radios were in their infancy. As others have stated only the "well off" owned these. You were really someone if you could afford it in the early '30's.
Here is a link to the Kentucky Antique Radio Club. If you're looking for help/tips/info on your radio, certainly these guys could help you.
You have both the head and the speaker. From what little I know about these I'm sure your setup is worth at least $120.
Here is an early 1930's column mount Arvin radio once owned by one of our fellow HAMBers. He sold it to Elrod who mounted it in his Model A. This thing is beautiful!
Here is my early 1930's Catherdral Radio Head (column mount) It looks pretty cool mounted on my steering column.
It's "Taste of Honey".....damn kids
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