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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ancient Iron, May 4, 2018.

  1. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 993


    Here’s one I got in a junk shop in Spokane, WA in the early ‘80s. It was unbelievably dirty. I took it apart,cleaned everything, wet sanded the case with 1500 grit, and waxed it up. Made it look like new. IMG_9061.jpg

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  2. Ancient Iron
    Joined: Sep 30, 2014
    Posts: 29

    Ancient Iron

    The Philco is a model 40-180 and if the case is in good shape, these clean up rather nicely as they have some nice veneer work. Have a rebuilt chassis for one which I completed this winter, but the case was beyond saving. However, I do have its big brother, the 40-190 which I had done last winter:

    I keep looking for a 40-180 case for the completed chassis though...

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  3. Ancient Iron
    Joined: Sep 30, 2014
    Posts: 29

    Ancient Iron

    Beautiful! Those bakelite cases are hard to beat for looks with a little elbow grease...

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  4. 55Deso
    Joined: Nov 7, 2015
    Posts: 244

    from Wyoming

    That is really neat. Beautiful wood on that one as well.

    I just picked up an old Zenith a couple weeks ago to fiddle with. I'll have to grab some pictures tomorrow.
  5. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,676

    from Buffalo NY

    mine looks pretty good, a few small nicks or so but overall looks fine
    the inside had some updated wiring but doesn't work
  6. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,283


    I was able to find this original 1931 Cathedral car radio head. I will be mounting this on the steering column in my Model A.


    It has it's original key (left knob). The tuning knob (right knob) works great as the crescent needle moves nicely. Its approx. 4" tall.

    I mounted it on my steering column today. It
    looks right at home in my '31 coupe!


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  7. Here's one of mine,
    I'm not a radio collector. I just pick up ones that looks cool, and that the price is right.;) All I know about this one is, that it's a G.E. 20180512_150926.jpg

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  8. Here are two radios I have. One is a Firestone car radio that was apparently an accessory back in the 1930's or 40's. It's in pretty sad shape and I doubt it works but I couldn't let it go to the scrap heap.
    The second is an old Zenith portable(I don't have a battery)that also works on house current. I works for about 30 minutes and then cuts out. I bought it at a yard sale for $2. FirestoneAirChief1.JPG FirestoneAirChief2.JPG FirestoneAirChief4.JPG ZenithRadio 001.jpg ZenithRadio 002.jpg ZenithRadio 003.jpg ZenithRadio 004.jpg View attachment 3897953

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  9. 55Deso
    Joined: Nov 7, 2015
    Posts: 244

    from Wyoming

    I picked this Zenith model 5K037 up at a flea market a couple weeks ago. From the research Ive been able to do it seems this is a battery powered unit that was manufactured between 1946 and 1949. Overall its in pretty decent shape and complete near as I can tell, sans batteries of course. Not sure what Im going to do with it yet, may try and figure out how to power/repower the chassis thats in it and restore the cabnet, leave it be as a conversation piece, or try to update the internals.
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  10. 55Deso
    Joined: Nov 7, 2015
    Posts: 244

    from Wyoming

    I also have this Magnavox American console unit that belonged to my great grandparents. It has AM and FM radio, a 33.3/78rpm turntable, and inputs for a tv. Everything works and overall it's in good shape although the finish does show some wear & tear. I cleared the top off to get a picture of the turntable and of course got distracted and forgot to take the picture before covering it back up haha
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    Edited to add I found the original paperwork from when my Great Grandfather puchased this unit and it's dated Dec 8th 1949
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  11. turdmagnet
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 382


    I remember this Deforest Crosley in my grand mothers kitchen - and the yardstick would come out if we dared touch it. It was one of the early preset radios. Also here is a license they had to have in order to use the radio back then - didn't know it was required.

    Deforest Crosley.JPG Radio License.JPG
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  12. 1950's Grundig
    It's for sale if we get that thread approved!!
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  13. Eisenmann
    Joined: Feb 3, 2018
    Posts: 44


  14. Nice radios, got quite a few myself.
  15. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,932


    My Pops gave me this one not too long ago. He's had it forever then gave it to me... " 'cause I like all that old stuff" 20180516_131648.jpg 20180516_131709.jpg
  16. Helge71
    Joined: Nov 30, 2012
    Posts: 100


    DSC_0601.JPG Graetz Comedia is our reliable kitchen radio since many years...
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  17. Helge71
    Joined: Nov 30, 2012
    Posts: 100


    DSC_0602.JPG Nordmende Stradella on duty in the bathroom.
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  18. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 751


    Nothing like a good AM radio station to bring back the memories, I use the large AM1.jpg one of these in the main cabin of my old wooden boat. AM2.jpg AM2.jpg
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  19. 1947knuck
    Joined: Sep 4, 2011
    Posts: 5,482


    I've had this Philco for 5 years the other day when the cable was out in our neighborhood I turned in on and listened to the radio, it was kinda cool. IMG_2554.JPG IMG_2555.JPG IMG_2556.JPG
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  20. Here is a Zenith that I have played Christmas Choral on for the last 30 plus years.
  21. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    von zipper


    My Great Uncles Philco that I want to put a amp and iPod hookup on.
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  22. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,373


    I love the firestone piece if it works.
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  23. rockman29
    Joined: Jul 2, 2006
    Posts: 82


    IMG_0020.JPG Definitely not as nice as some of the other examples posted but this is mine. It was actually an early portable radio, the battery in it was fairly large. The guts have been replaced with a decent quality digital amp and automotive speakers. Sound quality is very good for the size and I can play media from my phone on it. I use it in my shop. I am now looking for another antique radio that I can hide a Bluetooth speaker in for the road.
  24. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,373


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  25. I'll play. I LOVE vintage radios. 20180629_175645.jpg
    Delco. It works. 20180629_175736.jpg
    Mid-thirties Stewart Warner. 20180629_175805.jpg 20180629_175830.jpg
    Late-forties Zenith Cobra radio/record player combo.
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  26. As an alternative to Ipod adapters you can buy a low power AM Transmitter, Whole House is one, you can find them on Ebay. That is what I use with my '42 Silvertone and my '42 Zenith.
  27. GraeffSS
    Joined: May 9, 2016
    Posts: 58


    I have this 1949 Automatic M90 AM radio, it is a 6v car radio that was siting on a shelf in my grandpa's farm for who knows many years.
    I don't know if it works yet because i started replacing the capacitors but couldn't find one of them in my town, but if it does work i'm going to use a voltage step down and mount it on The truck i'm building with my father

    Edit: It doesn't work, according to my father, it was mounted on grandpa's F-100, so now my plan is to mount it back as it is. As for our truck, i'm going to make a copy of the radio front (the plastic part) and mount it on the dash, just for aesthetic purposes.
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  28. And you thought they only made cool gauges.

    This old cabinet belonged to my wife's Grandpa (below)
  29. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,230

    from Ioway

    1942 Zenith 7G605 Trans-Oceanic combination AM and Shortwave "portable" battery or line operated radio. Expensive in its day, at $75

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