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  • #17970
    Lee Whitehead
    CVRS Member

    I require the bezel/dial cover and the 10 small buttons.

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    #17991
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Also Lee
    Should you like some aditional pics of my setup, let me know and I will forward them for you to view. These pics are still on my camera and have not yet been uploaded to my computer. I may upload them tomorrow.

    Ralph

    #18003
    Lee Whitehead
    CVRS Member

    Should you like some aditional pics of my setup, let me know and I will forward them for you to view. These pics are still on my camera and have not yet been uploaded to my computer. I may upload them tomorrow.

    OK

    #18070
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Here is another two pics.

    #18081
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Hello Lee

    Sorry I am so slow getting back to you, but things apart from radios needed my undivided attention.
    However, I am going to try to send you a few more pics. I also think, that rather than try to carve or mold your new bezel, you could build them up using different thickness of Balsa Wood, and carpenters glue to give them their desired shape/ 3D effect. I used that method last evening to fabricate some grill area parts for my Deforest Crosley 6D531. Balsa wood is easy to sand, saw, cut or carve as needed, and can look close to the real thing, and is ready to stain or paint.

    Note: Again this is the second time this original post has disappeared from this Forum Topic. I already reposted once, and now I will attempt to Re-post it again. Not certain why this continues to happen???

    “Original Post”

    How are things going on your Westinghouse Bezel and Push Buttons. I have recently fabricated a set of six push-buttons for my Westinghouse W780Y Console, and also done major fabrication and repair to the bezel. Having worked on my radio, which is somewhat different than yours, I think they both have things in common when it comes to Bezel design and the design of the push-buttons themselves. While those Items look different in shape, the idea behind how they work is somewhat the same. The pushbuttons themselves are of a simple design. And the Dial Glass Bezel would be easy to fabricate from wood or other methods, eve if you do not have proto-type to go by.
    The one thing I would try would be to keep the two bezels separated. Other words two bezels instead of one. Once the Dial Glass Bezel is completed, you can move forward with the Pushbutton Bezel. Just design it so that the contour/curves on the rear of the Pushbutton Bezel just fit over the contour of the upper Bezel. The result would be that they look as though they are one. piece. Look at my bezel and you will see that the Bezel from to rear is about 1 1/4 inches in depth. This bezel also acts as a retainer to keep the Pushbuttons from falling out of the radio, and it also keeps them in alignment. Notice that there is actually two banks of five push buttons with a divider between them. This divider keeps the Bezel from warping. The original Westinghouse Bezels did have a warping problem. (mine is warped also) Maybe it was the material they used???
    Anyway my pushbuttons are manual, I am not familiar with the complete set-up for power tuning. However, having said that, and if I am correct, on another picture you posted I think I can see the springs which tension the actual Pushbuttons towards the front of the radio cabinet. Can you post a couple of pics of the Pushbutton mechanism, which should show the above mentioned springs, if indeed they do exist. I will post a few pics of my Bezel and newly fabricated buttons. They are not perfect, but they are much better than “No Bezel or Pushbuttons at all.”

    Regards Ralph

    #18082
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Me Again
    I am still fighting this strange happening. Now for whatever reasons, the extra photos I posted for you have also disappeared. Hopefull Gerry wil pick up on this post, and check into it. Weird indeed!

    #18086
    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Let’s try it again!!!

    #18113
    Lee Whitehead
    CVRS Member

    Hi Ralph Spracklin. I was puzzled too, I seen where you had replied but nothing else, left me wondering. And I never receive notices of follow-up replies. Not complaining, I really like this forum.
    I like your ideas, I had not thought of using wood but it sounds a lot easier than molds and castings, especially for the bezels. Here is a picture of the springs.

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    Ralph Spracklin
    CVRS Member

    Hi Lee
    Yes, now that I can see the springs and the plungers, I can see how yours differ from mine. Having said that, when you fine tune the exact size of the pushbuttons, which will slide in the bezel guide, five to each side with that vertical division bar, which separates the left bank of buttons from the right bank, and you determine the correct length of said pushbuttons, you are ready to put a slit in the rear of each of your buttons with a hack saw, so that they can slide over the plungers. I would think that the slit should be about 3/8” deep should work just fine. If they fit a bit loosley you can shim them with some masking tape or the like. If you paint the pushuttons, remember that too much paint/ too many layers of paint can cause them to be somewhat tight in operation. Lots of luck and keep us posted as you move forward in solving this problem. Then should you ever be successful in finding an original Bezel and Pushbuttons, you are no further behind.

    Regards
    Ralph

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