September 10, 2018 at 7:41 am #10408
It is not like I am short of radios , BUT this one came along and I like the style and the cost was cheap
so I bought it.
The cabinet will be easy to strip, but it needs to be re glued in a lot of places, including a new top.
All the knobs are there , and I have heard that they don’t make repos of this knob. the grill cloth is good,[but wrinkled].
It is a GE model M106 which uses the same chassis as the RCA model 262 with ten tubes.
sometimes I feel that I am the only one who posts here, but I suppose someone will see the photos.
Dan in Calgary
Attachments:September 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm #10417
Very nice radio to redo for sure. I have watched your post before and your work is incredible and I would love to have half your knowledge in radio repair.September 11, 2018 at 9:53 am #10418Gary AlbachCVRS Member
Hi Dan – a beautiful project! There are a couple of us here in Victoria who play around with molding parts, so keep us in mind if you have a set that doesn’t have all the knobs.
GarySeptember 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm #10419
That is nice to know has I have a couple of knobs I need but not sure what they are now.October 3, 2018 at 7:04 am #10443
This is a little update on this radio.
I have the radio recapped ,and I cleaned all the controls, and checked the tubes.
I can pick up the stations, but there is no volume, and the stations are very faint.
Now comes the trouble shooting part, which is something I am not good at.
At least I know it is in the audio section, but I always find it difficult to look at the schematic and figure out where to start.
Dan in CalgaryOctober 17, 2018 at 10:22 am #10471Don HenschelCVRS Member
Looks like a great find. I ran into a similar situation with my Macaroni radio in my 1950 Mercury Sport Sedan. I recapped it, tested the tubes and replaced the questionable ones and my audio was very weak and if I turned the volume up it became garbled and distorted. Low voltages I suspected and most were down to half or less due to many resistors that had increased in value over the 68 years of use. My B+ etc. is a bit high due to the limits of values of resistors I have on hand and the volumn control is very touchy now (I turn the volume all the way down until the tubes warm up) but better than it used to be.October 17, 2018 at 10:28 am #10472
I am still working on this one and it is becoming a beast to get going properly.. I am waiting for some new 76 tubes, but I did find that someone had been in there and mixed-up the wires going to the volume control .
I do have all winter to work on it .
Dan in CalgaryOctober 17, 2018 at 12:06 pm #10477Don HenschelCVRS Member
Or as they would say on the UK vintage radio forum
“It’s been got at”October 30, 2018 at 3:25 pm #10529philForum Participant
I think I had a chassis like that somewhere so if you get really stuck let me know. I cant; remember if I parted with it or not but I never had the cabinet so I didnt; get inspired to restore it. . If you get stuck needing some ofdd part or to check the wiring, I’ll have a better look and get back. it sure has lots of knobs ! If you need certain knobs let me know as well Ive got quite a pile and I usually attend the burnaby meetings although Ive missed the last couple.. for some reason the dates aren’t getting posted on the website under events.. and I suspect attendance suffers when that happens. I assume it’s going to be the third sunday of November. Luckilly ken has been doing a callout so we have little excuse.. Thanks to ken for calling.. If it weren’t for that everyone would loose track.June 7, 2019 at 8:05 am #11528
I have the radio up and running now, and have the cabinet ready for the last stages of restoration.
I had to re glue a lot of the cabinet and add a piece on the front of the top. it was easier than replacing the whole top veneer.
I have stripped it and gave it a coat of dark Walnut stain.
The next step is applying Mohawk Van Dyke brown toned lacquer to the pillars and the legs.
then Extra dark walnut to the top edge , apply the decals, install the grill cloth and chassis
I will post photos of the completed radio.
I think it will come out pretty good.
Dan in Calgary
Attachments:June 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm #11532
Hi Dan great job for sure. It looks like you replaced about half the top correct? Also I noticed Gary posted that he does repo knobs, so does anyone have a email or contact info for him thanks.June 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm #11533
I just replaced a strip about 1.5 inches wide , across the front of the top.
You can see a darker portion along the front of the top.
I have the toner on now but I still have to put the decals on.
It is hard to contact anyone on this forum, even to send them a PM
I don’t know how you can do it , maybe contact the administrators????
Dan in CAlgaryJune 7, 2019 at 6:32 pm #11534
Here are the latest photos of the radio..
All that is left to do is grill cloth, decals ,install the chassis and put on the knobs.
I think it is going to look pretty good, considering what I started with.
BUT I don’t know where I am going to put it
Dan in Calgary
More photos after it is all done.
Attachments:June 13, 2019 at 10:23 am #11543
I now have this one all done and it looks pretty good considering what I started with.
Here are the final photos.
Dan in Calgary
Attachments:June 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm #11603Gerry O’HaraCVRS Member
Another beautiful restoration Dan – looks great!
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