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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject: Vintage TV restoration 1949 RCA TC-166 Reply with quote

So a few of you have asked what I've been doing with myself these days...Unfortunately I've got more time on my hands so I've been involved in restoring old Radios and TVs.

For those of you that are interested, Here's a few images from some of my current projects.

















On the backburner is a 1947 Crosley 307-TA










So far I've gotten the RCA to the point of getting to display though no image. Luckily a 60 year old picture tube is still good. You can bet that I'm going to be playing original episodes of the Disneyland TV show once I've fully restored these sets Wink.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow...it is a scene right out of CoP
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much Smile.


My wife and I have pretty much molded our lifestyle into 20s-40s. This includes clothing, music, appliances etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look nice and good luck with getting them going completely...can you hook a VCR to em? but...what are all those wires and fat cylinders for? Where are all the transform...(um oops) transistors?

They are sharp though and I am sure it is a fun and challenging hobby. Best of luck with em. A serious question though, now that everything is broadcast digitally, can you GET any analog signal to show on them?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are all tube Sets....No Transistors, no printed circuit boards, no Integrated Circuits.

Those big cylinder things are the bane of my existence right now. They're paper/wax capacitors that are VERY prone to failure. That is in fact what I'm replacing right now.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's like the Tower of Terror queue. Okay, there weren't tvs, but they look like they should be there.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does look like a fun hobby. (And of course if you get them all working you will have another heat source for the winter...)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well. I replaced 3 more Mica Capacitors and started adjusting the Horizontal Oscillation frequency coil..


And I got this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUDBkoblHPY


The recording was sheer dumb luck. It was not timed to use that dialog, but once I rewatched it I found it to be pretty funny. The drifting frequency at the end was also not intentional.....But it does work and it is holding a picture.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work! The most I've ever worked with tubes is on my first guitar amp. Those suckers are expensive to replace! I guess that's why amps don't go up to 11...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, you've made a lot of progress! Congrats!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvG5Ib8XBII


Ok I couldn't resist doing this. Still have lots of work to do on it...But I couldn't wait to see this...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still waiting to see what the 20's satellite dish looked like....
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool!

I have a Crosley Victory Model radio (works).
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