Orange RCA is up on Ebay now
My only complaint about the orange RCA was that the dials should have been a different color, perhaps chrome. Something about those colors together looks off to me.
[QUOTE=woolio1;37275142]My only complaint about the orange RCA was that the dials should have been a different color, perhaps chrome. Something about those colors together looks off to me.[/QUOTE]
I've changed the color of the dials three times for the same reason. Originally I left them brown, then orange, then silver. I think I may just make them black. Tell ya what, if you bid on it ad win, I will place whatever kind of dials on it you want.
Also, if you've got an idea, and you can find your own radio online that's between 1930-1958, you can ship it to me and give me some instructions about your vision and a realistic amount you could pay for it, and I'll make it a reality. Please, no awful-awful body damage though. Little pieces missing is one thing, but an entire side or shattered logos is another.
So far, I have the RCA, and Zenith for sale. I have an Arvin sitting on my desk that I just fixed electronics-wise. It does not even really hum. Sounds brand new. I also cleaned out the inside. The dial face is cracked, the lower left corner is missing a chunk, and the right side has an 8" crack with no material missing. I'm thinking an older style off-white with simple red accents, kind of like an old car's interior or something. 1948 on this one. Fully functional. I also have a GE at my friend's studio. The style for that one will be all airbrushed. IT will feature steel plating with rivets and rust, and a nose art painted on the top indicative of WWII bomber planes; and it was made right at the downside of WWII when automotive and electrical companies went back to making the same stuff they made before the war. That's why stuff from the 30's and late 40's is similar. After WWII they went back to making their 1930's stuff, cause that's what they had.
Oh, and I have the TV converter. It's been on Ebay twice but no interest, probably because it's not a radio. Oh well.
Hm... Think I could just find a shell, have you refurb it, and install the mechanics myself? I'd like to do a really high-quality tube setup, as a little weekend project. Wonder what sort of sci-fi-styled radios I can find?
[QUOTE=woolio1;37292276]Hm... Think I could just find a shell, have you refurb it, and install the mechanics myself? I'd like to do a really high-quality tube setup, as a little weekend project. Wonder what sort of sci-fi-styled radios I can find?[/QUOTE]
Sure. The shell would be a lot cheaper to ship back and forth anyway. The most sci-fi style ones are definitly Crosley or Tesla. Like if you were to think of something from bioshock, that'd be it. They are pricey, but if they are damaged in any way the price drops significantly... that's where I come in.
This kinda stuff:
Just don't send me anything like this, there's no way I can fix it ever - Below:
First radio on ebay at $45 with an hour left... lame...
and then the winner deleted his account or something because somehow it ended with 0 bids... awesome. Don't know if I'm doing ebay for these again...
Do you have any sort of swap-meet or flea markets or something along those lines in your area? Because I'm sure people would buy these if you had a little stall set up for it.
[QUOTE=HiddenMyst;37324185]Do you have any sort of swap-meet or flea markets or something along those lines in your area? Because I'm sure people would buy these if you had a little stall set up for it.[/QUOTE]
IT's really hit or miss on that. I've been able to offload a few in the downtown area for store-fronts. They seem to love having them. there's a parking lot sale soon (rent a parking space to sell stuff) and that may be worth it. They tend to sell better in person.
Just started up an Arvin with some fresh Automotive style paint, and a GE 226, which is still in the shop with the Sign painter being airbrushed.
The Arvin, however - is about 90% done, still trying to figure out a way to make a nicer station select panel.
These look good, I'm sure if you restored them like you have and made them function like they used to, you could sell them for quite a bit. Good luck on the next radios
[QUOTE=Ruzza;37868267]These look good, I'm sure if you restored them like you have and made them function like they used to, you could sell them for quite a bit. Good luck on the next radios[/QUOTE]
This arvin functions perfectly now. I'll post a youtube video of it or something. It sounds real nice.
The second I can find the stupid USB drive for my SD card I will upload...
Now, sorry the lighting sucks, but here it is.
And some better photos from my actual camera.
Custom channel label prototype with my proposed name for all these: Rodded Radio
That's a sexy radio. Was that one of the ones running on original electronics?
[QUOTE=HiddenMyst;38053023]That's a sexy radio. Was that one of the ones running on original electronics?[/QUOTE]
This is running on the original Tube chassis, yes. I had to replace 2 vacuum tubes and put new capacitors on a couple drives. They used paper and wax for capacitors in the 40's so they tended to fail after, well - 70 years. The center knob controls a regulator that controls pitch. Works good.
How much does it normally cost for one that has some/all working components?
How much does it normally cost for one that has some/all working components?[/QUOTE]
Honestly, depending on the condition of the case, and what kind of manufacturer, they go from $15 - $100. Most of these I score in the lower end. This one only needed minor repair, but had a large crack in the side of the case, so it was $35.00, plus about $16.00 shipping is the usual. Sometimes I score absolutely perfectly functional ones (that aren't that popular) for $20.00. SOmetimes they work, but sound real scratchy and fuzzy because the speaker is torn. After many years the paper speakers turn to dust. If you accidentally touch one, it tears immediately.
At a halt on my radio projects due to my daughter's medical bills. Not really a halt, but really slow progress. I am nearly done with the Arvin - just needs some more display work and a good waxing. The GE226 is still sitting in my friend's studio.
I still have the marblized Zenith, a new Mallory TV tuner, and my orange mystery radio. I also have a radio casing from a 1930's kit that I may make into a piece of art. The chassis is fried and unsalvagable.
Latest Mallory tuner on Ebay, since no trade or garage sales are in my near future and i need the cash. So giving Ebay another try. These Mallory's I rework tend to sell well. They are all identical too. This one is #4. This one is a nice one too, since it was all complete and functional. For some reason I think they all had bad paint on the number faces. All of them had at last one missing digit somewhere. Just like #1, the 14 is partially there, but it still looks cool.
So far no bites on ebay. Too bad. Maybe I'll wind up selling this one to the computer shop downtown.
Progress from my friend on the paint of the restored GE 226 I did. It's just the metallic that he custom made and the outlining, and he's about to start a friscut and airbrush it. Very exciting because he does outrageously awesome work. This is the top, a picture he sent me, based loosely on a drawing I sent him:
Well, he's only had it about 4 months. lol. Free is free I guess. Still has the friskut on it so the blurs wont be there on finished product, and this was what he had from about a month ago. Says he's almost done. We'll see.The amazing thing is the picture is only about 5" x 5" so that's a really small area to get in as much detailing as he usually does, and it's all airbrush.
He should've taped around it.
[QUOTE=joost1120;40086926]He should've taped around it.[/QUOTE]
That's what a friskut is. Imagine a really huge piece of clear tape. You put it on the surface then knife out the design. Everything not meant to be painted is covered. The friskut is still on and he's not done. It's been almost 4 months since he's had it, but he does good work, and I'm not paying him. He's been doing airbrush for 35 years.
Well, last update was in March, but here we are --- finished product.
Feel free to buy it if you want...
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