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Bendix 0526E FIVE tube radio.  This radio includes a plug in style octal ballast tube.  The series filament string adds up to 71 volts.  The ballast takes up the difference of 120 - 71 = 49 volts.

Well, Kevin T send me an email pointing out this is a simple AA5 tube line up.  I appreciate that!  See the schematic here: http://www.nostalgiaair.org/PagesByModel/342/M0002342.pdf  Any semi familiar radio fan will immediately recognize this error.  Now all I have to do is figure out what radio this ballast  tube belongs to. Thanks Kevin!   Paul..

Initial test found two bad tubes. The 35Z5 has an open filament.  The 12SQ7 is dead (no amplification or diode rectification).  Once I replaced those tubes the chassis did receive stations while on the DBT.  If you are wondering how I can test an un-restored chassis please see my latest presentation on this page.


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The owner wants it to look new.  

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A refinish is in this cabinet's future. 

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This does not look like a Walnut finish.

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Duct tape.  I will see about a new rear cover. 

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I would bet this radio was made on March 19, 1946.

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The service documentation indicates pre 1951.  

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Speaker grill dusted off easily. 

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All original, untouched. 

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The wires to the lamp and audio transformer are cracked and missing insulation. 

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See the dial lamp?

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One must always have a glowing tube photo.

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This cabinet is listed as Walnut.

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Dim Bulb test the chassis.  Passed. 

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Some bad insulation...

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...But not a whole lot.  Just a few wires taken in stride.  

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Dirty.  Cleaned with Odorless Mineral spirits. 

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Dirty too.

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Cleaned. Trimmer cap mica is contaminated beyond cleaning. 

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Trimmer cap mica 

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Fabricate new mica insulators. 

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Spray dial scale reflector. 



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Repainted dial scale reflector.

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Get the dirt out of the knob grooves. 

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This back came in taped together with Duct tape.

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If gluing and pressing fails then I will cut a new rear cover.

It failed...Ugly....


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A new fabricated back.  1/8" plywood is perfect for this job.


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Tom "Finishing Touch" used appropriate stains on for the different wood tones.  He is an artist!


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This cabinet turned out better than I expected!

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Beautiful speaker grill Walnut wood.

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A different wood used for the sides and top. 

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More pictures to come once I resolve the rear cover issue.           

* I have a friend Tom that is doing most of my refinishing since late 2009. Wood finishing has been his profession and he is much faster than me. It takes Tom a fraction of the time to accomplish (strip, stain, color blend, repair, finish, etc) what takes me a week to do. 

 Tom is an artist!  Click on this paragraph and go to his new web site.  


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