There was a mix of original looking components with some modern 80's decade parts. The first IF was replaced with a transformer that did not have the proper DC characteristics. The volume potentiometer with dead spots was also replaced to help eliminate squealing (cleaning did not work). A metal shield that covers the base of the first IF tube had cut into and shredded the 455KHz wave trap coil and some dial scale hardware was missing. Many components were just tacked into place or across existing parts. The majority of the cloth covered wires were deteriorated and too long. Those were replaced with 600 volt UL rated hook-up wire and routed to reduce motor boating.
The unit motor boated on the low end of the Broadcast dial. The metal shield across the base of the first IF tube prevents this from occurring. I figure it is feedback from the tube into the antenna lead wire and 455khz trap. Once this shield was reinstalled the random birdies and motor boating ceased.
The cabinet was in fair condition. The finished removed, a light stain applied to even out the hue. Several coats of clear lacquer and several coats of toning lacquer was used to produce the final look. Paste wax was applied and the the finish buffed by hand. The dial scale plastic was in great shape. The metal pan was removed wire brushed, primed and spray painted to better reflect the pilot lamps. Two lamp shades were fabricated from the thin white Venetian Blind slats. Those shades not only disperse the light but also protects the dial scale from lamp burns.
All in all for a five tube set this is a surprisingly sensitive radio. A short 1 foot lead picks up local broadcast stations. A longer external wire antenna is required to pick up WWV here in western PA.
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