A few weeks ago, Marty and I were on our way to the beach to enjoy an unexpected sweltering September day. We had just turned onto one of those infamous country roads (the ones only wide enough 1.5 cars) when I caught something out of the corner of my eye. It was a sign and, wait, did it say ‘ANTIQUES’?? I hit the brakes hard enough to shock Martin out of his passenger seat trance and almost sent him through the windshield. I love pulling a good brake slam when he’s least expecting it, mwwaahaha. I digress. We pulled an about face, pulled into the driveway and lucky for us the owner was out in the yard, he explained to us that he wasn’t actually open but since he was there he’d let us look around – nice. He had a ton of awesome stuff; old candle moulds, gorgeous wooden tables, antique glass pieces etc. etc. I was starting to get really excited when a harsh reality came crashing to my senses: we had $0 on us.
That’s what I get for giving my husband whiplash; well played, Karma. To my further disappointment I had just spotted a really cool looking, old radio. When the gentleman came back he asked if we saw anything we liked. I explained to him our situation but said that I really liked his old radio, ‘Oh, you can have that,’ he said. I can what? Quick, get it in the car before he changes his mind! So, without further ado, here she is, a 1946 GE Model 100 Plaskon radio.
Pretty cool but pretty rough, right? Our first instinct was to take it apart and paint the case. I know, I know painting an antique ruins the antiqueness but whatever the world doesn’t need another brown radio. Our inspiration for the paint job was a 1957 Chevy Corvette;
Ta-daa! All she needs now is a few touch-ups a coat of high gloss sealant.
If only the inside fix was as easy as the outside. When we opened it up we saw this.
Initially we thought, no biggie. There were a few obvious problems; the tuner needed a new wire, there were some loose wires and a few connections needed to be re-soldered. Nothing to it – until we flipped it over *cue horror movie music*…
Apparently, in 1946, they built radios like a bomb. Even for a seasoned engineer like Marty there were a couple days of head scratching but with some persistence he finally found the schematics. SO, we’ve got some capacitors on the way and with any luck we will have a fully operational, decked out vintage radio to unveil in the very near future!
Next Post: A rundown of this weekends’ yard sales (and we have some amazing places lined up)!