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Old 07-25-2012, 06:05 PM   #11
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Dude! That's an awesome idea!

I just took a look at CL and there is a zillion old and very cheap things that can be easily turned into a keezer or fermentation chambers!

SWMBO loves that stuff and no longer has an excuse for not having one in the house!

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Old 07-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #12
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How about getting on one of those radio forums and selling the guts? Make a few bucks and offset some of the build costs.

Or you could do what I did, and trade an old amp (Macintosh 50) for a 12 pack. Beer to drink while you build!

Looks awesome, could be one of the best kegerators ever.

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:12 PM   #13
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This is an awesome project! If at all possible, you should make it so that it still works when done, just in a bit different manner. Replace the speakers, get a new amp, and have an auxiliary input or iPod dock (if that's your thing) on it somewhere so it can still fulfil its original goal in life.

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:25 PM   #14
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This is an awesome project! If at all possible, you should make it so that it still works when done, just in a bit different manner. Replace the speakers, get a new amp, and have an auxiliary input or iPod dock (if that's your thing) on it somewhere so it can still fulfil its original goal in life.
But as he said in his first post, as a radio it STILL works. But it has bad JuJu, the first thing that came out of it was an anti homebrewing religious show. He really does need to wipe that evil scourge off the land, and what better way to make a cool keezer with it

I don't know why so many people want to dissuade him. This is homebrewtalk, not homeradiotalk

Maybe because it's unique to you, but these things are a dime a dozen these days. They're not rare, you can find them in salvation army shops for 20 bucks sometimes.And sometimes getting parts for them is more expensive than it's worth. Especially if someone is trying to do a restoration with original parts- Tubes just aren't as ubiquitous and cheap as you might think...

Everyone who owned one thought it would be cool to fix one of these, and most of the folks who thought that, never seemed to get around to it.

The only folks who actually seem to be doing a lot with them are artists and musicians who mess around and re-purpose them. I know an avant guard composer who wires them up in series and circuit bends them. I've seen them turned into folding bars as well.

The only ones it seems who are enthused about them are the folks re-purposing them to really creative ends like the OP.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:57 PM   #15
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But as he said in his first post, as a radio it STILL works. But it has bad JuJu, the first thing that came out of it was an anti homebrewing religious show. He really does need to wipe that evil scourge off the land, and what better way to make a cool keezer with it

I don't know why so many people want to dissuade him. This is homebrewtalk, not homeradiotalk

I didn't mean that at all. I do think its a very cool project even without a radio but it would be even cooler if it "still worked" for playing music. Who doesn't want to listen to music while drinking beer? Don't get me wrong, I'd gut the old electronics, AM radio, and everything else. You can fit some really nice speakers and a decent amp in a VERY small package though.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:55 AM   #16
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Can't wait to see the progress on this. I've got an old philco like that in the basement. I was about to just throw it in the trash as it's non functional and pretty worthless. But this has me inspired. I'm gonna need lots of pics and details as you go. Brew on.

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Old 07-27-2012, 04:03 PM   #17
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If at all possible, you should make it so that it still works when done, just in a bit different manner. Replace the speakers, get a new amp, and have an auxiliary input or iPod dock (if that's your thing) on it somewhere so it can still fulfil its original goal in life.
What I'm planning - when I can get the pics to upload - is to do a little of what you mentioned. I'm thinking about getting one of those little homemade radio projects from a toystore and seeing if I can wire it in. When I removed the chassis, there was a TON of empty space. A little speaker set is pretty small, probably small enough. It also doesn't generate as much heat as the tubes. I'm definitely going to rig and light the faceplate. I'll try and get the pictures uploaded of some of the parts. I'm still struggling through google Sketchup to figure it out.
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OK - got the photos up. FINALLY. Going to get back to work on it tomorrow.

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Moving on. I did some background reading on cutting old wooden veneer - there a couple good ehow videos. So I cut off the sides and now I have the top center piece basically figured out. I also talked to a friend that's an electrical engineer. I'm going to try and keep the faceplate, keep the knobs in order, but remove the chassis and install a simpler (yet profoundly more technological - with...wait for it...circuits) radio behind it. Here's the unassembled center piece for the top -probably going to go center right about where it is in the picture.

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Coming up next - probably tonight - is the stripping of the wood. I've been running up and down the antique radio forums for the best way to do this. Unfortunately, I'm not sure whether or not my radio has a lacquer or shellac finish - but I suspect lacquer. If anyone out there is interested in stripping old furniture down to bare wood, I found this forum useful. Basically, you take a 50/50 mix of acetone and lacquer thinner and apply liberally with a steel wool pad - comes right off. From that point going forward, I'll be trying to find some wood to match my grain to get after the rest of it.

http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/...p?f=7&t=195670

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