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PostSubject: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-04, 6:36 pm

Please excuse my extended absence from the site, I hope to have more time to spend here to share and learn.  During my absence, I purchased an old Magnavox console with an AM/SW receiver and a hidden FM tuner.  I've performed a cleanup and replaced the paper and electrolytic capacitors, as well as a couple of trimmer capacitors that were P'd on during it's 70 years.  I also had to patch a hole in one of the field coil speaker cones, the result of something thrust through the grille work.   I've set up a hidden 50 ft. wire antenna and a 8ft. 1/2" ground stake tied to the shield of a coax lead in  that also serves as the antenna ground.  It has been my primary project in both restoration and use over the last couple of years.
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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-04, 7:16 pm

Good to see you here!  Perhaps we can help each other learn how to post pictures.  You have an impressive instrument that I'm sure pictures of would be welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-05, 11:42 am

Here is a picture of the unit with the FM tuner in the hutch.


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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-05, 5:26 pm

That FM tuner must be fairly rare.  That is the only one I've seen oriented like that one.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-05, 8:15 pm

I believe there were 3 orientations: sideways as in the one pictured, inverted and upright.  I guess, being an option, they had to be versatile.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-08, 11:25 am

My current project with the console is to install an OEM type record changer.  At some time in the past the slide out drawer frame that carries the changer has been modified as to render it unusable for the original changer.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-09, 5:27 pm

I thought I replied to that topic, but I can't seem to find it.  I made suggestions on how it might possibly be fixed.  Did you read my comments, and would that work?  Good luck.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-09, 5:49 pm

It was by E mail.  I have thought about it.  I have been considering the purchase of a wire feed welder at Harbor Freight and trying to perform the repair myself.  I guess the least involved and riskiest fix would be to graft a replacement section with mounting point on the frame.  I've never welded before.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-09, 6:55 pm

I'm not sure you need to weld it.  I'd try pop riveting it.  Cheap, easy, and I really don't think it would show, particularly by the way it sets in the cabinet and how the changer fits.  Get a piece of metal out of  something as innocuous as a steel drink can, like an orange juice can.  Cut it a bit larger than that cut out place and rivet it in, then paint it.  If you didn't like that, you could always undo it easily and try something else.  Or cut the replacement one up and use one side of it.  You could get a small corner brace at a hardware store and rivet the two pieces together.  We used to do this all the time in the car restoration business.  Good luck.

I'm glad your memory is better than mine.  I was looking on a radio forum.  Duh!

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-09, 7:06 pm

The only drawback is that the missing portion has a socket for 1 of 3 isolation spring supports for the t/t.  It needs to have that replaced.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-10, 6:46 am

Is that part on the replacement that you got?  Could you use the entire side from the replacement and put it on the original motor board?  Do you know anybody with a spot welder?  It appears to me that the motor board was originally put together out of four parts.  How critical is the socket for the suspension spring?  The later Collaro changers do not use that socket, just have a hole in the wooden board.  Could you somewhat re-create that socket by using a punch on the center of a washer?  JB Weld would hold the punched, coned washer to the metal frame.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-10, 7:32 am

I am considering one of two ways to do this.  Either cut the two sides from the current frame, trim them down to fit under the new frame, cut off the flanged portion of the new ones' sides and fasten them to the new frame and fasten the slides to the old sides on the new frame  OR  make a neat cut in the old frame top, cut out the same area of the new and weld it into the old frame, then cut away the tabs that are welded on the old frame.  If I do much less than this, It will show and I don't think either you nor I would be really satisfied with the results. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-05-10, 8:41 pm

Got it.  Whichever way you choose should prove interesting.  Keep us informed of your progress, maybe with some more pictures?

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-08-18, 4:10 am

Last weekend, tuning around on the shortwave, I got Voice Of Vietnam radio on 6175.  it came in very nicely with good quieting.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-08-19, 12:59 pm

Most of what I get around here with my wonky antenna is preaching.  I need to get my antenna diagnosed and fixed.  There has got to be a break in it somewhere, I just have not taken the time to find it.

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PostSubject: Re: Magnavox 153B Console   2017-08-19, 4:39 pm

yeah. that guy is splattered all over the dial.  You get a good antenna, there are still good things to pick up.

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