Years ago, one could pick up radio/phone TV consoles for hauling them off, or just a few bux.
Now I always looked for the tube types, and the older solid state ones. They took up a lot of space, were heavy and miserable to move.
So I started scrapping them out. I would save the radio & T/T, speakers, & junk the TV for parts & scrap metal.
Then I got the bright idea:
Why not either save the motor board for the turntable, or make a good cardboard template of it?
I used to do many, many turntable "Transplants" for folks when parts became scarce for the T/T's.
Having the original motor board or a good cardboard template to cut the existing motor board in the set to match the T/T I was installing was fantastic. It cut the job time to about 15 minutes for the "transplant". (I had a stock of "rebuilt T/T's on hand back then)
So it's worthwhile to save the templates if you are restoring or upgrading a set.
Most of the same mfg's used the same series T/T in their consoles, so it was fairly easy to make a template that fit a series. IE: Collaro/ Magnavox, BSR, Zenith/VM, Motorola, RCA, etc.
For those of you who don't know it: the parts dist. used to sell replacement T/T and they came with a motor board template, or in a few cases, a motor board(!) in the box. I installed dozens of them, as it was most often cheaper for the customer to buy the replacement T/T, than to pay for a refurbishment of their old T/T. (Typically these were lower end BSR's.)
They worked fine and it was a quick and economical fix for the customer. ( Xmas was the busy season for this, especially 1 week before Xmas. They all needed it done before Xmas., of course. Plan ahead?