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1937 Cord Radio Booklet

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20 Jun 2021 01:39 #43362 by wynlaidig
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Try Mike Frenchek, 5524 Ridge Rd, Elizabethtown, PA 17022, www.retroradio.biz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel (717)367-1428 . I have not used him but I talked to him a while at Hershey. He was familiar with the Philco units that Cords used and said his restoration cost was was about $1000 for those units.
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20 Jun 2021 16:13 #43363 by Tim Gilmartin
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I would suggest someone in the radio hobby. I took my 1936 radio to a WWII veteran who enjoyed repairing radios, although not many car radios. He had several beautiful stand-up radios from the 1930s. After a week, and $100 cash, I had my radio back. He installed it in the Cord also, to make sure everything worked. 25 years later, still working great. Unfortunately, the veteran has passed.

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21 Jun 2021 03:11 #43367 by balinwire
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in 1965 I rode the bus to middle school and another kid rider friend bought a 1956 Bel Air. He had no drivers license as yet but he could fix anything with nothing. He put a Clinton 2 stroke engine on a sting ray and machined the jackshaft and gears. We were sitting on the seats of the old Chevy, as I remember nice original green fabric. Well these dash's had a chrome tube radio set and he told me he rebuilt the set. It had a wonder bar tuner and when he turned on the key it began to hum, vibrator.. and there was a wonderful glow behind the AM numbers. Soon the sound came on and it played perfectly. I have been fixated on the magic of auto working sets as most of the time they were broken until the advent of more reliable solid state sets, remember the factory radio delete plates, even Cord had these. Well my brilliant friend educated himself and became an successful electronics TV and Computer engineer. Everything always came easily to him but it has been a struggle for me to understand capacitor values, tube theory and résistance and schematic's. there is very little test equipment around and most is out of price range. If I was lucky enough to have the time to strip a chassis and rebuild a set it would have to take weeks and many parts. And hope it would work not to mention the old speaker would need rebuilding. This would be a labor of love if done correctly. I have only seen the you tube bench video of the working 810 Crosley. Truly magical so at a thousand repair it would be minimum wage far lower than mechanical shop time. Crazy as it sounds I have always thought a working original Cord and head and overhead speaker would break $3500 budget make happen. I could think of a lot of worse ways to spend. I would never have to go anywhere I could sit in the front seat, amazed the radio still works eighty years later.

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21 Jun 2021 10:16 #43368 by Terry Cockerell
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I agree with Tim Gilmartin's comments. I found a similar guy here in Australia.
I supplied him with a new electronic vibrator from a company called PEKO in Florida. The unit has part number RUB - 2B. The old original vibrators give nothing but problems. Good luck!
It was exciting to hear my old Crosley radio come to life again.

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21 Jun 2021 15:46 #43371 by 1748 S
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Thanks for the shop for the vibrators in Florida Terry. I would love to hear my radio come to life someday. I have several new old stock vibrators now.My speaker is shot so thats the first thing needing repair. Then I can hot things up and see what happens. Someday soon I hope...


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25 Jun 2021 16:50 #43394 by A.S. KOLLER
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Thanks to all that have responded to my radio inquiry.
I contacted Mike Frenchek who explained that he does not restore the radios but rather rebuilds them with new solid state components.
He uses the original chassis and tuner but the rest is new. He can also add FM to the radio and it all works thru the original cable head.
While I like the idea I don't want to destroy the original components and the cost is about the same as a down payment on a new Porsche.
The question is, how much is it all worth considering, as Bill Coy advised, there really isn't much worth listening to on AM.
I guess I will keep looking for that affordable local guy.

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Steve Koller

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