Saturday, March 1, 2014

Westinghouse console radio model 512

Westinghouse Model 512 console radio with Seth Thomas Adamantine clock on top

 I am not really sure that this radio, made in 1936 by Westinghouse Canada, is a model  512 but the radio chassis certainly is a 512. There is no doubt about that. What I have learned from other projects is that the radio chassis number does not always correspond to the model number as the chassis may have been used in a number of sets at the time.

Otherwise the radio you see is original, the knobs, grill cloth radio chassis are all original. There is an inlay at the top sides of the radio which appears to original. If I stripped the radio I would have a hard time replicating the design. Bottom line, leave it alone.

Trim piece with a few nicks
So, do I strip it down? The advice that I have been given by expert re-finishers is that I look at repairing or reconditioning only those sections that need a little TLC, not the whole radio cabinet. The trim needs some work, that is clear. I think if I focused on the trim alone the improvements will be dramatic.

The dial face, made of plastic has faded badly and needs to be reconditioned in some way. A replacement would be nice but I think I would have a difficult time finding one. One person suggested the same stuff that folks use to revitalize automotive headlights. We'll see.

I think it is worth spending some time on this radio. It is a good design and represents the period perfectly.
Grill cloth
Front dial plate and knobs

Back of radio showing the chassis
Faux inlay design
Top of radio showing some staining

Chassis 512 showing tube layout

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Audi Coupe GT

Front disks completed
 Today I started the Coupe for the first time since last fall (2013). And do you know what! It started just fine and idled very nicely.

I have got to get this thing safetied so that I can drive it this summer. These are some shots of the brake work, both front and rear. You have to realize that it has been 30 years since this work has been done on this car so this is quite an achievement. the car is now 32 years old!
Rear brake work completed
 Here is the front of the car. As you can see the paintwork is pretty good and if I have to do anything it would be to have some stone chip touch-ups done. I am anxious to get this thing  on the road and it is only a matter of time.
Front view of Coupe GT
 As you can see this is the engine compartment. A lot of tune-up parts have been replaced as you can see.
Engine compartment of the 2.2 liter inline five
 Here it sits in the garage most of the time.
There she sits in the garage