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#1 sean 91

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:12 AM

this is probably in the condition that you guys would call a 'beater' but im actually pretty stoked to own a conion, ive never even seen one in the UK before :cool:

positives:
it works! battery door is present, as are all knobs and switches

negatives:
yeah it looks rough, its missing both arials, cassette door and the cassette under tray... hmm i like a challenge :bang:

first job I think will be to paint the outsides of the box

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#2 stereomad

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:03 AM

Nice resto project there,it has loads of potential...... And yes they are thin on the ground in the uk but nobody is prepared to pay the price tag to own one! Lol

#3 Hisrudeness

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:14 PM

Was this the recent one on eBay.co.uk?

#4 sean 91

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:31 PM

Was this the recent one on eBay.co.uk?


Yes, it needed saving :)

#5 sean 91

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:08 AM

Nice resto project there,it has loads of potential...... And yes they are thin on the ground in the uk but nobody is prepared to pay the price tag to own one! Lol


Yeah it should be a fun project, im not looking forward to finding a tape drawer or cassette door for it but i might just get creative on those

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:18 PM

Yeah it's going to be tough to find the door and drawer. If there are US and Canadian collectors on here waiting for those parts then it's gonna be hard in the UK. I've just recently got the Clairtone version and waited for years for the right one. All I needed were the aerials.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 02:26 PM

Yeah tell me about it. Im looking for arials myself, most seem to be around 16mm which isnt long enough for the conion but because they extend it shouldnt be an issue. Im not too worried about them not being the original length, my sharp gf has had a hitachi 3D arial for 10 years now which is too short but thats not been a problem

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

That box will clean up like new. If you tear it down, respray the silver on the face then detail the chrome with metal polish and clean the rest up that thing will look new again. You've got a keeper  :yes:



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Posted 26 April 2017 - 11:44 AM

before i get started, let me say that i am a 25 year old barber with no electrical experience what so ever, so bare with me here  :lol:

 

 

okay, so ive probably done this the wrong way around but... last week i wanted to test paint the top side of the box before i commit to pulling the radio apart, so i did the paint first and i was really happy with the finish so some dissasembly followed...

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This radio im told has spent over 20 years in an attic and held a load of dust, leaves.... and even children's glitter :hmmm:

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grills and chrome werent pretty either

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bath time!

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i left the box outside to dry off, then prepped, and primed the rest in red

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and the silver coats

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once the bandages were removed...

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im really happy with the paintwork, it turned out just as i hoped. the paint is lighter than the original, but it looks more fresh and i think its fitting that it has an 80s two tone look to it

 

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:33 PM

Looks nice! Do the tweeters still work?



#11 sean 91

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 05:12 PM

Yeah! Tweeters (and mids) work just fine :-)

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 09:07 PM

Nice work! Looks great, Im currently cleaning up my Helix 4635. I just had it serviced so both decks are working proper so Im pretty excited.

Now, its all about the clean up. I am not going to paint mine though. Just clean it all up and leave the street battle scars there.

#13 sean 91

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 02:58 AM

Nothing wrong with a bit of wear and tear! Mine just looked a mess though, and i couldnt leave it like that

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 08:42 AM

Nice to see you saving it. Any C100 that still blasts sound is worth putting some time into.



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Posted 27 April 2017 - 11:19 AM

cheers man


i got chance to do some more work on this box today....

I started with the grills... these werent too bad, minus a couple of lights scratches and some surface rust on the edge. i gave them i light sand then painted black
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Then i cleaned the chrome surrounds. Theyre pushed back in without screws for now, as they'll only be pulled back off to make shiny with chrome polish later on
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the back obviously needed attention, i would be so dissatisfied if it left it the way it was

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and for a quick mock up
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im thinking i might prefer the back to be black, im not too sure about the grey against the silver. what do you guys think?
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Posted 28 April 2017 - 08:30 AM

Wow, look very good after restoration... :yes:



#17 sean 91

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 12:39 PM

Wow, look very good after restoration... :yes:

 

 

thanks. its not finished yet, but its been plain sailing so far and i havent run into any problems with it, so hopefully it'll be... :stereo:  :rock: ...in no time

 

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 02:45 AM

Dude your doing a great job.....one thing I would do is spray the rest of the front (around the speakers) the same colour silver,it would look a lot better and more stock

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 04:16 AM

:popcorn:  :gathering:  :popcorn:

 

Oh Yeah....The UK won't know what hit'em

 

Nice work



#20 1986GLH

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 05:40 AM

It looks great!  Nice job.



#21 sean 91

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 06:57 AM

Thanks. I did think of painting the entire box, But the original paint will be harder wearing so i only want to paint whats necessary. plus ive grown to like the two tone :D

Im not that worried about keeping it stock, i mean I do like originality but with a slight mod to stand out. a picture of my 575 might explain better than i can...
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Posted 04 May 2017 - 01:27 PM

i gave into temptation and painted the back of the box, and as unoriginal as it might be i think the black is a vast improvement on the grey :-D

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:36 PM

I do like the black.

 

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#24 fromNKLwithlove

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:56 AM

Yup, black is better! :yes:



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 07:32 AM

I like gray...

#26 sean 91

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 08:11 AM

i was in two minds before but now that ive applied the black i can say it looks awesome!! The grey was an odd shade and in certain lights, had a blue tint to it. It just didnt look right, and being matte it picked up dirt and fingerprints too easy. Well happy with the finish now :-D

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 03:28 PM

Last night when i should of been at the pub, i was in the garage cutting up pieces of plastic :huh:

can you tell what it is yet....?
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Mock up... Its all held together with masking tape at the minute, but everything fits nicely :-)
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i started actually bonding the missing tape tray tonight, and fixed some supports in place. Then i decided to call it a night
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#28 im_alan_partridge

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 10:14 AM

Some very nice work there mate, I really like the black back.



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 02:20 PM

thanks man :thumbsup:

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The bottom plate sits flush with the bottom of the unit, which i think is crucial for it to fit in with the lines of the box, however it does sit lower than the original tray would of done, because the plastic needs to sit underneath the original brackets rather than inside like the tape tray did. but thats okay :-D
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happy with this result, the infill needed to be painted so i had to paint the underside and the front to match. i was goint to vinyl the front of the infill 'tray' but i decided i prefer the painted look
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Posted 09 May 2017 - 02:07 PM

today i started on the tuner window.... it was scratched all over where someone had previously tried to clean it with something abrasive :nonono: and by the looks of things, some sort of cleaning agent was used which had melted the very surface of the plastic.

i forgot to take a 'before picture' but you can tell from this one that its damaged and cloudy with light scratches
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i used nothing but 1500 grit paper on this to remove the scratches and some polish to give it that clear shine
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i then made a new cassette window. its not gonna fool any purists but it still makes a HUGE improvement
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ive polished the chrome surrounds with metal polish, the wd40 i used last time wasnt cutting it :lol:
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almost there :clap:
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