Brand: Crosley Radio Corp.
Year Of Manufacture: April 1936 Frequency Range(s): 550 - 1550KC, 1.6 - 3.5 MC
lineup: 80 Rectifier, 6B5 Output, 76
2nd Detector, 6D6 I.F., 6D6
of Nostalgia Air.
One of my first "true" restorations, and not my
best, but you gotta learn the rights and wrongs somehow.
Purchased in September 2004 at a local antique
store for $35.00, this radio literally had my name
written all over it. The grill cloth was rotten, and
The original finish was flaking off over most of the cabinet, and the
had a crack in the right hand side
now for the good things. All of the original parts were there. No
damage to the cabinet, or major chips in the veneer. The chassis looked
but complete, and the cord had been cut, so the
a burnt up power transformer due to bad electrolytic capacitors were
After a good cleaning, all new capacitors, and replacing a bad 6D6 and
76 tube, the set was carefully powered up. The radio seemed to work
the speaker sounded horrible. A previous repairman had coated the
speaker cone with some sort of hard glue. Fingernail
polish remover and lacquer thinner had no effect. Re coning was my only
this point. I found a PM speaker with the same size cone and voice
The transplant was carefully accomplished by cleaning off the old
installing the new one, and reglueing. The set now sounds much better,
not as good as an original would have sounded. Below left: The speaker coated with some
sort of glue, Right: The chassis before a cleaning.
As seen in the"Before"
photo, the cabinet and grill cloth were in poor shape. The
luckily had no veneer chips, but did require a refinish job. The
original finish was stripped off, and a new finish was applied using
Mowhawk brand toners and Deft brand clear lacquer. The dial had been
broken in the past, and was held together by some old white tape. Over
the years, the glue on the tape had turned to a nasty gel type
substance. This was removed using rubbing alcohol, and the dial was
The original grill cloth was rotten, and most of it
gone. A new reproduction grill cloth was purchased from Antique Electronic Supply .
This was installed by cleaning off the old grill cloth,
off the old glue, and spraying on several coats of a spray adhesive.
new cloth was prepared by ironing it and using starch to help eliminate
wrinkles. Below left: The cabinet
before refinishing, Right: The replacement and original grille cloths.