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 Post subject: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Sun 18, 2017 2:03 am 
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Between projects project: I didn't take pictures of the process, but I made this battery pack by cutting the battery compartment out of an old tape deck and grafting on a third bay with plastic from the same deck. The rest was made with junk parts, super glue, black acrylic artist paint from walmart, a vinyl container from the dollar store (for the cover), and a paper clip. Uses the original plug. Had to study a lot of pictures of the real thing to get it right. Took about a week (a lot of cutting and fitting)

I mainly did this to restore the light switch function as the previous owner was powering it with a generic 8 AA battery pack. It is now fully functional, probably has the original bulbs (they are a pain to get to)


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Sun 18, 2017 4:47 am 
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You did a great job on that battery box. They seem to be one of the most expensive part these days for the transistor TOs.

I hope you know that the dollar store D cells that you are using are the kind that tend to leak. I use them myself, but be sure to check them often for leakage.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Sun 18, 2017 2:21 pm 
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Thanks! I will be using this daily and see how long these cheap batteries last. I will keep an eye on them. The next set will be alkaline.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Mon 19, 2017 4:54 am 
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Great job!


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Mon 19, 2017 5:41 am 
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metzman wrote:
Thanks! I will be using this daily and see how long these cheap batteries last. I will keep an eye on them. The next set will be alkaline.

Alkalines can leak, too. Ask me how I know!

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Mon 19, 2017 3:28 pm 
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Nice job!
Do you have a preferred method for removing rust from these Zenith battery boxes? (The orange/red corrosion...vs more modern white corrosion!). It gets on the plastic from decades old battery disasters, I assume...must be an easy way to do it!


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Zenith 1000D battery pack
PostPosted: Jun Tue 20, 2017 12:04 am 
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Do you have a preferred method for removing rust from these Zenith battery boxes? (The orange/red corrosion...vs more modern white corrosion!)


Personally I give it the vinegar treatment,or navel jelly,lots of scrubbing and seal off with shellac or laquer. I'm sure there are other methods too. Anyone ever por-15 a radio?


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