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 Post subject: Crosley F-25 Clock Radio Blue
PostPosted: Jul Sun 10, 2016 7:19 pm 

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I picked this clock radio up at the flea market. I am sure I spent way too much, but I really like clock radios and this one is complete and after scoring a near perfect RCA T7-5 for $35 I convinced myself I could splurge. The woman said she plugged it in and the clock ran perfectly and it got stations with a slight hum, so with the radio off I plugged it in and she was right the rotor sound very good. So my question is - Is this bakelite has anyone restored one and what are some thoughts on the best way to bring back the shine, Is this painted?
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 Post subject: Re: Crosley F-25 Clock Radio Blue
PostPosted: Jul Thu 14, 2016 9:00 am 

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I am pretty sure that is a plastic radio not Bakelite. You can easily tell by opening it and looking inside or on a hidden edge. If it's all the same color it is plastic. Plastic can be wet sanded with very fine sandpaper if there are scratches starting at 800 then go to 1500 and finally 2000. Need to make sure it is always wet. This will make the plastic dull but then a good plastic polish will bring the shine back and it will look like new. If you want to get an all in one kit buy a plastic headlight restoration kit. They contain a small pad that fits in a drill and different stick on papers plus a buffing pad and polish and they work great. On anything that is painted a good car wax or buffing compound will help a dull paint job. I like the headlight kit because there is plenty of polish for other projects and the wet paper lasts quite a while. The polish works great. Sam

 Post subject: Re: Crosley F-25 Clock Radio Blue
PostPosted: Jul Thu 14, 2016 1:09 pm 
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I've had good success using Meguiar's PlastX which is available at Walmart and most auto parts stores.

 Post subject: Re: Crosley F-25 Clock Radio Blue
PostPosted: Nov Wed 28, 2018 4:27 am 

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Here is another Crosley Clock Radio popular in the early 1950's, Crosley Model JC 6BN Radio Alarm. The clock in this radio uses a Telechron Rotor which can last for years and then can be restored by an interesting variety of methods in getting the old Rotor back in decent working order again. The Telechron Company out of Ashland, Mass. would state that a good working hand-made Rotor for any Telechron Clock should run as "quietly as moonlight' and they can when new or have been restored.

This is an AM only 5 tube radio with reasonable sound and tonal quality for a radio of its' size. Obviously it was meant to be positioned on a bed table stand for easy access, as it could be set for Alarm and Radio only or the Alarm and/or radio separately for a desired wake-up time.
The brass metal stand definitely gives this radio the 1950's retro look. It is interesting this radio was produced by The Crosley Corporation out of Cincinnati, Ohio who also produced the famed little Crosley automobiles (which got 50 miles per gallon of gas). The following information is from the Radiomuseum site. The exact year seems to be in question, but definitely an earlier 1950's clock/radio.

Manufacturer / Brand: Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)
Year: 1955 ? Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 5: 12BE6 12BA6 12AV6 50C5 35W4
Main principle Super-Heterodyne (Super in general); ZF/IF 455 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
Tuned circuits 6 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
Power type and voltage Alternating Current supply (AC) / 105 - 125 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 4 inch = 10.2 cm
Power out
from Model: JC-6BN Ch= R103 - Crosley Radio Corp.;
Material Leather / canvas / plastic - over other material
Shape Tablemodel with Clock ((Alarm-) Clock Radio).
Dimensions (WHD) 9.5 x 7 x 4.5 inch / 241 x 178 x 114 mm
Notes Color=brown Clock by "Telechron".
Circuit diagram reference Beitman Radio Diagrams Vol. 16, 1956
Literature/Schematics (1) Photofact Folder, Howard W. SAMS (Date 8-56, Set 326, Folder 7)
Model page created by Egon Penker. See "Data change" for further contributors.

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