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 Post subject: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore (DONE)
PostPosted: Dec Sat 29, 2018 4:30 pm 
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Received these two zenith boat radio cabinets from a collector in the USA , for restoration, one cabinet is needing front side veneer replacement and the other seems to be ok, stay tuned for these rare zenith boat radios to be restored. .


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat radios Restore
PostPosted: Jan Sun 06, 2019 11:16 pm 
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Started on one of the 2 zenith boat radios. I managed to get some new veneer on the one that need it. I did replace both front sides so the grain pattern would match. That's are far as I could get this weekend due to the fact I had other radios to finishe up, stay tuned for the restore on these rare radios.


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File comment: Damaged on left side, this is the way I received it. Looks like someone tried to fix at one time.
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File comment: New veneer glued down in place
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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat radios Restore
PostPosted: Jan Wed 16, 2019 10:58 pm 
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I can’t wait to see these done. I’ll bet they turn out great. Jeff


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat radios Restore
PostPosted: Jan Sun 20, 2019 1:14 am 
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I have one of those.....it would seem those cabinets were dragged around a bit, as was mine. Craig


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat radios Restore
PostPosted: Jan Wed 23, 2019 5:22 pm 
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I have the other cabinet design, the smaller one. I wouldn't mind getting one like this to go with it.


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat radios Restore
PostPosted: Jan Fri 25, 2019 2:25 am 
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Lets see what that one looks like Joe.


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore
PostPosted: Feb Sat 09, 2019 4:30 am 
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Much work has been done now on the cabinets, cabinets were loose and coming apart in places, those areas were repaired along with the thin stair stepped base structure.. The base on both radios were damaged from years of sitting in different places and being bumped around I guess. Cracks, separation and splitting was common on both sets. I have re glued the cabinets and glued the splits that were found. The stair step base molding along the bottom edges were repaired with a polyester filler and re shaped to original, the base was painted black originally. The inside of cabinets were repaired and sanded smooth and will be painted dark zenith blue as factory specs along with the back edge was blue also.. New gum rubber chassis washers will be installed along with new felt cushions on the bottom of cabinet. Stay tuned for updates on these radios, hoping to get them finished up next Saturday .


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File comment: New veneer on center front section
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File comment: more gluing and clamping , not tight but just enough to hold straight.
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File comment: Filled holes with real wood dowels
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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore
PostPosted: Feb Sat 09, 2019 4:42 am 
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File comment: Bottom,s were repaired and then primed with high build 2K urethane automotive primer..
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File comment: Shaping the damaged areas with polyester filler and primed with 2k primer
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File comment: Fine detail sanding with steel straight edge
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File comment: Grain filler by TIMERMATE!
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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore
PostPosted: Feb Sat 09, 2019 4:49 am 
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Most cabinet refinishers will not go thru these very important steps when refinishing ether antique radio cabinets or furniture . Radio cabinets are not your run of the mill pieces of furniture laying around the house, these radios to us the collectors of antique radios mean much more. So when restoring these relics patience and pride in restoring and refinishing is the utt most important to me for quality and detail workmanship.


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore (DON
PostPosted: Feb Sun 10, 2019 9:05 pm 
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Ok you guys the zenith boat and trailer radio cabinets are now finished, they look great and the owner of these rare radios will sure be happy with the out come of the restoration. When you take the extra time to do the restore it will show in the end and these radios look almost new again and should last a long time if takin care off. You don't see this model radio much anymore , I read from John and Jeans web site that around a 1000 of these radios were made and not many survived the bumpy and humid conditions found in and around boats and inside trailers. Truly remarkable these two survived and now in pristine condition again. These will be packed very well and shipped back in May when the owner comes back to town.


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File comment: Fresh zenith blue inside cabinet and on the inner bottom of base
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File comment: Nice straight and flat base moldings , these were painted black from factory that's how I was able to use the polyester filler to repair the base, no wood grain shows.
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File comment: Dark edging is toned extra dark walnut
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File comment: Nice new Australian walnut on outer sides, the old stuff was unusable.
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File comment: Nice!
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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore (DON
PostPosted: Feb Sun 10, 2019 9:15 pm 
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Few more pictures


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File comment: This is how zenith painted the bottom, the original was the same when I started to work on them.
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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore (DON
PostPosted: Feb Sun 10, 2019 10:50 pm 
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Wow. Beautiful. I enjoy reading the steps you go through as much as I do looking at the pictures as it comes back to life.

Thanks for the great story.
Freeman


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 Post subject: Re: 2 rare Zenith boat and trailer 6b107 radios Restore (DON
PostPosted: Feb Mon 11, 2019 1:30 am 
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Nice!


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