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Chat / Re: Installing a new car stereo
« on: Today at 11:41:25 AM »
The center armrest on the neighbor's 2006 Chevy pickup broke.  Dealer wanted $262.00 for the armrest lid and $214.00 for labor to install it.  Greg's Driveway Garage did the job for $81.42.  That charge was what Amazon charged for the lid plus shipping.  The dealer wanted the BIG money to do the stereo in the wife's Tahoe.  Greg's Driveway Garage did the job for $216.80, including gas for the Mini to run all over creation for doodads to complete the installation.  There is an excellent YouTube video telling the secret to changing the armrest lid.  Piece of cake.  The stereo was not so simple, but I've done worse.  I made it worse than it was by reading the directions.  I typically just dive in and let the chips fall where they may.  The wife was talking about a new Denali if I messed up.  I won't listen to her anymore....... ;)

Chat / Re: 80 year old sound
« on: Today at 07:27:59 AM »
Sometimes 80 year old technology is better than what we have now.  Dad had a Zenith 5-S-56 in the milkhouse on our farm for years.  We listened to WSM on it, using about a mile of the barbed wire on his Red Brand fence for an antenna.  It was so damp in the milkhouse that all the veneer fell off the cabinet.

Sightings / Re: Berkshire
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:19:36 PM »
Bill, there is a big Imperial on Phoenix Craigslist.  Bring some extra cash............. ;)

Solid State Consoles / Re: Removing the chassis from my Magnavox
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:39:01 PM »
I don't have a lot of experience with solid state Magnavox instruments.  That said, it is my understanding that there are certain caged bolts that require a special tool to remove in order to remove the chassis.  Hopefully, someone more experienced will chime in with more specific information. 

Wanted / Re: 1960s Magnavox Stereo Theatre
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:16:01 PM »
Astro-Sonic Stereo Theaters are easier to find than the older tube ones are.  There was one in St.Louis last summer that was a '64, IIRC.  I don't know if it sold or what happened to it.

Many times when furniture was finished in Antique Ivory, mis-matched wood was used, since Antique Ivory involves a procedure that hides wood grain to a large extent, so mismatched wood is not a concern.  Magnavox used ash in its veneered and wood-finished cabinets.  Quite possibly cheaper wood was used with Antique Ivory such as birch or poplar.  You may be disappointed with the appearance if you strip the Ivory and attempt to refinish.  Good luck.

Cabinets, Cloth, Finishes / Re: Water Ring on Photo Flash Finish
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:23:59 PM »
Lots of good ideas posted above.  If you have badly damaged photofinish, you are pretty much out of luck.  The ultimate fix for any Magnavox slider would be to have a couple brown-tinted tempered glass sliders made.  You can have the reverse wood-graining done on glass sliders by a firm that does wood graining on classic car instrument panels and door reveal mouldings.  Good luck.

Chat / Re: Installing a new car stereo
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:13:19 PM »
Success!!!   :D

Ahhh, the sweet smell of victory.  The stereo works.  The frau may be mistaken for a drug dealer, going down the road booming to Hank Thompson.  I'm impressed.  I took care of the dreaded "demo" mode without a hitch.  I sat her radio stations.  I set the clock and the date.  ( I never could do that with the factory stereo).  No check engine light.  Everything still works and the dinger does not sound dinky.

Two lessons learned.  First, YouTube, the dealer and Google were so full of it their eyes are turning brown.  I have learned to ignore the experts and just use common sense.  Second, nothing has really changed since 1965 except that little module you have to install so the new radio will talk to the computer.  Some guy in Arlington is laughing at the clown who is trying to get the radio out after he installed an extra tie on the harness.  I had to remove the instrument cluster partially to cut that thing, but, other than that, no problem.  And $500 to install a car stereo is still way too much money.  If I can do it, it has got to be simple.

I still have not figured out how to unplug the harness to the window regulator module on the left driver's door.  I'm going to get an able assistant to hold the door panel up while I extract the speaker and install the new one.  The dealer says there is a special tool to unlock the latch on the harness, NAPA has never heard of it.  Nothing on YouTube or Google about it, either.  So I'm gonna punt. 

Sightings / 1961 Magnavox Imperial 1ST664 on Phoenix Craigslist
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:27:02 AM »
This instrument looks really nice, if you like Antique Ivory.

Introductions / Re: I'm the Buick guy
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:01:52 PM »
One model of Imperial had sliding lids.  A picture would be best to help us identify what you have.  And a model number, if you can find it.

Music / Re: Earl Grant "Winter Wonderland" Decca (1965)
« on: January 17, 2018, 08:19:01 PM »
Decca became MCA sometime in the early 1970's IIRC.

Chat / Re: Installing a new car stereo
« on: January 17, 2018, 08:09:54 PM »
I have the little box that is supposed to connect the original wiring to the new stereo.  An "interface" if I remember the nomenclature correctly.  I have read up on the dreaded "demo mode".  This stereo is a JVC.  The replacement speakers are about a millionth of an inch or so from being a direct fit.  Cussing and kluging is required to get the bolts in the replacement speakers.  My immediate problem is that I cannot unplug the left door window module (window switch on older cars).  This doodad is a $100+ electronic doodad that will break, sometimes without warning.  I believe I'm going to ask Mikey if he will come over and hold the door panel up whilst I replace the speaker.  Rampant Hank Thompson recordings at high volume has caused all the foam surround to fall out of the speakers.  I can't believe this contraption is a Chevrolet.  Back when I turned wrenches, all this hocus-pocus was on foreign cars.

Look, this is not that big a deal, really.  I have taken cars apart to the last nut and bolt and put them all back together, better than new.  Did that for years.  I was expecting to get a new radio, take out the old one, put the new one in and be done in about 15 minutes like we did when I was in high school.  The rules have changed, apparently, and nobody told me.

Mikey has volunteered to get rid of the demo BS and program the thing for 94.1 "The Ride" and make sure my CD's work.  And set the clock.  And crank up the bass.  The rest if of no interest to me.

Chat / Installing a new car stereo
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:27:40 PM »
If the stereo in you car dies, the car is newer than 1965, and they only want $500 to do it, write the check before they change their minds.  Don't be cheap like me and think you can do it yourself and "save hundreds."  Do not listen to the wife whine how "you would fix it if it was a Magnavox".  Or even the threat that "a new Denali is 75 grand, you know!"  Some things are simply above my pay grade.  A man's gotta know his limitations.  I'm gonna probably get the job done without burning down the house or setting the "Check Engine" light, but I'm sure getting a "baptism by fire" with this thing...... ;)

The "victim" is a 2003 Chevy Tahoe.  The radio is part of the body control system.  Dingers and doodads galore, all controlled by the radio.  Really?!!

Introductions / Re: introduction ed from Baltimore
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:05:44 AM »
Welcome aboard, Ed.  I have been known to hit the wrong key myself.  It happens to everyone occasionally.

I am not as familiar with the older Magnavox mono chassis as I should be, but I will add that Magnavox did not typically provide a seperate phono amp.  A 6AB7 sounds like a front end tube to me.  Good luck.

Wanted / Re: Magnvox Record changer knobs needed
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:16:42 AM »
The knobs are the same or similar for several years.  My Imperial had a mid-1930's Philco band switch knob on it when I got it.  The retainers are D-shaft as far as I know.  I have what you need at home, but not here.  Sorry I can't help immediately.  If you don't find something before I get back there in the Spring, get back with me.  I'm sure to forget by then....... :-[

You can double up a paper match stick to hold the knobs on temporarily.  Or any thin cardboard will probably work.

Chat / Not quite ready
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:43:20 PM »
For all you guys back where it is still chilly, I went out this afternoon and took some pictures of our citrus trees.  Grapfruits almost as big as a pickle ball.  Tangelos, all five, about the size of a grapefruit.  We had a frost a couple weeks ago, so now they are ripening.

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