Post by 321 treeclimber on Jan 10, 2019 22:36:42 GMT -5
The beginning, i tried to sell a hallicrafters ht-37 but it saw no interest. So, i decided to rethink it's future Truth is i really like this thing.its a great looking classic old transmitter.it has a great face panel and tuning dial and all of that is in great shape,just worn. Probably the biggest single radio component ive ever tried to lift,80+lbs. yep 80. the cabinet itself is in good shape but needs paint. I would love to restore it but something else came to mind. A transplant. A giant cb custom built from a few select base cb radios that work really well but have serious issues and wont stand on their own.
Post by 321 treeclimber on Jan 11, 2019 8:33:12 GMT -5
Oh, i should've made clear that this radio has sat in a truck shop for the past 30 years and got moved and shuffled from shelf to shelf and does not work. Does not power up or even light up at all. No hum or buzz...dead. with that said, i still think it has a future. So the project is in motion.step 1 has been to select several of my old base stations that have not been used in years, clean them up , tune and align and then pick the best candidate for the heart of the beast. That brought me to a heavy question, 23 chnnl. Or 40? It should be easy, 40 right?....well here's the thing, while going through my stock of oldies i found a beautiful royce 640 ,three meters works really well,rich warm rec'v sound but the wooden cabinet got busted up.then thers my kraco deluxe ssb. a realistic navaho. A pearse simpson and so on.all 23's. But i am building a monster so i guess anything goes.
Post by Sandbagger on Jan 11, 2019 19:21:40 GMT -5
Frankensteining a radio can be fun, but also challenging. I took a Uniden 40 channel mobile chassis and transplanted it into an old SBE Trinidad that had seen (way) better days. I still have a bunch of finishing work to do to it, but it at least functions as a workable radio.
Bringing yesterday's CB radio fun into the 21st century.
If you're in the SE-PA area, join us Wednesday nights on Ch 13 for "Classic Radio Roundup", where you can hear a bunch of yesterday's radios strut their stuff in fine style.
Post by 321 treeclimber on Jan 12, 2019 0:42:29 GMT -5
Very cool! I never paid much attention to sbe base models because im not really into the wooden cabinets but i have to admit they are good lookin radios and well built. I have a console v.i got it with a blown speaker and dented spkr grill. Also missing logo from grill.radio works well and all those lights and meters are awesome!this radio needs to be restored. I'll pick another for hallinstien.thinking there is so much room in the ht-37 shell it could contain a little 100w amp and power supply. I also have a cool old frequency counter. The wheels are turning.....321