Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by Jo » Mon, 20 Jan 2003 00:57:47



Hi Guys.  I was given a Zenith 6 S 222 that I will attempt my first
radio restoration on.  The Cabinet has some slight scratches but
nothing too bad.  I wonder if you guys can give me any hints or tricks
concerning this radio.  Besides having to re-cap the radio, is there
anything I should watch out for?  I can already see that the wiring
harness to the speaker looks frayed and I will have to rewire it.  Any
tricks here?
Also, I am missing 2 wooden Zenith knobs.  Any of you have 2 you want
to part with?  Thanks for any help you can provide to this novice
restorer
Joe, N9JCQ
 
 
 

Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by Ken » Mon, 20 Jan 2003 03:05:30


Hi Joe .. those are a very NICE radio and at the same time simple
chassis to restore
Go ahead and replace capacitors one at a time .
Also on those Zenith dials their are little (or supposed to be)  white
plastic guards tucked in the dial light socket hole on the dial ``can``
where the bulb pokes in . These are to keep the bulb from burning a hole
in the dial . You need to make some out of something cause i dont know
where you get those . try a hobby shop for some plastic material to cut
some out .

You may have a bad tuning belt .you can make a new one using heave
square cut leater shoe string cut to lenght and stitched together ..
many guys use *** belts ( i used to )
Also take the gears off of the front of the tuner and clean them all up
so the tuning system runs free and smooth . Otherwise a streight forward
restoration .

 
 
 

Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by Phil Nelso » Mon, 20 Jan 2003 04:45:54


If you need to replace a *** tuning belt, that can be done with an O-ring
as described in the article at http://www.FoundCollection.com/

I believe you can buy replica knobs from Antique Electronic Supply,
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

If you need advice on replacing capacitors, see
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

Regards,

Phil
Phil's Old Radios
http://www.FoundCollection.com/


Quote:
> Hi Guys.  I was given a Zenith 6 S 222 that I will attempt my first
> radio restoration on.  The Cabinet has some slight scratches but
> nothing too bad.  I wonder if you guys can give me any hints or tricks
> concerning this radio.  Besides having to re-cap the radio, is there
> anything I should watch out for?  I can already see that the wiring
> harness to the speaker looks frayed and I will have to rewire it.  Any
> tricks here?
> Also, I am missing 2 wooden Zenith knobs.  Any of you have 2 you want
> to part with?  Thanks for any help you can provide to this novice
> restorer
> Joe, N9JCQ

 
 
 

Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by A&K Hoc » Mon, 20 Jan 2003 06:01:23


Do you have a variac to bring it up after recapping?  Original wooden
Zenith knobs can be very high priced.
Art

Quote:

> Hi Guys.  I was given a Zenith 6 S 222 that I will attempt my first
> radio restoration on.  The Cabinet has some slight scratches but
> nothing too bad.  I wonder if you guys can give me any hints or tricks
> concerning this radio.  Besides having to re-cap the radio, is there
> anything I should watch out for?  I can already see that the wiring
> harness to the speaker looks frayed and I will have to rewire it.  Any
> tricks here?
> Also, I am missing 2 wooden Zenith knobs.  Any of you have 2 you want
> to part with?  Thanks for any help you can provide to this novice
> restorer
> Joe, N9JCQ

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Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by Ken » Mon, 20 Jan 2003 10:47:24


Variacs are optional and in my oppinion dont help much in this area .
The original knobs on the 222 are smaller than other Zenith models you
will want to give a measurment .  
 
 
 

Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by Jo » Mon, 20 Jan 2003 15:09:53


Quote:

> Hi Joe .. those are a very NICE radio and at the same time simple
> chassis to restore
> Go ahead and replace capacitors one at a time .
> Also on those Zenith dials their are little (or supposed to be)  white
> plastic guards tucked in the dial light socket hole on the dial ``can``
> where the bulb pokes in . These are to keep the bulb from burning a hole
> in the dial . You need to make some out of something cause i dont know
> where you get those . try a hobby shop for some plastic material to cut
> some out .

> You may have a bad tuning belt .you can make a new one using heave
> square cut leater shoe string cut to lenght and stitched together ..
> many guys use *** belts ( i used to )
> Also take the gears off of the front of the tuner and clean them all up
> so the tuning system runs free and smooth . Otherwise a streight forward
> restoration .

Thanks to all who have responded.  It appears the tunning capacitor
and belts are fine and move freely and easily.  I'll take the advice
and get a variac and take my time and replace the caps.  Anyone ever
rewire the speaker leads?
Thanks again... This is a great group
Joe, N9JCQ
 
 
 

Zenith 6 S 222 Restoration Info Needed (And 2 Knobs too!)

Post by Ken » Tue, 21 Jan 2003 03:47:53


Yes i have rewired many of those speakers . If the whole wire is bad
just replace them one at a time so you dont get mixed up .
If the wires are only frayed at the socket then just heat up the end of
the pin and pull the wire out , clean up the wire by cutting it off a
bit and resolder it back in the plug . one wire at a time .

You can use a variac if it makes you feel better but please keep in mind
the radios high voltage will not kick in till that variac reaches almost
full voltage .
All you are doing with a variac is heating the tube filaments dim with
no voltage going through the rest of the chassis
If Peter Wiek was around he could explain this better .