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57 Predicta Barberpole Resto – Initial Inspection

Predicta

We just received this very complete 57 Philco Predicta Barberpole for repair. While the customer lives in Las Vegas; he purchased the TV from a seller nearby us in Walnut Creek so it was easy to arrange delivery.

These are the initial pictures- overall cosmetic and working condition. Just some notes: the screen cover is beginning to decompose as many of them do. This will require a buff and wax. The finish on the front portion of the cabinet is flaking off in many areas and drastically negates the visual appeal. The faux woodgrain on the back cover is in excellent condition… very good as this is hard to reproduce. White painted area has yellowed and has sustained damage on top near the neck. Electronically, the chassis starts up. Someone did some major repair work in 1995; even signed and dated the chassis. Unfortunately, many of the capacitors used in the repairs were NOS which are as bad or worse than the originals. Brown knobs on front are from a Holiday model Predicta and are mismatched. The correct knobs are white with no lettering. Suffers a vertical deflection malady resulting in a white line across the screen. Beam appears unfocused but it blurred by powdery residue on the inside of the screen cover; the CRT appears to be in good useable shape. A great starter for restoration!

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Vintage TV Hoarder Estate, Day….. 4?

Who would have thought: a couple months have passed since the big TV hoarder’s estate sale off in Rocklin. Three entire days of discovering gem after gem and clearing out nearly every TV set, picture tube, and related part there… that there was yet more nestled in the back of the estate company’s storage locker.

I just received a call from the owner of the estate company, who had my contact information from the first event. She says that they were planning on having another event this upcoming weekend, and in their digging had discovered lingering vestiges of the previous TV collector estate. All I knew was that there was a Predicta in the lot- the rest was pretty vague. I had no idea that I was walking into two more truckloads of TV sets.

Honestly it came at a bad time for me, both in the regard of manpower and finances. I tried calling a friend to pass on the Predicta which I thought they might be interested in, but it turns out that they were far too occupied to be able to make it out for a look. It was up to me. I had to pull some strings, but in the end we were able to make a deal on all the remaining sets, as well as a very unique Sony Videocorder open reel analog tape recording machine.

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Vintage TV Hoard, Day 3

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Well, it’s the final day of the Vintage TV Hoarder’s estate buyout. Only a couple of boxes left that I couldn’t fit in the Jeep. The estate company was soo happy to clear the hoard out of their storage unit (though, what is this to say about my status now….. hmmm?) I’ve never been so flush to be literally swimming in 7JP4s, 10BP4s, and 12LP4s… all good tubes in common circulation back in the late 40s and early 50s, and wonderful for restorations.

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Did you know that Firestone (Yep, the tire company) released a TV? That’s it on the left, basically a rebadged Tele-tone TV set in a slightly modified cabinet. These were actually available in Western Auto supply stores. To the right of that, a GE 806 and another unusual wooden cabinet Admiral. Most of these Admirals wore bakelite cabinets. It’s more unusual to find the wooden cabinet models, and I suspect they were a tad more expensive.

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Beautiful Emerson TV…. alas- broken glass faceplate. Anybody need parts?

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Last, but not least, a box of RCA Image Orthicons. These were the ‘eye’ inside of studio TV cameras used throughout the 40s and 50s. How cool are these?

Vintage TV Hoard, Day 2

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More excitement on day 2 of the TV estate sale! We snapped some more pictures of the sale being set up as many more TVs were being brought out and lined up as we all anxiously awaited the barn doors to open 🙂 Sets we ended up with are a beautiful Bendix aviation 12″ front cart bottom, a Dumont RA-103 “Chatham” (aka the Doghouse) front cart top, an RCA 631TS 10″ rear cart top…

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Two Hallicrafters metal cabinet TVs, another 3″ Pilot, an unknown make, and the RCA projection TV from yesterday which we didn’t have room to pick up,

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In the background: 3 TVs which we didn’t make it to for other buyers (methinks someone got wise to our nefarious TV collecting scheme) a GE 803 Bakelite cabinet “Locomotive with a big hole broken in the side and a cracked top, another Tele-Tone 7”, and a GE Tabletop

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The RCA front projection TV, all opened up. This one is going to become a color conversion!

 

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The infamous Spartan Mirror-lid TV.

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BONUS: The gentleman who bought the Zenith Porthole from yesterday’s sale did not have the means to pick it up, and was able to sell it to us at a very modest markup.

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Glorious 7JP4s, 8BP4s, 10BP4s, a 3KP1 green phosphor, a couple of 5″ test CRTs, and clumping cat litter.

I know this isn’t the last of it…there’s more treasure to be had in the coming days. 😀

Vintage TV Hoard!

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Check out this score! A local estate company was selling off the estate of a local TV collector; got an inside line on this and went over to check it out with Shane of Hepcat Restorations. What a hoard! The gentleman who (previously) belonged to the estate was a collector in-extremus whose house was quite literally overflowing with 40s and 50s TV sets.

We made out with about 50 mid 40s to early 50s art-deco television sets, picture tubes, and parts. LOTS of 7″ electrostatic sets and a couple of larger 10″ sets, including a KILLER mirror-in-lid set (I’ll post pics later) and a MASSIVE late 40s RCA 9PC41 rear projection TV with a popup screen, as well as 5 early 60s Philco Safari portable transistor televisions!

 

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Loading up the trailer, and there’s Shane with another one en route!

 

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Admiral, Sentinel, Motorola, Pilot, Tele-Tone, Raytheon…..

 

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Back at the shop, I found this gorgeous 3″ Pilot television that someone had been through and serviced. Works just fine! These cool little tabletops were the very first television ever to be marketed for under $99 to the public. Very cute TV.

This is just part of the haul. more to come!

 

Chrysler Fixin’ Facts

Chrysler Fixin' Facts

Single frame from a Chrysler dealership slideshow series called ‘Fixin’ Facts for Electrical Accessories,’ 1959. Radio, Automatic headlight dimmer, and “Mirrormatic” automatic rear view mirror service information.