UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Powered By Google Custom Search Vintage Radio and TV Service Data

Go Back   UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum > Specific Vintage Equipment > Vintage Radio (domestic)

Notices

Vintage Radio (domestic) Domestic vintage radio (wireless) receivers only.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 3rd Jun 2022, 6:43 pm   #1
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Ekco ACT96 restoration

This Ekco ACT96 came in a truly excellent condition bakelite cabinet and all original knobs with only a very dirty, shrunken dial scale to make it seem in anything less than in great condition. Take the back off and the real set is there to see - rust, mould, dirt, dust, spider's webs. So, I have to restore it.

The Ekco ACT96 has internal aerials in the form of a long wave coil on one side of the set and a medium wave coil on the other. These are quite large structures comprising the coils wound between rectangular plywood side cheeks. One of them is totally rotten and covered in mould. I've bought replacement, 'cut to size' MDF boards of the correct size to use when I get that far on with the restoration.

For now I've been dismantling the set and using my compressor to blow away all the dust etc. Plus I've started wire brushing rust areas in preparation for the application of Kurust.

I'm treating it as a long, 'bit by bit' job rather than the usual two or three days and it's done kind of thing. There is an awful lot of work to be done!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20220603_143521.jpg
Views:	348
Size:	91.6 KB
ID:	258331   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220603_143539.jpg
Views:	322
Size:	106.1 KB
ID:	258332   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220603_143634.jpg
Views:	317
Size:	85.3 KB
ID:	258333  
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd Jun 2022, 6:45 pm   #2
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

More photos.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20220603_143642.jpg
Views:	253
Size:	84.4 KB
ID:	258334   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220603_143647.jpg
Views:	228
Size:	127.3 KB
ID:	258335   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220603_143548.jpg
Views:	215
Size:	135.8 KB
ID:	258336  
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd Jun 2022, 7:02 pm   #3
Ed_Dinning
Dekatron
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, UK.
Posts: 7,528
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Hi Steve, I may have some of the valves for that set if you need them; including a B9 base FC if that is what is fitted

Ed
Ed_Dinning is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd Jun 2022, 7:08 pm   #4
cathoderay57
Octode
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bristol, UK.
Posts: 1,936
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Hi Steve, from the look of it, you must be a man who enjoys a challenge.....Best of luck! Jerry P.S. if Ed can't help, I have all the valves (used & tested) in stock. I think the FC should be an FC4 so 7-pin.

Last edited by cathoderay57; 3rd Jun 2022 at 7:19 pm.
cathoderay57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd Jun 2022, 7:41 pm   #5
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Thanks guys. I think I'm going to be ok valve wise. A few weeks ago I removed the valves and tested them. Together with ones already in my possession I think I have it covered. Sorry to be a bit vague but clearly I've got a long way to go before inserting valves. But I'll holler for sure if I need a couple.
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd Jun 2022, 10:49 pm   #6
PJL
Dekatron
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Seaford, East Sussex, UK.
Posts: 5,601
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

I have restored worse, the rotten wooden structures make it look terrible but once replaced it will look a lot better. So you know what you are getting into I would check the transformers and coils next. Do you know the history? If it's recent damp you might should dry out the mains and output transformers.

Anecdotally, my Mullard Tester showed signs of leakage in the mains transformer but has gradually improved over about 5 years!
PJL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th Jun 2022, 7:14 am   #7
mark pirate
Dekatron
 
mark pirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Worthing, West Sussex, UK
Posts: 5,146
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

That does not look too bad, the chassis appears to be quite good, it looks like only one side has any significant rust on it.

My AC86 was far worse, but surprisingly clean under the chassis, my dial had also warped & shrunk, but a few weeks under pressure straightened it out enough to be useable, you may be able to source a reproduction dial if yours is too bad.


Mark
mark pirate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th Jun 2022, 7:37 am   #8
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

PJL, Mark, you're right, I too thing that it is not as bad as it looks. The rust isn't too bad and as I'm finding already it's relatively easily treated. Of course some issues are less obvious, for example the aluminium rivets on the plastic connection panels are all rotten and will need replacing, the mains pins are bent and so on. Yes I will test the trannies asap, but I'm minded to complete the restoration anyway and if I have to replace or rewind trannies so be it.

Apart from the huge cleaning up aspect, my first problem or poser is how to transfer a set of 'square' aerial windings from that rotten former to those new side cheeks. I'll remove one side of the rotten former and see the lie of the land, things should be clearer. Thanks for your input so far.
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 4th Jun 2022, 7:36 pm   #9
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

The earlier photos show the state of the upper chassis' back panel and the aluminium rivets holding the gram and extension speaker panels that have all but rotted away. After having throughly clean the upper chassis surfaces with repeated applications of plain water on a cotton cloth and allowing to dry thoroughly (actually I wire brushed the rusty areas first), I applied a thin coat of Kurust to all rusty areas and spots on that chassis. It's now an equally ugly shade of shiny black, but probably much better than rust and I'm more than happy with it as an 'honest', stable repair. I never intended to strip the chassis and do a repaint - I take my hat off to people who do that!

Removing the rivets from the speaker panel and the mains panel (the paxolin panel had warped on the latter, forcing the pins to point inwards) was quite an epic. They were corroded tightly in place. Apart from the two really badly corroded ones, removing the rivet heads didn't help at all, they simply weren't for knocking out, so I had to drill them out using successively larger drills in a Dremel. The aluminium constantly galled with the drill bits, their tips needing frequent freeing up using an awl. One drill bit broke creating an even bigger problem, and to cap it all my Dremel failed. I took an hour taking the Dremel apart, but no obvious signs of a fault. So I bought another, much the same, the 3000 model. I always use the flexible extension because being much smaller I find it easier to get into tight spots. So then just a matter of fitting new pop rivets. In the case of the small paxolin panel holding the mains pins, I simply turned it around so that the chassis pulled it back into (flat) shape.

Next, a similar tackling of rust on the lower chassis and other oddment areas, support straps etc.
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 4th Jun 2022, 7:42 pm   #10
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Photos.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20220604_200305.jpg
Views:	228
Size:	107.6 KB
ID:	258393   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220604_200031.jpg
Views:	203
Size:	85.1 KB
ID:	258394   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220604_193040.jpg
Views:	186
Size:	53.2 KB
ID:	258395   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220604_195952.jpg
Views:	173
Size:	51.2 KB
ID:	258396  
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 4th Jun 2022, 8:50 pm   #11
mark pirate
Dekatron
 
mark pirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Worthing, West Sussex, UK
Posts: 5,146
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

It has probably been in a leaky old shed for years, I agree to check the wound components first, I have an equally bad Ekco, but found no real problem, bar the usual capacitors.

How is it under the chassis?


Mark
mark pirate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th Jun 2022, 1:56 pm   #12
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

I've been continuing with applying Kurust to the lower chassis and any remaining metal straps etc. In doing so I have removed the speaker on its wooden baffle board and the latter is delaminating badly, so a new one will have to be made.

The dial scale has shrunk, but it may still be useable so long as its top and bottom edges are able to be clamped in position as per original by the set's peripheral mountings. The decorative curved mazac bar that sweeps across it will need new mounting holes to be made in the scale (or existing ones elongated, not sure yet) to enable it to be fixed. Fortuitously the bar will help straighten the distorted dial scale. The scale legends are good and strong and the opaque colour is kind of 'original' otherwise you would be able to see the 'workings' of the set through a clear scale. In the photo I have begun cleaning the right hand side of the scale. Nonetheless, I seem to recall that a forum member made a new dial scale and I would be interested to hear how they did it. I do have a drawing of an ACT96 scale but converting that into an actual scale is another thing, someone's experiences would help greatly.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20220605_135944.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	89.7 KB
ID:	258440   Click image for larger version

Name:	20220605_133616.jpg
Views:	147
Size:	90.3 KB
ID:	258441  
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 5th Jun 2022, 7:20 pm   #13
cathoderay57
Octode
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bristol, UK.
Posts: 1,936
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Quote:
I do have a drawing of an ACT96 scale but converting that into an actual scale is another thing, someone's experiences would help greatly.
I've never done a dial scale for one of these but the principles are similar. If you have a high definition jpg of the scale then import it into MS Word within which you can resize it easily by dragging the corner of the image. Trial prints on paper will help in getting the overall size exact. Then print onto clear sticky-backed paper (I always struggle to get my head around whether you need to reverse the image but I think not in this case). Then cut some translucent perspex or clear plastic to the right size and stick the scale "transfer" onto it. You can also use waterslide transfer but this is fiddly and it is all too easy to split or wrinkle the transfer when applying it to the plastic base template. If you want to tint the image to emulate the yellowing then it can be done in Photoshop or similar apps or even MS Photos. Jerry

Last edited by cathoderay57; 5th Jun 2022 at 7:32 pm.
cathoderay57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th Jun 2022, 7:26 am   #14
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Thanks Jerry. As I say above, I think a clear scale would show the workings of the set through it. Does anyone know if scales were tinted as new? I'm not so concerned about apeing 'ageing', more so originality. Saying all that, my gut feeling is that the scale would have been made using clear celluloid, not tinted. Does anyone know?!
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 6th Jun 2022, 11:41 am   #15
cathoderay57
Octode
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bristol, UK.
Posts: 1,936
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Not sure, but from images at RM and similar vintage sets eg A22 the scale was probably translucent cream background. Jerry
cathoderay57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th Jun 2022, 12:39 pm   #16
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Thanks Jerry. I've made a paper version for now to check for sizing etc.
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 6th Jun 2022, 9:27 pm   #17
cathoderay57
Octode
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bristol, UK.
Posts: 1,936
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

If you want to do the cream background you will struggle because domestic printers don't print white ink. Best bet would be to print clear and stick onto a translucent cream plastic backing piece. Various suppliers such as this https://www.sheetplastics.co.uk/3mm-...et-cut-to-size. Jerry
cathoderay57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th Jun 2022, 6:56 am   #18
cathoderay57
Octode
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bristol, UK.
Posts: 1,936
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Another option would be to print the scale into cream coloured translucent sticky-backed film such as this, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Premium-Adh.../dp/B07XD5CTFF then cut to size and apply to a clear plastic stiffener. Jerry
cathoderay57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th Jun 2022, 8:38 am   #19
vinrads
Dekatron
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK.
Posts: 3,251
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Hi Steve I have one that I can spare, it is sized to the original ,but it seems to fit ok maybe you can use it to fill in the green and re size if needed ,this is for an AC 86 I stuck it to a clear sheet then used a piece of off white paper so you can still see the tuning light , Mick.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0013 (4).jpg
Views:	113
Size:	45.4 KB
ID:	258545   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMGP0026 (5).jpg
Views:	108
Size:	83.1 KB
ID:	258546  

Last edited by vinrads; 7th Jun 2022 at 8:45 am.
vinrads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th Jun 2022, 10:06 am   #20
stevehertz
Dekatron
 
stevehertz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: Ekco ACT96 restoration

Jerry, I think the 3mm thick acrylic would be too thick to slot into the curved lower clamp - I'll check. The cream coloured printable sticker sheets may be a better idea.

Mick, thanks for now, but I think I'm going to try the above route. Cheers.
__________________
A digital radio is the latest thing, but a vintage wireless is forever..
stevehertz is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



All times are GMT. The time now is 1:35 pm.


All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at https://www.vintage-radio.net/rules.html.
Failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious injury to yourself and/or others.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2002 - 2021, Paul Stenning.