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Old 07-20-2019, 04:59 PM   #1
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I'd like some references of a reputable person to refresh my '40 radio.
I've heard way too many horror stories of rip of artists that "rebuild" radios.
The guy that worked on mine for 40+ years passed away. I miss him the most. Still, I miss his talents and integrity.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:15 PM   #2
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I've been emailing Joe Dickhudt of Classic Auto Electric about my 1940 Zenith. He can repair it as built or modify it as an FM. I haven’t sent it out yet but will soon. Here’s his email: joe.dickhudt@classicautoelectric. Shoot him a note with your questions. I'll send my radio soon to get ahead of you...
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:24 PM   #3
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Website > http://www.classicautoelectric.com/index.html

We offer electrical products and services for classic automobiles from the Model A of the 1930's to the muscle cars of the 1960's. We specialize in the repair and restoration of classic electrical automotive systems and components, and offer "modern technology" where special solutions (like the Clock Tender) may be appropriate to solving long-term electrical problems, or where it might be nice to have the benefit of modern technology without sacrificing the authenticity of your classic car (like the AM Gizmo).
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:00 PM   #4
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These guys have a superb reputation around here (Minnesota)

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Originally Posted by WABOOM View Post
These guys have a superb reputation around here (Minnesota)


I tried them, still waiting for them to reply to my emails from months ago , perhaps they don't want to deal internationally . Gary Tayman has my 34 Ashtray radio and I am impressed by his knowledge , how he is keeping me in the loop and his reputation /feedback -Karl
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:05 AM   #6
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If you're having trouble getting your radio repaired, here in the UK I have used Colin at Agenta radio repairs. He is brilliant and reasonably priced.

His number is 0113 8800 303 (from the UK). He repaired my HMV valve radio in my 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:16 AM   #7
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I used Classic Auto Electric for my ‘50 clock. I was very pleased with his work, communication and his fee was exactly what he quoted. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again.......Mark
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:27 AM   #8
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Here's radio repair and repair manual sources I've collected. Caution: Some info may be out-of-date.

Classic Auto Electric, LLC
401 N. Carrie Street
McPherson, KS 67460
Telephone: 620-241-6927

Aztec Electronics ("1950 and up" ?)
41110 Sandalwood Circle, Unit 115
Murrieta, CA 92562
Telephone: (951) 304-2880; Fax: (951) 304-3082
Email: aztecelectronics@yahoo.com

S&M Electro-Tech, Inc
8836 Xylite St NE
Blaine, MN 55449-5007
Toll Free (877) 780 - 2861
Direct (763) 780 - 2861
e-Mail: turnswitch@turnswitch.com

Charles Forgey
8927 Leamon Rd
Harrison TN, 37341.
Office: (423) 344-8357; Cell : (423) 785-6333
Allen Forgey
Cell : (423) 653-3054
Email: oldcarradio1@bellsouth.netor

Jake Fleming
Dallas, Texas
(does the Philco and Zenith radios for Ford)
(214) 333-3197

Times Radio & TV Restoration (NJ)
Peter Di Pasquale
(201) 891-4899

HF Enterprises (NJ)
Howard Foulds
(973) 800-4565







261 Ventura Circle
Fort Walton Beach
Florida 32548
Alfred Corbin


There is no one "Shop Manual" for early Fords but many less than that. Here are some manuals that may help:








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Old 07-21-2019, 01:35 PM   #9
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I had the "Wonderbar" radio in my '47 converted to AM/FM years ago. The bar now switches between AM & FM. the outward appearance is unchanged. FM is particularly important, as it avoids the ignition static, and for the most part, the rattle and bang of much of the "modern" music, for us old coots.
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Old 07-22-2019, 12:52 PM   #10
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One my best old fiends (passed now) restored his 54 Merc to exact original condition. 8 years of tedious work/pleasure. Anyway he sent his radio to a fellow down south for restoration. The fellow called when it was done and proudly announced he could pick up Raleigh clear as a bell.
Sure enough it worked just great up here in Massachusetts.
So he called the guy to let him know he was happy.
The only problem was that he could not pick up Raleigh!!

True story


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Old 07-23-2019, 08:49 AM   #11
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You might want to ask any local HAM radio guys in your area if they might work on it. A local young HAM operator in my area helped me get my '50 Ford OMF radio going. His price for the repair - a lunch at the local diner.

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Old 08-15-2019, 10:00 AM   #12
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I had a guy in Florida modify mine. AM/FM and external input.
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:03 AM   #13
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Check with Charles Forgey, 8927 Leamon Rd, Harrison TN 37341
Ph: 423-344-8357
Ph: 423-785-6333
web site: www.OldCarRadio.net

He repairs, restores, and does conversions
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