View Full Version : I was given a 1972 zenith chromacolor portable today.


mr_fixer
06-09-2016, 11:24 PM
Hello All, I went out junkin today and at a 2nd hand store i spy a a vintage Zenith chromacolor portable on a correct timeperiod roll a round tv cart, he has a reasonable price of $25 for the whole she-bang. I don't need it nor have the room for it. The owner says that it still works and plugs it in. we see about 30 secs of green tinted static then the pic goes black and there is a burning smell. we unplug it and he says that he doesn't sell dead merchandise and asks me if i want it for parts free. sure i say, i'm sure someone on VK will want parts from it.
So i get it home and wonder what burned inside, i oped it up and look inside the HV cage and i see a thin brown piece on plastic on the side to the HV diode. It has charred tracks on it. I remove it from the tube and plug it in and low and behold the set works, i had to adjust the screens a little. but here are pics. It is a 14dc15 chassis and i found a date of 8/1972 on the inside.
The odd thing is that i used own one of these in 2007 with a slightly different cabinet. Anyone close by want to add this to their collection?

dishdude
06-09-2016, 11:41 PM
Sweet set! Wish I was nearby.

TUD1
06-09-2016, 11:59 PM
Nice set! What part of Tennessee are you in?

zenithfan1
06-10-2016, 06:46 AM
I'd love to find one of those! Great score!

dieseljeep
06-10-2016, 11:00 AM
I'd love to find one of those! Great score!

I bought a similar set like that from Doug. Mine also has the high focus voltage CRT. You can never seem to get really good focus on the low voltage focus CRT's, once they're a few years old. :scratch2:

old_coot88
06-10-2016, 11:07 AM
Great score! Just curious- what is the 'HV diode'?

maxhifi
06-10-2016, 11:18 AM
I have that same chassis in a 16" portable (my reason for joining VK) Definitely is a keeper.

mr_fixer
06-10-2016, 12:51 PM
Nice set! What part of Tennessee are you in?

Dickson tn, about 40 miles SW of Nashville.

mr_fixer
06-10-2016, 12:54 PM
Great score! Just curious- what is the 'HV diode'?

It is the rectifier tube inside of a steel box next to the flyback transformer it supplies Anode voltage to the crt.

Electronic M
06-10-2016, 04:07 PM
Could you give me a shipping quote to 53072? I'm working on a similar set for a friend, and it is making me want one of my own.

TUD1
06-10-2016, 05:43 PM
Mr Fixer, if Electronic M does not not want the set, I might be able to pick the set up on June 23 on my way back from Wisconsin.

mr_fixer
06-10-2016, 06:24 PM
Could you give me a shipping quote to 53072? I'm working on a similar set for a friend, and it is making me want one of my own.

Uh.... I'm sorry but this is too large for me to pack it up and ship. I was really hoping for someone to pick it up.

TUD1
06-10-2016, 06:47 PM
Mr Fixer, it's not really that big of a detour from I-65 - I could probably swing by there on the 23rd or 24th and pick up the set. I'll have to hurry though, the rental car has to be back by 4:30 on the 24th.

Electronic M
06-10-2016, 09:57 PM
Good luck TUD.

Mr. Fixer It should be quite ship-able if you try. I've had a 19" 1963 Space command B&W portable shipped to me before. It is not as deep but every other dimension was bigger...Including the weight.

mr_fixer
06-11-2016, 10:22 PM
Mr Fixer, it's not really that big of a detour from I-65 - I could probably swing by there on the 23rd or 24th and pick up the set. I'll have to hurry though, the rental car has to be back by 4:30 on the 24th.

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DaveWM
06-12-2016, 07:30 PM
That is a real score for a collector, nice small, great zenith quality :thmbsp: