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Old 06-08-2012, 04:26 AM
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zenith color roundie tv saved from barn 6/3/12

after looking close at the zenith ,and removing alot of mouse packing & pooping i decided that i will restore the complete tv cabnet and all.the picture tube is useble, the chassie can be rebuilt, its not as rusty as first thought looks like all the crap might have protected it, the only thing i have never done before is document it step by step as i go . thats what i am going to do in this case ,so bare with me i will post progress as i go,if there is anyone out there that could post any pictures of what this cabnet looked like when it was new like the different color sceams that was offered that would be a big help ,i have to replace to complete bottom ,the o.s.b is coming appart ,i will replace it with 3/4 plywood and the top will have to be steamed back into place and reinforced ,but i would like to see the different stan's they offered for that model ,and the shade of green on the pic. tube bezzel .im not sure yet what year this is ,and i need a complete schematic for it i have pay pal if anyone has a schematic they can sell me . thanks
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:35 AM
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zenith taredown

i seem to haveing trouble uploading all my pictures,only 3 or 4 at a time are making it ? before i can start today im going to scub off dirt and bird poop ex.
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File Type: jpg cabnet bottom osb repl.jpg (82.4 KB, 74 views)

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Old 06-08-2012, 04:40 AM
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all disasembled ready for the big cleaning . this is so dirty i have to start i my garage.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:08 AM
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chassie

pictures of chassie after first round with shop vac .
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:12 AM
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yoke / clover / tuner bezzell

the rest of parts
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:15 AM
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Looks like you have quite a project on your hands! Good luck with the restore. keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:26 AM
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Wow...BIG project. This would overwhelm me even if I had the space to do it.

I did notice in the first pics that it LOOKS like the color and hue adjustments were "cranked"...so wonder if you are gonna find some problem there. Of course I know you'll be overwhelmed with joy when you GET to that point though :P

I do love the over-explanation of the two color knobs though. Drives home the point that color was new I guess. I have yet to even see a roundie, or ANY running "first color" sets. Hope I sometime see one of these first color sets. I don't see any small enough for me to ever take on.

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Old 06-08-2012, 08:40 AM
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all but one of the plastic knobs behind the control board crumbled in my hands ,so ill hunt for some in the spare part boxs of knobs i have,iv got like a 5 gal bucket of used knobs hopefuly i have some.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:48 AM
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alot of the work will go into the cabnet ,i have no problem with wood part its the staining and clear coating ill need to work at. i just cant bring myself to destroy this cabnet without trying first.i have alot of automotive sanding tools and boxs of different sand paper grits from 30 threw 1000 grit so i should be able to sand fine finish . plus i know a guy i grew up that builds kitchen cabnet he can give me pointers on staining .
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:07 AM
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I may have a bunch of the knobs you need. PM me if you do.

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Old 06-08-2012, 11:07 AM
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That cabinet is eminently restorable. Looks to be structually sound. Is probably fake veneer so might need a new real veneered top, but you can't tell until cleaned up. I have good luck cleaning cabinets with Orange Goop non-pumice hand cleaner (auto parts stores and Harbor Freight.) It might just come back with that and then some staining and attention to the trim.

I'd pull the tubes on that chassis, put some duct tape over the top of all the coil cans, and scrub and hose it down in the yard with your favorite home spray cleaner, set it in the sun to dry.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:52 PM
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today i think i matched the colors on the bezzel, i know as soon as i start on pot metal bezzel cleaning that corsion off there probley be pit holes and who knows what, i might sand blast it and reshoot it with original colors . i noticed the digital camera shows up the color better than i can see it. does anyone have a picture of what the tv looked like new , i would like to get as close as i can ,even if i have to have the color matched.i was thinking about cleaning it that way and just blow dry it with the compressor ,just stay away from coils and transformers with high pressure air.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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before i can really start on the tv ,i will have put my truck in the garage and replaced the left rear leaf spring i broke the main leaf getting this tv ,rough roads and the truck is only 35 yrs old ,they just dont make them to last. lol
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:03 PM
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Geez... I didn't realize that Zenith would be so heavy!
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:15 PM
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it was a vary BIG zenith ,its just one of those things you put off until it gets worst ,it allready had three crack leafs i just finished it off iv had new springs in the shed since i restored the truck in 04 . i was going to wait till i put the tommy lift on the truck ,guess theres ben change in plans
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