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Old 06-14-2016, 08:31 PM
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My new to me 1968 Motorola color set

I worked a deal with Dwight Moody about 6 months ago or so, and I finally got it shipped to me when no other transport became available. It was well worth the wait. It works fine, just needs a few more tweaks to be ready for daily use.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:46 PM
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Nice set there, mate.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:01 PM
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I worked a deal with Dwight Moody about 6 months ago or so, and I finally got it shipped to me when no other transport became available. It was well worth the wait. It works fine, just needs a few more tweaks to be ready for daily use.
That set looks great, for being 48 years old. You were fortunate to get a TV of that age which doesn't need much beyond a bit of tweaking; most TVs from the sixties need quite a bit more work, such as recapping, before they can be used on any kind of regular basis.


BTW, one thing puzzles me. How did you find the room in your van for a console TV? With all your stereo gear in the van as well, it must be awfully difficult getting around in there, unless the van is incredibly large.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:51 PM
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It says right in my post that I had it shipped. When I did have my van, I could put several console sets in there. I would just move the stereo amp and sub out of the way. a minivan with the seats removed can haul as much as a pickup. I once hauled a Harley motorcycle in there lol. The set has been repaired and the CRT replaced, I plan on replacing the remaining old caps and whatever else I find to be suspect.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:55 PM
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I have its B/W cousin. It's in the shed waiting for a new flyback.
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Old 06-15-2016, 12:44 AM
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Does it kinda look like my set?
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:12 AM
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I worked a deal with Dwight Moody about 6 months ago or so, and I finally got it shipped to me when no other transport became available. It was well worth the wait. It works fine, just needs a few more tweaks to be ready for daily use.
Motorola built slightly different versions of that chassis for about four years running. TS914,918,921. Your's is the TS921, the last of the run.
Naturally, the first two runs used 23EG's. The last runs used a 25X or 25A type. The chassis was really reliable, the CRT's, not so.
40+ years ago, I installed a Zenith ChromaColor CRT in a set like yours. The original CRT was an Admiral, EIA 101.
The set owner said that the picture was good for about two years and went downhill fast.
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Old 06-15-2016, 12:27 PM
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40+ years ago, I installed a Zenith ChromaColor CRT in a set like yours. The original CRT was an Admiral, EIA 101.
The set owner said that the picture was good for about two years and went downhill fast.
Twas the admiral jug that died fast right? If the chassis killed a CC-CRT in two years something had to be very wrong.
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Old 06-15-2016, 02:17 PM
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It says right in my post that I had it shipped. When I did have my van, I could put several console sets in there. I would just move the stereo amp and sub out of the way. a minivan with the seats removed can haul as much as a pickup. I once hauled a Harley motorcycle in there lol. The set has been repaired and the CRT replaced, I plan on replacing the remaining old caps and whatever else I find to be suspect.
As I said in my post, your Motorola console TV looks great for being nearly fifty years old. I bet the picture is good as well, especially if the CRT was replaced (I wouldn't expect a 48-year-old CRT to be much good today, especially if it saw a lot of use by its former owners; did the original tube have a brightener?).

Also, if the set has been repaired, it should work almost as well as it did the day it was manufactured. It will be even better once you replace any questionable components, as would be expected.

Motorola made excellent TVs when they were still in this country (their main plant was in Chicago, if I remember correctly). My former stepmother, now deceased, had relatives (her folks) in West Virginia who owned a 19" Motorola portable b&w TV with a front panel that looked like yours; in fact, the front panel of your set reminded me of it.


BTW, I had no idea your van was that big, or that a minivan can haul every bit as much as a pickup truck if the seats are removed. When you said you once transported a motorcycle in that van, I was convinced the vehicle was big enough, and then some, to accomodate at least one console TV.


I didn't know you had moved, as your location was listed for some time as "in my beat-up green ford van..." with no indication of an actual city of residence. I was just curious as to your present location.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:37 PM
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What a sweet piece. Love working on those, but saw few.

Put it next to your SK77 stereophonic
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Twas the admiral jug that died fast right? If the chassis killed a CC-CRT in two years something had to be very wrong.
The original Admiral sourced jug is the one that failed. AFAIK, the Zenith CRT was perfect.
That Motorola chassis was very reliable, more so than many.
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Does it kinda look like my set?
Yes it does. Same cabinet style , bezel, and knobs (though not quite as many knobs).
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:53 PM
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What a sweet piece. Love working on those, but saw few.

Put it next to your SK77 stereophonic
Not a bad idea!
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Does it kinda look like my set?
It looks nearly identical to your set.
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How has this set been doing? I might be getting one almost identical soon, and I'm trying to glean as much information about Motorolas as I can.
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