Dec 23
Radio Stratosphere

Here's an interesting project I'm still wondering how I talked myself into doing. I currently have a 1937 Zenith 10-S-130 table radio on my workbench. The 1937 Zenith 12-U-159 console radio is one of my all time radio favorites so it was kind of big deal for me to finally find the radio's 10-S-130 little brother. This 10-S130 had a few issues when I got it, like the veneer was missing off one whole side of the cabinet when the rest of the radio has a pretty nice original finish on it and the chassis had what looks like to rust from a rodents nest in it. 

After assessing the radio's damage, I decided I would go up in to my attic and drag down a 1937 Zenith 6-S-128 cabinet that had been in the attic since 1994. This radio cabinet was in the opposite condition of the 10-S-130. The 6-S-128 chassis and speaker was long gone and there was one side of the is cabinet that was in good original shape. This 6-S-128, with it's one good side, was a perfect candidate to be a donor cabinet for the 10-S-130 with the one bad side. 

In a few days I got the radio chassis playing like a champ.  I replaced all the filter capacitors,  a couple of tubes, and the radio was given an alignment. Below are some of the photos from the project. in my radio workshop. It took a couple of weeks to work through the transplant but it almost done now.

I love 10-S-130 because the cabinet on this large Zenith table radio is very close in design to the Zenith 1000Z Stratosphere cabinet from 1935. 

For toughs of  you who are wondering what's going to happen to the rest of the 6-S-128 cabinet.... it's going to become a wall clock.

 Zenith 10-S-130 Restoration

Zenith Model 10-S-130 from 1937 

Missing veneer on the side 10-S-130 

Radio surgery: The transplanting of a side panel from a 1937 Zenith 6-S-128 to the 10-S-130

Bad 10-S-130 side with missing veneer

6-S-128 side

Restored 10-S-130 chassis 

Zenith 10-S-130 from 1937, Zenith 5-S-29 from 1936, Zenith 807 from 1935