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1930s Fairbanks Morse upright radio?

Discussion in 'Tube Audio' started by Northwinds, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Northwinds

    Northwinds Huh? Turn what down? Subscriber

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    I think this is a BAC-2 or 3 console and it has the tube "eye". I will look it over better later

    Not sure if I can restore the big upright cab, speaker is really interesting as it has a huge tone ring, looks like at least 18", I have not measured anything yet. Anyway, here you go and what do you think? Anyone know of this equipment?


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  2. electronjohn

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    F-M diesels were the motive power of choice for WWII submarines if that tells ya anything:) I've seen a few F-M radios over the years...all well-built with good performance. One thing for sure: they're not common.
     
  3. s-petersen

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    I have a Fairbanks Morse 1 1/2 hp water cooled 1930's engine it used to run a milk pump on a farm, cool!
    The power cord looks yummy!
     
  4. Northwinds

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    I find it interesting that it has Schenectady on the dial (of all places). A lot of my younger life was spent near that area of NYS. I used to go to a record shop and headshop on Jay St every weekend LOL

    The tube setup makes me want to pull the chassis out and look it over but I probably won't do anything with it any time soon
     
  5. Big Harry

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    I say to restore it. Fairbanks Morse built good radios. If you need the service information for the radio, I should have it in my Riders manuals
     
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    I didn't know Fairbanks-Morse made radios. I knew they built diesel-electric locomotives around the 50s when railroads transitioned from steam to diesel, but they didn't last very long in that market.

    That dial is way cool!
     

     

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    Good luck if you restore it.
     
  8. 4-2-7

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    That's cool Ron

    It looks really rare like my 1930 General Motors Radio, The Queen Anne. It was a one year thing they did with 5 Models until they got sued by RCA.

    The thinking for GM at the time they wanted to put more radios in homes, so they had more people to advertise to over the air waves.

    BTW I have a shit pot of tubes if you need any I might have it for you.
     
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  9. Northwinds

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    Hey Dan! From what I gather, it is pretty rare. I only see tabletop radios with that style dial and they do $300+. The speaker seems to have a following also for those who are familiar with them

    I don't see me repairing anything on this. I looked on Radiomuseum and they say these FM units are very well built and the tuners are quite good (for the period)
     
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    Steve @Pio1980 and @gadget73 might be able to help with some info.

    How about some photos of the whole thing? The speaker might need to be hooked to the unit if you plug it in so you don't harm it, looks like a field coil. It's probably part of the circuitry of the radio.
     
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  11. s-petersen

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    What a coincidence!, last night I went to an auction and saw a similar Fairbanks Morse table radio.
    If you want to see if it lights up, you could remove the rectifier tube to avoid damage.
    Separate the power cord wires at the chassis, as they look uninsulated there.
     
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    CZ4A, and all;

    FM is well known for the manufacture of weight scales. Even those that could weight locomotives.

    They also built many opposed piston diesel engines that were installed in submarines.

    Just saying!

    Lu, and living not too far from Beloit, Wi..
     
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  14. Northwinds

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    That's the one Dan except I think the one we have is a 3 model possibly. It is an 8A chassis but I will know better in a bit when I go out and start cleaning it up and yeah I know never hook a tube amp up without a load, that cord looks pretty unsafe LOL

    I want to see the "eye" light up LOL, I bet that looks badass as all get at might with that color dial
     
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    Also stationary engines of various configurations and size, known popularly for their budget "dishpan" flywheel farm engines.
     
  16. Northwinds

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    Well, I see a 1937 date on the inside handwritten, I don't know if it's a service notation or manufacturing. The chassis looks like copper on the outside? 3 gang tuner, not bad. One LONGASS antenna. This is not getting plugged in, electric cord is beyond unsafe. 2 screws what held the chassis mounted w/ a shim on one side


    The cabinet has a more traditional look to it, probably a C model or just a variation design, cloth is toast at bottom

    Looks real clean under the hood but definitely needs the right do over which is not something I am into or affording. I might start vacuuming off the built up dust on the topside. Cab needs a lacquer refinishing and has a few small dents. Amazing this survived period

    Bezel glass is missing but looks like repos are available. The bezel ring is cool looking. It would be cool to see this restored but it won't be by me unfortunately. Still I am happy we could save it

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  17. s-petersen

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    Beautiful dial! The one at the auction was not as colorful, but was a shutter dial
     
  18. Northwinds

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    So what does anyone figure for output, maybe 3-5w? I bet that speaker is crazy effcient
     
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    single ended 6V6 3w? maybe
     
  20. gadget73

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    yeah, ~3w is probably about right.

    Nostalgiaair probably has a scan of the Riders. If you need a more legible copy let me know. I've probably got original paper.
     

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