This old Halicrafters S-38 was kindly given to me by a fellow Whythall radio club member. As you can see the cabinet was pretty rough and the set was non functional. The main smoothing can had dried up so it was replaced with a more modern unit. Nearly all of the wax paper capacitors needed replacing, you can see the replacement small green capacitors in the photograph. A couple of resistors had also gone high in value and were also replaced. The most fortunate aspect of this project is all the valves are perfectly ok, just as well because these are now hard to come by. Sometime in the past a series dropping resistor was fitted to allow use on 230vac mains ( originaly these were intended for 115 vac mains ). A new drive cord was fitted, the old one had rotted away. A good substitute for drive cord is BRAIDED Dacron fishing line, I have used this on several broadcast sets with excellent results.
After sanding down the metal cabinet all of the pitted holes were filled with P38 and sanded to a smooth finish when dry. A aeresol tin of car paint was used to spray the cabinet. The set is now in regular use, mainly for listening to international Broadcst stations. Although capeable of resolving CW it is not suitable for any serious CW work. The bandspread control is a blessing on the shorter wavebands and works well.
Barry Zarucki M0DGQHOME