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As I mentioned earlier I have always wanted to assemble a really cool vintage audio component system. It took some time and some money but I was able to do it. After pouring over all the options out there and what looked the most atomic I decided on Heathkit. The four components I was able to find were the Heathkit AJ-30 Tuner, AA-100 Amplifier, AA-11 Pre-Amplifier & AC-11 Multiplex Adaptor. I am in no way an audio aficionado. I am gonna have to figure this out as I go. Of course since these are vintage I need to get them completely checked out before I seriously start to use them. It is kind of hard to know an exact date these were produced. Searching online I have seen folks say 1961 and as late as 1963???
What I dig about these are the saddle colored cases, chrome tapered bezel and of course how the displays light up!
As usual with newly acquired vintage electronics they will need work. It appears the pre-amplifier lighted display isn’t working. Once I get these all dialed in it will be something to see!
The next thing I want to locate is a Heathkit record player, Heathkit reel to reel (AD-22) and also some matching Heathkit speakers (Heathkit/Altec Legato).
Heath was one of those companies that help started the kit business. Ed Heath founded the company in 1926 with, of all things, an airplane kit. He died in a test flight in one in 1935, but Howard Anthony kept the company going. Right after World War II, he bought a batch of electronic surplus. Out of that came one of the first successful kits, a small oscilloscope for $50, which was a real achievement in its time. With that success came many new products. Heathkit most notable product is their ham radios. Tragedy struck yet again in 1954 when Howard Anthony was also killed in an plane crash.
Products Heathkit produced over the decades have included electronic test equipment, high fidelity home audio equipment, television receivers, amateur radio equipment, robots, electronic ignition conversion modules for early model cars with point style ignitions, and the influential Heath H-8, H-89, and H-11 hobbyist computers, which were sold in kit form for assembly by the purchaser.
What was great about Heathkit is folks could either order a kit to assemble these products or order them already assembled. Heathkit manufactured electronic kits from 1947 until 1992. After closing that business, the Heath Company continued with its products for education, and motion-sensor lighting controls. The lighting control business was sold around 2000.
I can’t recall where I read it but it appears Heathkit is back making kits and if that’s so I am sure there are a lot of folks out there who would love to get their hands on one of those kits. Once we get down to Texas I will have these tuned up and hopefully be well on my way to finding the other items mentioned above. If you have a line on any of the items I mentioned above feel free to reach out to me.
When Mel and I were first dealers at Midway I looked into Justin’s shop (Stellar Electronics) and I saw this TV cabinet. I remember thinking I would love to get my hands on it. Over time as I got to know Justin and he knocked out a couple of conversions for us I asked him about this TV cabinet. Justin said he actually had plans to dispose of it, so I asked him if a conversion was an option and he said sure!
As in my earlier post about this television, I took the cabinet home and restored the case and dressed it up. We had plans to place it in our kitchen so we could watch the boob tube as we enjoyed dinner.
Once I was done with the restoration, I dropped the cabinet back off to Justin and he worked his magic. He found a donor television and mounted it into the cabinet. Justin also installed an HDMI connection!
The front panel flips down for your component connections.
Justin always manages to mount the remote sensor in hard to find locations.
As usual, TCM is playing. I think that is Ingrid Bergman on screen, not sure what movie though.
We are very pleased with how it all turned out. It is great to know that new life has been breathed into this old cabinet. Once more it will entertain a new family that will enjoy it for many years to come.
Oh, you also might have noticed our Moss lamp with the Hedi Schoop
figure mounted on it. What makes this Moss lamp unique and rare is that it’s also an AM radio.
I think we have all the conversions we have room for. I recommend that if this seems cool and something you might be interested in, to check with Justin of Stellar Electronics to see if he can complete a conversion for you.
Now that the walnut stain has dried, it is time to apply the polyurethane. I applied 3 even coats.
As you may have noticed, Lucile in the background. I felt she deserved a shout out! It’s funny, the classic Stephen King movie Christine is playing while I write this, and it was a red and white classic like ours, but his was a 1958 Plymouth Fury. I hope we have better luck with Lucile!
Back to business…..I have had this hairpin swivel stand for a while now and thought it would look great attached to this television. Unfortunately, it had been sitting out in the weather so it needs sanding and the bearings need some grease.
I love the cover and finish of this gold paint. I buy it from Michaels. I have noticed a lot of gold spray paints look cheap and fake, but not this one.
Here it is after all the clean up! I think the gold on these hairpins will look great with the gold surround.
Here is a dry run of what it will look like. I think it’s gonna look fantastic!
These are the original dials that came with the television. These will just be for looks once the conversion is done. I will permanently affix them to the front of the television. I do need to find a matching knob insert to complete its appearance.
Well, my job is done. Now it is heading over to Stellar Electronics so Justin can work his magic!
We were at Midway Antique Mall stocking our shop when I ran into Justin from Stellar Electronics. I asked him about a cream colored table top television that I had seen in his shop for some time. I told him we needed a small television for the kitchen and that would work. Justin said he had no real plans for it, so I took it home.
This cabinet was in pretty sad shape. It had a lot of dings and scrapes. I was assuming from what I could see that I would have to re-veneer it or paint it to salvage the cabinet.
I started sanding through the paint to discover between the paint and the wood was old polyurethane. I was thankful for this because the polyurethane prevented the paint from getting into the grain of the wood. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the condition of the wood beneath all the crud.
The overall condition of the veneer is remarkable for being just over 63 years old. Though it is not perfect, I would say after sanding it is pretty darn clean!
After a few hours of sanding and stripping, I got the whole cabinet down to bare wood. I am completely surprised with how nice the cabinet is.
I applied two even coats of a walnut stain. I plan to polyurethane the whole thing, but that will be tomorrow. I want the stain to soak in well and be completely dry when I spray it.
To up it’s atomic appeal, I have this hairpin swivel base that I plan to mount the television on. I still need to clean up the legs and grease the bearings.
Here we have the surround and the control panel cover. They are in well used condition, but thats nothing a little spray paint can’t help.
Just cooking in the sun!
Well, that was enough for one day. This will be a multi-part posting. I plan to polyurethane it tomorrow and restore the hairpin legs. I will more than likely have to reinforce the bottom since these legs will be holding the weight of the television. After that is done, it is off to Justin’s for it’s conversion!
This was a long anticipated arrival! Justin picked up this 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi (black and white) unit at a yard sale a while back and when I saw it in his shop I knew it had to be be mine. You might remember the GE conversion Justin did not too long ago. That unit worked out great, and I knew Justin would do the same with this unit.
Without further ado here is the result of Justin’s efforts.
And as with all Justin’s conversions it comes with a universal remote, not standard equipment in the 1950’s!
Justin also installed the remote sensor in a way that it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the unit.
Another great piece to enjoy for years to come.
Justin has now completed the restoration/conversion of the GE TV, and it looks great! So an old TV cabinet has reassumed the role of a functioning home electronic that will bring many years of enjoyment. If you have an old TV you love but doesn’t work reach out to Justin to see about a conversion. Let this conversion show you the thoughtful care he takes to make these TV’s look original. Thanks again Justin!
Mel and I have had the good fortune to meet a guy by the name of Justin with Stellar Vintage Electronics. Justin is skilled in vintage electronics repair. He has a shop inside Midway Antique Mall and is used by many dealers and customers at the mall. Recently, Mel and I became aware of a 1956 Sylvania Halolight television that Justin modified. Justin specializes in modern color TV conversions into vintage TV cabinets and this is a great example.
This television turned out fantastic. When we first saw this we were soo blown away by the picture and the fact that it works with a modern remote. Justin also makes sure that it has all the modern connectivity that current televisions have on the back.
This is Justin’s next project. This is a 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo. Justin is going to have this unit completely functional including the record player and radio. A neat thing Justin is doing with this television conversion is he plans to make the vintage controls work with the modern television conversion. Justin’s conversions are seamless and we think his abilities will be valued in the antique world. I have had many vintage televisions and had many of them repaired. The bad thing is vintage televisions are prone to breaking down. With what Justin does, it allows all of us mid century decor lovers to incorporate modern technology disguised in a vintage television cabinet. Justin just started a blog where he will showcase what he does so please support his efforts because he is not just a repair guy but in my opinion an artist keeping these pieces alive and in living rooms for years to come!
A while back I came across this television in Sacramento. I thought it might be a good conversion project for our friend Justin of Stellar Electronics. Justin said he liked the tv, so I offered to pick it up. But, once I picked it up I fell in love with it! It was so clean and even had the original floor stand.
I asked Justin if he would be interested in a conversion trade for our 1960 GE conversion that he completed for us sometime back. Luckily, he agreed. The General Electric conversion was dynamite, but this style TV works better with our decor.
This television is now in our guest bedroom. I refinished the cabinet to match the Franklin Shockey bedroom set in the room. It all looks so fantastic together.
These are the corner mount wall speakers that Mel and I picked up to complement the Sylvania. I plan to rewire them and get them hung in time for the up and coming Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.
Justin also added more modern connectivity to the back of the set.
Of course, this is what these televisions are known for, the ring of light on the front. I am so glad we have a Halo in our collection now. This is such a unique television.
This television has a pleasing glow and has multiple setting for the brightness of the surround.
We had this fantastic asian television lamp that I knew would look great on this set. The whole idea of the Halo television was to make tv lamps obsolete, but I couldn’t help myself.
I plan to just have a DVD player hooked up to it so guests can watch any of the classic movie flicks we have in our collection.
This was the last piece of furniture to add to this room. I couldn’t be more pleased with the look of this room.
Mel and I have been looking for a vintage van to use as a promotional vehicle for our business and also to haul antiques. We came across a 1962 Ford Econoline on Craigslist. We reached out to Nicholas the owner and drove down to Oxnard, a town near LA to check it out. Nicholas advised us that this used to be a TV repair man’s van. When he came into possession of it the van still had the TV repair guys name and logos on the outside. Unfortunately, Nicholas said he wasn’t able to save them. We were really amazed at how nice the van was. Once we settled up we used uShip to haul it and deliver it to our home.
Nicholas had put a lot of effort into the resto of the van. He had it painted and fine tuned its appearance. He even put nice rims with moonies on the wheels. For now we put our magnetic signage on the van but we plan to have Signs Now place stencils on both sides.
Nicholas even had the seats reupholstered. This van has the original Motorola radio in it. Justin from Stellar Electronics plans to do an FM conversion on it which will make it functional like a modern radio. Justin said the conversion will allow me to play my iPhone through it, can’t wait!
Here is a video of the van, I had to shoot it in the garage because we are having some crazy weather.
Check out these old Econoline commercials with comedy legend Buster Keaton!!