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1969 Original Old Town Light Box

1969 Original Old Town Light Box

For all those who love the psychedelic this is right up or down your alley! I visited the antique store in San Francisco named “Stuff”. I had almost made it through the store without finding anything until I saw this flickering on a shelf behind some collectibles.

I had never seen a wall hanging like this and knew it would look fantastic in our 70’s pad. This reminded me of those psychedelic acid trip movies from the late 60’s made by Timothy Leary.

Upon further examination I discovered it had its original box(not in the best shape), extra slides with sleeves and the lighted frame.

It appears you could order many slides to zone out to. The unit we picked up came with “Win the race Edward (Galloping horses, man with gun)“, “Budweiser Horses” & “The Great “King” On-A-Lite“.

 

The lighted box is made of really thin plastic and is kind of fragile. I tried to find more info on this set but nothing came up. That didn’t surprise me considering how delicate this piece is. I wouldn’t be surprised if not many survived. Taking the white screen off reveals these Christmas like lights.

When plugged in they randomly come on and off and change speeds and order of lighting.

Here is the unit all together and lit up. It’s kind of hard to see.

Below you will find a really short video that does an ok job at showing what this little thing does.

This will be a great addition to our groovy pad. We look forward to finding other treasures as cool as this one!

 

 

 

 

 

1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

We picked up this little gem while we were out antiquing. I love that it is on an original Gusdorf D2300 stand. It is such a small and compact unit, which makes it great for on the go entertaining. We wish we never sold our 1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television. These units would have looked great together.

While speaking to the shop owner, he notified us that he rented this out for a photo shoot in Content Magazine. We took a couple of photos of the magazine with it in the background. Just a little more cool to add to this set up. The photographer was Arabela Espinoza.

Looks like a cool shoot! Nice staging.

The photographer did a great job with even with the little things. In the foreground we can see Pall Mall cigarettes, Polaroid camera, pull tab beers!

This player is really clean. The platter mat needs to be glued back down to the platter but that is an easy fix with some rubber cement.

Gotta love the 70’s green and orange accents!

I have to bring this in to my good buddy Justin at Stellar Electronics to give this little guy a tune up.

I haven’t decided if we are gonna keep this unit yet.

Below is the verbage from the advertisement for this Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player.

Turn that thing down! How many times have you heard that? Now you can do something about it. Besides suffer in silence. Pick up your party & your stereo Mustang & sink slowly into the sunset. Like far away. G.E.’s Mustang is meant to be carried room to room or house to house. The big speakers make great stereo sound sound that way. & that’s what musics for.”

-Boys Life November 1966

Hepcats Evolution

When we started our blog about 6 years ago, our focus was on sharing our mid century decor collection and restoration techniques. Over the years, we’ve evolved and became more diverse in our collection and what we are involved with. Because of this, Hepcat Restorations no longer represents who we are. We are now rebranding ourselves as Hepcats Haven. Hepcats Haven will showcase a broader time period of collecting and restoration of items from the 1940’s-1980’s.  We’ll continue to sell vintage home decor in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall, and we’ve expanded to photoshoot location booking and prop rentals.  We are no longer offering restoration services.

Thanks to all of you who have followed us through our many adventures and shared your thoughts. We hope you continue to join us in this new journey.

1965 Electrohome ‘Circa 703’ cabinet by Deilcraft of Canada

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Mel and I were at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire this last weekend that is held the first Sunday of every month.

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There were some cool items out for sale, but we were blown away by this Electrohome unit for sale by our friend Ed. He saw our Hepcat Restorations and the recent post we did on our newly acquired “Ultra rare RCA record player, radio and cassette player“.  At the bottom of that post I showcased other units I wish I could find, and this was one of them! We were so excited to see Ed had this and he brought it thinking it was something we would dig, and he was right.

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They made an acompaning chair that allowed you to listen and control the music from the Circa 703, what a cool idea! I can’t imagine there are many of those chairs around now.

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The designing mind behind Electrohomes Circa 75 was Gordon Duer. He was the design director and was responsible for making sure that the designs were forward thinking. They made sure to use materials that would be ultra futuristic, like plastic in all it’s forms; glossy, metalic, silver and white. The belief was that plastics would be the medium that would be used to help shape the future. On this particular unit they used their fair share of plastics, but the outer case is teak. These units sold for around $600 back in the day, which was quite an investment for that time period.

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This unit is surprisingly clean for its age.

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The Circa 703 has speakers in the base of the console. These satilite speakers will help fill the room with sound.

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All knobs are present and accounted for!

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Everything seems to work, but the record player needs a needle. The radio turns on and pulls in stations really well.

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Amazing Mid Century Couch and Chair Set

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Mel and I were driving home from a visit to our shop inside Midway Antique Mall. On the way home we glanced over on a side street and saw a mid century couch and chair set. We rapidly swung a U turn and drove back to the house that had them out front. We jumped out and could not believe how large the couch was. The colors were still vibrant on all the pieces and the upholstery had the really cool design, as you can see.

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While we were drooling over them the owner came out and said they were his mothers. She was the original owner and they were purchased while her husband was in the Air Force stationed at Travis AFB. When he died she moved into a trailer park and had it with her till her passing. You could see they were triggers for his memories of her and the years they were with her.

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Usually, when we place something in our shop, we like to stage it but the couch is so large we had to just place them in the room.

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Unfortunately, there are only material tags on these pieces. We could not find a designers/makers name.

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If you are in the market for an ultra cool living room set, you can check it this out in our showroom Midway Antique Mall.

Vintage Tiki Bar In The Rough

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Mel and I drove to a small town outside Chico to pick up a Tiki bar we found on Craigslist.

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This Tiki bar was not in as good of condition as we thought it would be. All that means is I have to restore it. We plan to put this in the shop because Tiki stuff seems to be doing really well right now.

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This bar looks fantastic from 20ft away but upon closer examination you can see that it will need some freshening up.

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All the bamboo will need to be sanded and an application of Ipswich Pine stain will be applied. Once dry I will polyurethane everything to seal it from the elements.

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The feet of this bar were made of compressed particle board. As you can see, they are rotten from water soaking into them. I purchased a 2 x 6 x 10 piece of lumber to replace all three of the rotted feet.

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The Formica on top has a crack. I am going to use some creative license on the repair of the top. You will see what I am planning once I complete the bar.

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This bar has a built-in cutting board, drawer and towel bar. As you can see, it has a lot of area for storage. This area will be refinished as well.

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Of course the chairs will need to be refinished but the cushions are fine. They appear to have been redone recently.

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I will be getting to work on this soon. It shouldn’t take long. Once restored, I am positive someone will want this in their home to enjoy for years to come.

Royal Chef Restoration

Royal Chef BBQ

Royal Chef BBQ Before

Here is our Royal Chef as we purchased it.  As you can see, there is a lot of surface rust and dirt.

Royal Chef BBQ Before

The first thing I did was break the whole grill down so I could start the painting process.

Paint for Royal Chef BBQ

Unfortunately, there are not many color choices when it comes to high temperature BBQ paint.  I was able to find a gun steel blue high temperature spray paint online.  I also wanted to buy high temperature primer as well.

Royal Chef BBQ with Primer

Here is the main body of the grill in primer.

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After the primer had dried, I painted it.  I do like the color.  It may be hard to tell, but there is a metal flake in the paint.

Royal Chef BBQ After

After a lot of sanding and cleaning, I managed to get the whole grill repainted.  I reassembled it and here it is!

Royal Chef BBQ After

I painted the inside of the grill with black grill paint.  I also refinished the rotisserie and got it working again!

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I am soo glad the paint isn’t in a flat finish, more like something between eggshell and semigloss.

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I am very happy with the coverage of this paint.  This lower tray had a lot of surface rust.  The paint and primer makes it look like new.

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I think I will take this over to my upholstery guy Bill from B&T Upholstery to make a cover for it.  I will have him sew the two letters “R C” Royal Chef on the cover.  Now that this is done, onto the next thing!

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