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Delco 32 Volt Radio


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Old 08-02-2017, 04:46:20 PM
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on eBay, but seems a bit high in price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Delc...QAAOSwJS5Zgf3V
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on eBay, but seems a bit high in price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Delc...QAAOSwJS5Zgf3V
I would say for that kind of shape it is a little pricy.
Polk auctions has a sale next month at Rossburg Ohio with a bunch of 32 volt stuff including radios. Don't know exact date but it is on Polks website. Thornhill auction. Do not know how to post websites.

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Hey, just looked at the auction website. Sure is a bunch of stuff. It would be fun to attend. It would be more fun to bring home a toy or two. Here are the links to the Thornhill auction:

http://polkauction.com/auction/doug-...-auction-day-1

http://polkauction.com/auction/doug-...-auction-day-2
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Hey, I just noticed that there are 2 Montgomery-Wards Airline radios on eBay for 32 volt systems. I don't see and Delco radios, however. My feelings is that they both seem over-priced, but who knows, maybe you can negotiate a better deal. As always, I'm here to provide any restoration assistance.

Here are the links:

this one uses a vibrator/transformer to achieve high voltage

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wards-Airli...gAAOSwVnlaiJUP

this one uses 32 volts DC applied directly to the plates of the tubes

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-AIRLI...AAAOSwYeNbEdIC
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Ya, I think they are too spendy. One has been listed for a looooong time.

I have been working on a Delco 3203. It uses a Vibrator to achieve B+. Turns out the one I got had the entire B+ circuit bypassed with a direct 150VDC source and no vibrator. I spent months taking out the hacks, replacing all caps and electrolytics, and then had to figure out how to get a synchronous vibrator to work on it as it does not use a rectifier tube. It is special and only made for this radio and no other brand or model. I went through Radiart and Mallory catalogs to verify it. I then realized I had bought a OAK 32V vibrator new a few years ago. Amazingly the pinout was very close and I got it to work with a slight modification and another socket. The pinout 46 is the original vibrator and the one above is the OAK that I used. The radio actually played well, but after a few minutes had a very hot transformer. After a long time of chasing causes, it turned out the secondary of the transformer must have a short, it had a nice sizzle going on. I will be getting it rewound, as there is no used one to be had anywhere. It is probably one of the reasons why it had been hacked in the first place. It draws to much current with no tubes or vibrator plugged in,
Yes, it was playing in the Frankenstein picture. So cautionary tale about these 32v vibrator sets...….I got 2 more crosley model 159 that have them too, but at least they are there, as they are wired from a rectangular box, not a cylinder plug in....
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I've been fortunate that I haven't had tranny problems. What will it cost to rewind the tranny? I've done a few by hand and it's very tedious and time consuming. It's great that you are saving and preserving one destined for who knows what.

I only have one new 32 volt vibrator on hand, just hope I don't have to use it. I still have about three of the 32 volt sets to go over. I have a couple of them done.

Anyway, thanks for your input.
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