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Modifying a 70+ year old radio to be a pc case.

Gooberdad
  • 48 months ago

Would you fix a 70+ year old radio or modify it to hold a small form factor pc inside?

I'm toying with this idea from the MSI Build guide https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/fDhPxr/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-1937-zenith-tombstone-homage Only using a mini itx and small form case and psu etc.

Here is an example of a restored unit.

http://www.tuberadioland.com/zenith5-R-135_main.html

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  • 48 months ago
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I've seen someone do it before, just can't remember from what though.

  • 48 months ago
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I have Google it and seen some neat ones.

  • 48 months ago
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I saw that. Looks neat. I have picked up a 1937 Zenith Tombstone model 5r135 from a craigslist seller for $20. It is rough looking, but I think it will clean up.

  • 48 months ago
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As long as it will never work as an original radio ever again, I think it would be cool as a computer.

I would hate to see a 1937 Radio that's in working condition be dismantled and turned into a computer, destroying history... ;-;

Its like when they take a working vintage car and you strip it down and turn it into an ugly hot rod or rat rod, breaks my heart.

  • 48 months ago
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I hear you. Yeah this thing was just a paper weight.

  • 48 months ago
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Ah, yeah, that'll make a good HTPC or computer ;D

  • 48 months ago
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I've seen a really neat one a year or so ago on here.

  • 48 months ago
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Would you fix a 70+ year old radio or modify it to hold a small form factor pc inside?

if you want to do it and up the the challenge I would do it.

  • 48 months ago
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depends on how much the radio is worth to you or someone else, who knows, after 70 years, even if its broken, your radio could be worth something to someone

  • 48 months ago
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The one I bought was $20 on craigslist. I've search for a restored version and it was a whooping $300. I don't think these are worth much unless they are a working original with their sticker intact. Just feeling guilty about gutting this thing as it approaches 80 yrs of age.

  • 48 months ago
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see if you can't install some sort of modern radio, shield it from the rest of the hardware and have a 2 in one radio/ itx computer, you won't be able to find vacuum tubes for the original hardware

  • 48 months ago
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Yeah a tiny radio could fit sonewhere

  • 48 months ago
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you'd just need to find a good way of hiding the antenna

  • 48 months ago
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Out the top like rabbit ears. No no. Maybe out the back and down. Here I picture of a restored one. http://www.tuberadioland.com/zenith5-R-135_main.html

  • 48 months ago
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That would be a pretty cool build and would definitely become a featured build on here provided you take some decent/good pictures.

  • 48 months ago
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My photo skills suck. I'll have to get my wife to help.

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Yeah I found one on craigslist for about $20. I think it will clean up ok, but it was missing parts and the upper support wood was coming apart. No I don't really want to fix it. I just feel guilty using something almost 80 years old for a computer case.

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  • 48 months ago
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Thanks.

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Thank you.

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