I found this 1940's Westinghouse radio at a flea market for $15 and thought it would make an awesome iPod dock! I love the vintage look, but don't have much use for an AM only radio, not to mention it didn't work to begin with! Aside from looking a little worn out and having badly faded and filthy paint, cosmetically it was really in pretty good shape, so I set about to transform this old beauty into something I could use.
I had an old Altec Lansing IM310 iPod docking station that I hadn't used in a while and decided it would make a good donor for all of the stereo parts. It was suited well for the project because all of the circuitry and speakers were sized perfectly to be transplanted into the old Westinghouse radio case.
I was very impressed with how well this project turned out. When it was all finished, it actually looked like the Westinghouse radio was designed with an integrated iPod dock!
Tools you'll need:
-Soldering iron and solder
-Dremel (This is an absolute must!)
-Drill and bits
-400 grit sandpaper (Wet/dry)
-Hot glue gun
-Jigsaw (only necessary if you're replacing your radio's backing)
-Plastic iPod dock connector (You can buy a pack of three on Ebay for $5)
-A donor iPod dock/stereo or build your own from a kit amp
-Paint (Whatever colour matches the stock colour of your radio best)
-A toggle switch
-Some MDF board (only necessary if you need to replace your backing)
-Some small miscellaneous hardware parts depending on your exact project (may vary)
Step 1: Clean all the filth off and remove the guts
My radio was built in 1947...Lots of time for lots of dirt and dust to build up all over it, inside and out! I didn't take any photos of the cleaning or removal of the inside parts of the radio, but it's fairly straight forward. Mostly everything you see in the third and fourth photos, you can remove. Since you won't be keeping most of the original internal parts of the radio, you really don't have to worry too much. Take out all of the old tubes, wiring, tube sockets, etc. I left the AM components inside just because I wanted the dial to be intact still. I also left the old potentiometer and tuning knob inside because I reused both of these knobs.
The third photo shows me drilling out the rivets in order to remove the tube sockets. I wanted to take them out because it left a level surface to mount the new internal components to afterwards. At this point, you also want to temporarily remove everything from the inside of the radio, as the next step will involve making some cuts in the case and then prepping it for primer and paint.