Renew an Old Radio




Introduction: Renew an Old Radio

How to make an usable radio from an old and silent one ?

I took an old radio, that doesn't work sine a long time and was dusty. I changed the fabric, removed some electronic parts, and inserted a new radio, with old but functional speakers.

Step 1: Step 1: Clean and Replace Fabric

Take a lot of absorbent paper, and use soft soap, with water. For "hard-to-remove" spots, let the soap act. If it's not removed, use some distiller liquids (alcohol or some more powerful solvents).

Remove screws, take the electronic part our of the case. You can clean also the interior of the case.

Step 2: Step 2: Finish the Case

The border is not very nice. Time has made his job on the paint.

Unmount the piece of brand (in bronze), scrub it until you see the bronze color. Only water, soap and a long time.

Then, do the border :

  • remove old paint
  • use scotch to mask the case
  • paint with a small brush
  • remove scotch
  • remove paint that overflows

Step 3: Step 3: the Heart

Ok, electronic does not work at all. So, I decided to remove tubes and insert a new "all-in-one" radio. I chose the one : LEPY LP-A68 mini Hifi Ampli

Not so expensive, very small, does not require welding.

  1. Remove electronic parts that interfere with the mini HiFi ampli
  2. Remove the old speaker (mine had a hole)
  3. Check the position of the mini ampli
  4. Plug for the first test

Now, we have to make it solid.

Step 4: Step 4: the Mini Ampli

Find a good position for the mini ampli.

Use existing holes if possible, and if not, drill some.

I used 2 screws for the 4 holes of the mini ampli.

Step 5: Step 5: Speakers

I had 2 speakers in my garage, waiting for 10 years.

Unmount them, and put the case in the trash.

Build an arm to maintain speakers right in place of the old speaker. I used existing holes of the radio case to fix the arm on the case.

Plug everything to make the final test. If all is OK, mount the back part and let the cordon out.

Step 6: Make It Better ?

Yes, there is so many ways to continue the restoration :

  • Make the USB port (in the from of the mini ampli) replicated in the back of the case
  • Same thing for input jack port, and input audio ports
  • Add some light (LED) in the case to make it more alive when it's on
  • Use a real audio fabric in the front to have a perfect sound
  • and so on...

Thanks for reading.

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    5 years ago

    Nice job indeed. So, did the radio tuner still work, and you just needed an amp? Thanks again.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Hi, I could not repair the electronic part. It was too old, wires are broken, and I'm not so good in vintage electronics to make it work...

    Thanks for your comment.


    4 years ago

    Hi. A bit of a shame that the existing knobs couldnt have a function. That would have made it super great.


    5 years ago

    Trop cool !!!


    5 years ago

    Was the original radio in any serviceable condition? It would have been extremely interesting if you can get it to run again with the original parts and electronics. JMHO


    Reply 5 years ago

    Hello gm280,

    I tried to make it work with the original electronic parts, but I failed. Wires were too old: plastic fall in small parts, some tubes did not work.

    To avoid having a big case that make no sound, I preferred to do this instructable and bring it to life again.

    I will sell old electronic parts to a passionate man.


    Reply 5 years ago

    Ha, I can understand. I just like taking old projects like that and refurbishing them back to original if at all possible. But it takes a lot of searching and effort some times. Some times those old refurbished radios go for a lot of money if working. Thumbs up all the same.

    Nice work. This is a type of project I want to do sometime. Thank you.