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Custom Conversion Wrap-Up!

Custom Conversion Wrap-Up!

Hepcat Restorations:

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Justin has now completed the restoration/conversion of the GE TV, and it looks great! So an old TV cabinet has reassumed the role of a functioning home electronic that will bring many years of enjoyment. If you have an old TV you love but doesn’t work reach out to Justin to see about a conversion. Let this conversion show you the thoughtful care he takes to make these TV’s look original. Thanks again Justin!

Originally posted on Stellar Vintage Electronics of California:

The custom TV project for Hepcat Restorations was a wrap today! Following on from previous update posts:

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Please do check out the previous updates for the ongoing status of this set if you’re feeling adventurous!

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This is the ‘jack pack’ I had to make to provide composite video and audio input, and output jacks for the external speakers. These cool little all-in-one jacks weren’t readily available from any electronic supplier that I could find, so I ended up sacrificing an old VCR to harvest these. Originally they were clipped into the plastic piece on the back side of the VCR, so I had to drill tiny holes in between each jack to secure the entire unit to the plate. The plastic faceplate is a square piece of plastic which I cut out of the plastic lid of the VCR.

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Custom GE Color Conversion Update

Hepcat Restorations:

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Update on the GE Color Conversion. Justin at Stellar Electronics is cranking this out!!! It won’t be long before he’s finished :).

Originally posted on Stellar Vintage Electronics of California:

I’ve been working on a very special project for my friends at Hepcat Restorations; It’s a 1960 GE Television set, that was gutted and converted into a bookshelf at some point and is being converted “back” into a modern color TV. Be sure to check out my first installment on this project if you haven’t already!

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Fitting the filler panels

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Test fitting the CRT and measuring to create custom brackets to mount it permanently.

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Custom color CRT mounts finished, and CRT mounted up in cabinet! I’m really happy with the way this is turning out. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize the final piece when starting with a mishmash of random parts.

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1959 Philco Safari H-2010

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Presenting the Philco Safari Model H-2010, the World’s First Transistor Battery-Powered Television. Take it anywhere-enjoy it everywhere! It’s the all-transistor Philco Safari. 15lbs. of portable fun. Fine-screen picture, glare-proof hood, built-in antenna, long-life battery, rich leather case…a fabulous “first” from Philco! $250

Mel and I recently picked this little fella up and love it! It has such cool styling and real genuine top grade cow hide. This is the first truly portable transistor television!

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They came in two colors, black and tan. The black seems to be more desirable but I like the tan.

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Here is the black version.

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Ours fired up just fine. The great thing is that since it is a transistor television you don’t have to be afraid to plug it in even if it has sat a while.

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We are soo happy that all the knobs, hood and antenna are all there. Unfortunately, you find these without the hood pretty regularly.  The leather on this unit is very clean without much wear.

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The screen you see is a reflection of a smaller screen below the visible screen. I don’t have a converter hooked up right now so all you see is static.

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Here is the battery that allowed these to become wireless. No surprise mine is long gone.

Here is a great commercial and some ads…

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Here we have Buffy and Maximilian watching their Safari while cruising the lake in their Chris Craft, lucky!

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Cool idea taking it to the beach but if I recall sand and electronics are arch enemies.

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Vintage Chromcraft Couch, Chair, Ottoman and Tables

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Mel and I were contacted by our friend Tracy at m.a.r.k vintage who let us know about an available space age couch, chair and table set. We were so excited to hear this and I shot over early the next day to get them.

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The couch, chair and ottoman are in good shape but I plan to recover them. The fiberglass on these pieces is thick and durable.

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This is the coffee table, end table and planter that came with the set.

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The fiberglass has the usual yellowing from being exposed to sunlight for some time.

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Restoring the fiberglass is simple. All I have to do is light sand all the pieces once the upholstery is removed. After I sand everything,  I’ll need to wipe it down really well to remove any particulate. I plan to use the Rust-Olum white appliance paint to restore the fiberglass. I love this paint because it is durable and finishes well.

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Surprisingly, there are no real issues with any of the fiberglass except the yellowing.

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Our intention was to fix this set up for resale…BUT…you hardly ever see pieces like this, so we’ve decided to keep it……. for now.

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We are thinking of doing our office in the Panton Era so these will fit right in.

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Here is what the set looks like new.

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It appears they also made a dinning set! Beam me up Scotty!

I’ve always thought this was hilarious!

The Death of the Vintage TV Lamp

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To me, TV lamps are pieces of art. There were so many different ones made by a lot of different manufacturers (Royal Fleet, Maddux, Lane, Texans Inc., Kron, Fuhry & Sons, Jacquelin, Royal Haeger…). These lamps became essential once televisions started showing up in homes. When watching the early televisions you had to watch them in almost complete darkness because of the low luminosity, making low light viewing a genuine benefit. The common belief was that watching the television in complete darkness caused eyestrain, hence the birth of the television lamp.

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Here is the opaque bezel that is back lit by the fluorescent lights.

Sylvania came out with this new revolutionary HaloLight feature which helped eliminate eyestrain and the need for TV lamps.

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Mel and I were contacted by one of our friends who informed us that she came into possession of the very rare Sylvania HaloLight television. She asked if we were interested and of course you know what we said. I shot over to pick it up. The cabinet on this unit is in good shape for its age. I plan to refinish it so it is perfect. I love the lightning bolt on the right side.

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 Once this is refinished it will look great.

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The control panel is pretty clean on this unit. I plan to replace the fabric with something a little less ratty.

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As you can see, Sylvania produced many different models and styles of the HaloLight television.

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Here is the style Sylvania television that best resembles what we have.

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 Here she is all lit up! Yup, it still works. Our friend Justin of Stellar Vintage Electronics said that if the Halo works you are ahead of the game because they are custom fluorescent tubes.

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Here are the benefits of the HaloLight feature as explained by Sylvania.

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 This unit has only one speaker so I don’t imagine it will compare to the modern televisions. If Justin can’t get this unit to work, it will be retrofitted with a modern tube and will be good to go for many more years to come.

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Whatever we decide to do with this unit, it is nice that another set has been saved from the junk pile.

Here are a couple of 50’s commercials of the Sylvania HaloLight.

Here are some other HaloLight Models produced by Sylvania:

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This is the conversion that Justin completed and is at Midway Antique Mall.

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Our GE Partio Cart Has Arrived

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Yesterday our General Electric Partio Cart arrived that we got from our friend Ed. We are soo excited! This is the same unit that President Eisenhower was impressed with, who called it “the most fantastic thing you ever saw.”

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It arrived in great shape thanks to Dean who drove it out to us.

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I can’t believe this is ours! I plan to restore it and have it up and running as soon as I can.

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I love the umbrella! This unit is so cool because of all the versatility it offers.

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Here is the control panel for the oven, burners and griddle. There is also a light just above the controls.

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The oven side of this unit is pretty clean.

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The inside of the oven doesn’t look like it was really ever used.

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The white haze on the bottom of the cart seems like it will buff off. Thank goodness this thing is on wheels because it weighs a ton.

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This is the BBQ side of the unit. You can see the holes on the back of the grill wall that is for the rotisserie. This unit is missing the drip tray so I will have to figure that out.

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The fold away cutting board shelves on both sides need to be refinished.

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Considering the age of this unit the umbrella is in great shape. It appears all it needs is some light cleaning.

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This unit needs some freshening up but overall it is in great shape.

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Two Predictas hot off the bench!

Hepcat Restorations:

Check out the two Philco Predictas Justin from Stellar Vintage Electronics serviced for us!

Originally posted on Stellar Vintage Electronics of California:

Just finished servicing these two stunning Philco Predictas for Hepcat Restorations. The larger floor model, known colloquially as the “Barber Pole” or “Pedestal” was 98% bone stock and I was impressed that it was working at all with so many original components though with a ‘squeezed’ picture (poor vertical deflection.) After discussing the options, I ended up installing a complete rebuilt chassis. I was stunned to see that this set had the very rare UHF tuner installed, which allowed the set to receive over-the-air channels 14-83. Amazing!
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Plus, try to find a Siesta model in this condition. This set needed just minor adjustment to get roaring again.

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I’m very happy with how both of these sets came together. :)

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Custom GE Franken-Set

Hepcat Restorations:

Update on 1960 GE TV cabinet…soon to be TV again!

Originally posted on Stellar Vintage Electronics of California:

Mel and Shane O’Brien at Hepcat Restorations found this beautiful 1960 GE Television cabinet that had been previously gutted and converted into a display shelf, and brought it over to get some ideas on what could be done with it. The first idea was to mount an LCD panel into it. Good idea, but I was of the opinion that it would make the set simply too modern looking.

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Staying with the LCD idea, I’ve decided to dress up the front of the TV by modifying the cabinet and using an actual mask from a 1963 Magnavox round screen color TV.

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Look at the size of the original speakers… 21″x9″!!! Two of these monster oval speakers were originally in the cabinet- purportedly removed and disposed of by the previous owner. o_O

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Avert your eyes, it’s horrible!!!

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Say hello to Franken-Set. Started out as a TV, was turned into a display…

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Here Are A Few New Things

IMG_3813Mel and I have been so busy trying to keep our store stocked.  We have driven all over northern California looking for things we think are cool.  Of course, not everything we buy is for the store.  After all, we are collectors before we are dealers.  The above piece is a new James Bunnell jungle cat we acquired.  We have a few of his jungle cats now (jungle cat 1, Jungle cat 2, jungle cat 3)

IMG_3811Here we have a fantastic 1959 Lane swan and ballerina tv lamp.  This will look great near a ballerina Carlo of Hollywood.  We picked this up from Rusty Relics and Funky Finds in Midway Mall.

IMG_3781We have been lucky as far as Tiki goes.  Here are some pieces we picked up to add to our collection.

IMG_3785While at Midway Mall, we also picked up these killer lamps.  We already have one, so this will make a set of three.  We also acquired another set of six band rattan that I will pick up this Saturday.  It will need upholstery and some restoring but it will be well worth it. I will have pictures soon.

IMG_3809This is a really cool bowl made by Trader Dick’s.

IMG_3787This set is so vibrant we could not pass it up.  The hibiscus flowers look so cool.

IMG_3790This is a menu cover used on the Matson Lines cruise ships and was painted by Eugene Savage (1883-1978).  I plan to get this framed with a bamboo frame.

IMG_3800This book is a trip.  It is bound in leather and has that fantastic image on the front.  This book was released in 1960 and covers the history of Hawaii.

IMG_3780Here is one of the most atomic looking televisions ever made.  This is a 1971 Panasonic Orbital television.

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IMG_3778This one works but has a few cosmetic issues, nothing major.

IMG_3773This unit just screams Mad Men.  I love the styling and the sleekness of it.  This would look great sitting on a shelf on a wall unit.  This was given to us by our new friend Jenn.  She’s proof that there are still good people out there :).  Thanks Jenn, this will stay in our collection.

IMG_3774This Panasonic will need a little work on the veneer, but overall it is in fantastic shape.  I still need to check the functionality of the unit.

IMG_3801This is an unmarked/un-engraved trophy that we came across.  I plan to clean it up and see what unique inscription we could add to it.

IMG_3806This set is so fun.  We love the colors and think it will dress up any bar top.

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downloadWe also received this popcorn ceramic figurine set in the mail from one of our blog readers Dena (JuicyLucyVintage).  She gave this to us as a gift and we are soo thankful.  Click here to check out her Etsy store.

IMG_3815This is a fantastic mid-century Detecto scale.  We love the color combination.

IMG_3817This Jeco Electric clock is rather large and has a great Mid Century feel to it.  Picking has been going well for us lately and we hope the momentum keeps up!

Underwater Carlo Trio Complete

 

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This is the one we picked up last week and we love it!

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These two smaller ones arrived today. We picked them up off of Ebay.

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The frames need a little work but this trio will look fantastic together.

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