Hallicrafters S-38 Shortwave (Continued)


About Mid Way Through the Rebuild

Here's some shots about midway through the rebuild. Actually this is probably a little over half way.

Here it is about half way. As you can see the chassis is all wire brushed and shiny now. I did remove everything, as you can see I had to nut and bolt everything back down after drilling out the rivets. You may also notice that I mounted the tube sockets from the top of the chassis rather than from underneath as was originally done from the factory. No particular reason why, mostly I just liked the way it looked better having the socket mount rings on the top of the chassis. I replaced the power cord with a polarized 3 prong plug. I will connect the green safety ground wire to the case when it's installed. I noticed the Osc padder cap had a crack in the porcelain all the way across it but I think it will be okay. I replaced all the resistors and caps with the exception of two Mica caps. I also did some wire rerouting from the original and added a couple additional RF bypass caps in spots I thought it might help out. I busted the speaker socket drilling out the rivets and so replaced it with an RCA phono jack. I also noticed that the IF transformers had different part numbers and were switched in the way the were actually mounted according to the parts list and schematic. I switched them back even though it probably makes no difference. In the mean time I bought a complete new set of NOS tubes from a guy on eBay.

Rebuild Complete

Well the Chassis part anyway. Still have to do the case.

Here's the completed chassis rebuild showing the Osc and Mixer components installed. I used solid center conductor RG58 for all the coil wiring. The new tubes are installed. Restringing the dial cord was a breeze, it went much easier than I had anticipated. The play in the Bandspread is hardly noticeable at all. I repainted the red dial pointers and just washed up the green dial plate. It looks beautiful and I'm very excited about trying it out and seeing how it works. Alignment is next.





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