The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
The first step I always take is to remove all the tubes, shields, covers and anything else that can be removed from the chassis. This leaves us with something that looks like this:
And underneath we have:
It’s obvious this set has been worked on in the past. The next step is to replace all the paper/wax capacitors. This is the most time consuming part of most restorations unless you are doing rechroming. Here is the underside after replacing the capacitors:
At this point, I will clean the chassis and use a non-abrasive polish with very soft cloth to shine the chassis and all covers. Install a set of tested good tubes and it is starting to look alive again!
It is best to leave the tube cap covers off, as well as the snap-ins on the IF cans. We need to get to these items, since the next step is power tests and alignment. I bring all newly restored sets up on a Variac, and then follow Scott’s alignment instructions.
Finally, you put the remaining shields in place and install it in the cabinet: