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Supplier of New Radio Cases or Restoration

Posted: 11 Jan 2017, 09:02
by kilimax
Hello all,

As subject says, does anyone know of a source to buy covers for the old school type chassis size such as the Cobra 148 or Superstar 360/3900?

While it appears that a few US dealers have these for sale, costs to ship are ridiculously high so just wondering if there's a european source for this kind of thing or if anyone has a US source that doesn't take $75 to ship a $10 cover? :crazy:

The alternative would be a used set and a reliable place to have them restored. For restoration, I have 2 sets of 148 cases and while I'm at it, 2 sets of Lincoln MK1 cases that could be doing with being restored. While I could rub down and paint these, really looking for that professional look. Powder coating for example?

Anyone recommend anywhere they have used in the past for either?

Thanks

Re: Supplier of New Radio Cases or Restoration

Posted: 12 Jan 2017, 00:54
by dt307
https://www.rfparts.com/galaxyradiopart ... vermb.html
https://www.rfparts.com/galaxyradiopart ... vermt.html

this is what i am going off for the fit

https://www.walcottradio.com/diamond-pl ... -2966.html

i fitted a case from a 3900 to a grant then took same covers and fitted to a 148 gtl so should be ok

i bought some stuff from them and postage was fine but i did get stung on customs duty for a tenner ...but the cases are cheap enough

Re: Supplier of New Radio Cases or Restoration

Posted: 12 Jan 2017, 12:41
by kilimax
RF parts are the place that wanted $74 to ship 2 cases and a couple of knobs!

I'll try the other link.

Ta

Re: Supplier of New Radio Cases or Restoration

Posted: 13 Jan 2017, 12:07
by cb4ever104
The cases changed somewhere down the line . The later Malaysian/Chinese made radios seem to have lost some of that rough power coating that you can feel with the Taiwan/Philippine made ones . Even the metal doesn't feel as good quality . I would have thought that some company in the UK would do this kind of work ?

S.

Re: Supplier of New Radio Cases or Restoration

Posted: 13 Jan 2017, 13:34
by Mudslinger
I remember a couple of my early 3900's having thicker metal and wrinkle finish paint.

The later ones have a plastic type coating.

Re: Supplier of New Radio Cases or Restoration

Posted: 13 Jan 2017, 14:49
by kilimax
I know the quality of the newer cases are not as good but you would think that even these would be available somewhere.
I may email CRT to see if they have somewhere that provides spares.