Vintage TV Mod, Part I

I've had this old 1943 RCA/Victor television set kicking around for many years now. When I first got it, you could actually watch tv on it, but after a year or so, it stopped working (probably desperately in need of a complete capacitor replacement). For years I was gonna do that as a project, but never got around to it. The set was used mainly as something to set knick knacks on for a long time until I finally had an idea – I would turn it into a meda pc for the kids. In the long run, it would probably be less work than fixing the old TV, and via my Slingbox, we would still be able to watch TV on it!

First, I needed to gut the cabinet to make room for the new components.

These old TV's were built to be serviced, so getting the chassis out was simple, although I used a little extra caution around the old picture tube. I didn't want it imploding all over me, and I might be able to sell it on eBay some day.

Once gutted, I removed the front bezel and did a little repair to the side panel of the cabinet, which had come loose at some point. I guess I could have attempted to restore the case since it is so scratched up, but since this was going to be used by the kids (and because I am very lazy), I decided to leave it in it's “vintage” condition. In my next post, I'll cover getting the new LCD installed in the set. Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

You ruined it! if sold on eBay complete you could easily get $600.00 or more. Media center for the kids!!!??? you gotta be kidding me.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea but I want to make a vintage TV into a working digital television set and this is a perfect blog for it thanks man!

teknynja said...

The kids have pretty much outgrown this system, and I'm also considering converting it to a digital TV. A HDMI-to-VGA adapter and a cable box (or another video source) is all I need to turn this back into a nice little TV!

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