SMARTsFest in Minnesota – Philco 42-327 revival Part 1

I went to the SMARTsFest a few weekends past and came back with a new project. It is a 1942 Philco 42-327. This is a tube radio and I will be rebuilding it to working order and cleaning it up of course.

Step one, this things needs a good cleaning. After taking the radio out of the chassis I then “dusted” it by blowing compressed air at the chassis and radio itself. This was on a low PSI setting (low pressure) and got much of the junk out. This unfortunately destroyed the paper docs glued inside the chassis because they were so brittle. I did think this would happen and took pictures of them before hand if I got ambitious and decided to recreate them.

Next, I have gone through and recorded all the cap values and they are on the way. I ordered through DikiKey. I figure “why risk it” and will simply replace all of them. Lets hope they come in this week and I can get further movement on this one.

I ordered Gojo from Amazon since finding many internet sources telling me that a Gojo wipedown was a good start to cleaning the wood cabinet. Apparently you take a little Gojo on a rag and wipe lightly all over the wood to clean. Cannot wait to try this out and see how well it works.

Lets check out the before pictures, shall we?

And of course we start to dive into taking it apart…

Hmm, Looks like the glass will need a new print.

To be continued once I replace the capacitors (A must in all these old radios with original caps)

Have fun and 73’s,

Let me know what questions you want me to address or if anything is unclear. My email is


About K0FEY

I am a member of the Eden Prairie Radio club. This is a Minnesota Ham Radio Enthusiast club and we promote experimentation and learning through the Amateur Radio hobby. Come check into a net on Sunday with us or better yet meet us in person on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
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