I found this 1941 Truetone radio at a rummage sale a couple weekends back. It was pretty rough looking and missing knobs, but it was only $5 and I wanted to save it.
I discovered an old Bubble Tape box in the back.
Opening it up, I found the missing knobs. Things were looking up.
I pulled the chassis from the case.
And discovered someone else had attempted to repair it.
There were quite a few cut wires, so it wasn't looking good for a full restoration.
I liked the "claw foot" decorations.
After sanding the case down.
The original grill cloth was in poor condition, so I replaced that.
It was mounted on a piece of cardboard that was deteriorated as well, so I cut a new mount from a thin sheet of plywood.
The new speaker grill and cover.
After staining and varnishing.
Since it wasn't a candidate for a full repair, I hooked up a small amplifier and bluetooth device directly to the speaker. I also wired some batteries into the on/off switch to the lightbulb behind the dial to give it some illumination and the illusion of a working radio.
The final product. I think it turned out pretty nice. You can actually buy new reproduction dial covers for this model on eBay, but I thought the yellowing gave it some character.