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Offline HarrySmith

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Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« on: March 16, 2020, 06:08:20 PM »
As I mentioned in a thread over the weekend I just started restoration on a 305 that has been in my collection for years. The dial was stuck so I sent it out to Arizona for Steve to fix. The on/off emblem was nasty so I sent that to Dencins to renickle(that's how long ago it was). I took it all apart over the weekend. The bottom of the base was in poor condition, badly scratched up so I stripped off everything I could, washed & dried it then spray painted it next day. Came out pretty bad. I had my body shop painter look at it and he told me it was a reaction with the original paint. He said I would need to strip it completely then prime & paint it. I asked another guy in the shop and he said the same thing, then asked me how I painted it. When I told him with a rattle can he said no way, give it to me, I will do it for you. Now the base is at the body shop. It had black felt on the feet which will be replaced. I also did my usual thing by putting all the screws & small metal bits in the tumbler today. Came out pretty nice. I have attached a before picture of the base and before & after pics of the hardware. I will keep this thread updated as it progresses.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2020, 07:23:51 PM »
May we have some more before (and after) views of the phone?  :)
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Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2020, 07:56:21 PM »
It had black felt on the feet which will be replaced.
Black felt feet on a WE sound odd to me.
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 06:54:37 AM »
Yes, I thought the black feet were very strange also. I had not even noticed them until I took it apart.
I will be posting more pics as time allows and the work progresses. I think I will probably be waiting on the body shop for a bit  :o
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Offline Doug Rose

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2020, 08:39:58 AM »
Harry....were they North Electric Feet? They would fit....Doug
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2020, 09:55:20 AM »
I don't think so Doug. I think they were home made. I will get a closer look and post some pics soon.
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2020, 07:15:54 PM »
Here is a picture of the feet.
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2020, 07:26:19 PM »
Now some pictures of the parts while I am waiting for the base to get painted. Next step will be to work on cleaning and polishing the case.
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Offline AT2796

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2020, 08:09:24 PM »
Hi Harry,
Did you clean the cloth covered wires from the condenser and hook switch?
If so, how?

Thanks
Andy

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Just Started Restoration on a WE 305
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2020, 07:03:45 AM »
Yes, I always clean the wires in any phone I work on. I use alcohol wipes.
Harry Smith
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