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Offline cihensley@aol.com

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Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« on: April 06, 2011, 07:57:32 PM »
I was not even aware of the Western Electric 130 until Doug Rose emailed me a picture of it. I subsequently saw it in one of the collector books and one in Gary Golff's collection on his Web site. And, one came-up for sale on eBay. The two pictures of the phone restored are before I hung it.

Chuck


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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 08:27:16 PM »
The nickel's so bright I gotta wear shades. 8)

Really beautiful job!
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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 09:57:42 PM »
Sweet!  Did you polish or have it re-nickeled?
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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011, 09:59:36 PM »
Wonderful job, and those little gems sell for a nice chunk of change.  It looks beautiful.

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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 10:16:07 PM »
Sargeguy

re-nickeled.

Chuck

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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 10:53:29 PM »
Chuck:

That phone looks truly awesome. Congratulations! Did you paint the body too?
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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2011, 08:55:08 AM »
Chuck.....what a beautiful job!! This has been on my want list for years, you done good my friend! Put it front and center in your collection. Just a tad envious......Doug
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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2011, 08:58:11 AM »
AWESOME :o
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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2011, 09:44:45 AM »
Jorge - I refinished it with black japan. I am about to give up on japan. It has the advantage of being the authentic finish, but it doesn't seem to have the other characteristics (e.g., fast-drying, durability) that made it attractive to WECo compared to some modern paints.

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Re: Restoring a WECo 130 "donut" phone
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2011, 05:32:54 AM »


Is there someone out there who does plating and knows about telephone equipment?   Or any specific company that can be recommended?  And what's the typical cost for a handful of small parts?