Drake R-4C Receiver Project

Feb 12, 2019Restoration

This is one of those great little projects that fill in the days of those horrible ones.

This is another great little radio restoration project that I have been ever so kindly given by a very good friend of mine, Douglas (GD3RFK), the reason this one is such a nice little project is that it ‘works’ already, the basics of the radio are all there, you switch it on, it receives brilliantly, and does what it states on the tin, so to speak.

It’s only when you take a slightly better look at this radio that you start to see a few things that need looking at, but basically its just the cosmetics.

The face-plate is basically perfect, and as thats kind of the one hard item to get hold of, it then makes the rest of this restoration project a doddle.

The top cover the receiver is showing deffinate signs of age, just like all of us, that said, it will not be too difficult to rub this down with a good dual action sander with progressivly finer grit sanding discs attached, once finished a good primer, base coat and top coat should hopefully restore this to original factory condition.

However the base cover is a lot worse, although we can attempt the same, looking at the edges of the cover you can already see that it has started to split apart and swell up.

Hopefully once I get this on the workbench I can see how bad it will look after sanding, I may just have to look out for a base cover on eBay, at least these are easier to locate than the face plates.

Checking out the rear of the receiver it looks faily clean, there is the normal dirt and dust and the like that you would expect from a unit of this age, and as this unit is working I may hold off placing in the ultrasonic cleaner, at least until it fails totally and the project turns into something a littler meatier.