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Sapphire I model 0BV big button radio Restored Turn on always show all large photos     Ad id: 2242934
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Sapphire I model 0BV big button radio Restored   Price: $250.00
Sapphire I model 0BV AM radio good working condition; this is the model with the tan vertical push buttons suitable for the 1960/1 model year cars though technically is a 1960 model. This is a 6 volt radio. Electrolytic caps have been replaced, RF/IF sections have been aligned, power transistor output current set as per Bendix specifications. Original fuse holder has been replaced with a modern equivalent with a 2A AGC type fuse. For the speaker connection, I provided a new 3 pin plug with a 2’ piece of speaker wire and terminated it with heat shrink insulated female push on connectors. The volume and tuning controls work well as does the tuning “wand”. Push buttons are in good condition but not perfect. The dial lamp works as well. I had good reception throughout the AM band in my basement just using a 4’ shielded cable antenna. Pushbuttons work well and are able to set stations and recall them. The chrome front plate has some minimum pitting and the glass is intact and clean. The radio has period correct chrome plated metal knobs behind the ivory volume and tuning knobs which are serviceable and period correct Good quality brass mounting nuts are included. After installation, it is necessary to adjust the antenna trimmer which is located in the of the radio above the antenna jack. Tune to a station close to 1400 khz and adjust for the loudest reception. Cost is $250 plus shipping.

I am a retired communications network technician by trade and restore radios as an enjoyable (but sometimes frustrating) pastime. I started by my desire to have an original AM-FM radio in my ’62 and ’66 T1s. I got hooked on restoring the Sapphire radios as a challenge and will be putting up more for sale as I’m getting older as I would rather see them sold here than at my estate sale. I find it frustrating that most radios on this site as well as on auction sites are listed as untested which is interpreted to be as not working (why not just be honest?). Like our ACVWs, these radios also suffer from rust. I have purchased (perhaps foolishly) many basket cases that end up being parts radios due to rust and corrosion of the tuning mechanism (they can be freed up with some effort), bias potentiometers and IF transformers. New parts are hard to come by; luckily electrolytic capacitors are inexpensive, transistors, which can be expensive, are available; other parts must be donated. If you have a radio that needs repair, please feel free to contact me.
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