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Username Post: 1949-1950 Push Button Radio Help        (Topic#360318)
belairbob50 
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03-29-20 01:37 PM - Post#2789740    

Has anyone successfully replaced the push buttons on a 1949 or 1950 radio? I have the old buttons removed but the new ones will not slide onto the flat shafts no matter how hard I push. Is there a trick or a secret handshake required? HELP!



 


arkansas 
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03-31-20 02:21 PM - Post#2789919    
    In response to belairbob50

I'm surprised no one has posted anything yet.
I've heard that for the gearshift knob and other dashknobs that you can boil the knob and it will soften just a bit and be easier to put on while still hot. I don't know for sure that it works and I don't know if it will work on your radio buttons. I can't guarantee that it is even good advice. If it's like the last time I responded to a question about something at least someone will come by and tell you and me both how I'm wrong and what the real deal is though.

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RAM_51 
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03-31-20 04:56 PM - Post#2789932    
    In response to belairbob50

I'll throw this out there...but Bob has already heard it. After trying to replace the push buttons on my '50 Delco radio but not getting really deep in the weeds with it as I did not see a fast or obvious solution, I also posted and asked what the secret was. More than one person told me it was a cinch, "just push down on something and pull". But eveytime I when back to my set-up, nothing was matching up to what they had said. I'm also just as lost as I was about 10-15 years ago. Of course I haven't messed with it for about that long.

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belairbob50 
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04-02-20 07:57 AM - Post#2790085    
    In response to RAM_51

Never assume that the new "reproduced" part will be the same as the original one. Most new parts today are only close. Sheet metal is probably the worst. With these push buttons, it was like trying to put 10 pounds of crap into a 5 pound bag. With that said, I was able to install the new push buttons on my radio. Here is the trick I used. Remember, the are five different buttons. I placed tape on each button and marked the correct position (1 - 5) so they would be installed correctly the first time. CAREFULLY lock one of the buttons in a vise with the top and bottom of the button against the vise jaws. I used scraps of 1/6" thick rubber to cushion the button in the vise. Next, find a jig saw blade that just fits into the slot that goes onto the flat radio shaft. Insert the blade into your VARIABLE speed jig saw. Turn off all radios, cell phones and lock the door where you are going to preform this operation. Insert the jig saw blade into the slot, make sure that the blade in not all the way in. If you do, it might poke a hole through the button. NOT GOOD. Now VERY VERY SLOWLY start the saw. Remove ONLY A LITTLE plastic at a time. Remove the button from the vise and check the fit. You will have to do this a few times before you get it correct. I took a flat file and lightly removed a LITTLE of the barbed edges on the five metal radio shafts. If you remove too much of the plastic, you can put some tape or glue to hold the button on. The test is if you can install the push button on the shaft AND it stays on when to pull the button out to preset the station. You can practice on one of the old button to get the feel of how far into the slot you should go. Good Luck

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Dean50 
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04-02-20 09:02 AM - Post#2790095    
    In response to belairbob50

Glad you got this done, Bob. Thanks for the process and photos. I got so aggravated trying to change my radio buttons a couple of years ago I put everything away. Maybe I'll dig it back out now.

Dean50



 
belairbob50 
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04-02-20 04:57 PM - Post#2790151    
    In response to Dean50

Dean50, just make sure that you only remove a little at a time. You will be surprised at how little needs to be removed. Good Luck.



 
belairbob50 
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04-05-20 06:56 PM - Post#2790410    
    In response to belairbob50

Here is a suggestion from an old school radio re- builder. Unfortunately, I found this out AFTER I installed the push buttons on my radio. Use an Allen wrench just big enough to fit into the slot on the push button shaft. Hold it with a pair of Vise Grips as you push the button on. This will eliminate the possibly of breaking something inside.

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Dean50 
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04-06-20 08:41 AM - Post#2790475    
    In response to belairbob50

Thanks again, Bob. Good tip.

Dean50



 


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