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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 3:21:49 PM on 27 November 2014.
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 Location: Geelong, VIC
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This is probably my last resort to see if I can get any information on a 6volt Ferris car radio that was given to me.
After some heavy googling I have been unable to find anything on the one that I have. I believe that it must be earlier than the forties as , there is only one dial on it, 6 volt, glass valves, nothing to see what channel your on, it needs an external speaker and is in a copper/brass box.

Can anyone help. I can forward pictures to anyone if they want a better look.

Here's hoping.

Ferris Car Radio
Ferris Car Radio
Ferris Car Radio
Ferris Car Radio
Ferris Car Radio


Thanks in advance!!

Kean


 
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Forward photos to Brad (see Contact Administrator) in the top menu bar.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:49:16 PM on 28 November 2014.
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Looking forward to seeing this!!!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 10:38:34 AM on 29 November 2014.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:03:43 PM on 30 November 2014.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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Assuming the valves are 6SK7GT, ECH35, 6SK7GT, 6SQ7GT & 6V6GT, I'd have a look at Ferris Model 77 from arond 1946/47.

The circuit can be found in the AORSM Vol. 6, page 167.

EDIT: If this is what I think it is it will need a external dash mounted speaker and control unit. See ad in Trove Newspapers, Sydney Morning Herald, 19/11/1947, page 9. You could still get the set working without the control unit.

Here are some pictures of various control units. Just click on Advert - Model Listing.tif on the top right hand corner of the page:-

http://www.kevinchant.com/adverts--info.html


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 11:59:35 AM on 2 December 2014.
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 Location: Geelong, VIC
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Thanks guys,
This radio doesn't actually have any screen on it just the one dial.
As I am not really into this sort of thing I'm more of an antique furniture bloke. Does anyone know what I could get for this?? I think it needs to go to a good home as I believe it is in great conditioin.

Once again thanks in advance.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 2:10:03 PM on 4 December 2014.
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 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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As mentioned before this Ferris (77?) unit is just the box which would normally be hidden under the dash out of sight. Ferris made the control/speaker unit to suit the dashboards of various makes & models. (see Kevin Chants link in my previous post) The control/speaker unit are connected to the radio unit by 2 flexible cables much like an old speedometer cable.

As a restoration project it would be a quite extensive exercise and not for the faint hearted either. This unit uses a synchronous vibrator which dispenses the need for a rectifier valve. Using such a vibrator in this way is a fairly crude way of providing the DC high-tension to the valves. Finding a good replacement vibrator would be near impossible.

What is it worth? Not a easy question to answer. The only real interest would be amongst vintage car enthusiasts. Then there is the question of a matching control & speaker unit. If I were to sell it I'd put it on eBay with a minimum reserve and let the market place decide.

Ferris 73 And 77 Car Radio Circuit Diagrams


 
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