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1940's Short Wave Radio Case Mod

by cadejohnson121

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21 Comments

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Date Published

June 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.3GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.61GHz

Description

I found a short wave radio (Hallicrafters Model S-38C) in an antique store that no longer functioned. I gutted it, reattached the (now nonfunctional, saddly) knobs and gauges to the case face, and built a mini ITX gaming pc inside for the living room. The power switch I converted to serve as the power button for the PC. This PC has a single 120mm fan under the original case vent holes for case cooling. It now sits in my entertainment center cabinet and I use it with a wireless keyboard/touchpad mouse combo, connected to a 55" 4k television, and use wireless xbox 360 controllers for local multiplayer games when friends come over.

Edit: Sorry for the delay in getting a couple more photos up. I didn't think people would be this interested in this build so I haven't even checked the comments until today. I took a photo of it in the entertainment center today, and uploaded a picture from when I was finishing things up on it. In the shot of the back you can see that the mini itx board fits inside PERFECTLY. If it were any longer on one side, it would have stuck out the back. It is upside down in the photo because I was epoxying a fan to the top under the case vent holes. The back cover is not in the photo, but what I did was cut out a cardboard template and then dremel one out of hardboard. It is secured by two torx screws, one at each side where the stock back plate would have gone. Unfortunately this radio didn't come with the back plate, so I had to improvise.

You can see the general layout inside. The SSD is velcro'd to the top of the inside of the case. The power supply case was removed and I resoldered the power cable directly to the unit to eliminate the extra inch of room taken up by the removable plug system it employed from the factory.

THINGS TO FINISH UP: I need to reshape one side of the floor board of the radio, as it doesn't want to fit down against the metal flange completely in the back. No big deal. I may get on that today while I'm thinking about it.

The power LED light feeds into the light hole behind the gauges into the spot where the light bulb was in the stock radio. When the PC turns on, the gauges light up. It's more obvious at night, so I'm ordering some additional LED's to make the gauge lighting more striking when powered up. I think that will be a nice touch.

THANKS FOR LOOKING!

Comments Sorted by:

Dunkrius 8 points 26 months ago

More Pictures please, this is simply one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time. I whole hardheartedly congratulate you on this project. +1

Tultamaneli 3 points 26 months ago

Has a very Fallout like feeling. +1

Glistening 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

MORE PICS!

TedTheOperator 1 point 26 months ago

Amazing build, I beg of you... More pictures!

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

moarrrrr pictures!!!!!!!!

Black_Shadows 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

There is a simple rule to follow on the internet "Pics or it didn't happen"

Also did you consider the 950 75 watt? It might have allowed for more flexibility when choosing your PSU as I believe some (if not all) of them don't have any power connections.

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Freaking fantastic

Vitality 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

MOAR PICTURES PLEASSSEEEEE!!!!!!!! +∞

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Really want to see some more pictures of this, it looks pretty sweet :D

MEC-777 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Can't post a build like this without including more build/progress pics. ;)

mapegl 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

More pictures. That thing looks sick! Would you be able to show the inside as well?

Ghrolt 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Awesome!

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

More pics please! Internals as well as externals!

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Pics, please? "wink, wink" heheh

Caroline.

austinp 1 point 26 months ago

We need more pictures, this is awesome!

WildCard999 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Very cool, like others have said "MOAR PICS!!!"

vreynold 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I demand more pictures!

marcelo1401 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Really interesting concept. Only thing I would do is remove that EVGA sticker as it is my opinion that it kind of takes away from the looks. Really nice either way, with or without sticker!

cadejohnson121 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Sorry for the delay in getting a couple more photos up. I didn't think people would be this interested in this build so I haven't even checked the comments until today. I took a photo of it in the entertainment center today, and uploaded a picture from when I was finishing things up on it. In the shot of the back you can see that the mini itx board fits inside PERFECTLY. If it were any longer on one side, it would have stuck out the back. It is upside down in the photo because I was epoxying a fan to the top under the case vent holes. The back cover is not in the photo, but what I did was cut out a cardboard template and then dremel one out of hardboard. It is secured by two torx screws, one at each side where the stock back plate would have gone. Unfortunately this radio didn't come with the back plate, so I had to improvise.

You can see the general layout inside. The SSD is velcro'd to the top of the inside of the case. The power supply case was removed and I resoldered the power cable directly to the unit to eliminate the extra inch of room taken up by the removable plug system it employed from the factory.

THINGS TO FINISH UP: I need to reshape one side of the floor board of the radio, as it doesn't want to fit down against the metal flange completely in the back. No big deal. I may get on that today while I'm thinking about it.

The power LED light feeds into the light hole behind the gauges into the spot where the light bulb was in the stock radio. When the PC turns on, the gauges light up. It's more obvious at night, so I'm ordering some additional LED's to make the gauge lighting more striking when powered up. I think that will be a nice touch.

THANKS FOR LOOKING!

wifiguy 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

nice

fluidd 1 point 24 months ago

More pics!!!!!!

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