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FDP Forum / Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Salvaging some burned/smoked Fender chassis.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Nov 3rd, 2018 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

You may remember a few years back when I posted some pics of a huge fire at one of my friend's house. A big storage building caught fire and burned up almost everything inside including lots of vintage Fender amps.
Well, my friend gave me some of the stuff if I would pick through the ruins.
I came up with 2 1965 Bassman heads, 1 1965 Super Reverb chassis and a slightly scorched '59 Bassman cabinet.
Yesterday I pulled the output transformers off the 2 Bassman amps and they appeared to only be smoke damaged. Both OT's tested good but the Super chassis was toast. All PT's had gotten too hot. Also salvaged some filter caps that are in perfect tolerance.
I plan to strip all of the chassis and have them cleaned up by blasting them with walnut chips. Not sure if I will build these chassis back but I just might.

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Snipping the Bright Cap
Nov 4th, 2018 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would just for the challenge.

And them re-home them in charred cabinets. (-:



Nov 4th, 2018 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

You must play a Firebird through them

Just leaving now...

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A sore

for sighted eyes
Nov 4th, 2018 11:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I remember that thread. Very sad to lose these sorts of irreplaceable pieces of history.

When you get an amp running again, I recommend Hendrix's tune Fire, or perhaps Talking Heads' tune Burning Down the House.

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Nov 5th, 2018 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Arthur Brown.

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American Patriot

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Nov 10th, 2018 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have been messing around with these old amps for the last few days. I didn't think the PT's were still good but I cleaned them up, took them apart and the wires were not heat damaged inside the shell of the transformer. I spliced the correct color wires and tested 2 of the PT's.
Both still give voltages that are good. So, now I have 2 good OT's, 2 good PT's and 3 chassis that need to be cleaned up.
The eyelet boards got too hot so they are toast.
Do you guys thing sand blasting the chassis pans would work to bring them back to a good appearance?

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NW Pennsylvania

Nov 10th, 2018 11:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe bead blasting.



Nov 13th, 2018 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

If the original chassis plating is good, ie not rusty, then it may be a bad idea to remove it. Just clean it as gently (non abrasively) as feasible, ie without removing any of the plating.

Bear in mind that regardless of their capacitance value, old ecaps may have excessive ESR / dc leakage.
At the very least they should be reformed before exposing them to high voltage, as they will likely have deformed during their prolonged lack of use.

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