Need some hints for removing stubborn knobs plus some ideas for relettering S-40B front panel

Bob And Bettina Groh rgroh at SWBELL.NET
Sat Jun 3 16:58:26 EDT 2006

In a flurry of rash activity, I have tackled a Hallicrafters S-40B for 
possible restoration. I've had this radio for a number of years - it was 
in complete but poor condition when I bought it and time as not  
improved it. My biggest problem now is getting off several very stubborn 

In one case, I was able to get the screw all the way out and it still 
won't come off the shaft. I am presently dripping thin (penetrating 
type) oil into the open screw hole and just letting it sit.  P.S. I did 
check for another screw - none visable.

The other two knobs have (apparently) had their hex heads managled so 
you can't turn the attachment screw(s).  One knob does turn all the way 
around (i.e. past the physical stops)but still won't pull off. I am 
letting both soak in the thin oil. If I can't get them to budge, I'm 
probably going to drill out the offending screw.

So any other ideas would be welcome.

Second item is the redoing the front panel. It is a bit rusty on the 
bottom edge and it (along with the cabinet) needs to be repainted. 
Unfortunately that will, of course, wipe out the lettering (which is 
painted/silk screened on). This probably means using decals - any 
recommendations for sources? Or is there someone out there who can 
silkscreen the lettering for me?  All hints and recommendations eagerly 

Overall the radio is complete and I think warrents rebuilding - that is 
not an economic choice, by the way, as I am sure the economics do NOT 
favor rebuilding it.

73 de WA2CKY
Bob Groh
420 NE Sunview Circle
Blue Springs, MO 64014-2045
(H) 816-228-6402

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