Battery Cable Replacement
BY SHERMAN M. WOLF
Authentic restoration of old battery-operated radios can be a problem when it becomes necessary to replace a battery cable. Sherman Wolf has found a solution that should satisfy the fussiest of restorers. (Editor)
The battery cables used on early battery sets are usually found dried out, acid eaten and badly frayed. Finding suitable replacements can be difficult.
Figure 1. The custom made cables for Atwater Kent breadboards from Rhode Island Wiring Service.
The issues that must be addressed in order to replace such a cable with an authentic reproduction are:
- The wires must be fabric-covered with the correct color.
- The wire conductor size has to match the original cable.
- The braided jacket must be properly woven so that the cable flexes, and the color must be correct.
The custom cables shown in Figure 1 were made for Atwater Kent breadboards to satisfy the above criteria. These cables are made to order by Rhode Island Wiring Service, P.O. Box 3737, Peace Dale, RI 02883. Telephone: 401-789-1955.
This company makes replica automotive electrical harnesses for any car manufactured between 1910 and 1960. It uses vintage braiding machines to make its own fabric-covered wire, as well as braided jackets. With its resources, the company can match any battery radio cable one might need. Each cable as shown cost $35.
Rhode Island Wiring also has a comprehensive assortment of lugs and terminals that are crimped and hot solder-dipped onto the conductors. A rubber sleeve is used over the terminal, as on many of the original cables. The wires are insulated with PVC and covered with a fabric braid.
(Sherman M. Wolf, 369 Boston Post Road, Amherst, NH 03031)
Sherman Wolf's interest in radio began with his father's radio sales and service business, founded in 1926. A collector since 1948, he has a particular interest in early telegraph apparatus and wireless equipment, which might account for his founding two companies relating to communications -- Zipcall and Voicetek. Other interests include scientific apparatus, component parts, clocks and cars.
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED OR FULL REFUND
- · Original type construction of wire
- · Correct or heavier guage wire
- · Correct color code on wire
- · Custom harness modified to your need
- · Fire resistant wire