Cait’s Vintage Radio conversion – Part 2 – inside the Pye R31

The inside of case with valve chassis removed….

The fabric on the fascia was fully glue’d and no way to remove it. The brass-like trim wil be kept and refitted to the new fascia panel.

Using the old panel (5-6mm thick) as a template allowed me to cut a new panel from 9mm plywood. The oval loudspeaker will be removed and replaced by 2 x 3″ Faital Pro 3FE25 20W at 8Ω impedance.

 

New internal hardware

Fascia

The new fascia cut from 9mm plywood…

9mm plywood fascia

The plywood baseplate – required for mounting any electrics etc to….

plywood baseplate

 

The speakers mounting holes, marked for the Faital Pro’s….

speakers mounting holes

The speaker holes cut with my Bosch 70mm hole cutter. T-nuts (M5x8mm) are used to mount the speakers to the fascia.

To fit the T-Nuts, it is better if they sit flush with the front panel when hammered-in. Start by drilling through a 1mm pilot hole, then on the ‘front‘ drill a 10mm recess, 1mm deep  with a 10mm Forstner bit. Finish by drilling through with a 5mm metal bit. Slightly widen with a round wood file before fitting an hammering home.

speaker holes
Faital Pro speaker
speaker fitted

 

The Baseplate

The plywood baseplate – required for mounting any electrics etc to….

plywood baseplate

 

How the fascia and baseplate sit inside the case…

fascia & baseplate inside the case