Jimmy, the 1400 could be used either on 45 or 78 discs and the springs adjustment need to be adjusted accordingly. Wes ... From: Jimmy To:Message 1 of 2 , Oct 22, 2006View SourceJimmy, the 1400 could be used either on 45 or 78 discs and the springs adjustment need to be adjusted accordingly. Wes----- Original Message -----From: JimmySent: Saturday, October 21, 2006 10:34 PMSubject: [wurlitzer] It's back together!!!
For those of you who have been following my progress, I am happy to
report that the Wurlitzer 1400 is finally back together and playing
Last week, I had re-installed the mech in the cabinet. I bet that
mech weighs over a hundred pounds. On an interesting note, there are
four springs that the mech chassis floats on. Obviously, all
jukeboxes use "floating" mechanisms. Well, there is an AJUSTMENT for
these springs, to raise it up to ensure the chassis is floating all
way around. And each adjustment bolt has a LOCKNUT. Apparently,
they had never been adjusted, ever. Three of the four bolts were all
the way down, so the mech was basically resting on the brackets. And
judging by the tightness of these locknuts, this particular jukebox
had always been like this. These are not the "lockdown" bolts; there
are four separate bolts to lock the chassis down.
And yes, this particular adjustment is covered in the manual. I have
read bad things about the Wurlitzer 1400 manual, but truth be told,
nearly all the info you need is in there, it's just not arranged the
way one would expect, and whomever wrote it must have been the king
of the run-on sentence. But it is there, and the manual has been
invaluable! To anyone contemplating any kind of work on their
jukebox, I would highly recommend getting the service manual first!
I had completely disassembled the dome, and I wanted to polish the 3
Plexiglas pieces. A search in the usual places (Home Depot and Wal-
Mart) failed to turn up plastic polish, and I know there is a product
called Novus, but I thought I'd try using the metal polish. BTW, I
had been using Mother's brand, but found a product called MAAS, comes
in a toothpaste tube, and it seems to do a better job. I tried it on
the clear Plexiglas and it worked well. Got most of the little scuff
marks out. A few tiny spots (cigarette burns?) will be a permanent
part of the dome, but it looks ten times better now.
I wirebrushed ALL of the brown paint off the dome frame, cleaned
everything, and painted it with my famous silver metallic paint. I
then applied Minwax Polyseal to protect it. This Minwax is easy to
use and cleans up with water. I had used regular brushing lacquer on
the wood cabinet but of course, lacquer and painted surfaces don't
get along real well together!
Reassembling that dome was a challenge! On the outside, there are 4
narrow chrome trim strips which have the little threaded bolts that
slide into them, and these little bolts go through the dome frame,
then through the inside trim, all the while holding the Plexiglas
pieces in position. Years ago I did some bodywork on a car from the
50s vintage which used this same system. All the while I am thinking
that the factory must have used special jigs to assemble these
domes. Can you imagine having a job doing this all day long?
Of course, I put the strips on upside-down, so I got to do it over
again. Practice makes perfect. I still can't figure what the spring-
loaded latches are for don't tell me I'm missing a part!
I installed the front light bracket, and picked up new fluorescent
tubes at, where else, HD, and new starters. All four lights work
now. I placed the assembled dome on the cabinet and found that yes,
the hinges were on upside down, so that was easy to fix. The dome in
this machine is very easy to remove two large thumbscrews in the
rear, and disengage the fall support, and it's off. I have to give
Wurlitzer an A+ on service accessibility on this model.
I still want a 1500 to play with!
I spent about 8-10 hours total on the dome, from disassembly, to
cleaning, polishing, painting, reassembly. And I think it looks
pretty good. I posted some pictures. And I found an old old
Columbia record with the song "My Annapolis", which is fitting,
because my wife picked out this machine, I keep threatening to give
her this jukebox when it's done, and she's from Annapolis. Nice
place, that town. Somewhere between the million-dollar condos and
the hundreds of taverns, coffee shops, gift shops, jewelry stores,
ice cream parlors, and parking meters there is a place called the
Naval Academy. I think it's down near the water. Past the Starbucks
As for me, I guess I'm still a Baltimore boy. And while we're so far
off topic here the new Ravens training facility is about 10 minutes
from the house here, and I was there last week on a service call, it
looks like a cross between a medieval castle and a medical center.
But that's for any of you who are football fans. Myself, I have no
interest in professional sports. However, I may enter myself in the
Winter Olympics in the new category the Wurlitzer Mechanism Toss.
But back to the fun stuff!
Wellsir, we adjusted those four bolts, again following the
instructions to load all 24 records first. 24 of those shellac
records adds a bit of weight. The mechanism is now floating on the
springs with the proper clearances.
The cracks in the pilasters are much less noticeable with them lit
up. I don't care for the colored sheets much guess they are faded,
but I want something a bit more colorful, with greens and yellows and
purple. And I have to figure out the dome latch, something is not
If you look at the picture, you can see that there does not seem to
be much light for the title strips. Although I haven't put in any
strips yet, it seems like there should be more light. These are
solid metal holders, not the translucent plastic ones we are used
to. And for some reason, Wurlitzer used the same holders as in the
1250; that is, they are designed to hold individual strips, not the
double strips like the Seeburg was using.
In the 1250, the double strips could not be used, as selections were
in a different order (another design oversight?) but on the 1400,
selections are in the right order. That is, all the even numbers are
the top sides, and the odd numbers are the bottom sides, so for
example, selections one and two would be the same record. Double
strips can be used; indeed, when I got this machine, there was a mix
of double strips and single strips.
Now it's just a matter of little stuff like the record tray
labels. Each tray has a two-color sticker (red and black) and they
are mostly worn off. And the back door is missing, like what else is
gnu. I may take a stab at making one. I think I have enough
invested in this cute jukebox for now. Although I may check
availability of a stepper and wallbox.
Wallboxes are easier to work on because they don't have mechanisms,
and can be lifted by one person.
Until next time, this is Jukebox Jimmy saying WE BE JAMMIN.