Update! You can follow the progress of our radio on its very own Tumblr page:
Improving a 1936 tube radio.
The exterior was in very poor shape, so we stripped and sanded off the finish—when it is done, it will be re-stained and finished with a high-quality photograph of the tubes as the faceplate.
The innards were rusted beyond repair, so we added a solid state amplifier, a new speaker, Bluetooth receiver, iPhone charger, Android charger, and oh yes, FM radio tuner.