Took a quick peek and wiring looks good - no flaking insulation anyway. I do have a few colors of the old style cloth covered wire that are handy if I find any questionable leads when I rip into it. And ya ... the electrolytics will always need to be replaced, all solder repointed, and the values tested on the old carbon resistors, but I usually leave the paper caps alone if there's no obvious signs of failure.
Case is in excellent shape with no cracking or dry joints, so I expect I'll leave that well enough alone. I did find a nice set of knobs to match the originals - those are dry and brittle - what's left of them.
And thanx for the tip on the bakelite blocks. First Philco in the family, so I'll have to research those.
I've been tempted to put together a low watt AM transmitter and attach that to the computer to feed the old time radio into these things. FCC allows a 100mW with a maximum 200 foot transmission radius for hobbyists. I've got a lot of the older stuff, mostly sci fi (remember Space Patrol and Planet X?) as well as mystery theater. Also have a bunch of 78rpm rips of ethnic music (any klesmer fans out there?) that would sound killer on the old tubers.
Of course, I'd also want to build a DSP "static and fading enhancer" for late night listening ...
Fun fact: FCC also allows what's called a "carrier current" AM broadcast. You inject your signal into a power line, and you get effective transmission along that line all the way to the first transformer. For rural service, that's still limited to your home as each service has it's own transformer on the pole, but for city dwellers on a local distribution grid, that could cover a lot of area.
Oh ... and if my 100mW signal just happens to go parasitic and bounce on the big antennas, well ... shift happens ... ;-}