There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

By Sean Buckley on at

There’s nothing quite as retro-futuristic as the Philco Predicta television from the late 1950s. That bubbly, detached picture tube. The metal frame. It’s gorgeous. Unfortunately, the iconic TV set is also notoriously unreliable—and what good is a broken Predicta TV? Well, it turns out it makes a pretty sweet’ monitor frame.

Redditor Imapm (or “ModularDuck” if you go by his Imgur handle) painstakingly dragged a busted up Predicta into the modern era, outfitting it with an LCD monitor's modern inputs. But before he did that, he had to take it apart.

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

There’s a lot of stuff here, but Imapm said he was able to use the gutted space to store the new display’s power supply and a small DVD player.

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

The new 15-inch 4:3 display just barely fit inside the Pedicta’s old frame.

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

Even so, it’s technically smaller than the TV’s original display: Imapm had to build a mask to frame the LCD.

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

A hole in the back of the set’s old display is just wide enough grant casual access to the new TV’s ports.

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

And there she is! The masked screen isn’t perfect, but it’s probably the closest anyone will ever get to that Philco PC concept we saw a few years ago. Imapm says he intentionally left the set looking worn, old and used. “This is going in a museum,” he wrote, “and the owners wanted to maintain the smoke riddled, beat up look of a 50’s / 60’s car speed shop.” Want more? You can see his full build gallery right here: [Imgur][Reddit]