Classic Car Radios

Classic Car Radio Restorations, FM and Bluetooth Conversions

We perform full cosmetic & electronic, or electronic-only restorations on vintage / antique car radios, right here in Sacramento. This means that we restore factory Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Imperial, Mercury, Cadillac, Buick, and other factory electronics as an option to full FM conversion.

If you’re interested in repair & restoration or bluetooth updates for non-car audio items, see our page highlighting bluetooth conversions.

Our FM conversions will add modern convenience and reliability to your auto radio, while keeping the authentic ‘factory’ look; your radio will work with all the original controls on the front, and include digital FM and AM reception, as well as auxiliary audio inputs for external CD and MP3 players which come standard.

We offer two different types of conversions based on the Aurora Design platform.

fm conversion

Option 1: The FMC

Using a small board about the size of a postage stamp, we can add simple FM functionality to your factory AM electronics. This means that we will first restore your AM tube or solid state radio to it’s original functional state, and then add a tiny chip that will allow it to receive FM. Optionally, this will allow for AUX audio input functionality. Go with this option if you want to keep that vintage sound and keep your factory wiring and speaker location. This is also the best option for tabletop and floor model radios for use in your home.

This service includes full radio service and conversion, as we cannot offer a warranty otherwise. Prices for restorations vary from set to set, so we will need to inspect your radio to provide a quote.


fm conversion

Option 2: The FMR-2 with optional BT-2 Bluetooth / BTU-2 Bluetooth & USB Option

By far the most popular option, this board completely replaces all of the factory AM tube or solid state electronics in the radio, and interfaces directly with your original tuner and volume/tone controls. Standard features include stereo AUX inputs and 4x45W at 4 ohm power output.

Optional features include: SUB out, LINE out, and Bluetooth interface and a USB port and are available at respective price tiers. All of these options are suitable if you plan on modernizing your car’s speaker system and/or positions. Conversions using the BT-2 or BTU Options allow your wireless music device (iPhone/iPod, Mobile Phone or MP3 Player) to be controlled through the radio’s own knobs. This means you can scan through your music library as if you are tuning the radio. Hands free calling via discreet built-in mic (or external clip on mic if your radio does not have a suitable location for a built-in) standard on all bluetooth conversions.

Basic AM/FM/Aux conversions start at just $375. Additional options such as Bluetooth and USB functionality are available at additional cost. Prices include return shipping to the continental U.S. We take a $100 deposit to get started on any Basic conversion, and a $250 deposit to get started on either Bluetooth-tier conversion.

Turnaround: 10-14 days.

Pricing:

Basic Conversion:

FMR-2 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
$375

Bluetooth Conversion:

FMR-2 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
BT-2 Module: Bluetooth input enabled, with control of device through radio tuner and volume knobs
Customized Bluetooth device “broadcast” name (ie “Jim’s 56 Bel Air”)
Hands-free calling enabled
$599

Bluetooth Plus Conversion:

FMR-2 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W)Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
SUB & LINE Outputs Optional
BTU-2 Module: Bluetooth input enabled, with control of device through radio tuner and volume knobs with direct USB port input.
Customized Bluetooth device “broadcast” name (ie “Jim’s 56 Bel Air”)
Hands-free calling enabled
This tier includes Sub and Line outputs, ordinarily an extra-cost option, on request.

$679

Options:
SUB & Line Outputs can be added to Basic and Bluetooth tiers for $75.
Wonderbar and Electronic Signal Seeking radios, add $150
6 Volt negative or positive ground, add $100
European Radios, add $100
Cassette & 8 Track Decks, add $125
Radios with built-in speaker require update, add $65

Example of a 61 Chevy Radio featuring AM/FM with Bluetooth:

Contact us via email using the form below, it is the quickest way to receive a response. Also call at 916-491-9210

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