RADIO CONVERSIONS FOR PRE 1983 VEHICLES.
ESTABLISHED AUSSIE BUSINESS.
I HAVE BEEN IN THE CAR RADIO SERVICE INDUSTRY SINCE 1969.
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Radio Conversions & Repairs
‘you cant cruise without tunes’
AUX Input fitted to your working ‘Mono’ radio from $220, or stereo radio/cassette from $295.... This dedicated AUX board allows playback of music from any device you have with a Headphone socket. Operation is automatic; have your radio tuned into a station then plug in your device and start the music playing, the radio will sense this and switch to AUX input. When you remove the plug from the device, or the music finishes; the AUX board waits for 20 seconds then automatically switches back to the radio. All ‘standard’ radios are equipped with a fixed rear 1.5 metre cable with a 3.5mm stereo plug for the AUX input; this can reach the glove box, ashtray or console. Bluetooth and/or USB can also be added to the AUX Board, an additional $270 for either, or combine both for additional $490, the removable rear mounted ‘extended push-button‘ gives you control of the USB/Bluetooth & also lets you know its status by different flashes of Color. The USB is also via a rear mounted 1.5metre cable.
FM Conversion to your working radio from $440….
OPTION 1; If you have a good working AM radio, conversion prices start at $440 for AM, FM. The radio retains its original circuitry & standard output power, & the original speaker can be retained, an Auxiliary Input is a $40 option. If your radio requires small repairs and an overhaul of the tuning mechanism, switches, controls, pushbuttons etc, price for AM/FM would be $500. The AUX input is via a rear 3.5mm socket; a 1.5 metre cable is supplied. Bluetooth and/or USB can also be added to the FM Board, an additional $270 for either, or combine both for additional $490, the removable ‘extended push-button‘ gives you control of the USB/Bluetooth & also lets you know its status by different flashes of Color. The USB is also via a rear mounted 1.5metre cable, the Bluetooth Mic is ‘built-in’.
OPTION 2; Hi Power FM with 4 Channels From $940.00; your radio doesn’t have to be working, this NEW board will replace the old electronics. This price includes small repairs and an overhaul of the tuning mechanism, switches, controls, pushbuttons etc. These conversion boards are fitted inside the original radio, so the appearance of the radio from the front does not change. The original electronics are replaced.
Due to the very small size, made possible by extensive use of surface mount technology, I can convert any analogue radio, any year, any model, 6 or 12 volt. All original functions are fully operational, including Wonderbar, Town & Country, or other signal seeking tuners. Crystal controlled tuning eliminates drift. Switching between AM and FM bands is done by turning the radio off and then back on again when the radio did not originally have an AM/FM switch.
From 1 to 4 speakers can be used, with no loss of sound quality.
The balance and fader controls are easily adjusted using a unique option that allows the tone control to be used for multiple functions on radios that did not originally have a balance or fader control. Pushbuttons can be set for AM or FM stations using the same method that was used originally.
A $40 option for conversion radios is an AUX input, radios are equipped with a socket and supplied with a 1.5 meter cable with a 3.5mm stereo plug for the earphone socket on your device; operation is automatic, start playing music and the radio switches to the AUX input. A new feature lets you scan to the next available station on a standard radio; the dial pointer does not move, it is all done electronically, and can easily be cancelled. Another handy feature is the ‘voice assist’ which can ‘announce’ the station now playing. USB, Bluetooth are additional cost, see below.
BLUETOOTH can be added for an additional $270.00,
with these features;
•Uses the latest Bluetooth 4.1 for best compatibility
•New Voice Assist feature guides user through operation of the radio features incl Bluetooth
• Supports call waiting/conference calling
• Internally mounted microphone; does away with the ‘hard to conceal’ external mic
• Supports music streaming
All BLUETOOTH functions are adjusted with the existing radio controls.
USB can be added for an additional $270.00, with these features;
•New Voice Assist feature guides user through operation
• USB now supports charging of devices; Full 2A charging current
– Continues charging with radio turned off (power still supplied to radio)
• USB now supports AAC, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis file types
– User can freely intermix .acc .m4a .mp3 and .ogg files on USB drive
– AAC is the standard file format used by Apple iTunes® and many other music services, copy files directly from your music library! The USB is also via a rear mounted 1.5metre cable, & placed in the glove-box or console.
All USB functions are adjusted with the existing radio controls, an extra cost option for the USB is a removable ‘extended push-button‘ which gives you control of the USB & also lets you know its status by different flashes of RED. The optional pushbutton can be mounted in a suitable place ie; glove-box or console, or left loose in the glove-box, lately however all users prefer NO PUSHBUTTON.
USB & Bluetooth together can be added for $490.00 with all the features above & no need for the ‘extension pushbutton’.
A speaker upgrade will also be needed, if not already done. High Power Stereo speakers are available which fit into the original position in the dash. These are great as they don’t require any mods to your vehicle, & sound good. Go to the ‘ACCESSORIES’ page for details. Pictured is a 1957 Chevy WonderBar radio that has been converted with Bluetooth,& has the optional Band Switch for FM/AM, with the optional external Mic shown but is not needed with the Built-in-Mic. The appearance as viewed from the passenger compartment remains original, except for the addition of `OPTIONAL` indicator LED; a tiny LED has been embedded in the dial background that indicates status by changing colors for various conditions. AM is red, FM is green, blue is Bluetooth, most users don’t include this LED, and the radio looks absolutely standard from the front. All controls functioning as designed, with most controls having 2nd & 3rd functions. Inside, the chassis which contained the tubes and transformers has been removed and replaced with a new, modern digital stereo receiver and 180 watt RMS 4 speaker amplifier. The original antenna connection and all “up front” controls are retained.
The original mounting is still in place so it goes back in the car the same way it came out. Radios can be configured for 1, 2, 3, or 4 speakers if powered from a 12 volt system.
Can be programmed for North American or Euro (Aussie) frequencies!
All conversions include an overhaul of the tuning and push-button mechanisms, but any parts required are additional cost.
6 volt electrical systems can be converted with slightly reduced audio specifications. Conversions, AUX IN & B/tooth additions can be done to most pre 1980 radios, radio cassettes, 8 tracks, radiograms, portables, etc.
Sometimes I have Original radios FOR SALE. See photos below.
For Radio Repairs, please contact KEV at [email protected]
Sometimes he has Original Aussie Radios FOR SALE.