There are so many variations in car radios that we can’t have a single price. Some cars are 6 volts; some sets have automatic tuning that requires more work and hardware. If we try and set a flat price for any group of radios, there’s always that exception that requires something special. So here goes:
Prices: All prices are for 12 volts, negative ground AMERICAN VEHICLES: PUSHBUTTON, MANUAL-TUNE, ROTO-MATIC: All-transistor AM radios (typically 1963 and later: $385 AM/FM sets, tube or hybrid sets 1946 and later (except Cadillac and Lincoln described below): $400 Cadillac 1946-47, Lincoln 1946-48: $450 Prewar radios: Typically $450, but please contact us first. Radios with 8-Track tape players: Typically $450, but please contact us first. WONDERBAR, TOWN & COUNTRY, OTHER SEEK-TYPE RADIOS: Wonderbar, 1957 Cadillac transistor, 1958 Chevy/Pontiac/Olds/Packard/Studebaker, 1959-later all: $445 Wonderbar, 1950-57 All GM/Packard/Studebaker, 1958 Buick/Cadillac: $495 Town & Country, 1956 Ford/Thunderbird, 1957 and later Ford/Thunderbird/Edsel/Mercury: $445 Town & Country, 1957-later Lincoln: $495 Town & Country, 1956 Lincoln/Mercury, 1956-57 Continental Mark II: $545 Mopar Electro-Touch, 1955-56: $495 Mopar 1957-Later: $445 EUROPEAN, JAPANESE, AND OTHER ORIGIN: Most American import cars (Volkswagen, Volvo, Triumph) have American radios. American prices apply. Most Japanese cars have radios that are similar to US -- American prices apply. Luxury cars such as Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz, and Bentley have radios built by Radiomobile, Blaupunkt, Becker, Grundig, and Philips. Postwar manual-tune or pushbutton sets are $420; seek-type sets are $495. Russian, prewar, or other exotic sets please call. Additional costs: We try not to surprise anyone with additional costs, but there are a couple that cannot be avoided. Florida sales are subject to 7% sales tax. Return shipping is flat $20 for 48 states, for other places contact us for estimate. Please follow instructions for packing -- shipping damage may incur additional costs; this is preventable by following instructions. OPTIONS: BT BLUETOOTH ADAPTER: $170 USB ADAPTER: $100 BTU BLUETOOTH AND USB: $220 HD RADIO (North America) or DAB (Europe): $120 LINE OUTS: $15 CM-1 COURTESY MODULE: $75 TUBE EMULATION: $20 AUTO VOLUME CONTROL FOR 57 T-BIRD: $20 VOX INPUT MODE: NO CHARGE HPC POWER BOOSTER FOR POSITIVE GROUND OR 6 VOLTS: $100
Frequently asked questions: Q. Is my non-working radio a good candidate for conversion? A. Generally, yes. The set should be in good PHYSICAL condition -- pushbuttons working, controls appear fine, and dial glass/bezel in relatively good shape. We clean and detail, but can’t fix pitted chrome or bad scratches. For some models, repro pushbuttons and other parts are available new. If you send these with the set, we’re happy to install them at no extra charge. In addition: Some Delco radios have pushbutton leaf springs that break and fall out, making the buttons hard to set. We have them and can fix them. Mopar sets with thumbwheels (Bendix, 1968-69), may slip when tuning, or may not tune at all. VERY common and we have a fix. Ford/Thunderbird Town & Country sets (Motorola, 1956-59) won’t seek well or at all. Usually all it needs is a good cleaning. Delco AM/FM sets often have a flip-dial that’s misaligned or won’t move. Dial string is bad; we can fix. Ford truck sets with round dials -- not one of Ford’s better ideas! It’s hard to make them perfect but we can make them pretty good. Other issues, if in question contact us. We’ll advise. Q. Will my radio look the same after conversion? A. In the dash, the radio will look 100% original. The ONLY change, the digital HD Radio or DAB option requires an LED indicator for status -- you’re flying blind without it. We’ll install it as discretely as possible. All other sets -- no LED; not needed. Behind the dash, heat sinks, power supplies, and external components will be removed. The case will be painted to hide solder splashes, corrosion, and rust. Wiring, jacks, and FCC Certification labels will be affixed on the back as required. Q. Can you return the old components? A. We can do this upon asking, but you’re going to be awfully disappointed. Tubes can be re-used; you’re welcome to remove them if you wish. Most everything else is junk, broken upon removal, or simply bad. Imagine getting your engine rebuilt, and asking to keep the old rings, bearings, seals, and gaskets! Plus, you would be amazed at what else you’ll find inside -- mud daubers, mouse droppings, eggs, dead spiders, and just think -- you might have to pay extra shipping if it doesn’t all fit in one box! Let it go . . . Q. I have an old Chevy. Can you convert my radio? A. It’s easier to list what we DON’T do: digitally-tuned radios, sets with cassette players, sets with CB, Trans-Portable sets (found in some late 1950’s GM cars), or late 1930’s sets with elaborate motor-driven tuning mechanisms, such as is found in Packards and similar luxury vehicles. Sets with 8-track players, we can do some but please contact us first. Aside from these, most any conventionally-tuned radio can be converted. Q. I’ve seen new radios for sale, that look original , are smaller in back, with a motor-driven tuner. Is this your product? A. NO! We convert YOUR radio; the controls will operate just as they do now. Q. I love building kits. Can you sell me the PCB so I can convert my radio myself? A. Sorry to say, a conversion is not as easy as it looks. If it were, I could do them a lot faster! There’s actually a lot more to a conversion than simply connecting a few wires -- there’s preparation of the radio itself, meticulous soldering in tight places, and programming of the PCB when assembled. For quality control, Aurora products are sold only to authorized dealers, and the service literature is proprietary. A conversion, even on a basic radio, requires experience.
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