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what's the company that does the radio conversions?

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They take a stock radio and 'modernize' it. They're somewhere in Southern California if memory serves.

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Take a look at this product as a possible alternative. I bought it several years ago and love it. Stream Pandora from my phone, through the original AM radio, and out the speaker. Keeps things “period.” Plus, FM radio is pretty terrible these days.

https://redirad.com/
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Google radio conversion.
Lots of choices.
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I think you are looking for:
Hot Rod Electrical in Laguna Hills, CA.
Jeff Huntoon hotrodelectrical@msn.com He did many of the roadster radios conversions. You keep you stock radio body but the internals are hi-tech.
Pricey but an awesome conversion.
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RetroSound maybe.

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I used RetroRadio. They did a nice job.

https://retroradio.biz

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I used a RetroSound and it was OK but not overwhelming ;) It also had a digital display so it wasn't retro enough.

Currently, I am running a gutted a stock radio that I put my own blue tooth in. It can only play and amplify what is on my cell phone. I need to find my documentation on how I did it as it was done a couple of years ago and I bet I could make it better with newer technology. I do run a small amp where the original speaker box was located and I put a small powerful detachable speaker behind the seats.

Then I programed the radio push in buttons to:
Increase Volume
Decrease Volume
Skip forward
Skip Backward
Play

There is a different color LED inside the radio for each button pressed. I did this so you get feedback that the radio senses you're pressing the button. This is because changing the volume can take a couple of seconds to change. I wanted feedback that the radio got my request.
The best part is the radio is completely stock externally but has Bluetooth. It can't compete with a $400 conversion that other do but the price was right and it was a fun exercise.
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Solex68 wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:17 am
I think you are looking for:
Hot Rod Electrical in Laguna Hills, CA.
Jeff Huntoon hotrodelectrical@msn.com He did many of the roadster radios conversions. You keep you stock radio body but the internals are hi-tech.
Pricey but an awesome conversion.

That's the one. Thanks!

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I currently have a stock late model radio (Toshiba model 7CN-15T, vertical mount style) in to this vendor for a “conversion” - Joe’s Classic Car Radio - www.joesclassiccarradio.com The result will be AM, FM stereo, 4 channel (4 x 45W into 4 ohm) output, aux input, and RCA-pre outputs (which I will use to feed a mono sub amp and 6” low profile sub in the stock speaker box). This is a conversion you’ll find (as stated earlier by googling) offered by multiple vendors using the Aurora Designs FMR module mounted inside the radio chassis. The tuning function is integrated into the existing tuner knob and push buttons for station selection. The service includes cleaning and lubricating all the controls, mechanics and pots. All functions are controlled through the existing volume, tone, and tuner controls. You can even go further with conversions by adding USB and Bluetooth, but the costs start to add up. My conversion totals up to $475. Yes, it is pricey, and I stewed on it for a while. My objective was to retain my stock look, get the full functionality described, with adding minimal additional amps and wiring into my car. And let’s face it, there are really no options for a vertical mount replacement for these late model radios. I found pricing and lead times to be pretty consistent between vendors. Patience is key; they do take some time. Joe was up front with me on lead time, with his backlog of work and the holidays looming. I’m expecting my converted unit back within the next week or so. I’ll post impressions and pics when it’s back home and installed.
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I looked into this as well. I’ve found that the new blue tooth speakers are pretty good and have excellent battery life. I have a portable blue tooth speaker with 12 hour battery life. I bring it from car to car and always have my tunes now.
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