Classic Car Radios

FM and Bluetooth Conversions
powered by Aurora Design

The Aurora FMR 2.7, as seen on MotorWeek as well as in Hagerty Magazine, completely replaces all of the factory AM or AM/FM tube or solid state electronics in the radio, and interfaces directly with your original tuner and volume/tone/fader and/or balance controls. Even stock stereo indicator lamps and mechanical automatic signal seeking mechanisms can be incorporated just as seamlessly with the Aurora. This is the restorer’s choice for incorporating modern features and reliability discreetly into classic car or truck factory radio. Even Concours level judging are apt to be fooled by the Aurora’s Tube Emulation Mode, which simulates a tube radio’s original warm-up time; in such installations the original mechanical vibrator can remain powered for an authentic sound effect, while remaining otherwise nonfunctional.

Aurora Electronics are designed AND manufactured in the USA.

Conversions incorporate the following features and are tailored to your request:

Bluetooth Streaming Audio
Bluetooth hands-free phone
Voice Command/Voice Assist
USB AAC/MP3/Ogg/FLAC Playback
USB 2.1A Universal Charger
AM/FM 180W 4 Channel
HD Radio Reception
Automotive OEM Quality

Conversions using the BT (Bluetooth Only) or BTU (Bluetooth with USB) 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 standard on all Bluetooth conversions, and an optional clip-on visor mic is included standard in case the built-in proves insufficient for your vehicle.

Other optional accessories include the new HD Digital Radio Tuner which will allow your converted radio to pick up stations broadcasting in HD, and the Courtesy Module, which allows your radio to remain powered on until the door is opened- same as a modern factory car stereo, even after the ignition is powered off. The Courtesy Module also has a built in battery voltage sentry which will automatically power the radio off if your car’s battery voltage begins to drop.

Basic AM/FM/Aux conversions start at just $389. Additional options such as Bluetooth and USB functionality are available at additional cost. We take a $100 deposit to get started on any Basic conversion, and a $250 deposit to get started on either Bluetooth-tier conversion. Sorry, we do not ship internationally. Radios which are excessively dirty will incur an additional cleaning charge. Otherwise, all prices include basic touch up of dial face, lens, fresh paint on the dial pointer, and a new dial lamp.

Power output on all conversions is 45Wx4 with a 4 ohm load.

Turnaround: 14-18 days on most radios. Heavily optioned radios may require additional time.

Note: We do NOT service customers outside the US.

Basic Conversion:

FMR-2.7 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
$389

Bluetooth Plus Conversion:

FMR-2.7 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W)Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
 Line & Subwoofer output (LFE) included free on request
BTU-2.5 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
Complimentary 8GB Flash Drive
$679

Bluetooth Conversion:

FMR-2.7 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
BT-2.5 Module: Bluetooth input enabled, with control of device through radio tuner and volume knobs
Hands-free calling enabled
$599

Options:

Subwoofer (LFE) & Line Outputs for Basic and Bluetooth tiers $20 each.
Wonderbar and Electronic Signal Seeking radios, add $200
6 Volt negative or positive ground, add $150
European Radios, add $100
Cassette & 8 Track Decks, add $125
Radios with built-in speaker require update, add $75
Radio Status LED added to dial face, add $25
DRH Digital HD Radio tuner option, add $180
Courtesy Module: allows radio to play after ignition is powered off until door is opened, add $90
Optional pushbutton w/LED for use with BT conversions, add $24.95

Basic Conversion:

FMR-2.7 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
$389

 

Bluetooth Plus Conversion:

FMR-2.7 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W)Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
 Line & Subwoofer (LFE) outputs included free on request
BTU-2.5 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
Complimentary 8GB Flash Drive
$679

 

Bluetooth Conversion:

FMR-2.7 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power Antenna / Amp Power Lead
BT-2.5 Module: Bluetooth input enabled, with control of device through radio tuner and volume knobs
Hands-free calling enabled
$599

Options:

Subwoofer (LFE) & Line Outputs for Basic and Bluetooth tiers $20 each.
Wonderbar and Electronic Signal Seeking radios, add $200
6 Volt negative or positive ground, add $150
European Radios, add $100
Cassette & 8 Track Decks, add $125
Radios with built-in speaker require update, add $75
Radio Status LED added to dial face, add $25
DRH Digital HD Radio tuner option, add $190
Courtesy Module: allows radio to play after ignition is powered off until door is opened, add $90
Optional pushbutton w/LED for use with BT conversions, add $24.95

Vibrator Replacements

Stellar now offers the VBx-1! The VBx-1 is a robust solid state electronic vibrator replacement module used in rebuilding or bypassing existing mechanical reed style radio vibrators and represents a new paradigm in vibrator replacements. Microprocessor controlled for the highest accuracy and features available, nothing else even comes close! This new circuitry also works to protect the electronics in your restored or original vacuum tube driven car radio. The VBx-1 far outperforms existing solid state vibrator replacement on the market.

From the designer:

    ‘Full protection against reverse battery, shorted outputs and over power, the VBx-1 is nearly indestructible. With this flexibility, hard to find 5, 6 and 7 pin vibrators are no longer an issue. Operates from 3.0 – 18V, or 12-38V.

    Through the use of sophisticated algorithms, the microprocessor allows the VBx-1 to offer such unheard of features as deadband control, delayed start, soft start, delayed restart, short circuit protection and over power protection, all with astounding accuracy. The deadband control, delayed start and soft start features in particular greatly reduce the stresses on the transformer and rectifier extending their lives.

    Not only does the VBx-1 protect itself, but it also protects expensive parts in the radio like the transformer, rectifier and filters. Unlike simple “dumb” electronic vibrators that will burn a transformer up if something as simple as the buffer capacitor shorts, the VBx-1 immediately senses this condition.’

Send us your exiting vibrator and we can update it to the plug-in module as shown.

6v/12v/24v/36v, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 pin synchronous or asynchonous, + or – ground vibrator update: $95 including return postage to the continental US.

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, Porsche, BMW, MG and other factory electronics as an option to full FM conversion.

To get started, send in your radio with the enclosed order form to the right. Contact us in advance if you have any questions or feel that your radio may need special provisions.

Note: We do not service customers outside of the US.

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Radios for Sale

Below is a current list of car radio cores we have available for restoration or conversion.
These radios have good dial faces, bezels and pushbuttons. Radios without knobs are noted:

Delco 7302504 Fits: 68 Buick Skylark Special GS (no knobs)
Delco 7299563 Fits: 67 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 442
Sapphire XV 15D43574B03 70s Volkswagen
Delco 984961 55 Pontiac Chieftain Starchief
Delco 987366 55/56 Chevrolet (Manual Tune)
Delco 980690 46/47 Buick Sonomatic (no knobs)
Bendix 5BM 6BM 55/56 Mercury Custom. Monterey, Montclair (Mercury script on face below dial)(no knobs)
Motorola 5MF 55 Ford Mainline Customline Fairlane
Zenith 6MF080 6MF780 46/47 Ford Deluxe, Super Deluxe