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For my wagon project I want to have a modern radio at the very least but I want to retain the stock look. A knowledgable friend told me to steer clear of the stock-fit modern radios. Another friend had modern guts put in his vintage radio case in his '66 but couldn't remember where he had that done.

Does anyone know of a reputable company that modifies old radios by installing modern electronics in an old fashioned case? I have a decent looking '65 pushbutton AM radio I'd like to use in the wagon to at least have AM/FM stereo and output/input for a remote CD or tape player.
 

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American Classic Restorations, Uxbridge,MA. They even have a cool little remote built in to ash tray.
 

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Rich another one to look at is Fred Cranshaw at

http://www.antiquecarradio.com

He put modern Delco radio guts in my AM case. He convert the pushbuttons to station presets and installs micro switches under some of those buttons for scan and clock settings.
 

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Great topic!

I'm presently looking for some place to have my '67 AM radio repaired.
 

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I met a guy that does that very thing at the tri-chevy swap this weekend. He does not disturb the looks at all. Sounds awsome. Inputs in rear for either a cd or xm radio. 2 and 4 channel available. For a plain old am radio default if FM but to get AM you turn it of and back on. $380 for the conversion. He is out of Michigan.
 

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Hi Everyone.
Wade, Thanks for the promotion!

I own Joe's Classic Car Radio Company. We can build the radio you are interested in. The radios have a hidden digital display that you can turn on and off to retain 100% stock appearance. All the pushbuttons are replaced with modern push/pull type switches that that control all the functions of the radio. These switches eliminate the need to glue little switches under the pushbuttons which detracts from the stock appearance. We can do CDC controls, remote mount tape decks and inputs for Portable MP3/CD/Satellite radio players and everything is controled from the face of the radio. 4 speaker output with RCA outputs for amplifiers. THE WORKS! Feel free to visit my website and send me an email ( [email protected] ) and I'll send you a list of options and prices. I have been doing these conversions for many years and on many radios other companies wont touch!

The only radios comparable to the ones I build are the ones built by Fred Cranshaw (as mentioned above) He too has been building radios for a while and although I haven't owned one of his radios, I have heard good things about them.

The other companies mentioned do pretty much thesame radio. Basically they re-use your stock tuner and replace the internal circuitboards with modern ones that are MUCH smaller and MUCH more powerful. The tuners are great and they have alot of power. They do not have a digital display. While more radio restoration shops perform this conversion, American Clasic Restoration's website states they also do re-chroming and dial glass restoration so they may be worth looking into. The Designer/Manufacturer of the circuitry used in this type of conversion is Antique Automobile Radio in Florida. www.antiqueautomobileradio.com I know the owner and he is a VERY smart guy!

Well I hope that has provided some information on some of the companies that can do the work you are looking for and I hope I hear from some of you soon! Good Luck!
-Radio Joe-
 
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