Classic Car and Truck Radio Restoration

FM & Bluetooth Conversions Powered by Aurora Design

The Aurora FMR 3.0, 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 radios. Even Concours level judges 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 meet your needs:

Digital Audio Equalizer
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

Aurora Design radio conversions are NOT the same as other solutions on the market today. Aurora is OEM quality that work exactly as you would expect. No low quality audio, radio stations drifting or dropping out, unintelligible Bluetooth phone calls, etc. You expect the same quality as found in your modern vehicle, and that is what you get.

Conversions incorporating the Basic Bluetooth (Bluetooth Only) or Bluetooth Premium (Bluetooth with USB) level tiers 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 most Bluetooth conversions, and an optional clip-on visor mic is included standard in case the built-in proves unsuitable 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.

The Audio Equalizer feature included with the new Aurora FMR 3.0 consists of a three band equalizer, adjustable Loudness control, adjustable Subwoofer gain and Crossover frequency. Now you can adjust the sound of your radio to perfectly match your speakers and vehicle!

The Process:

When you send in your radio we’ll first give it a preliminary to make sure it’s suitable for conversion. While we don’t reuse the original receiver, power supply, or amplifier electronics inside your radio, components such as the original mechanical tuner, volume, tone, fader/balance, and/or band switches are reused and integrated in with the new Aurora Design electronics. These must all be in usable or rebuildable condition, though if any of these original components is in need of replacement or repair, then this will incur an additional charge.

Once we determine that your radio is okay to convert, we’ll begin the process of dismantling, separating the old electronics from the chassis, and ultrasonically cleaning the case and tuning mechanism. Dial face and pointer touch up work is done at this time. Your radio is then reassembled and updated with the Aurora electronics to your specification.

Once the conversion is completed, it undergoes a burn-in test to check all of the features and functions, and to test reliability.

The conversion process includes a basic courtesy touch-up and detail which involves cleaning/polishing the dial lens, painting the dial pointer, and replacement of the dial lamp. Excessively dirty radios or other cosmetic considerations such as dial lens relettering or polishing of chrome can be performed at extra cost.


Power Supply12v neg gnd
6v pos/neg gnd (optional)
Speaker Impedance2-45 Ohms
External Amplifier Impedance130-180 Ohms
Output Power4 X 45W into 4 ohms @14.4V max (EIAJ)
4 X 22W into 4 ohms @14.4V  1% THD*
2 X 75W into 2 ohms @14.4V max (EIAJ)
2 X 40W into 2 ohms @14.4V  1% THD*
Fully short circuit protected

Turnaround: 15-25 days on most radios. Heavily optioned radios may require an additional few days.

Note: We do NOT service customers outside the US.


Basic ConversionFMR-3.0 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power lead for amp or power antenna
Bluetooth ConversionFMR-3.0 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power lead for amp or power antenna

BT-3.0 Module: Bluetooth input enabled, with control of device through radio tuner and volume knobs

Without hands-free calling & mic
With hands-free calling & mic
Bluetooth Premium ConversionFMR-3.0 AM/FM Stereo Conversion 4 Channel 4x45w (180W) Outputs
AUX Line Input for Ipod/MP3 Player
Power lead for amp or power antenna
Line & Subwoofer (LFE) outputs included free on request

BTU-3.0 Module: Bluetooth input enabled, with control of device through radio tuner and volume knobs direct USB port for flash drive & device charging
Customized Bluetooth device broadcast name (ie “Jim’s 56 Bel Air”)
Hands-free calling enabled
Complimentary 16GB Flash Drive
OptionsSubwoofer (LFE) Output $20
Stereo Line Outputs $20/ea
Wonderbar and Electronic Signal Seeking radios, add $200
6 Volt negative or positive ground, add $150
Overseas Radios, add $150
Cassette & 8 Track Decks, add $150
Radios with built-in speaker require update, add $75
DRH Digital HD Radio tuner option, includes LED status indicator in radio dial face, add $190
Courtesy Module, allows radio to play after ignition is powered off until door is opened, add $90

More information on Aurora Design products and accessories may be found on their web site at:

Ready to Get Started?

Starting the conversion process is simple. Package up your radio with the enclosed order form detailing the type of conversion you need and any desired options. Contact us in advance if you have any questions or feel that your radio may need special provisions. When your radio arrives, we will go over it to make sure it’s able to be converted and forward an electronic invoice for the full amount.

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

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We are based in Sacramento, CA and serve the greater Sacramento, Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, Los Angeles, and Northern Nevada areas. We also perform full cosmetic & electronic, or electronic-only restorations on your radio’s original electronics. This means that we restore factory Chevy, Impala, Bel Air, Ford, Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Imperial, Mercury, Cadillac, Buick, Porsche, BMW, MG and other factory electronics as an option to full FM conversion.

HD Radio™ technology manufactured under license from iBiquity Digital Corporation. U.S. and foreign patents. For patents see HD Radio, Artist Experience, and the HD, HD Radio and “ARC” logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Apple and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.

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