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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 01, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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I am concidering going into buisiness for myself building custom radios for classic cars. I have seen alot of questions posted about radios here so I thought I would try to guage demand for something like this.
My radios look 100% stock, mount and fit just like stock, but have modern internals. They have a digital display hidden in the face that can be turnied on/ off to hide it, four channel output with rca adapters for external amps, 30 station presets, and a remote mount tape deck that you can put under the dash or in the glove box. the problem is the price (approx. $700.00). Everyone loves the radio until it's price time. I can't make them any cheaper because each one is built by hand plus parts.
ANYWAY, I'm not asking anyone to buy one....I just want a quick survey. Would you be interested in something like this for your car, or would you be more inclined to buy a non-stock looking radio that fit the dash? Or would you have the old one restored?
Thanks everyone, this will help me to decide wether I will pursue this any further.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 01, 11:07 PM
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From what I've seen in catalogs, I think this is already being done. Sotck looking with CD changers, etc.
I haven't seen one in person, so I could be wrong (as usual).
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 01, 11:12 PM
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Yeah kenwood has a decent unit about the same as your charging with a 10disc cd.

I'd trade ya Pioneer face off tape deck for one of your stock units though. I need somethin, I got a POS in it now sittin on the p floor.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 04:15 AM
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my friend Keith just had his orig radio done for his 69 dodge Charger, it has the pushbuttons and all , everythign works , but the insides have all been replaced with Modern Electronics, and they give you RCA ports for mounting of Amps and such, you can also have Mini Din plugs made and added for CD changers Etc.. but it was a pretty penny, 450.00 for the conversion... but its cool.


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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 04:26 AM
 
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I have heard that there is someone in Texas doing this and charging approx $350. I think its called Radioman and maybe he just takes a am/fm and converts the faceplate?

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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the guy you are talking about is Fred Cranshaw at www.antiqueautoradio.com. I used to work for the Classic Car Radio Company. the company went out of buisiness because the owner died, and I inherited all of the digital conversion stuff. I was the head technician and actually designed this stuff. The reason I say this is Fred Cranshaw copied Our Idea and Then claimed to be the first to do it!(Sorry Kinda Bitter) the radios I build are more like the Special mustang radio he advertises as his newest invention. The difference is if you look close there is no numbers on the face, no tape deck, and a couple other odds and ends missing.and he only does them to certain mustangs....I can do them for ANY car. The price I said above would be if I started the company and had other employees( gotta pay them too) just doing it myself for a while would bring down the price a bit, but it would still be around $550.00. I know it's not for everyone, again just debating wether to do this as a buisiness.
to see some pictures of some of my radios go here: http://www.geocities.com/joesclassiccarradio/

it's not an active site, just something I threw together for pictures. let me know what you think about the radios
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 08:11 AM
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Joe,

Where are you located in MI. I noticed the area code, I live in Rochester Hills. I guess that would save on shipping!
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Never Mind, I see the Emmet,MI. DUH!!!! I guess I should open my eyes!

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 11:23 AM
 
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Joe, I would probably buy a couple of them if they looked 100% stock and I did not have to cut up the wiring harness.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 12:32 PM
 
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550.00 sounds like a good price.
I'm looking at putting in a Kenwood in the 69. I don't want to cut this dash. I'm looking for the older models. I took out the whole interior and I'm getting it customised. We're hidding all the wires now before they make up the rug. The cd and amp are going in the trunk.



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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 03:07 PM
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I HAD MINE CONVERTED BY THE RADIOMAN AND LET ME TELL YA IT'S THE WORST 500.00 I EVER SPENT.IM SORRY BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE S###,I SENT IT BACK ONCE AND IT RETURNED WORST.IT SOUNDS LIKE THE SPEAKERS ARE IN A 55 GAL.DRUM....I KNOW IT'S NOT THE SPEAKERS BECAUSE I TRIED THEM ON ANOTHER STEREO AND THEY SOUNDED GREAT...SO I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THE RADIOMAN, YOU MIGHT HAVE BETTER LUCK ??

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 18th, 01, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input everyone. I'ld still like to hear from more of you!
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