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Left: a 1926 Model 46 Atwater Kent AM Receiver - Right: a 1965-67 Corvette AM/FM Receiver

April 12, 2016 update:

Although the queue for auto radio repairs is full now, April 16 will remain as the cutoff date for more radios in this final batch.  After that day Valerie and I will not be taking any more radios for an indefinite period.

If and when we decide to accept more radios, Iíll put an update to that affect here on the home page of the site.

Please do not send any unanticipated radios after the 16th of April.  They may either sit outside unattended if we are not here or they may be returned unopened in our absence.

If you have a warranty issue or need help on a radio that has already been completed, please send an email to help @ electrodesign.us (remove the spaces first).  The standard email address and the company phone will receive little attention after the 16th due to all the spam and solicitations being received from overseas.

Finally, all of the radios that are here or are anticipated to arrive will be completed as quickly as I can thoroughly rebuild them.  This should not take more than 4 to 6 weeks.

We hope everyone will have a fun summer and put lots of miles on their cars.  And this year the hardtop is coming off our 67 and weíre finally going to run up a lot of miles on that odometer! 

Our thanks to all of you who trusted us with your radios!


Pictures of a full restoration on a 1962 Corvette Wonderbar with an auxiliary input jack have been added in the Projects Completed section. Of more interest is that you can see deeply into the assemblies that comprise the radio. The 1958 through 1961 Corvette Wonderbars are almost identical but those have dual solenoids with the extra required mechanical parts and are more complex (and troublesome).

READ THIS PLEASE before contacting me:

  1. Please note: We donít accept radios from outside of the continental US. That includes re-shippers.
  2. Donít send radios until youíve communicated with me and please tell me when to expect their arrival. Then we can stay close by so they wonít sit on the porch and grow legs. 
  3. I donít have a store front and wonít take drop-offs or do pick-ups from locals or travelers. Sorry! 
  4. Put your return shipping info on a note in the box along with a summary of what youíd like done. Please use the shipping slip.  Donít assume Iíll remember what we talked about on the phone or in emails! I wonít. I chat with a lot of people and am too old for instant recall. All too many radios continue to arrive here from shipping centers with absolutely no indication of who owns or sent them. Think ahead! 
  5. Include your email address as I email the invoices and occasionally pictures and feedback. 
  6. Checks are not accepted anymore and I donít take credit cards directly. However, you can use a credit card during the ďPay Your InvoiceĒ link check out. Itís secure and even I wonít know your card number. 
  7. If I donít answer the phone, leave a message and I will call you back. Or send an email to jerry@electrodesign.us Ė Iím prompt about answering those. (If your email address is at AOL, you should know that they randomly block our domain and you wonít receive my response. Why do they do it? Even they donít know.) 
  8. Pack your radios per your shipperís online instructions and protect the control shafts! Weíll use your packing materials when we return your radio. If we have to add packaging, Val will add the cost to the shipping total. DO NOT USE AIRPACKS! And, as some have done, donít literally yell at me for damage done by the carriers when you shipped the radio! Carrier damage has been incredibly high since January, 2013 and continues to escalate. 
  9. If youíd like the entire case cleaned back to original metal or an auxiliary input jack added (takes most any input signal), just ask. Case cleaning with a basic refurb is almost as thorough as a full restoration.  Aux jack cost is between $55 and $65 based on the radio model and includes a 6í cord. 
  10. As a reminder, I will only add auxiliary input jacks (often called iPod jacks) when the radio is already open for refurbishing. It's not cost effective for either of us otherwise.
  1. If you have a 53 or 54 Corvette radio, talk with me first. The 6 volt radios typically take an inordinately large amount of after rebuild/installation support time from me. This is because of the aged condition of the cars electrical system and not because of the radios rebuild. Iíll be happy to give you a few tips but I wonít guide your mechanic through repairing the electrical system any more. Thereís a reason electrical systems and electronic systems are separate skill sets. 
  2. Please read the FAQ section on the left before contacting me. Iíve added several new items that may help you or lower a repair cost.

To the folks on the various collector car forums, and especially to the members of the Corvette Forum, please accept our most sincere appreciation for your kind words and many referrals! And thanks for your willingness to trust us with your radios. Itís a pleasure to work with each of you!

Jerry and Valerie

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