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REST ASSURED - WE WOULD RATHER NOT SELL YOU A RADIO AT ALL, THAN SELL YOU THE WRONG ONE.

Here at chromelondon we offer a variety of expert classic car services from parts chroming & re-chroming, classic car body work, bare metal to smart repair, interiors, electrics and much more, all warrantied, always the highest standards of work - with full photographic sequence and surprisingly affordable rates.
 

We specialise in radio upgrades, radio restoration,  radio service overhaul and repair to your working/non-working 50s-70s classic car radio, whether valve or transistor. From full concours standard restoration to adding mp3/bluetooth connectivity we can take care of it all with the added peace of mind of fully warrantied work. We always keep the cosmetics of your radio original and any work we do is in keeping with the integrity of the radio.

We always recommend a professional installation. To avoid unsafe fitting which can result in damage to your classic radio and in some cases to your car's wiring.

We also offer one of the classic car world's best kept secrets - our body, paint, upholstery and restoration service. We only undertake work on a small number of cars per year, this allows us to surpass your expectations on finish, attention to detail and we never go over budget. Unlike many other restorers we tailor our quotes to exactly what you want to achieve. Whether you have a survivor thats a little too tatty needing a spruce up, a bare metal respray to concours standard or simple smart repair - we quote accordingly, meaning every budget is catered for. We have the highest standards, can match the rarest paints or leathers and ofcourse all our work is fully insured & warrantied, we provide photographic sequences of all our work, collect the vehicle and deliver it back nationwide, whether driven or trailored. Why not call us for a quote and you may be surprised with just how competitive we are.

Call Mike on 0203 7939090 or send photos of the car with details of the work required and we will be happy to quote.




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WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND A PROFFESSIONAL INSTALLATION HOWEVER WE ARE AWARE THAT MANY OF OUR CLIENTS CHOOSE TO INSTALL RADIOS THEMSELVES - HERE ARE A FEW TIPS THAT MAY HELP AND MINIMISE ANY MISHAPS. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR RECOMMENDED INSTALLERS AND REPAIRERS.

Your car will either have an original dash or at some point had the dash modified to take a modern DIN sized radio. If original then you will either have two holes either side of a central aperture (called a spindle fit) in this case the radio is installed from behind and through, secured with nuts and washers on the knob shafts or spindles as they are called. The other common dash slot will normally be a 7 inch by 2 inch rectangular slot, this is a simple slot in installation. The vast majority of 1960s-1980s radios have a body width of 7 inches and a body height of 1.75-2 inches making installation simple. These analogue radios are earthed on the radio body and this should be done before any other connections are made. Most of our radios are supplied with speaker plugs inserted which means you just insert the aerial, connect the speakers and finally add the live power wire. Always best to insulate connections and where possible add an inline fuse. We would recommend wiring via the cars ignition or fuse box and never directly to the battery.

At chromelondon we also manufacture our own mp3 leads which are specifically designed for analogue radios. These plug into the 6 pin din socket common on the rear of most classic car radios and connect via a 3.5mm jack to your digital device. Our new chromelondon autoswitch lead has surge protection to stop your device burning out, one metre long for convenience and has both male and female inputs. In the past you would have to marry up a negative earth radio to a negative earth car, the same for positive. However chromelondon can supply an inverter which is a small box allowing any negative radio to be fitted into a positive earth car. Saves you the expense of converting your entire cars electrics and gives you a much wider choice of radios.

We offer free ongoing advice which  you should take advantage of before, during and after you choose an original car radio. As we said from the start your classic car is just not complete with its original radio.