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    The radio in my Z doesn't work. I need to replace it (I'm considering the RetroRadio unit) but before I commit to a radio, what I really want to do is get rid of the face plate that is currently installed in the console and replace it with something that's in good shape. The face plate that is in there now looks like it has seen many radios over the decades. There isn't much left to it anymore.

    I'll post a picture tonight. I've looked for NOS and reproduction face plates but have come-up empty. Does anyone know of a source or have a good solution?
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    Bought faceplate from Retro-Sound (I believe part# RS-UNIVKT).
    $19.90 plus Shipping.
    Comes stock rectangle with trapezoidal cutouts for the 240Z.
    Haven't installed yet but looks like it might work. Has textured surface which looks better than my homemade plexiglass/painted one.
    Bart

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    I just received my Retro radio kit and the face plate marked "240Z" is too big.

    Miles

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    Check out my adventure with retrosound. I have their product and it is wondeful right now.. but I had an adventure getting it installed. Miles, I had the same issue, call them back and make them fix it. refer to the post below for details.

    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=37020
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    Thanks for the heads up. The new face plate looks great with the radio/mp3 player. What was the part number for the correct face plate?
    Gary
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    Here is another option if you want your dash to remain original with the original radio in place

    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...ighlight=retro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travel'n Man View Post
    Here is another option if you want your dash to remain original with the original radio in place

    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...ighlight=retro
    Unfortunately I don't have an original radio. It's a Sony tape player from the mid-80's. Something new will take that space, I just don't know what yet.

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    I see a lot of references to the faceplate that comes with the Retrosound unit here, but I haven't seen whether or not one can keep the stock 280Z faceplate and mount the Retrosound unit in it, keeping the antenna.

    Has anyone done this? To me, that would be ideal, in that it would look a little less 'blank' around the unit, in addition to keeping the antenna switch.

    Thanks for any info!
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    Here is a close up of mine installed with the retrosound 240Z faceplate. It would be possible to use the retrosound faceplate as a template and make one off center to fit the antenna up/down button. I almost think you could fit it in with the face plate as it is. But it would be close.
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    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
    1968 Datsun 2000 SRL311-03416

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    It seems the unit looks better with the Retrosound faceplate in a 240Z vs. a 280. I got measurements for the Retrosound stereo and the stock 280Z faceplate, and it seems it should fit. I may just have to see if this will work. Of course, my 280Z didn't come with a stock stereo or associated faceplate, so I now need to track one down...
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    B) 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper
    C) 1970 Mustang Grande w/351C
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    http://www.oddimotive.com

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    Well...I have now obtained a good condition face plate with top antenna mount. Does anyone happen to have a top-mount antenna switch for sale? I'm attempting to place a want ad, but the site either has 'issues' or doesn't like my browser (?). Thanks for any help!
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    A) 1975 280Z w/3.1L stroker and various mods - still in progress
    B) 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper
    C) 1970 Mustang Grande w/351C
    Lake Forest, CA
    http://www.oddimotive.com

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