You mean the ones with knobs on each side separated from the center? These are called "shaft style" radios. Obviously, the center is to small for one of them to be a cd player, but if your old one broke you can go to walmart and pick up like a jensen for about 40 bucks. I think they even install them too in some places.
If your 280Z has a working FM stereo buy one of those $20 FM transmisters and plug it into a protable CD, cassete, mp3, minidisk or what ever you like. Nice and simple, no wiring, no screwing, no cutting, and the best thing about it is you dont have to worrk about it being stolen because you can easily take it with you.
I got a nice Sanyo cassette installed in my brand new console for 120 bucks, I didnt want to cut into the console either and this model is a shaft-style. I think cutting into the plastic in the console compromises the integrity of the console. Plus i can play my old cassette circa 1978! Talk about a time capsule!
I let the original radio there cuz its in such condition plus it looks cool, a friend of mine made me so brackets and installed my mp3 stereo inside my glove compartment and put a carbon fiber face around it.
thx guys. it has a cd player in it now ( a cheap one the p/o put in). the current console if broken on one side where thieves ripped out the previous cd player (p/o). i have a new console on the way and do not want to cut it. an original radio would be great as well. i want to go for the stock look. thx!