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Old 12-29-2010, 06:10 PM
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I need to use a front license plate in NY State. I was able to get away without one on my 'bucket for over 10 years, but we have just too many cops locally now including at least 3 staties in my neighborhood alone.

What I originally did was make up a couple of hangers and used the light bar and dangled the plate form there - and it looked crummy and something that was thrown at the car. At least the major color of the plate matches the car color pretty closely.

I'm not using a front bumper so I can't use a standard 'A' or '32 frame................

I've considered a bracket coming under the front splash shied from the cross member and moving it low.............

Any other ideas?? Besides movingto a one plate state



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Old 12-29-2010, 06:19 PM
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I think the reason they have a front plate is to help ID a car when a vehicle description comes into question in the line of police duty.
To me that doesnt sound like it would be a problem with a classic ride like yours, given that and the cost of manufacturing 2 plates with the same number, maybe the state would respond to a petition for classic cars to not be required to display them. After all your car would be easy to spot number one, number two ...Like seat belts not being required before 1965, it is not required that you have them in a 64, I wonder if plates were required in the early days on the front and back.It may be worth a look and a letter to your state dept.
Another angle would be have a magnetic sign made that looks like a plate so you can remove it for shows and it wont require drilling or anything like that.
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Will it fit behind the grill in front of that orange panel?
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Not a lot of options there. Low and in the center is about it. I'd probably fab a custom plate holder that I could paint the same color as the car and attach it to polished stainless tubing the same diameter as the light bar for a good match.
I would have to spend some time sketching ideas to find something that fits well.
That's a beautiful car.
What color is that?

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Not a lot of options there. Low and in the center is about it. I'd probably fab a custom plate holder that I could paint the same color as the car and attach it to polished stainless tubing the same diameter as the light bar for a good match.
I would have to spend some time sketching ideas to find something that fits well.
That's a beautiful car.
What color is that?

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i kinda like the idea of making a bar that matches the headlight bar, i would make it a size or two smaller on the pipe dia.
and have it mount on the lowest fender mounting bolts
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:42 PM
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I need to use a front license plate in NY State. I was able to get away without one on my 'bucket for over 10 years, but we have just too many cops locally now including at least 3 staties in my neighborhood alone.

What I originally did was make up a couple of hangers and used the light bar and dangled the plate form there - and it looked crummy and something that was thrown at the car. At least the major color of the plate matches the car color pretty closely.

I'm not using a front bumper so I can't use a standard 'A' or '32 frame................

I've considered a bracket coming under the front splash shied from the cross member and moving it low.............

Any other ideas?? Besides movingto a one plate state



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In MN our club the Minnesota Street Rod Association, got that taken care of here. We have a lobbyist, who got someone to introduce a bill for just that very thing, it was pasted, now we only have to have a back plate, we also got blue dots, The street rod plate, many years ago. So it can get done.

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Spreader Bar Mounts

Hey Dave, What do you think about this set up on a 1 1/2" polished aluminum spreader bar with a nice polished aluminum plate surround with maybe a bit of engraving to your taste or high polish plain finish. Nolan
ps; when you click on larger image you have to shrink it to see all the detail.
http://www.sullivansgarage.com/index...roducts_id=785
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Living in CA which has the strictest laws, the police are also strict on cars without front plates. A couple options here. Some simply tape the license plate to the front windshield and remove it when they park the car, etc. Another option that several of my friends have is a bracket for the front which fits early 30's type cars. It would mount under your radiator grill but you will have to drill a couple holes. It would look good there and not ruin the nice front end you have. Here's where most of my friends order their brackets.
https://hotrodcorner.com/index.php?l...&code=LICFRAME
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I have seen a frame on some web site thats a folding frame that folds down and up to display plate when needed and folds up under the car and fastens to the frame when not needed. I had my computor mess up and lost some of the web sites that I had and it was one of them I lost but it really didnt look like it would be that complicated to fab up. I did a search and couldnt find but if I do I will post the link for it.
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Maybe an electric retractable plate that flips under the car when not running.
Dosent NY clutter up the windshield with stickers too? I didnt see an inspection or registration sticker...Something else Ga. dont make us do....Yet.

51 degrees here yesterday Dave and I havent shoveled snow in twenty years....
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Thanks guys. All good suggestions. What I think I'll do after looking at these is to make a kind of spreader bar - it is an 'A' frame so the standard '32 wont work and my splash shield isn't cut for one - something I should have thought of when I did the first build up before paint.

Some things I should answer -

latech - using a magnetic attachment on that curved splash shield could work, but it's really a compound curve and too small an area

Poncho - that area you suggested is really tough to get at after assembly. A local guy is doing it that way on a '32 and it really doesn't look good

americanLT1 - Ed, this is probably similar to what I am thinking about, but I do have some 1" SS tubing that is begging for use. The color is late Mustang Venetian Orange originally just used on the Roush version

35terraplane - Bob, that legislation has been introduced in NY several times, but it never gets too far - we have too many other "big" problems here - like no money and scab pols

OLNOLAN - Nolan, that could be what happens, but a smaller diameter and home made brackets

kleen56 - I dread drilling holes in shiny body work tho I have considered building a bracket from the cross member running under the splash shield then up to hold the plate.

DRS50 - A good idea, but with ~4.5" of front road clearance..............

deadbodyman - Mike, see above. As far as stickers, I now have that 3x5 registration and the 3x3 inspection stickers on the windshield - fugly, but necessary. And 51*, didn't you have some snow the other day??? We only got about 5-6" on that blast.

Lots of ideas to think about - now, have to get off my fanny and do one.

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I think your best option would be something like this. But... you would have to drill into that new paint.



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This is for Mustangs but it will work for other applications as well.

http://www.stangnet.com/mustang-foru...te-holder.html
or check these guys out.

http://www.ninosport.com/Altec-Retra...00U-p/400u.htm

Before you buy it, measure ground clearance specs first, you may not have enough clearance for the plate to retract underneath the frame.
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This is for Mustangs but it will work for other applications as well.

http://www.stangnet.com/mustang-foru...te-holder.html
or check these guys out.

http://www.ninosport.com/Altec-Retra...00U-p/400u.htm

Before you buy it, measure ground clearance specs first, you may not have enough clearance for the plate to retract underneath the frame.
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Ed - here's where I run into a problem

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The two 5/16"NF cap screws hold the splash shield to the chassis on either side. They are threaded into the bumper adapters which are quite heavy. After the suggestions above, what I'm going to do is make up a prototype out of wood and spanning the area similar to the '32 spreader bar. If it looks acceptable - then I'll make it up out of either aluminum or SS bar and tube stock. If done as I'm thinking of doing it, then I wont have to drill any additional holes in the splash shield (I hope, but.....)



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