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Yeah, HK has a great plan. You won't need as much finish bodywork on the inside of the box. It'll be tough to get into the inside corners. Even better, see if you can find a plastic storage container that's the right size that already has radiused corners. Lay the cloth on the outside of the box and you'll have a lot less work to do on your finished face (which will be against the ouside of the box). The more creative you are with your mold, the less body work you should have to do. Make sure you use a roller on the fiberglass cloth so you minimize any little bubbles on your finished surface. 3-4 layers of fiberglass mat should be fine - don't use the woven stuff, get the pressed stuff with fibers in random directions.

If the surface of the rear plate is flat (or even pretty close to flat), I would also build a lip on the box you build. That way you could fiberglass the lip on to the back side of the plate from behind where it won't show. Roughen the back side of the plate about 2" wider than the lip of the box and also roughen both sides of the lip. Completely glass over the rough part from behind and even sandwich some glass in between the lip and the plate. A couple of layers should be fine.

You'll need to glass the joint between the lip and plate from the outside as well, just to finish the seam, keep it from cracking and make it look nice from the outside. A little sanding, filler, more sanding and you're done. :)

Cut all your cloth and have it nearby before you mix the resin. Mom doesn't like resin on her good scissors! :) Wear rubber gloves and make sure you have some airflow where you're working.
 

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Bomo - Sorry, I'm not familiar with the '36 Fords. From what you're saying, it sounds like the face you want to mount the licence plate box isn't vertical? You could measure the angle from vertical and build the lip on your mold (plastic box) to match that angle.. Since the lip won't need to be finished (if you mount it from the inside) it doesn't need to be great, as long as it will match up to the car.

You could cut a hole in a chunk of cardboard (make it look like a square donut) so the cardboard will fit around the plastic box, but a little wide on one side so it slides down just the right amount and then you've got your angle. replicate the cardoard in a piece of wood once you get it fitting right if you think you'll want more strength while you're laying the glass down. Cover it in wax paper before you glass over it and voila.
 
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