This is another idea born from necessity… we hadn’t decided/bought a license plate frame or holder, so the idea began to be tossed around. On a roadster, plate positioning is a bit easier because the section below the trunk lid is taller; most plates get mounted there. But since there really isn’t enough height there on a 3 window, we decided to put it somewhere else. Here’s what we came up with.
Masking tape makes it easy to mark dimensions with a pen.
This is the little fixture I came up with to draw a line parallel with the tube. I have the spreader bar clamped to my bench, nestled up against a section of 1.5″ x 1.5″ tubing which is just hanging over the edge of the bench. I used a square and set the ruler so that the mark on the tube (which I made while the spreader bar was still on the car) was at an inch line. Doesn’t matter what number. I could then move the square along the tube and make marks at the number, then connect the dots. Voila! (That’s french for “eh!”)
Here’s a picture of my setup.
I used a cutoff disc to slot the spreader bar.
I cut the bottom off a Bob Drake stainless license plate frame…
…and tig welded it to the stainless spreader bar.
You can see where this is going…
I sectioned the piece that I cut off the bottom of the Bob Drake frame, and welded it to the spreader bar at the bottom of the license plate.
Now I have a short license plate that doesn’t interrupt any body lines. I still have to make a final decision on a light…
Nice idea. Oregon requires the EOY tag to be in the lower right hand corner so we’d have to raise the plate up a bit! Lights?
Yeah, I’m still not 100% sure what to do about a light. Our sticker goes in the upper right corner, which is nice.
Might just be a rumor, DW, but I heard that there is legislation in place that forbids altering the size, shape, colour ect of a licence plate. Have you heard anything???
Haven’t heard anything, Mike. I should look into that. This is about as much of the plate as you see after you buy a new car and the dealer puts their license plate frame on it…
I just came across this article again and thought I’d point out that I haven’t modified the plate – it just slips inside the tube.