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  • License Plate Quandry

    Weather was nice, I was driving my '63 Champ today. Got pulled over by a local "Barney" and was read the riot act about the placement of my rear license plate. I tried to explain to him that this was a 1963 vintage truck and the license plate had been in the same spot since 1963. He would have none of that. I was told that if he saw me on the street again with the license plate in the same place, he would promptly issue a traffic citation. His explanation was that my plate was not readily visible. It didn't help matters when I told him that I wasn't breaking any law and he didn't need to see my plate in the first place.
    Anyway, have any of you run into anything similar? And, if so, what did you do to remedy the situation?

    p.s. the oil spot on the driveway is from my daughter's Cadillac

    steve blake
    http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt
    http://tinyurl.com/l7oqh
    steve blake...roaming the Texas Panhandle in my trusty Champ pickup
    http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt

  • #2
    Usually the step bumper has license plate lights mounted on both sides of the indented area and the license plate is bolted to the back part of the bumper. You may have to do that to satisfy the local fuzz.

    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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    • #3
      Usually the step bumper has license plate lights mounted on both sides of the indented area and the license plate is bolted to the back part of the bumper. You may have to do that to satisfy the local fuzz.

      Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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      • #4
        #1...Don't argue with a cop. Absolutely no percentage in that [B)]

        #2...I'd put the license plate where the 3 holes are in back of the trailer hitch ball (the outside holes might even be spaced correctly). I don't think I'd do anything special to light the plate. There is probably a law to do so, but I doubt if you'd be hasseled about that.

        #3...Nice truck! []


        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA
        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA

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        • #5
          #1...Don't argue with a cop. Absolutely no percentage in that [B)]

          #2...I'd put the license plate where the 3 holes are in back of the trailer hitch ball (the outside holes might even be spaced correctly). I don't think I'd do anything special to light the plate. There is probably a law to do so, but I doubt if you'd be hasseled about that.

          #3...Nice truck! []


          Dick Steinkamp
          Bellingham, WA
          Dick Steinkamp
          Bellingham, WA

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          • #6
            Move to a place with friendlier police.


            Anyway, have any of you run into anything similar? And, if so, what did you do to remedy the situation?


            steve blake
            http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt
            http://tinyurl.com/l7oqh
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            Tim K.
            '64 R2 GT Hawk
            Tim K.
            \'64 R2 GT Hawk

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            • #7
              Move to a place with friendlier police.


              Anyway, have any of you run into anything similar? And, if so, what did you do to remedy the situation?


              steve blake
              http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt
              http://tinyurl.com/l7oqh
              [/quote]

              Tim K.
              '64 R2 GT Hawk
              Tim K.
              \'64 R2 GT Hawk

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              • #8
                The vehicle was built with a bumper that did not obscure the plate. You've changed the bumper and need to move the plate or, at least, cut away just enough of the indent to satisfy Barney, who may be overly conscientious in the performance of his duty.

                In Pennsylvania the plate must be lighted and you can be cited if it is obscured by dirt or snow.[V]

                quote:Anyway, have any of you run into anything similar? And, if so, what did you do to remedy the situation?
                Locate a copy of the statute and do the minimum to satisfy it.

                Cadillacs don't leak; Studebakers leak.
                "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                • #9
                  The vehicle was built with a bumper that did not obscure the plate. You've changed the bumper and need to move the plate or, at least, cut away just enough of the indent to satisfy Barney, who may be overly conscientious in the performance of his duty.

                  In Pennsylvania the plate must be lighted and you can be cited if it is obscured by dirt or snow.[V]

                  quote:Anyway, have any of you run into anything similar? And, if so, what did you do to remedy the situation?
                  Locate a copy of the statute and do the minimum to satisfy it.

                  Cadillacs don't leak; Studebakers leak.
                  "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                  Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                  Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                  sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                  • #10
                    I have NOT changed the bumper. That is the factory supplied step bumper as issued with Conestoga equipped Champs. And, by the way, none of my Studebaker trucks leak

                    steve blake
                    http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt
                    http://tinyurl.com/l7oqh
                    steve blake...roaming the Texas Panhandle in my trusty Champ pickup
                    http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt

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                    • #11
                      I have NOT changed the bumper. That is the factory supplied step bumper as issued with Conestoga equipped Champs. And, by the way, none of my Studebaker trucks leak

                      steve blake
                      http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt
                      http://tinyurl.com/l7oqh
                      steve blake...roaming the Texas Panhandle in my trusty Champ pickup
                      http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt

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                      • #12
                        Well You just gotta Move the Plate. This is this Policeman's pet peeve. There is no way to win with him. He has the power. So you gotta move the plate to the rear bumper.
                        Plus Really nice Truck. He just wanted a closer look.

                        Mabel 1949 Champion
                        1957 Silverhawk
                        1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                        Gus 1958 Transtar
                        61 Lark VIII
                        Fresno,Ca
                        Mabel 1949 Champion
                        Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                        Gus 1958 Transtar
                        The Prez 1955 President State
                        Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                        Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                        Fresno,Ca

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                        • #13
                          Well You just gotta Move the Plate. This is this Policeman's pet peeve. There is no way to win with him. He has the power. So you gotta move the plate to the rear bumper.
                          Plus Really nice Truck. He just wanted a closer look.

                          Mabel 1949 Champion
                          1957 Silverhawk
                          1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                          Gus 1958 Transtar
                          61 Lark VIII
                          Fresno,Ca
                          Mabel 1949 Champion
                          Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                          Gus 1958 Transtar
                          The Prez 1955 President State
                          Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                          Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                          Fresno,Ca

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                          • #14
                            Rockne, Cadillacs don't leak, my aunt Marge's patootie (and has she got a broad oneLOL)! I've had three and they all leaked. Not much... but they did.

                            In just about every state in the union, if you modify the bumper, you must move the plate or make sure the bumper doesn't obscure it. California is the same way. Hey, figure this one out; it's still legal to drive a pickup with the tailgate down. It's impossible to read the license plate with the gate down, but it's still legal. So I drive with mine down. Pthtttttttt! to Barney![}]




                            Lotsa Larks!
                            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                            Ron Smith
                            Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                            Ron Smith
                            Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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                            • #15
                              Rockne, Cadillacs don't leak, my aunt Marge's patootie (and has she got a broad oneLOL)! I've had three and they all leaked. Not much... but they did.

                              In just about every state in the union, if you modify the bumper, you must move the plate or make sure the bumper doesn't obscure it. California is the same way. Hey, figure this one out; it's still legal to drive a pickup with the tailgate down. It's impossible to read the license plate with the gate down, but it's still legal. So I drive with mine down. Pthtttttttt! to Barney![}]




                              Lotsa Larks!
                              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                              Ron Smith
                              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                              Ron Smith
                              Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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