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  • Need a 53 I.D. plate

    Hi All,

    Our 53 project is getting closer to completion and I'm hoping to find a blank ID plate. The car has a correct plate but sand blasting and many different paint jobs have rendered it almost useless. Are these available? Thanks for the help!

    Regards,

    John Brayton
    John Brayton

  • #2
    I don't know about blank plates, but some of those who salvage parts from old Studebakers have plates they might be talked into parting with, if you could accept having a different body number.

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    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
    '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
    ....On the road, again....
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars

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    • #3
      There's six blanks on EBAY at the moment...maybe one is yours?

      Ted
      '57 Champion

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      • #4
        Yes, they are available. I think from someone who sets up near George Rohrbach at York? (near the concession stand.) Sorry, don't have a name or contact info, just a fuzzy memory.

        nate

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        • #5
          Yes, they are available. I think from someone who sets up near George Rohrbach at York? (near the concession stand.) Sorry, don't have a name or contact info, just a fuzzy memory.

          nate

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          • #6
            I checked the ones on ebay and they are different than the one on my 53 coupe. The 53 plate has the bottom half free of paint while the one on ebay has only a small window of paint free area for the number. Still looking.

            Thanks and Regards,

            John Brayton
            John Brayton

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            • #7
              The S/N plate is made of stainless steel and was spot welded to the door post. There are decals available to restore the appearance of ones that the paint has come off. I think one could make one by cutting out a suitable pc of stainless and putting the decal on. The problem is stamping in the numbers to match the original. Matching the font would be important or otherwise it would not look correct.

              The legality of doing this is not my area but would be of concern. Seems to me that retaining the original one and keeping it with the car title/papers maybe a good idea?

              Jeff in ND

              '53 Champion Hardtop

              Jeff in ND

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              • #8
                Hi Jeff,

                Yep, you are correct. The plate is stainless and spot welded to the door jamb. I think a decal would solve the cosmetic problem but where would I find one? I believe I'm ok with the legal side because the car was registered with the engine block code and the engine went away 25 years ago (long before I bought it). Saving the plate is a good idea and I will do that.

                Regards,

                John Brayton
                John Brayton

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                • #9
                  Hi Jeff,

                  Been looking for a decal source, any leads?

                  Regards,

                  John Brayton
                  John Brayton

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                  • #10
                    There's certainly no legal problem in affixing a new plate with the correct serial number. The only potential problem would be an attempt at fraud - affixing an R3 tag to an R1 car, and trying to pass it off as something it is not.

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