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  • 57pack
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    I wish NJ would adopt a YOM law, but I don’t think that will happen. NJ had some attractive various color combos in pre 1959 years.
    My family is originally from Connecticut and I remember my Uncle Archie had the white on blue plate on his Rambler stationwagon of EZ1000. Folks would stop him on the road to try and buy his plate number. I guess you could sell your plate to someone else and transfer the number to a different owner? Anyone ever hear of this being done? Wouldn’t ever work here in NJ with the way the DMV is.

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  • altair
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    I am not a license plate restorer but this 54 plate was completely rusted, with some dents and slightly bent. I straightened, removed the dents and rust and painted it. The first color was all black then with an old printing press roller I sprayed the off yellow on it and with one pass with the roller I was done. The farther away you get the better it looks, it will pass the ten foot inspection. I used Caterpillar Yellow from a rattle can.Click image for larger version

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  • dstude
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    As has been mentioned, it is illegal to alter California license plates, yet I see it done regularly on hot rods and classic cars. The tip-off is when you see a plate that is a standard issue, consecutively numbered seven-digit plate--not a vanity plate--that has been repainted in an earlier color combination. California has had a number of color combinations over the past 70 or 80 years--black on yellow, yellow on black. yellow on blue, blue on white--and they're all still accepted for use. They're just supposed to be whatever colors were current on the vehicle when it was first registered in the state. But the cops apparently don't want to be bothered with something as minor as plate colors. California also recently started re-issuing yellow on black plates, a 1950-60s color combination, as an option for the extra-cost vanity plates. Because plates don't rust away in the western U.S., they can remain in service for many decades. I would think any good body/paint shop would be able to repaint plates if they're willing to skirt a minor law.

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  • 57pack
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    Thanks everyone for all the inputs!
    Solved the license plate dilemma.

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  • Skip Lackie
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    Here is a link to a list of license plate restorers from the License Plate Assn's web site:
    https://www.alpca.org/faq/restorers/

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  • 57pack
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    Originally posted by Colgate Studebaker View Post
    I'm not positive, but I think Duane Miller (Deaf Mute on the forum) has done license plate restorations. What I'd suggest is checking with the proper authorities in your state DMV and if restoring the plate is legal, then check with whomever you find that does that work. Duane is a good guy and does excellent work without having to worry about anything. Bill
    Thank you for refreshing my memory about Duane. I had used his service years ago for restoring a pair of 1938 plates for our fire dept. I had brain freeze and couldn’t remember his name.

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  • 5brown1
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    Originally posted by Mark Klinger View Post
    You might want to consider purchasing the correct year vintage plates rather than restoring yours. I purchased a set from Chuck's Plates. http://www.chucksplates.com/?cp=&ss=New%20Jersey
    About $60 for a perfect set of 1957 Maine plates with the correct license tag for 57, proper numbering sequence. In Maine you can put on the YOM plates but need to carry the current year plates in case you're stopped. Has never been a problem although if I decide to scoot through the EZ Pass lane on the turnpike instead of paying the toll, how are they going to determine the tag number?

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    You also should check to see if the plate can be used. I found a perfect set of 1937 plates but the number was already in use. In South Dakota you call
    DMV and they will tell you if the number is usable. Other states may vary just don't spend $ until you know.

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  • Colgate Studebaker
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    I'm not positive, but I think Duane Miller (Deaf Mute on the forum) has done license plate restorations. What I'd suggest is checking with the proper authorities in your state DMV and if restoring the plate is legal, then check with whomever you find that does that work. Duane is a good guy and does excellent work without having to worry about anything. Bill

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  • 57pack
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    Originally posted by Clippertown View Post
    This guy did a nice job on restoring my plates: http://www.mojoartworks.com/default.html
    Thanks, I’ll give him a call. Like your Handle! I think I have the only Clipper in my town. I could be wrong, could be one sleeping somewhere in a garage. You never know!

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  • 345 DeSoto
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    I believe that YOM license plates, from the years we would be using, were plain old paint...no reflective paint, or glow in the dark, etc. modern plates. If proper paint and correct colors was used to restore them...who would know the difference?...

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  • Clippertown
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    This guy did a nice job on restoring my plates: http://www.mojoartworks.com/default.html

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  • Mark Klinger
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    Originally posted by ddub View Post
    Mark, That was a good deal on those Maine plates. I had to pay $50 just for the little aluminum 55 tag to put on my 54 Washington plate. I think I paid $60 for license plate.
    I was very pleased to find them, especially at that price. He has a good selection of plates from all states.

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  • ddub
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    Mark, That was a good deal on those Maine plates. I had to pay $50 just for the little aluminum 55 tag to put on my 54 Washington plate. I think I paid $60 for license plate.

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  • Mark Klinger
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    You might want to consider purchasing the correct year vintage plates rather than restoring yours. I purchased a set from Chuck's Plates. http://www.chucksplates.com/?cp=&ss=New%20Jersey
    About $60 for a perfect set of 1957 Maine plates with the correct license tag for 57, proper numbering sequence. In Maine you can put on the YOM plates but need to carry the current year plates in case you're stopped. Has never been a problem although if I decide to scoot through the EZ Pass lane on the turnpike instead of paying the toll, how are they going to determine the tag number?

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  • brngarage
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    I believe California motor vehicle law states that there can be NO modifications to license plates. I think that includes repainting, refurbishing, etc., but as someone in this thread said, who is going to tell them? I would just make certain that the colors are absolutely spot on and the paint job perfect. That way it would likely never be noticed.

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