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  • Body / Glass: 64 Wagonaire license plate adapters

    Finally got to the point of installing license plates and not sure which way those license plate adapters are to be mounted. They appeared to be all bent and I had done some straightening , but I guess I over did it maybe. They have studs on one side so I assume those attach to bumper. But like in the rear it looks like it would make the license plate way too high. Without the adapter in the rear license plate is tilted way in at the bottom so I'm guessing the adapter should be bent to make it set straight. The front doesn't seem to work either way, so I cant seem to figure out the puzzle.

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    I have a Daytona Convertible. I put the Two mounting screws into the bumper with the plate up. The license plate is bolted in at the top hanging down. That centers the License plate to the license plate lights in the bumper guards. Right or wrong ????????
    Klif
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    • #3
      Originally posted by klifton1 View Post
      I have a Daytona Convertible. I put the Two mounting screws into the bumper with the plate up. The license plate is bolted in at the top hanging down. That centers the License plate to the license plate lights in the bumper guards. Right or wrong ????????
      Klif
      I researched this weighty matter about 30 years ago and ended up doing it the other way: bracket hanging down and the plate bolted to the bottom of the bracket to it extended up. It's shown that way in the parts book and it seemed to align the plates perfectly with the L-R center line of both bumpers. I think I bent the bracket slightly and used some shims to get the plates vertical. BTW, this is on a 64 hardtop, not a wagon.
      Last edited by Skip Lackie; 04-07-2016, 07:29 AM.
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      • #4
        Check out this thread. I remember reading about a while back. I think my Dad's wagonaire has this problem too because there's some paint missing in that area.

        http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...e-interference

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bordeaux Daytona View Post
          Check out this thread. I remember reading about a while back. I think my Dad's wagonaire has this problem too because there's some paint missing in that area.

          http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...e-interference
          Yes after posting I later ran across that thread, I will probably have to do some minor mods. The one in the front seems to make plate sit too high or too low, may net even need it in the front.

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          • #6
            On my Wagonaire the rear bracket mounts to bumper at top.
            Lower holes mount bottom of license plate.
            No bracket at all in the front. License plate bolts directly to bumper using upper holes on license plate.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 57pack View Post
              On my Wagonaire the rear bracket mounts to bumper at top.
              Lower holes mount bottom of license plate.
              No bracket at all in the front. License plate bolts directly to bumper using upper holes on license plate.
              Correct. The parts book shows the bracket only for the rear, but also using one on the front bumper centers the plate up higher, and (to me) looks better.
              Skip Lackie

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              • #8
                I went to Autozone & bought a $5 or $6 dollar plastic mounting plate for the 62 Cruiser, used the center holes to the front bumper & it looks fine.

                By the way, it doesn't matter if it's a wagon or hardtop or whatever since the stamping for the bumper is the same.
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                • #9
                  In the rear I ended up having to put sort of a dog leg bend in it to make the license plate sit vertically and not have the top bolt ends gouging into the newly re chromed bumper. It does pretty much center the license plate in the lights. Plenty of clearance between tailgate and top too. My bumper had been straightened in the past and worked on again at the chrome shop, so its possible that the bumper holes are on a little different angle that when new . Thanks for the input

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