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Front Number plate

Postby simonbuk » Mon 20.03.2017, 20:51

I don't know about anybody else but the front number plate seems to be a bit flimsy in its fitting. I have a standard size plate which is screwed in near the top corners at either end. This makes it a bit wobbly a bit from top to bottom.

Is this standard fitment ?

I could cut my plate down as its a couple of characters shorter but then I would have to drill new holes leaving two to block up.

Other idea was to get a stick on plate but I'm sure theres not quite enough space to put it without going over one of the creases in the bodywork. Has anybody ever done this ? Did it look s**t ?
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby clemo » Mon 20.03.2017, 21:04

how many characters do you have and would this not leave drill holes visible ?

Also where does the plate sit . as in does the top of plate match up with top of the line running through the bumper or top of the plate line up with the bottom of the running line ?

If you are a few letters digits short old this not put more tension on the plate ?

I have seen vinyl plates on the bonnet similar to E type jag versions but it didn't look very nice at all .

From what remember the Elan was not designed with a number plate in mind ... not sure where i picked that up from .

i have also seen L shaped brackets coming of the lower part of the bottom mesh grill . They did this on the 2 eleven .
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby MPx » Mon 20.03.2017, 21:29

Mine is a standard size plate and stuck on using Halfrauds finest sticky fixers with the top edge lined up with the bottom of the bumper groove. It may flap about in the breeze, but I've never been aware of it (hard to see from inside the car!). Looks solid enough in this pic from Combe.

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Re: Front Number plate

Postby simonbuk » Mon 20.03.2017, 21:49

@Clemo - Yes in answer to your first two questions. Not sure what you mean by the third.

If I stickered it the bottom of the plate would sit in line with the top of the groove going through the bumper - so basically putting it directly above where it is now. Think it would then go over the line above also so yes, would look s**t.

Mine is positioned like the yellow one but holes very top corner.
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Jamie N » Mon 20.03.2017, 21:57

On my old Pacific Blue I put a JDM style number plate plinth in black plastic and shaped the edges to conform with the shape of the bumper, it looked pretty good, and being an OEM part it didn't look like a modification. Similar type to this... http://www.autolinkmx5.com/ekmps/shops/ ... 2550-p.jpg but it sat proud of the bumper about 30mm.

Another type is those Stainless steel "tilt" ones, now that would look like a mod! :D .
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby simonbuk » Mon 20.03.2017, 21:58

Zoom in on this -
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Giniw » Mon 20.03.2017, 22:17

MPx > yours is not centered, is it? Maybe it's just the angle of the photo, though!
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Rambo » Mon 20.03.2017, 23:28

Giniw wrote:MPx > yours is not centered, is it? Maybe it's just the angle of the photo, though!


It's stuck over a fraction too far to the right
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby GeoffSmith » Mon 20.03.2017, 23:40

Giniw wrote:MPx > yours is not centered, is it? Maybe it's just the angle of the photo, though!

Maybe it was centrifugal force on the Halfrauds sticky tape…
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Giniw » Mon 20.03.2017, 23:43

lol :-D
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby simonbuk » Tue 21.03.2017, 00:12

Yeah GPX - come on here trying to help with your ill-fitting non-centered number plates :evil: :wtf: :censored:

That's the thanks you get !!
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby MPx » Tue 21.03.2017, 00:28

Hmmmm .... well spotted one and all - maybe I was having a Alfa Romeo envy day. I blame the cross eyed tw*t of a fitter and would strongly recommend that you don't use him - although the materials and methodology may have potential otherwise.
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby GeoffSmith » Tue 21.03.2017, 00:43

The look suits some cars better than others...

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Re: Front Number plate

Postby rip » Tue 21.03.2017, 01:07

Jamie N wrote:Another type is those Stainless steel "tilt" ones, now that would look like a mod! :D .

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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Rambo » Tue 21.03.2017, 09:30

Rambo wrote:
Giniw wrote:MPx > yours is not centered, is it? Maybe it's just the angle of the photo, though!


It's stuck over a fraction too far to the right


It'll be further over to the right once we've been Brexited and you have to cut off the EU bit with the stars on the LHS. And then it will definitely be more Alfa Romeo'ish :D :D :D

PS and I've no doubt Geoff will show us when he drags himself off his sunlounger :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Bern » Fri 24.03.2017, 12:45

My front plate is on a plinth. It's not a perfect fit, but it's not bad. Maybe it's from an MX5? I'll take a picture next time I see the Elan (it lives in my Parent's garage).
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Re: Front Number plate

Postby clemo » Fri 24.03.2017, 22:35

this is the 2 eleven style plate holder i was going on about

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/ ... id=1&pid=2


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Re: Front Number plate

Postby TrevorB » Fri 24.03.2017, 22:38

Minds held on by magic :lol:

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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Rambo » Sat 25.03.2017, 01:17

Trevor - surely that's not a speck of dust or an imperfection in the paintwork on the bumper above the clear o/s lens ?? Shock, horror .........

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Re: Front Number plate

Postby Giniw » Sat 25.03.2017, 01:40

lol
Isn't it a garage door handle?
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