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Front License plate bracket for 1938 Special


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Hi All,

was able to get my new addition on Historic registration today and came home with some plates. The PO had installed a home made front bracket which looks ugly where it sits and doesn’t fit the plates anyway. You can see in the photo what is now there, stuck right in front of that very lovely chrome grille!

 

Would someone on this forum be kind enough to post some pictures of the original front licence plate bracket and it’s mounting position?

Any chance they could  please provide some measurements as I’m sure I could fabricate something very close.

 

many thanks

Rodney ?????

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I can find it and get a better photo sometime in the next few days and could offer you a really good deal on one. It is visible on the driver's side of the front bumper in this photo on the bumper after I removed the bumpers from my 1938 Buick Century project a while back. Since I bought a Special as a body donor, I have an extra one that I don't need. 

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Here is the license plate bracket for my 1937.  I don't know if it is the same for '38:

 

 

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This is where I cut the head of the carriage bolt so it sat nice and flush in the mounting bracket that fits over the bumper support iron.

 

Hope it helps!

 

Gary

 

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I took my original one off. It looks better without it. I also have the original license plate the car came with in 1938 still mounted on the rear. The correct current Nevada plate is just held by magnetics over the original 1938 plate. When we want we pull off by hand the Nevada plate and the original 1938 plate shows. 

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Here are photos of the original off of my 1938 Century. If you are interested, send me a PM. It is available really cheap, as I have a better one from the body donor Special and I don't really need one anyway since my state is a single plate state.

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Hi to all,

wow, that is some response, appreciate the photos and measurements.

 

Yes, we are required by law to have front and rear plates as we have speed cameras and red light cameras (sorry, they are really SAFETY CAMERAS) just about in every street. ?????

 

Looks like Buick engineering had a slow day so they made a really simple bracket (not)

 

I have sent Matthew a PM and hopefully will obtain a correct bracket. 

 

And if I can do half as good a job as Gary, will be happy!

Rodney ?????

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It seems Buick installed the license plate carrier on the driver's side:

 

 

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I put mine on the passenger's side, maybe I'll move it over....  I don't know if it really matters, but I thought I'd share these old ads.

 

Gary

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Here are two photos of the license plate bracket on the front of my 1939 Roadmaster.  Don't worry about the appearance that I have wooden bumpers. It is just the reflection in the chrome of the nearby potting bin doors in my garage. The bracket is on the driver's side of the car.  My car is registered with restored 1939 Oregon plates front and back.

 

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Thanks guys, those photos are a real winner. I will check out some photos of what we did here, it may end up on the other side, being RHD. And Bob, love the wooden bumpers, a real cool custom mod! ???

 

BTW, did Buick ever have a badge or emblem fitted in the front of the bumpers, like the Pontiacs had. Seems a shame to waste a bolt hole! ????

 

And Matthew, my “new” licence plate bracket just cost me a brand new sand blast cabinet and some garnet! Actually the availability of the genuine bracket made me realise I gotta get these parts looking as good as I can get, and abrasive blasting them is the way to do it.

 

cant wait to get it into action!

cheers

Rodney ?????

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Matthew,

many thanks for your help. Looking forward to posting some pics of the refurbished bracket. ?????

 

And all the photos have helped so much.

 

Buick with such a engineering marvel, it wasn’t too hard to opt for the original bracket rather than try to make one.

cheers

Rodney ?????

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1938 Buicks had a very elegant emblem/badge attached to the center of the front bumper that said "BUICK 8" with a diagonal slash through the 8.  1939 Buicks had an optional third tooth at the center of the bumper.  The same for the rear bumper.  Several years ago someone was reproducing the 1938 front bumper badges. They wanted $250 USD for them.

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Hi Bob, that’s good news. It does look a touch bare there and nothing much to say it’s a Buick. I did see a photo in the 36-37-38 club page showing one fitted. Might have to find one somewhere.

 

thanks for the info, much appreciated.

Rodney ?????

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Hi Carl,

thanks for that. The ebay one looks very sad so will give it a miss.

 

I will keep my eyes open at the swap meets as it is not a super  critical item for me. It will just be on my “wish list” .

 

the most important part is that they did fit one,  so if I find one it still retains originality.

cheers

Rodney ?????

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Wow, what a difference a bracket makes. Picked up custom plates that my sign writer made up to my design, which fit the US frames and license plate bracket. Sand blasted and painted up the ‘38 Century bracket that Matt Hinson kindly sent to me. Pictures tell it all. Before and after. Front and rear ?????????

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