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There was an article in the paper a couple of week's ago about cracking down on not having a front license plate. They are putting red light cameras at intersections to catch driver's running red lights and if you don't have a front plate they can't track you. I didn't want to drill holes in my grill so I built my own removable front license plate bracket. It is held on with 2 hitch pins and is easily removable if I go to a car show. Including pics of bracket on SSR and off. I have the Colgan bra without the license plate cut out that I put on when I take trips so this allows me to still put the bra on and have the plate show.
 

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Very cool! When I get my next SSR, I'll be tracking this thread down again so I can build something like that.

That's the same concept used for the front license plate bracket on my 350Z. It screws into the front tow hook bolt hole (no bumper drilling). Car's in the body shop since some guy rear ended my 350Z last Saturday ($3400 damage).

You might get some intesest from other SSR owners for a mass production of this item. :thumbs
 

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lloger,

I have read and re-read all of your posts and I must say, you have the got my award as the person with the best and most unique ideas for our trucks.

Man, keep them coming!
 

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Thank you!

Well thank you Buffy. That is high praise indeed. Since I'm retired I have entirely too much time to sit and think about things to build for my SSR. I really enjoy the challenge. I've never had a car or truck that I enjoy as much as I do this one. I want to make it truly unique and I enjoy making things instead of just buying them, but I'm always happy to share them with anybody else that likes what I come up with.
 

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lloger said:
There was an article in the paper a couple of week's ago about cracking down on not having a front license plate. They are putting red light cameras at intersections to catch driver's running red lights and if you don't have a front plate they can't track you. I didn't want to drill holes in my grill so I built my own removable front license plate bracket. It is held on with 2 hitch pins and is easily removable if I go to a car show. Including pics of bracket on SSR and off. I have the Colgan bra without the license plate cut out that I put on when I take trips so this allows me to still put the bra on and have the plate show.
or just move here to Arizona where we don't have front plates :flag
 

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Thats is a heck of a good idea. It is hard see what you made the arms out of on the photos. Can you be a little more descriptive so others do not have to re-invent the wheel?
The round bars look like they were welded to a bar that is fastened underneath the front end. Is that correct? Some more description of the parts and possibly some closer photos would be helpful. Thanks.
 

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Slap a patent on it and sell the idea to GM. It would keep a lot of future SSR owners happy. No more holes in the front grill. :party
 

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That is a great idea. And for a lot of cars, not just the SSR. GET A PATENT TODAY - before somebody ripps-off your idea and you see it on an infomercial in 6 months.
 

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living2be said:
Very ingenious llogger! I think you have a seller there!
dingbat said:
Slap a patent on it and sell the idea to GM. It would keep a lot of future SSR owners happy. No more holes in the front grill. :party
:agree Wish I could have had that on my 04.

However if you want to see a real bad location for a front license plate area... you have to check out the C-6 set up for a front license plate. BAD setup isn't the word for it.
 

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lloger - that's great!! They're putting in the same cameras in Houston. Not real clear on "hitch pin" - do you mean the locking pins for a trailer hitch?? Right now I'm still running with no front plate and it's a $200 pop. :cry
 

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Cool Bracket!!!!

living2be said:
Very ingenious llogger! I think you have a seller there!
Ditto........Where can I place my order???:willy:

RickSSR :cool
 

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hitch pins

At least that what they were labeled at Home Depot. See attached pic. The pin is laying on a 3 1/2 floppy disc to give you some idea of size. I used a piece of
1 1/4" X 1/8" thick angle iron for the bracket that stays on the SSR. I pulled out the three center push pins that hold the air dam on and used those holes to mount the bracket. I used a 5/8" X 4 1/2" hex head bolt, that had no threads for about 2" below the bolt head, and I used my grinder and a file to take all the threads off which leaves about a 1/2" diameter pin below the unthreaded shank of the bolt. I cut the head off the bolt and cut the 1/2" dia. part off so it was a little less than 1/8". I drilled two 1/2" holes in the angle iron bracket, 7" on center, inserted the 1/2" dia. part of the bolt in the hole and welded them in. The arms of the bracket are made out of 1/2" EMT ( electrical metallic tubing) that is a pretty good fit over the shank of the 5/8" bolt. You might have to do a little adjusting there. I bent the EMT to match the shape of the front end, cut the front of the EMT at an angle, welded two pieces of 1/8" X 3/4" flat stock on, drilled and tapped them for the license plate frame, a little paint and I was done. Sounds easy doesn't it. LOL . Took me about 3 days including paint but part of that time was building a jig to hold everything straight while I welded it up. Hope this helps.
 

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RickSSR said:
Ditto........Where can I place my order???:willy:

RickSSR :cool
Hi Rick, I don't know if I want to get into manufacturing them but if I did I think I would find a machine shop to turn the mounting pins for me and check into having the rest of the parts powder coated. Those mounting pins were a bear to make by hand and they took a lot of time.
 

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Thanks, lloger - I was doing okay till I got to the welding part. Got a friend that might have to help me.
 

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Nice piece, Lloger - Haven't been stopped for my illegal lack of front plate yet, but I was looking for a way to hide it. The vacuum operated flip system is a bit bulky, and would require cutting the air dam.

If you do produce it, I'm also interested. If not, thanks for providing information on the design.

Ray
 
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