I see a lot of old photos with the plate in front of the radiator. Doesn't this affect the cooling?
Of course it does! That is why you need a water pump.
Tom, this is a 26-27. The headlight bar is very convienient for hanging the plate. That's where my plate is. It may reduce cooling somewhat, but if you over heat because of plate placement your car problem is bigger than deciding where to put the plate.
When I'm looking to buy a T and I see a water pump I assume there are real cooling system problems. Kind of like when you see a handful of fuses in a modern car's ash tray it doesn't scream "buy me"!