I wonder what's up with the slats between the frame and front axle, rebound straps? License plate mounts?
That is the lic plate.
I think it's part of the winter front.
Early plates in some states were vented, most cars then had front plates hung in front of the radiator.
This is what makes the forum so great !! I have never seen nor heard of vented license plates ! Thanks for the picture, Dan !!
( I can't say I'm smarter, but now I'm better informed ; )
It would seem that the states that had the longest cold winters would have the vented plates. I would think using a piece of tin or plywood would have been used also. I can remember my Father using a piece of cardboard on the cars we had in the 50's. In that era you could put it on under the hood.
Ha ha ha, John, if only gummint agencies operated on logic !
If that were true, I reckon Idaho winters are at least as long and cold as any in the lower 48, but they never issued ventIlated plates here ! ; )
This thread makes me wonder how many states had the vented plates and if they command a premium to license plate collectors. They didn't have vented plates here in Texas that I know of. But it goes to show what can be learned on the forum. I just found out about the vented plates today!
Thanks Dan...learned something new!
Great picture of a nice car.
As we see here the tradition of "vented license plates" continues.
Good ideas carry on forever. 8o)
At one time it was common for folks to display their plates in front of the radiator. I believe the vents were primarily for summer, so the car would be less likely to over heat.
Wayne has it right: the slots provide air flow should the plate be hung in front of the radiator. With most vehicles not having a factory supplied mounting location for the license plate, the motor car owner used his ingenuity to hang the plate or purchased one of many styles of aftermarket plate holders and often the plate was in front of the radiator.
The best part of that photo is, in my opinion, the side curtains! So many people in this club don't have a clue as to what they really looked like.
In are part of the country it was common to see a big heavy long coat over the radiator and hood. A neighbor built a corn cob fire under his tractor, the oil on the motor caught fire and he was beating on it with a gunny sac to put the fire out, broke the settlement bulb and gas run down and burnt his tractor up.
I believe the tires on the car Bill Harper pictured are Morrilton Ar. If not they sure look like them.
The tires are P.J.A. Pneumatics manufactured by Petit Jean Attractions, and you are correct, in Morrilton Arkansas. I don't know when the last run of them were produced. These likely date to the late '60s or perhaps the very early '70s, when this car was restored.
I have what I think is a vented plate, but it's a different design. The characters are mounted on screen wire.
I have just the one plate and assumed that they were all the same. Then I saw a pair of plates. One was on screen wire and the other had a solid backing.
The owner of the pair said the screen plate was for the front of the car and the solid plate was for the rear.
Please don't anyone tell the wacky Calif. DMV about my transgression. They might come out to the house and confiscate the plate (or maybe the whole car !).