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Old 07-13-2021, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default Could Use Some Help With License Plate Restoration

So many years ago (about 2002) I located a prince of a guy that did license plate restoration in Walnut Creek, CA. He did the two 39 plates and they were beautiful and still are. $85. Then he retired a few years ago. I know, it was a long time ago but now from what I have seen restoration of plates is running $300 to $400! My second set of plates are in VG good condition but not quite good enough to complement the second car.

Any referrals or information regarding plate restoration would be greatly appreciated!!

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Old 07-13-2021, 11:30 PM   #2
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Here's a link I used. Plate came out nice and accepted by DMV. Also there are several restorers listed in Hemmings.
https://www.oldlicensefarm.com/contact.html

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Old 07-13-2021, 11:42 PM   #3
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Tomcarman,
Thank you sir. I will certainly follow up the information you have provided.
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Old 07-14-2021, 08:00 AM   #4
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Man on the Hamb in st Louise does a great job on plates
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Old 07-14-2021, 08:43 AM   #5
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some states like new york will not except restored plats. you have to restore them after you reegster them. check with your state
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Old 07-14-2021, 09:21 AM   #6
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If you are a Early Ford V-8 Club member, check the last issue of the V-8 TIMES. A very nice gentleman in Michigan does them for about the same price as you stated you paid for the first pair of plates.
Dont have the information with me -- check him out. (maybe some V-8 member will help me out here) Fast, correct service. He also has color descriptions for most states for most years.
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Old 07-14-2021, 09:40 AM   #7
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How bad of plates can they fix?

My '40 plate has a bullet hole in it. DMV did not care though and it kind of adds to the character.
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Old 07-14-2021, 09:47 AM   #8
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Contact Duane Wells in Michigan. He advertises in the V-8 Times magazine in the "services" section. Ph# 517-371-3225. He has done two sets of plates for me and a great job. He's also very reasonable.
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Old 07-14-2021, 01:22 PM   #9
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Another plug for Bjorn Larson at The Old License Farm. He fixed me up with a plate for my '46 pickup, when nobody else could.
It's a beauty and I had no problems getting it registered. Due to it being a scarce plate (only trucks got a plate in Washington in '46), it wasn't cheap but, it was well worth it to me. Very pleased with his customer service and communication also.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:18 PM   #10
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I've never used him for restoration but I have bought CA YOM plates from him and was very happy with the plates I bought. He is in Pasadena, CA and on the HAMB.

http://www.oldpl8s.com/
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Old 07-15-2021, 05:33 PM   #11
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I used Brian Mabry (423) 716-8094

wbmabry@yahoo.com

What I found was amazing is the process he uses is exactly like the state uses or used back then; the paint or ink is printed on. Its not painted on with a brush -the difference is night and day. Use him if you are looking for a very high quality restoration at a reasonable price point.
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Old 07-15-2021, 06:00 PM   #12
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Larry Hoeft has done a great job for me on several sets, and he won't break your piggy bank.
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Old 07-16-2021, 02:55 PM   #13
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I did this one myself, painted the red first, then masked the numbers and carefully cut around the numbers with a razor knife. This plate is for display at car shows as I have some YOM NY plates the car is registered with.
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I did this one myself, painted the red first, then masked the numbers and carefully cut around the numbers with a razor knife. This plate is for display at car shows as I have some YOM NY plates the car is registered with.
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Old 07-16-2021, 04:43 PM   #15
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TJ supplied the person I was talking about. You can find others, but Duane knows his stuff and like I said, if you have a year plate with not paint on it, he has the manuals to find the correct colors to restore it.
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Old 07-17-2021, 04:40 PM   #16
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If you want the absolute best check Restore A Tag.
Warning very pricey!
WWW.RestoreATag.com
The topper and plate pictured in this post is his work.
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Old 07-18-2021, 09:25 PM   #17
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If you want the absolute best check Restore A Tag.
Warning very pricey!
WWW.RestoreATag.com
The topper and plate pictured in this post is his work.
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Tom- was that some kind of special VIP original issued plate from 1940 or a new one Shaun made for you? A 1940 plate that reads 1-940 thatís pretty unique if itís from back in that time. Also the topper whatís the story behind that? Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:10 AM   #18
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Duane Wells just restored a single Ohio 1947 plate for me. He did a fantastic job on it. Fast turn-around also.

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Old 07-26-2021, 10:20 PM   #19
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Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated. It will certainly help with the project. Oh, the plates are already registered.
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Old 07-27-2021, 07:19 PM   #20
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What I would suggest is to do your research on all the companies that have been mentioned. I have a friend that sent his plates to one of the companies mentioned and his plates are a work of art. BUT, do you really need two coats of clear after the plate has been painted and rubbed out? I prefer plates that look original, the way they were issued. You can over restore a car and you can over restore license plates.
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