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    The Peoples' Soviet Socialist Republic of Maryland requires a front license plate for the front of my car, so I am heading to my local junkyard to locate a license plate bracket for the front of my '83 T-Bird. Does anyone know the range of models and years that this bracket may fit? Thanks!

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    Head over to the parts store . The help section has one that looks identical to the one on my 84 t-bird Tc. I think it is priced at $12.
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    OK, if you're going factory original, then you'd be looking for 1983-86 Thunderbirds and Cougars. It is metal. If you want a plastic one, look for a Fox Mustang or Tempo. The brackets require minor trimming on the bottom but the mounting holes usually line up perfectly with the ones already in your bumper cover. I say "usually" because there seems to have been a few revisions on the Mustang ones; sometimes the holes are further apart. Anyway, there you go. I haven't tried the Help! bracket mentioned.

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    I did forget to mention that the one in the help section is a metal one. It has the rolled up edges so that you can only put the plate in from the top. The part number on the plate holder is 68148 that is the HELP/Dorman part number.
    84 Turbo coupe 2.3T Modded with 88 upper and lower intake, 88 injectors, E6 manifold, T3-4 AR.60 turbo, 31X12X3 FMIC, Homemade MBC , Greddy knock off BPV.
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    Thanks! I did find one at the junkyard off an '83 Cougar. It's a little on the harsh side though. I was wondering about the holes you mentioned. The bumper cover on my T-Bird does not have any holes in it. I hate to put a front plate on it, but I guess I don't have much of a choice. I looked underneath the car to see if there is someway to line up the bracket, but I can't see anything to line this thing up. Any suggestions short of X-ray vision? Thanks!

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    When I bought my '84 T-Bird new I am pretty sure it didn't have any holes before they put the front plate holder on. The dealer didn't put them on until they sold the car.

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    Yeah, there are no holes in the bumper. I had to make my own holes on the '86 (was a Delaware car)

    Off topic, are you driving the T-Bird daily? If not, you should put historic tags on it.
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    How about the old "put it in the window" trick? I see tons of people in MD who just shove it in there (front and/or back) and go on their merry way. But I guess it is good to be a little more responsible
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    I thought about the window trick, but that just draws additional attention.

    Regarding the historic tags, the car has to be 25 years old to qualify. T-Bird's 24. I put historic tags on my ZX. Kind of nice. No state inspection required. That's why you see all those beater trucks and rusted out hulks roaring around Maryland with historic plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgreBird View Post
    Regarding the historic tags, the car has to be 25 years old to qualify.
    OR... 20yrs and a discontinued model which the T-Bird is

    Quoted from MVA website FAQ section...

    Does my vehicle qualify for historic or street rod plates?

    Historic:

    * The vehicle is 25 calendar years or older and has not been substantially altered, remodeled, or remanufactured from its original construction, or
    * The vehicle is between 20 and 24 model years old and is a model, of which the manufacturer produced 1,000 or fewer models for that year, as verified by the manufacturer (supporting documentation required). The vehicle has not been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original construction, or
    * The vehicle is between 20 and 24 model years old and is a make that the manufacturer no longer produces, as verified by the manufacturer (supporting documentation required). It is not substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from it original construction.
    It is also stated on the application form for the historic/street rod plates.

    I'll be getting them on my '86 when I get it on the road this spring and my '88 next January. Especially since the only driving the '88 has done in the past year was to and from emissions.
    Last edited by 5.0willgo; 01-28-2007 at 03:11 PM.

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