Finding the Right Antique Plate
tysmagic last edited by tysmagic
I’m finally getting close to registering my project e30, the Krusty Krab! I’ve been casually hunting a Tennessee license plate from the right era that was unique enough or had a story to make it worthwhile.
We recently went down south of Nashville to look at an investment property that turned out to be a miss BUT we went antiquing! I found a plate that would work for $5. I figured that was cheap enough and a fun story that we drove an hour and a half to see a crackhouse that we missed out on.
I was fully set on using this plate until we went over to my grandparents place to clean out their attic. My grandpa had a stack of old plates and sure enough, there was one from the right era. I showed it to him and said I want to use this on my old BMW. He was confused so I pointed at the plate on his 32 Ford and said, the same way you use that old plate to register your car. He was quite excited once it clicked. I knew this had to be the plate!
I know it’s only a license plate so emotional attachment shouldn’t be a thing, but it just felt right. My grandfather used to have it on their old Cadillac. It’s an old school novelty plate with a stamped UT on it. My family is deeply connected with the University of Tennessee. So while I didn’t go there, I’m proud of the support and opportunities my family gives to the university and students. Then the smallest detail that gave me the warm and fuzzies, the expiration month is March. I’ve mentioned prior my father and I bought this as a project, that was February 2020. In March of 2020 he passed away. Having that March reminder on there feels right to me.
I got so excited I left the plate attached to the car. Apparently the clerk needs the physical plate to register an antique car with an old plate. So I’ll eventually get it registered, but at least I have my plate.
Old Busted Hotness last edited by
Mrs Hotness has a vanity plate with the same number her grandfather first registered in 1946, so I totally understand.
davesaddiction last edited by
@tysmagic This is great.
@old-busted-hotness that is super cool!
@davesaddiction I stopped in my tracks when I saw the stack of plates and feverishly started flipping through them. I was quite excited to find this
Taylor Martin last edited by
@tysmagic Dude, I get all sentimental over the littlest things. I made a post about all the trinkets I keep in my car alone. Some squishy things from my parents, a Charlie Brown bobblehead I
stolefound at work, the left arm of a skeleton prop, fuzzy dice from my grandma, a painted rock from a girl a used to like... it's the little things
fintail last edited by
@tysmagic Fun story. Makes me think of when I found the YOM (year of manufacture) plates for the fintail. 1996, small town yard sale, I was looking through a bunch of stuff, and stumbled upon the plates, like being hit by a beam of light from heaven . The price? 25 cents for the pair, IIRC, and within a week I had them on the car. All these years later I am still pleased, and they are old enough now to where the story itself has a sentimental touch.
@fintail that is awesome! That's how I was with the first plate. I knew looking back I'd enjoy the you won't believe where we found this thing story of it. Same kind of story with the one I will use, but even better history!
@taylor-martin very true, nothing wrong with having things that matter to you