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Front License Plate Bracket

Discussion in 'Alpine Cars and Parts Wanted' started by Silver Creek Sunbeam, Feb 7, 2021.

  1. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    Looking for a front license/number plate bracket for my Series V.

    Currently, I have a ‘adapted’ rear bracket but I’d like to make it right and better secured.
     
  2. Paul A

    Paul A Alpine Registry Curator Platinum Level Sponsor

    related, but not a source for a new bracket for you. I was returning to Mitchell, SD from a trip to Minneapolis with my newly resurrected Tiger when I was stopped outside of Sioux Falls by a county policeman. After the initial exchange of license, insurance and registration I asked why he stopped me. He replied that my front license plate was missing. I opened the trunk and showed him the plate and the new bracket. He continued to look the car over, still holding my documents, and finally, after five minutes or so, returned my documents. He then wanted to know more about Sunbeams and Tigers. We spent a very nice 20 minutes or so chatting. Good luck on your bracket search. Pete
     
  3. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    That's a cool story...our little cars can definitely be conversation starters.
    I generally meet people who have heard of Sunbeams but never seen on in person or, more times than not, they are completely unfamiliar with them.
    If the person is a car guy...they generally have lots of questions and are happy to stand and listen to the history of the car.
    That's the thing I like most about car shows is the time spent talking to people who are, as we are speaking, becoming a fan of a car they had never heard of before.

    In Georgia, we actually aren't required to have a front plate but I have a replica British plate on my car (see my avatar).
     
  4. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    Tod,
    They're fairly easy to make. I make them when I need them. While mine are not exactly like the factory,
    you don't really see them, just the plate.
    Cheers!
    Steve
     
  5. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    My situation is I do not possess the capability for fabrication...no tools.
    I could have someone fab it but may end up paying as much for it as if I were to find one to purchase in here.
    It’s not super urgent..so I’ll see if something turns up. Planning to email you this week..
     
  6. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

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  7. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    I’m interested in the one that you say is most correct. Is that one that would need rubber replaced and if so, what is the rubber piece? A grommet? The actual mount? I’m not familiar with it.

    What would your pricing be? PM me, if you’d like and thanks.
     
  8. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

    I'm busy out of town this week.
    I looked for a STOA page they had with many of the styles of plate holders. The repops were priced at about 75 or 80 bucks several years ago.

    Basically the big long piece is the same stamped steel UK style plate holder with added on brackets and the rubber on metal SIV ones . I had a couple of original cars , plus they seemed to be one of the first things put in the spares collection of Tiger ad Alpine guys. Many were depression era or just don't toss away types.
     
  9. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    The eubber mounted ones were Series 3 and early IV iirc.

    There are accurate repros available from the UK sunbeam suplliers for the late style cars and iirc there were some repro ones stateside.

    For the s/h ones just make sure they arent twisted badly and that the screws amd tabs for the mounting brackets are in place.
     
  10. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    Tod-Have this plate off the front of the S1 parts car. Is hinged at the bottom for access to the crank hole. A little tweaked but fixable. Has holes for the long GB plate or the std US plate. Can get a better pic of it if needed.
    Al IMG_2731.JPG
     
  11. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

    Mike what's a s/h one?
    I gotta request from a pro restorer. I said a complete one sells for about 100 bucks. I then got the " I can make one for that much." Obviously a squaring shear sheet metal brake and punching out the holes and the elongated sections would add the usual time or money up in excess of the value. The long UK bracket is the harder part to fab all else can be done with hand tools. The rubber mount ones can be converted and are cheaper than a bolt on with nice old fasteners. Pictured is one that's is quite correct and a low hanging driveway sensor. That's why it's in the boot, or hanging on the wall. The non yellow one came off a one owner car left to sit out Cali car that did 2 years in WV with snow tires ... 16127981756496970074182742828389.jpg


    https://www.catmbr.org/cat-forum/attachments/pxl_20201207_172018540-jpg.12622/

    I posted the picture again because it failed to load and I wasn't sure that it was loading just give it a little time.

    I am somewhat tired of being asked by reseller's working for a client who add their profit margin on my part.
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2021
  12. absunbeam

    absunbeam Gold Level Sponsor

    And here it is off the S1. I am not sure if it’s the GB version but the way it’s made it was optioned by someone. Fitted on the SV with no problem. Would have to have a hole drilled above the crank hole on the valence, the way its hinged you could flip it down and use a hand crank on your 1725(if your starter failed).
     

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  13. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Second hand ;)
     
  14. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Yup the SI/II plate bracket.
    For the series 3 they went to the later style single bar but with flexible rubber mounts to bend the plate down for cranking.
    Later they made them a fixed bracket
     
  15. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

    Ha ha what's not s/h .
    Oh yeah the whole darn car.
    It's a shame that the STOA page got yanked. There was quite a collection of m/h that's many hands of take offs from the Rootes Group Depot and those four hands. For my .02 cents the plate Fs up the look of the car is a easy way to mess up the car but required. If you live in a required state it's PC for harassment or enforcement or just fee grabbing from the unlovable Rita type meter maid.
     
  16. molly2010

    molly2010 Silver Level Sponsor

     
  17. molly2010

    molly2010 Silver Level Sponsor

    I see a repro on Ebay in the states
     
  18. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

    If you want a crap generic one go to Pep Boys.
     

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  19. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    I have seen the one at Sunbeam Alpine Tiger Spares in the UK.
     
  20. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    If it will match up to the mounting holes on the V, I may be interested.
    Is it easily accessible for you to be able to measure the distance between the holes on the mounting plate?
    I reallize I could drill additional holes if needed. The plate that will go on it is the one on the car in my avatar.
     

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