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Re: [oletrucks] License Plates

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Subject: Re: [oletrucks] License Plates
From: Lewis Osborn <losborn@teleport.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 17:46:18 -0800
In Washington State only one plate is needed on a classic.  I think it's the
same in Oregon, but I'm not sure.

I really think most of us would be surprised at just how long we could drive
most any vehicle without _any_ plate(s).  I commonly see vehicles with plates
expired for 1-2 months, and I've seen plates that were expired for over a year
- yes, on a vehicle driving on a public road.  I've seen lots of vehicles with
dealer advertising cards where the plate goes, and no temporary sticker

When I got my ham call plates on my motorcycle, DMV told me that there was no
provision for mounting a temporary sticker on a motorcycle, so I should just
keep it with me so I could show it if someone asked; no one ever did in the
6-8 weeks it took to get my plate.

I recently rode a motorcycle from Charlotte, NC to Baton Rouge, LA.  I was
delivering it for someone else, and it had never been registered, so my
official paperwork consisted of a signed MSO and a bill of sale, neither of
which had my name on them, and a notarized statement from the seller stating
that I was delivering it for him.  Since it had never been registered, it had
no plates.  In a 1000 miles, including one driver's license/insurance
roadblock in Georgia (which they waved me through without checking - it
woulda' been interesting - the new owner had insurance on the bike, but I had
no official card stating that fact) no one said anything about the absence of
a plate.

Kind of scary, in a way.  If someone steals my/your bike/car, and takes the
plate off, how long will they be able to ride/drive it before someone even

Lewis - K7LVO - Medford - Valley of the Rogue - OR
The Forty - 1940 Chevy Pickup - One Owner

Tuesday, March 21, 2000, 8:52:59 PM, G. wrote:

> Terry Stellman wrote:

>>I'm not questioning the fact that you could probably run an old truck
> without a front plate but if a
>>cop was in a bad mood one day or needed to make his quota he could write
> you

> Once I sent my license plates to be restored by a guy who advertized in
> Hemmings.  He lost them, and I wound up driving my '55 Buick for about 2
> years with no plates at all.  Never got stopped, not that I recommend it.
> Just goes to show that an old car or truck has a lot of built in goodwill.

> Regards,

> Grant S.

> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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