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Old 04-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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License plate hole distance

I found it odd that the license plate holes on my '67 Caravel are more than 7" apart (top, horizontal). I first thought it was just a change in the standard, but when I got a 60's vintage plate recently I saw the bolt holes are also 7" apart.

I researched and apparently the US adopted a standard 7" spacing in the 50's. Did trailers used to have unique license plate hole dimensions from automobiles? I don't have the exact dimension between the holes on my Caravel in front of me, but I think they are at least 7.25" to 7.5" apart at the top...

Perplexed... Am I missing something? Sincerely doubt that they mis-drilled the holes in Jackson Center years ago...
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I found it odd that the license plate holes on my '67 Caravel are more than 7" apart (top, horizontal). I first thought it was just a change in the standard, but when I got a 60's vintage plate recently I saw the bolt holes are also 7" apart.

I researched and apparently the US adopted a standard 7" spacing in the 50's. Did trailers used to have unique license plate hole dimensions from automobiles? I don't have the exact dimension between the holes on my Caravel in front of me, but I think they are at least 7.25" to 7.5" apart at the top...

Perplexed... Am I missing something? Sincerely doubt that they mis-drilled the holes in Jackson Center years ago...
It could be that the holes are for a bracket that in turn held the plate; the holes for a bracket would necessarily be in a different spot that the holes for the plate itself.
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