1] Did different HP engines have different tachometer redlines in 1963? I
have a 250 hp. w/5500 redline. Did higher HP's have higher redlines on
2] I live in Calif. and would like to get the old black and yellow plates
that were on it when I moved out of state and had to turn them in. Can I
purchase the correct plates on Ebay and register them when I bring the car
back when restro. is completed? It is currently licensed in Wash. state.
Yes, solid lifter engines had red band from 6300 rpm to 6500rpm
You need to check with the DMV about that... seems like I heard they'd
stopped allowing the use of the old black plates (except for vehicles
that already had them when the rules changed), but I'm not sure:
But if they do allow it, the number on the plates you get must be an
since many of the black plate numbers have likely been re-issued on new
That also means that when you find plates with an unused number, you
need to register
the car immediately, in case that plate might be reissued to someone
else in the interim.
You may be a special case IF you can locate the original number plates
that were on
the car when it was registered in CA and can prove your car had those plates
(then again, they may ask you to pay license or non-op fees for all the
years the car's
registration wasn't being renewed).
License plates stay with the car, not the owner, unless they are
"personalized" vanity plates. I recently got vanity plates for one of my
and I wanted to swap the old plates from that car to another car
(because it was an
easy-to-remember number I'd had for years). I showed up at the DMV (to
get my vanity plates)
with both the old plates and the plates from the car I wanted to swap
them to, and I was told
I'd have to choose: keep my old plates on the car or turn them in to get
the new vanity plates, no
You may want to establish this car as a 'historic vehicle,'
(manufactured between 1922 and 1981.)
< http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/reg/reg17a.pdf --yellow on black plate
number gets entered on the form then you certify its historic status in
All driving will be on the way to shows, parades and club meetings. You
just started several days early (:-) and it's a long distance to get
there! If a CHiPs starts camping out in front of your house, you know
the game's over.
No sweat on the duplicate number problem if the old plate you get is a
legitimate plate (was made by CDC). The "new" plate design (post late
'60s) doesn't duplicate any numbers used in earlier series of plates (my
memory on this only goes back to 1938.) Only exception would be if
someone used a yellow on black number to make a vanity plate -- not likely.
If you live in SoCal and are an auto club member, go there instead of
going directly to DMV. The Auto Club license clerks are really great
and many times know how to get the job done whereas the average DMV
counter clerk only knows how to say, "no."
Run this past the Auto Club: Register the car in Califonria now, in a
non-op status. You'll get a current series plate. Then, when restro is
completed, re-register as a historic vehicle with the yellow-on-black
plate. And, as Wayne suggests, if that was a California plate
identified against the VIN --I'm not sure that we had VINs then -- maybe
it was the block number), you'd be in clover.
I occasionally see black-on-yellow plates around town -- that series
preceded the yellow-on-black. Either these people are breaking a law or
the system will accommodate those old numbers.
Best of luck.
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