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Old 04-17-2001, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone finally give me a clue as to whether I can put Black California plates from another car (Does it have to be a same year/ same model Mustang, as I was told by someone at the DMV?) on my 66 GT? The car is no longer an original since I don't have the data plate -- and apparently no one has found a way to cross reference 66's by VIN numbers-- I'd like to put black plates on it. I currently have Blue Plates. If I can put these plates on, has someone else done it? And does someone else have a spare pair? Worth A shot.

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Old 04-17-2001, 06:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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These black plates seem to be the go !
I've got a set that I got with my car , are they good things ?
If , so why ?

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Old 04-17-2001, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well as I tried to explain last week with a little levity, only REAL Mustangs have black plates.
Here in the states most states of the period issued new plates for cars every year. Those new plates were always a different color combination for each year. Except in California. Here they issued one color combination for a multi-year time frame. Now the black plates with yellow letters/digits were issued to 60s era cars (sorry I'm not up on the exact years they started or ended). If a owner keeps that vehicle registered whether it be one sole owner or many (plates stay with the vehicle when sold) the black plates would stay with it. Hence a REAL 60s era Mustang kept registered since it was put on the road would have black plates. Later in the 70s they changed to blue/yellow and then to white/blue and many vanity style plates to make more cash. So now if you see a set of black plates it just gives the full feeling of a true 60s car. So if you want people to ooooo and aahhhhh at shows slap those plates on your 'Tang. Unfortunately as with my comment last week here only a select few will understand.


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Old 04-17-2001, 10:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The California DMV will ONLY re-register your car with the black plates IF (and only if) you can show proof that the plates you have were originally on the car. You cannot just buy a pair of black plates and register them to your car.

There was a bill in the legislature last year that passed allowing us to put black plates back onto our pre-1974 cars, but good ol' Governer Davis vetoed it ... the jerk!

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Old 04-17-2001, 01:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I attended a meeting of the Northern California Cougars Club (which I am a member) earilier this month and was told that the only way FOR NOW to get your car to legally bear the black plates (if they are not registered on it now) is to not register that vehicle (and the black plates) with the DMV for 5 (five) years and then stick on the set of black plates on it and have it reregistered. It falls off their tracking system in that period of time. Well I don't want to let my car(s) sit around for no 5 years but this is what I was told.

It would be a shame to have passed the test but to have missed the lesson.

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Old 04-17-2001, 07:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks all for your answers to this question. It's just that I always get different answers. I appreciate you all taking the time. GUess I'll get a set and just hope I can one day use them.


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Old 04-17-2001, 09:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Contrary to popular belief, there's a whole world outside California -- and even a few Mustangs.

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If your going to get/buy some at least make an effort to get ones with the right/correct sequence of letters for 1966.

Also if you go the whole route with the year of production registration sticker ('1966") don't let the dealer sell you the month sticker also..... they weren't used back them. Registration ran out for everyone the same time every year. unlike to day when they stagger the dates since we have so many cars.

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Old 04-18-2001, 05:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice on that.

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Well, there IS a way to do this, if you put in the effort. I have discussed this with the plate sellers at the swap meets, they know no other way. You procure black plates (a pair). You must make sure said plates are no longer in the Calif. DMV system (AAA auto club can verify this if you ask nice). You then go to the DMV website and research this plate number, testing it as a personalized plate. If it passes these tests, you go to DMV(make an appointment online), going down there with the DMV personalized plate form completed, giving some sensible sounding explanation for the meaningless set of numbers and letters your black plate has. If they bless it, you take the stickers they issue and stick them to your black plates.

Oh, one more piece of advise-order the personalized plate by mail and have it put on hold at the local dmv. That way you've removed the face to face debate with the local DMV agent, who may or may not be on a power trip. You just go to the DMV at your appointed time and have the plate assigned to your vehicle.
Don't ask me how I know.

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Thanks Dan.

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Old 04-19-2001, 05:48 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You're right , there is a world outside of California... but if you don't like the "whining", change the channel. I would have appreciated some advice if you knew about this, next time though (if you think the question is dumb) just post somewhere else.

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