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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone Put a Parade Flag on a Vintage Mustang?

My Mustang club will be participating in the local St. Patrick's Day parade on March 16th. I'm trying to get my 1970 Mach 1 ready to be in the parade. (Just got the door glass installed. Still need to align the front wheels.)

I was thinking it would be cool have a big St. Patrick's day flag on the car while I'm in the parade. I want something a lot bigger than a little flag on the radio antenna; maybe something on the rear bumper. I'm not sure how to mount such a flag. It would be affixed only during the parade while barely rolling along; no need for it to withstand highway speeds.

I've done some online searching and found some parade flag mounts for motorcycles, but nothing for a car.

Has anyone put a large parade flag on their vintage Mustang? I would really like to see and hear about how you did it.

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I've never really thought about it. But, maybe you can look at finding a something like bicycle rack that could attach to the back (without creating holes/damage) and suspend the flag from it. I don't know if there is a trailer hitch that could be temp installed and create a flag pole to slide into the hitch. Just a couple of thoughts.

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Bring a friend and have him/her hold it out the passenger window. I don't have a good feeling about trying to rig up some temporary device. If it gets windy there might be some unforeseen bending, twisting, dinging, denting, scratching... yeesh!... no thanks.

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I kinda have an advantage, as I have a roadster cover on the car and I always fly a flag for events. Been doing it since 1991. I can wedge it between the seat & cover. I did have to do it once with a base on the hump and tied it 4 ways from the corners of the windshield and corners of the top frame, to keep it upright. I've been in many parades and even just driving down the road this way.
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Depends on the occasion, but I usually just stick a flag out top

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Hmm, well since you don't have a convertible, you're kind of limited - you could stick it out the passenger window though and that does work.

If you want it off the bumper, my suggestion would be to take a normal house flag mount and build a padded adapter plate to put on the bumper. In my head this would consist of two pieces that would be bolted together around the bumper to hold the mount on. The first piece would be a flat plate, roughly palm-width, that could be slipped behind the bumper. It would be padded on both sides and would feature a threaded hole or nutsert on each corner. The second piece would be more complex and would need to have its padded inner radius roughly the shape of the outside of the bumper - kind of a palm-width c-shaped deal with 4 flanges with holes in them drilled to line up with the holes in the other plate. So to mount that to the bumper, you would slip the first plate behind the bumper, lay the second plate over the bumper, and bolt the two pieces together with some hardware on all 4 corners. From there it's a pretty simple matter to yank out the welder and weld a standard flag pole mount (for like a house or something) onto the C-shaped outer piece and there ya go, securely mounted flag on the bumper.

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Edit: Looked at the shape of a 70 bumper and modified design, then sketched on a scrap of paper so hopefully it makes more sense. Needs more of an angled V-shape for your bumpers I guess which is fortunately easier to make.

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Attached is a picture of what a good friend of mine uses on his 1940 Cadillac. I can't remember how they attached to the bumper, so I emailed him, and will Post the Reply after I receive it. Although, maybe you want a larger flag ?

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Thanks for the input, everyone.

Kelly, yeah, I was thinking about making a bracket just as you describe. I just wanted to get some ideas from anyone who may have already done it.

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Attached is a picture of what a good friend of mine uses on his 1940 Cadillac. I can't remember how they attached to the bumper, so I emailed him, and will Post the Reply after I receive it. Although, maybe you want a larger flag ?

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Thanks. Those are what I would call "Diplomat Flags". I was wanting something bigger, but thanks for the picture. It will help.

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