Blue Plate Special
I think license plates are an ugly but necessary evil. i'd like to do something different with the plates on my '01 GMC Sonoma. My state requires a front plate, but i've seen trucks and especially Corvettes that don't run front plates. i've also seen guys put their front plate on the dashboard. Is that legal?

My bumpers are blue like the truck, but our plates are mostly white. if i painted the plates the same as the bumpers they'd blend better. I've seen this done on street rods, but never on a truck. Could i do this? How about retractable plates? I've seen rear plate flip kits, but how could I do the front plate? I hope you can help me. Thanks a lot.
Pat Clark
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You can do anything you want to your license plates, but how long you get away with it is a matter of conjecture. if your state requires a front plate, that means you need one. A plate on the dashboard isn't acceptable.

We've seen custom-painted plates, but they're not legal. Maybe a seldom-driven street rod can play the odds, but we don't think a daily-driven truck would fare as well. Most states have regulations along the lines of no modifications or additions to license plates.

Most hidden rear plates operate on a flip-up design. Trucks with rolled rear pans (without license plate recesses) that mount the plate at the bottom of the pan are the easiest ones to hide with a flip-up system. The challenge is properly lighting the plate.

There are lots of servomotors and related electronics used by customizers for items such as hidden video screens and stereo gear that could be adapted for hidden plates. Our suggestion is that you make the rest of your truck so sharp that no one cares about the plates.

Vital Figures
The models in your fine mag are almost as hot as the trucks, but what's with the postage-stamp photos? Why don't you include the models' measurements and contact information?Bill
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How about if we include social secuirty numbers and tell you where the spare key is hidden? If it's any consolation, our measurements are 44-36-42. We like kittens, pink hearts, shopping, and cheerleading. Our turn-offs are stuck-up people, split ends, and cooties.

High And Cited
I really like the super-tall trucks you run in your fine magazine. I'd like to build a similar truck with my '98 Ford Expedition. if i could make my truck look like anything even close to that awesome yellow Excursion that was on page 144 of the nov. '07 issue, i'd be thrilled to death. i realize that it takes a tall stack of money to get a truck that high, but what i'm more concerned about is traffic tickets and equipment code hassles.

My driving record is far from perfect, and i'm trying to keep it as clean as possible, but i'm not ready for a Toyota Prius or a bus pass. i realize that the super-lifted trucks at shows are probably pretty much show-only trucks, but even so, how do these guys make it to a show without getting pulled over every other block?

Can you tell me how tall a tire I can run on the street, legally? Does headlight height matter? What about bumper height? Can the tires be out in the open, or do they have to have fenders or mud flaps? What if my truck is legal in my state, and i drive to another state, will it still be legal there? I really want a tall, tall truck, but i hate getting hassled. i would appreciate any information you can give me. Keep up, up, up the great work.
Brian McBride
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As they say in the fine print at the bottom of weight loss ads, "Results not typical. individual results may vary." if the results aren't representative of the product, what are they advertising? What this means, besides the fact that we can't lose weight, is that vehicle codes vary greatly from state to state. Within each state, there can be added local regulations. local regulations are usually aimed at cruising, but equipment infractions are a big anti-cruising tool.

More important than possible local code variations is how stringently different jurisdictions enforce the laws. Some towns are known as "tall busters," and others have bad reps as ticket mills. You probably know the score in your area, but if you attend an out-of-state show, the situation could be radically different.

Forward Visionary
I've seen lots of club logos in rear wondows and sponsor banners at the top of windshields, but the logos in the center of the windshield on Scott Rupp's '64 Datsun, pages 36-39 of the Nov. '07 issue, was the first time I've ever seen them there. Is that legal?
Cory Emry
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Legal? Probably not, but it got the painter and club a great plug in Sport Truck.