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August 26, 2007

License plates are not usually installed by mechanics.  Normally this chore is done by someone who does not make a living navigating the world of fasteners and corrosion.  So here is a little Public Service Announcement.

When you install license plates, remember that they will be subjected to years of exposure to salt water and extremes of weather.  And further remember that unless you intend to keep your car until it suddenly dissolves in a pile of entropy, some poor schmuck will have to change the license plates someday: Put a little grease on the threads!  Better yet, spend two bucks and get theft-resistant stainless steel fasteners and still put a little grease on the threads. Ask the guy or gal at the auto-parts store which fasteners to get for your car. 

That is all.

Thank you, and we now return to your regular programming.

(More about my new 1988 Honda Civic later.)

  1. Ed K.
    August 26, 2007 at 21:27 | #1

    Had my chance to get the new Alabama “God Bless America” tag this month.  And then white out the “B”.  I just didn’t want to shell out the extra bucks for it.  I should get those fasteners, because in this state the tags stay with the seller.  Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Jim
    August 27, 2007 at 05:52 | #2

    Nylon fasteners work really well for this, nothing will corrode them.
    I’m from Alabama too, I didn’t think of the whiteout idea on the “God Bless America” tag or I might have bought them. I figure in 2009 when the new tags come out, our state government, in its infinite wisdom, will put that on all the tags so they can invite a huge lawsuit and the politicians will get chance to blow a lot of hot air about how they are defending our “Christian Values”

  3. Ed K.
    August 27, 2007 at 06:54 | #3

    I was wondering too, if the Alabama “GBA” tag would be the default.  Stupid me, the state charges extra and all the sheep buy into it like the yellow ribbons.  Now that you mention it, I don’t think it will ever be the default due to the profit motive.  To me it looks bad, like it has been in the sun too long (kind of a washed out look to it).

  4. August 27, 2007 at 13:19 | #4

    Due to the direction the Comments were going, about the state of Alabama license plates, I decided to go looking for a picture to see what all the fuss is about.

    There’s already a good blog post about it at
    Blue Gal

    I’m thinking I’ll also have to go read her Archives….

  5. August 27, 2007 at 14:07 | #5

    Thanks for the shout out MrsDoF.

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