FABLON NUMBER PLATES

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  1. I am in the process of rebuilding a 1071 Cooper S to Historic Rally Spec and after 7 long years iam getting near !!, what i would like to know is does anyone know the type of 'font' the 1960s style fablon number platesas fitted to the works cars is, my signwriter has stuggled getting anywhere near what looks right.

    Cheers

    Steve

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    Most number plates are based around the Charles Wright font. It's something of an oddball as all letters and numerals, except I and 1, occupy the same space. This site advertises the variety introduced for plates in 2001:

    [url=http://www.charles-wright.com/more.html]http://www.charles-wright.com/more.html[/url]

    Are you using stick on plates, or painting on? If you want adhesive they're stocked by Holden:

    [url=http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproducts.asp?sg=2&pgCode=090&sgName=Hardware&pgName=Accessories&agCode=0656&agName=Adhesive+Number+Plates]http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproducts.asp?sg=2&pgCode=090&sgName=Hardware&pgName=Accessories&agCode=0656&agName=Adhesive+Number+Plates[/url]

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    Stick on backgrounds are difficult to apply well because the bonnet curves in so many different directions – much easier to spray it on.

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    Should the black background have a gloss, satin or matt finish and, if spraying a strip right along the leading edge of the bonnet, how far up shouldit go??

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    Think ill attempt the stick on route again, as fitted to my Mk3 S Hillclimb Car, the font just dosnt look right on the car, and was hoping i could have a better attempt on the Mk 1, Thank you all for your replys (yes i know i have a Mk2 Grille and badge on the car i just think it looks better !, bit plain them Mk 3 S !!!)

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    oh yes i also know its not the original shell, cause i reshelled it !, hard life this competition stuff !!, again thank you all

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    [b]niall9311 wrote: [/b] “Should the black background have a gloss, satin or matt finish and, if spraying a strip right along the leading edge of the bonnet, how far up shouldit go??”

    Backgrounds seem to depend on plate manufacturers but usually seem to be satin rather than full gloss.To be legal height needs to be at least minimum plate depth which is 4 1/2 inches. Works cars used a wider band so that letters could be fitted above bonnet badge and still give minimum 1/2 inch border above.

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