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FC license plate light
Posted by: KGB Pilot125 ()
Date: May 08, 2016 07:44PM

Anyone have some pics of plastic cone? Got the clarks replacements and there are no lenses or nuts to fasten it to the access panel.

Josh
'63 Rampside
Denver Area

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: May 08, 2016 07:49PM

The "early" ones were held on to the rear engine access door with 2 pal nuts.
Same way all the Corvair wagons were attached. The studs are part of the light fixtures.

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: May 08, 2016 07:54PM

I think all the parts are sold separately, I have the NOS lenses in the box if you need them, I was told they stoped using the lens as it got hot and melted the cover, But I have installed them and mine has never melted.







1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Rust Free Lancaster Ca

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: KGB Pilot125 ()
Date: May 08, 2016 08:00PM

Figured it was pal nuts, only thing I could find at the local ace hardware. I didn't see the lenses in the complete kit I ordered. I'll have to call clarks in the AM. Not sure how much more I want to spend I on lic plate bulbs... might just get some LEDS for a trailer plate.

Josh
'63 Rampside
Denver Area

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: May 08, 2016 08:10PM

Lenses! That's a new one on me. Cool

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
65 Canadian Monza 4dr 110/PG 40k
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: May 08, 2016 08:42PM

Dont think that lens is an FC part. My 61 parts book says all except FC and Lakewood. To the best of my Knowledge that is a 1960 only lens.

Marco
A 2nd Gen Monza Wagon, a 2nd Gen GB 8door, a 2nd Gen (61's were 1st Gen) R/s and a 62nd Gen Turbo coupe..

Hanging out with the scorpions, king snakes, road runners, coyotes and quails In the southern desert of the silver state
Mesquite NV 89024

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: May 08, 2016 09:06PM

My book does not list them as a FC part either, but they do fit perfect, and I was told by a old wise man that the first production FC had the lens then they were discontinued, Another Mystery like the AM/FM rear antenna.







1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Rust Free Lancaster Ca

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: May 08, 2016 10:27PM

Ive seen the metal ones from the 40's cars that have lenses in them that are countoured to the shape of the housings.

Marco
A 2nd Gen Monza Wagon, a 2nd Gen GB 8door, a 2nd Gen (61's were 1st Gen) R/s and a 62nd Gen Turbo coupe..

Hanging out with the scorpions, king snakes, road runners, coyotes and quails In the southern desert of the silver state
Mesquite NV 89024

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: May 11, 2016 11:35AM

I most always go for originality. However...

When Dad acquired the 62 Rampside, he said he didn't like the broken license plate lights, the way they are sticking out. So we installed a service door from a 64 - 65 FC, just like the original one on my 64 Greenbrier. I even used one of the two light bulb fixtures off my 64 Brier to light Dad's plates. Both vehicles are still the same today.
Although one guy tried to argue with Dad that his Rampy was not a 62 because of that service door.... we didn't care. Personal preference, we like the later door look much better. And at least the lights cannot get broken off.

Just another option that bolts right in.

Corventure Dave

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: May 11, 2016 11:59AM

I will be upgrading the R/S to a 64 style door (one more project on the list) already have the door and the light fixture and the matching paint! smiling smiley

Marco
A 2nd Gen Monza Wagon, a 2nd Gen GB 8door, a 2nd Gen (61's were 1st Gen) R/s and a 62nd Gen Turbo coupe..

Hanging out with the scorpions, king snakes, road runners, coyotes and quails In the southern desert of the silver state
Mesquite NV 89024

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Chi2 ()
Date: May 11, 2016 12:41PM

I shaved them off and added some small led license plate lights.

Jon
-1964 Greenbrier "The Dog Hauler" Rustoleum Charmer 110hp/4sp/.030 over/Pertronics I/Isky 270 Cam
-1962 Monza Club Coupe "Shaken, not stirred" Tuxedo Black with Red Interior 140hp/4sp/Pertronics I/Clark's 260 Cam

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: May 11, 2016 12:59PM

Jon..... So your the one who got the "RAMPY" Calif. plates!!! smileys with beer

Corventure Dave

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Chi2 ()
Date: May 11, 2016 01:44PM

Guilty as charged! smoking smiley

corventure Dave Wrote:
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> Jon..... So your the one who got the "RAMPY"
> Calif. plates!!! smileys with beer
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> Corventure Dave

Jon
-1964 Greenbrier "The Dog Hauler" Rustoleum Charmer 110hp/4sp/.030 over/Pertronics I/Isky 270 Cam
-1962 Monza Club Coupe "Shaken, not stirred" Tuxedo Black with Red Interior 140hp/4sp/Pertronics I/Clark's 260 Cam

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: TexasAg77 ()
Date: May 12, 2016 10:56AM

I was given a set of the lenses for our Lakewood. Have had not heat problems and it just seems to make it complete rather than a bare bulb.

Ed McClintock
Cleveland TN
Choo Choo Corvairs
'61 Lakewood,,63 Vert, '83 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler- [www.cj-8.com]

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 15, 2016 03:26PM

So, I purchased a set of the license plate lenses from Dave for my early 61 GB. I'm pretty convinced they were originally intended for the FC but either not used or discontinued shortly after production began. Possibly a cost saving? They are an absolute perfect fit onto the rubber socket and into the plastic housing - no 'play' at all. Will they melt the plastic housing? Time will tell, but I doubt it. Might the lenses cause the bulb to run too hot? Possibly, and that might be another reason they were not used.
Steve

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: May 15, 2016 03:33PM

In that case...I'd love a pair for the '61 Loadside "if" they ever show up again.
Perhaps LED bulbs would be the hot ticket item when using the lenses?

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: May 23, 2016 04:06AM

Also received a pair from Motohead. (Thanks Dave!)👍
I tend to agree with Dave and Steve on this theory of,perhaps the lenses were intended,but discontinued.
The fitment is too perfect for it to just be a coincidence.
Besides...the housings seem empty without the lenses.
Also,this is where dirt,moisture and filthy roadspray accumulates on a vehicle.
Wouldn't one "not" want the bulbs to be so vulnerable to these elements from an engineering standpoint?
Perhaps the heat from the bulb in such a small enclosure did effect the plastic?
Not sure,but the added lenses do make sense.

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: larry202br ()
Date: May 23, 2016 09:06AM

Use LED lamps to reduce the heat.

1961 rampside with a 65 / 67 110 engine, car four speed.
1965 convertible (SOLD)
1966 Custom two door/four door 180 Turbo.

KC0SKX
Olathe, ks
HACOA

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Re: FC license plate light
Posted by: Eido ()
Date: October 17, 2021 07:19AM

Any links to LED license plate bulbs that anyone has had good success with on a Rampy?

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