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42 THE SHOP JANUARY 2019 GERALD THIELE LICENSE PLATE RESTORATION After you restore that prewar car, you will probably need a nice restored old license plate to make it look authentic. Gerald Thiele of Vernon, Texas is one of many plate restorers, but the only one we ran into at the Chickasha Prewar Swap Meet. His business card indicates his pricing is $75 per restoration, plus $10 shipping. He is always happy, he says, to field inquiries about specific plates. DAVE'S RESTORATION & MACHINE LLC Dave Nolting of Ashley, Ohio makes hard parts for Model T Fords. A lot of them are heavy, too. Nolting's products include a new forged transmission shaft that's heat-treated and CNC-machined, and transmission drums and brake drums made of ductile cast iron. He also offers reverse gear drums, low gear drums, narrow drums and wide drums. Gerald Thiele restores old license plates. Some shops order plates to put the crown- ing touch on a special project. Machinist Dave Nolting of Ashley, Ohio makes "hard" parts for Model T Fords. Prewar Restorations The Challenge & Fun of

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