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Hi, after getting two tickets for not having a front plate mounted I've decided to finally put it back on. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to mount the bracket to save my life. I figured out early on that the one-size-fits-all brackets don't work with this car and I had to order the correct one on the internet.

Here's the back of the bracket I have:

Close up on holes:

Close up on corresponding bumper holes:


Now there's no threads on those bumper holes, and there's no room for a bolt on the other side, so I'm guessing I need some sort of push-in connector. If someone can clue my pea-brain in, I would be most appreciative.

I have some fun stories to tell about this car... when I have more time I'll share them.

Thanks!
 

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Probably you had plastic brackets behind the bumper that the bolts threaded into, and they've fallen out. Can you reach up into the bumper? If so I'd just add a toothwasher and a nut by hand.
 

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Thanks for the reply!
I can reach the other side of the holes on the bottom of the bumper (these aren't pictured) and I could conceivably get something like a toothwasher in there. However, the holes on the front of the bumper are, as far as I can feel, impossible to get to the back of - they're blocked by the inner part of the bumper.

Last time I got a ticket for not having a front plate I attached the plate with cable ties in the sheriff's parking lot, showed them it was corrected, and then drove down the road and removed it. I'd really rather not have to do that again.
Any other ideas?
 

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Actually, what was originally used was plastic rivets. The same ones hold the lower valance on under the front of our Escort. They are used elsewhere on Ford and every other car make. Unfortunetly, use of a special tool is require. However, if you are in a parts store, look for what commonly is known as christmas tree clips. Thtat's what I used to remount several of the brackets on different cars. You need four, two for the the holes in your picture and two for tabs on the back of the bracket.
 

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if you go into your trunk there is like a million of these little clippies just doing nothing... cause a pack of those things is a ridiculous 20 bucks, and even if you only need 4... But im also very cheep...
 

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i would say take the bumper off and just put a nut on it if you can or you could prolly jb weld the bolt in there. just a thought
 

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i would say take the bumper off and just put a nut on it if you can or you could prolly jb weld the bolt in there. just a thought
You not going to put a nut on the back side of the bumper. There's a huge plastic reinforcement that wouldn't allow access to do so.

I think I have seen the x-mas tree clips at Lowes. In the speciality hardware section, there's a big metal cabinet of drawers with pictures on the front.
 

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The chrismas clippies probably won't hold very well, just go to the dealer you bought the bracket at, and ask them to install it using the proper plastic rivits, I've put hundreds of them on and the rivits work the way they're supposed to, nothing else even comes close, they may charge you ten bucks or so or maybe nothing, but it beats the fine for not having the plate mounted, I know, I've been stopped tagged and bummed due the same problem, good luck.
 

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Leuk said:
if you go into your trunk there is like a million of these little clippies just doing nothing... cause a pack of those things is a ridiculous 20 bucks, and even if you only need 4... But im also very cheep...
I'm fortunate my dad's a pack rat...there are a few boxes of the plastic clips sitting around here, all from old Escorts. They've just been sitting around for 20 or so years.
 

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I just used machined bolts that where the same size as the hole, and made my own threads in the bumper.
 
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