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The first 401/411 with the homemade cab has a familiar looking license plate on top. Anyone recognize it?

Cheers Rolf
 

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Discussion Starter · #767 ·
OK -
The whole mouthful of ‘Beautiful British Columbia’
Across the top.
Nothing on the bottom.
And, the fluttering flag between 3159 and DW.
Oval holes in plate.

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More views of the 401. The other plate on the plywood roof section reads 'NARAMATA', another tie-in to B.C.
Note Maple leaf flag key fob on the wiper stalk.

Complete with annoying curly microphone cord dangling from the overhead, visible in a few shots. That would be the first thing to go. Just a pet peeve, based on rescue trucks in the past.


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I mentioned ‘Oval’ holes in the plates. Some sources do
indeed refer to that shape as an Oval, but to me,
Ovals do not have parallel sides, they are curved all of the way around, like the Ford oval.

So, I went looking for the name of the shape of the holes in the B.C. plates, and it was interesting.
(The shape of the holes changes depending on the vintage,
just to be accurate.)

I came across other people asking the same question on Math websites, drafting websites, even a mountaineering site.
These names are all mentioned in reference to that shape:

Cartouche
Stadium
Race track
Discorectangle
Capsule
Pill Shape
Slot
Obround
Squectangle
Sausage Body
Two dimensional sp
And…
Oval



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I prefer the older dash of the 406 compared to the newer one. The clean switch set-up is nice to look at. The newer dash has the switches thrown in and the air vent takes up a lot of room.
Just my opinion

I don't know why the Combi-Instrument has "outside" clips to hold it in place. The other gauges don't.

The doghouse shroud is also something to get used to. Glad to see that these were improved....
The SEE's have the best ones.

Cheers Rolf

PS, does anyone know what the switch is for just above the glove box?
 

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I mentioned ‘Oval’ holes in the plates. Some sources do
indeed refer to that shape as an Oval, but to me,
Ovals do not have parallel sides, they are curved all of the way around, like the Ford oval.
In the dimensioning and tolerancing world (what I do at my day job) these "oval holes" are casually referred to as slotted holes, but the technical term is elongated holes. Another term to add to the list.

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