I do not think anybody has done this before, or at lease I haven't seen it posted. So I am going to dub this Butch's License Plate Drop Mod
. Original, I know. Let me know if someone has already done this, I do not want to take away somebody's thunder. Anyway, it took me about an hour and is super easy. You can do it without spending a dime. I did have to make a trip to the local autoparts store for some Loctite and some novelty license plate bolts though.
Anyway, like all license plate mods, you start by unmounting the tail light assembly. It is posted on this forum already if you need detailed instructions. Remove the 4 mounting bolts and so you can manuver the tail light assembly around a little bit. While you are under the fender, go ahead and remove the mouting bolts for the license plate bracket.
Next, remove the rear red reflector in the lower portion of the tail light assembly. It is held on by 1 bolt that is part of the reflector. Look inside the tail light assembly and you will see the nut holding it on behind some metal bracketry. The nut is a buger to get to, but that is all that holds is on.
Next, remove your license plate from the mounting plate, then the mounting plate from the bracket. Place the mounting plate upside down where the reflector used to be so the sunken in bolt holes are "inside" the cavity left from the removed reflector.
Amazingly, there is hardly any horizontal play at all. You will be able to move the plate up and down a little before the sunken bolt holes hit the reflector cavity walls. I suggest moving the plate all the way up or down to keep the plate level. When you have decided where you want your plate, use a marker, mark your mounting holes in the reflector cavity. Get the right size drill bit to make a thru hole using the existing Phillips head mounting bolts. Drill your holes. The holes should be wide enough so you won't hit anything inside the tail light assembly.
Using the existing Phillips head mounting bolts, place them back through the mounting plate and into the newly drille mounting holes. You will have plenty of bolt sticking through to thread on to.
If you want to use the existing cap nuts, you will need to add some spacers or washers so the cap nut won't bottom out before becoming tight. Place some Loctite on the threads and tighten them down. Do not tighten too tight because the tail light assembly is made of plastic.
Remount the tail light assembly. Attach you license plate using the existing hardware. I had to put the bolts through the bottom holes because it was to tight for the top holes.
That is it!
You can do what you wish with holes left in the fender from the old placement of the license plate bracket. I left the existing metal green grommets in, spray painted them black, and put some novelty license plate bolts thru them I got at O'Reilly's.