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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 01, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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My 69 Convertible has a mirror on the passenger side that has now been replaced and is brand new. It still continues to move once the car is driven. It is secure at the base of the door but once I set or reset the mirror to the correct position for accurate viewing it always moves and in reality is useless.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 01, 09:35 AM
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Is the new mirror an NOS piece or repro? I bought a set of repro mirrors and the pass side one does the same thing. I am going to have to replace it, in the meantime my quick fix was to set the mirror where I wanted it and then I ran a bead of super glue around the ball joint on the back. It dries clear, so it is not visible. Since I'm the only one who ever drives the car, this worked for me.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 01, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ken Miele:
My 69 Convertible has a mirror on the passenger side that has now been replaced and is brand new. It still continues to move once the car is driven. It is secure at the base of the door but once I set or reset the mirror to the correct position for accurate viewing it always moves and in reality is useless.

Any suggestions on how to correct or why this happens?

Ken
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Thanks. The mirror is a repro. I also still have the original. What was disappointing was that the repro did exactly what the original was doing.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 01, 01:16 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ken Miele:
Thanks. The mirror is a repro. I also still have the original. What was disappointing was that the repro did exactly what the original was doing.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Ken,
I think what probably is going on is that your original mirror has just worn out after 30+ years of use...the joints on the back just get too loose to hold the mirror in place...problem is that some of these repro mirrors are just poor quality and are too loose right out of the box...that's what happened to me...my driver side one was fine but the pass. was loose...probably the best thing to do is try to live with what you have until you can pick one up at a show or swap, where you can check it out before you lay out the cash.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 01, 05:05 AM
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Ken, The outside door mirrors that I buy are the repro type, and the one I just bought cost $25 and came from a place here in Tennessee. It was very tight and the chrome looks great. If you would like I can give you the phone # for this place. I don't know much about this other place called www.restoregm.com but they have the mirror for $17.95. I hope this helps. Donnie...
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I just bought 2 GM replacements, and they both do the same thing....Really dissapointed in the GM quality. Went with the original because I'd seen some of my friends struggle with the same thing with the reproductions. Oh well, I guess I'll just stick chewing gum to them to hold them steady.....
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Put a few drops of a clear glue in there. You won't be able to adjust it after that, but it will hold it steady. The stronger the glue the longer it will last.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 01, 03:34 PM
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I had the same happen to my driver side which lasted 30yrs The trick to making them last is keeping the ladies with their lipstick away from them. To prolong myself from a replacement I put a ding into the rotating ball in back of the mirror-did replace it 2 yrs ago.Never ever buy a repro mirror -he was correct in saying the GM one is of marginal quality to start with. Spend the 60 bucks. Everyone notices a mirror.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 01, 07:23 PM
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I believe i got one from Rick's First Gen or Year One. I think it's repro, but i never have a problem with it moving. Why? Because it has a phillips head screw in the back and whenever it gets a little loose, you just put a little turn on that screw and it's tighter than my dad's wallet. Worked great!

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