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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old May 17th, 11, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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With my new right side mirror in place I find the looseness of my left side mirror kinda annoying. It's not where the mirror mounts to the door or where the mirror arm attaches to the mount, that would be too easy. It's of course where the ball stud goes into the frame that holds the glass. I read several old posts on using super glue, silicone, and even dimpling the frame with a punch (until the glass breaks).

While I enjoy the idea of dimpling the frame I don't think a 12" drift punch and 5lbs sledge would do a good job . Is there a way to remove the mirror glass without damaging the glass or the frame work ? I'd like to see what is inside and if I can fix the problem the right way vs. just replacing a perfectly good mirror.

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old May 17th, 11, 12:22 PM
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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

I tried the super glue but it was only good to 90 mph.

I bet there is a really good solution out there if the thing comes apart.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Replace it quick. Eventually the head will fall off, typically as the door is closed. Usually takes some paint with it as it slides down the door.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

You can get a real nice dated one from Ecklers. They are the closest repoped and they are nice and tight.
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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

I'm a tightwad, I'd clean out the socket by spraying some carb or brake cleaner in it, then position it close to where it would be on the car and squirt some loctite in the socket before I replaced it.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

I think that I read in previous posts that immersing the mirror part in gasoline overnight will disolve the original glue that holds the mirror to the tilt mechanism.

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post #7 of 41 (permalink) Old May 18th, 11, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Thanks. If the mirror is glued in place then I can get it apart. I'll have to play around with this.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Thanks for the suggestions, soaking the mirror worked. I tried this on my old right side mirror first just so I could check it out. Filled a pie pan with mineral spirits and soaked the mirror for about an hour. The glue loosened and the glass essentially fell out into my hand. The glass is only held in place by 4 dabs of a silicone type glue on the pads shown in the picture below.

There are two places to tighten the mirror. The ball stud is actually screwed into the cast mirror base. I would suggest putting some red locktite on this part. The other adjustment is under the glass and how you tighten the pivot of the mirror.



Tighten the screws on each side and the pivot gets really nice and tight.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Excellent work, Russ!

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Thanks! One more thing I'll just have to try now because it can be done...

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

I will have to give that a try!
I have tried every kind of glue possible with no help.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Wow... This must be a real common issue, because I have had the same problem with my repop passenger side mirror ever since I bought the thing.

Finally, a solution. Thanks.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

Russ,

Awesome...thanks for tearing your mirror apart for the good of all TC'ers with droopy mirrors.

My soon-to-be-former-droopy mirror thanks you.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

My 67 mirrors seem to have a flat retention ring holding the mirror glass in place. I'll try taking that apart and post photos if it works.

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Re: how to tighten a loose door mirror or remove the glass ?

That is nice to know that some mirrors have the ball-stud bracket screwed in place.

Unfortunately they are not all like that. I took apart an old date-coded mirror and a Scott Drake replacement mirror - both had the ball-socket riveted (not screwed) in place.

Fortunately I was able to save the date coded glass using the mineral spirit soak then remove method.

I have one more loose orig mirror in the junk box - time to give that one a try....

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