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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 19, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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My rearview mirror practically falls down from the shake in my car idling. It's a 1969 Camaro. I took the mirror off and the ball in socket in the mirror itself is really tight it's just the part that the screws in won't tighten. I took it apart some of the threads on the screw are warn right down but looking at the rest of the parts there are not threads on anything for the screw to actually screw into. Where should the threads be for the screw to go into and tighten?

I've attached the back of the mirror that the screw goes through. I see replacement parts for the internal metal piece that the screw goes through but I'm not sure if that is supposed to have any threads or if that part is fine?

The metal bracket in the second picture the screw slides right through without even turning so if there are supposed to be threads on that it is worn right out and needs to be replaced.



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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 19, 07:17 PM
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Re: Rearview Mirror Falls Down

Clearance hole on the chamfered side. Threads in the opposite side. Sorry yours is toast.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 19, 02:29 AM
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Re: Rearview Mirror Falls Down

My original mirror was always tight, but needed replaced as the mirror itself was cloudy and damaged.

New mirror looks great but would flop around. I had to fish around the fastener section for a small bolt/nut combo to hold it. That's how mine is secured.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 19, 02:57 AM
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Re: Rearview Mirror Falls Down

you can fill the threaded side with pig putty or fiberglass resin, then drill and tap
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 19, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Rearview Mirror Falls Down

ckaram, the longer screw and nut is a decent idea I may go that route.

So the problem with mine isn't the part that is attached to the rear view mirror itself it's that the threads are stripped/now missing from the piece still attached to my roof that the mirror connects to. Fiberglassing, drilling, and threading seems like a bit to make it work and I feel I'd be worried about stripping the threads in the fiberglass.

Do they make a decent reproduction piece to replace the piece coming down from the roof? Are they difficult to drop the old one and replace with a new one? It looks like a plastic cover drops down with 1 screw and then perhaps a couple more holding in the metal bracket? If they are difficult to get a quality piece or to replace maybe I'll just go the longer screw and nut route.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 19, 03:24 AM
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Re: Rearview Mirror Falls Down

You can buy a new one - I'm sure NPD(NationalPartsDepot) has one.

Or

Like suggested above, you can use JB Weld or a similar product that you carefully fill the hole, let dry, re-drill and tap. End result will probably be stronger than the original aluminum.

https://www.jbweld.com/products/stee...xy-putty-stick

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 19, 07:56 AM
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Since the threads are gone, you could use something like this or similar product with some drilling & trimming.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/M6-M8-Stain...0hH8lMyyBJKJ4w
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 19, 08:18 AM
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you can fill the threaded side with pig putty or fiberglass resin, then drill and tap
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