Well, they certainly look nice. Looks like they extend out for a better view around the folded top.
My cheepo mirrors don't shake very much, but I put some rubber pads under the mounting clamps and mounted them lower on the window frame. The rubber pads I cut from an old inner tube.
I have an old round one with a "ships wheel" nut like that, that I found at a swap meet. It is not extendable like that one but it is "big parts" like that one. It does not shake like the flat arm ones. Those are only good for decoration.
I have one of those and it doesn't shake like the cheap ones. Like was said, it extends out. I have another one like it that the mirror its self(not the glass) is loose where it is crimped allowing the head to spin. Needs a couple spots of solder to correct the problem. It's a nice addition to a Model T.
i just look behind me
I have one of the original oval mirrors (it doesn't extend) like the new repro. The mirror doesn't vibrate and adjusts easily. But, my T does vibrate! :-)
You really don't need to see behind you as whatever is there will soon be in the front.
Not in Ralph's case Neil.
is any body else seeing all the periods in Ricks posts?
cuz instead of spaces its all periods.
I'm just about to order 2 of those my self... Best price I've found so far, Bobs has them for $125.00 ea.
That's where I'm getting mine.
I used to have this type of mirror...
... which is very popular and looks very nice, but mine shook and vibrated badly enough to be useless, so I had to buy another type. Like my Daddy used to say, "Cheap is expensive."
I liked the big, rectangular mirror because of its solid mounting hardware and the Victorian-looking, cruciform adjustment screw, but decided against it because the mirror's square corners wouldn't look quite right on my later-vintage, "transitional" (meaning 1915-16), brass Model T. The other reason was that a mirror that large would generate a lot of wind resistance which might exacerbate the vibration problem.
Instead, I went with this type...
... because it looked like a high-quality product (it is), had the same solid hardware as the rectangular type, and its oval shape would be congruous with the circular brass trim of 1915 headlights and oil lamps. It vibrates very little, so I'm very happy with it.
I have a pair of those mirrors on my 10. They shake with the vibration of the engine at different speeds. Its not the fault of the mirrors.
Ricks I know the Parrot ate the keyboard, but My My you have changed since I met you in Chickasha, even have on pink! Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New years to you and yours
That was a 15 year old whose father had just died. I let her drive it around, with me on the throttle.
Bob, Where did you find the oval mirror?
I really like it!
You can find the oval mirror here:
I have the oval mirrors. They are the mirror of my choice.
Rick hook an old key board, if you have one, to your computer if its a laptop use the usb port to connect it or if you don't have an old key board get a cheap wireless keyboard. If its a PC or laptop you can find keyboards for cheap at a thrift store for about 5 bucks. Last resort if you chose not to take it to be repaired buy a keyboard off T bay and install it yourself. Pretty simple fix, remove the screws lift the keyboard slowly and disconnect the band cable, reverse the procedure to install
Thanks, John. I kept waiting for younger son to bring a keyboard from his shop. He finally did, hours after a refurb replacement arrived from Tbay yesterday...
I like the much steadier image in these mirrors than the "old flat arm type" too.
This is a detail of the mirror installed on my 1916 touring car.
That is a portion of Tom Miller's 1916 Touring behind at this year's Old Car Festival.
One caution when mounting the mirror: make sure the windshield frame bracket is really tight. Mine wasn't at first and I have a crack in the safety glass windshield.