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Side Mirror Options

Post by Allen Banks » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:35 am

I currently have a chrome clamp on mirror for my 23 roadster, but it constantly scratches up the windshield post. I thought about getting one that screwed to the post but I'm afraid if it's bumped, it'll damage the post. I guess I could live with the clamp mirror but I can't stomach the chrome and they don't seem to make a black one. Is there a source for a black hinged type mirror that looks period correct?
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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by MWalker » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:53 am

The best mirrors I've found are sold by Antique Motor Sports in La Habra, CA. They attach to the hinge screws of open cars, and they wiggle much less than others so you can actually see out of them. They are available in black, brass, or chrome. http://www.antiquetmotorsports.com/

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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by Steve Jelf » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:30 am

On the runabout I use the clamp-on mirror sold by the parts dealers because I got it cheap in a pile of auction stuff. I pad the clamp with a bit of old inner tube to save the paint. Does it jiggle? Sure. This is a Model T. Does it jiggle so much that I can't see what's behind me? Nope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNhMiW67cmw The camera is rather unsteady, as I was shooting one-handed while driving.

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On the touring I have an old windshield mirror, also from a bunch of auction plunder.

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I think new glass for it was $2 or $3. I made the clamp from a piece of electrical conduit, again with an inner tube pad to save the paint. No holes needed.
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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by Rich Eagle » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:42 am

I made this mirror mount to eliminate the clamp on tubing problem.
It is explained in this discussion along with some other options.
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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by Sarikatime » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:24 pm

I have the same side mirrors attached to the windshield frame. The factory bracket was so flimsy that it was useless, so, I cut 1/8 inch brass plate to put inside of the original holder one for each side and now it is nice and sturdy. Also have an old piece of water hose under the clamp to keep from scratching the frame. I do like the bracket that rich made but i have no access to a lathe to make the fancy parts. Frank


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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by Dellpound » Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:16 pm

You can make a very stable bracket out of electrical conduit. You will need a little bit longer bolt that goes thru the lamp and bracket.
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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by RajoRacer » Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:41 pm

Clever mount there, Dell !

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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by Ed Fuller » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:15 pm

I agree with Mike Walker. The mirrors made by Antique T Motor Sports are the best.

One of my T’s had the type in Steve Jelf’s picture. No matter what, I was never able to get it tight enough to stop moving around without causing damage to the windshield frame. I tried a piece of rubber as well with no luck. Best thing I did was to take it off and replace it with one from Antique T Motor Sports.

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Re: Side Mirror Options

Post by KirkieP » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:47 pm

I totally agree with Mike and Ed.
I purchased a set from Bill a few years ago at Chickasha. Well worth the dough.
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