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INSTALLING SIDE MIRROW

 
72rider 72rider
New User | Posts: 4 | Joined: 03/13
Posted: 03/17/13
05:23 PM

INSTALLING SIDE MIRRORS ON 72 C1O, DO I NEED TO TAKE DOOR PANEL OFF & IT ONLY CAME WITH SCREWS, WILL THAT BE SECURE ENOUGH ?? WHATS THE CORRECT STEPS ???  

waynep71222 waynep71222
User | Posts: 106 | Joined: 04/12
Posted: 03/17/13
11:01 PM

which type of mirrors...

small mirrors can be installed with just self tapping sheet metal screws..

larger mirrors .. can really use something called WELL NUTS...

Wellnuts

this does not work with ALL MIRROR TYPES... as some need to be flush.. and the flange on well nuts sticks up usually 1/8" to 3/16 above the surface..

napa stores may have them. if you talk to the parts manager..

truck parts stores that sell mirrors will have them..

many hard ware stores will have them but most of the staff won't know what you are talking about.. look for the drawers on the fastener isle..

there are also RIV nuts. or RIVET NUTS..    work like a pop rivet.. except they are installed with a bolt.. that pulls  the tip in and expands the shaft to hold it tight in the metal...

i personally like well nuts...  but its up to you...

if you go with just screws.. don't forget to put some silicone sealer on the threads and under the head.. so they seal tight...  ultra grey works good for this..  as it gets fairly hard..  

waynep71222 waynep71222
User | Posts: 106 | Joined: 04/12
Posted: 03/17/13
11:15 PM

lastly... you can also  use bolts and nuts inside the door...

but i would recommend that you find some flat rubber washers to mount between the legs of the mirror and the outside of your door panel...

and more rubber washers on the inside of the door then a fender washer before you put the nuts on...  this prevents the mirror from vibrating.. and fatiguing the door skin...

one last way to attach mirrors.. if you have a local automotive glass shop...  they will have a BIG RIVETER... that puts in 3/16" and 1/4" rivets...  the shop can use the 1/4" diameter pop rivets that expand in three directions... used to hold window regulators to the inner door on a lot of newer cars...     when properly installed these make for a really clean installation..

see how the underside of the pulling head is shaped.. that peals the rivet tube open like a banana... holding it really tight...

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