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Mirror upgrade #2
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:57:24 PM »
I'm trying to graft Mazda MX-5 electric mirrors onto Wee Beastie. Did I tell you that I hate white knuckle lane changes on I-80, I-480, and I-680 in a car that's 2/3 blind spot? Plus the old vintage sport mirror droops and won't hold adjustment. The joystick is from a Ford Contour. The fit between the pigtail and the window glass is a little close. I'm now in the middle of grinding the mirror base down to match the contour of the Pinto door.
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Re: Mirror upgrade #2
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 09:35:47 AM »
LOOK CLOSE TO THE SPORT MIRROR LOOK, IM SURE AT FIRST GLANCE I WONT HAVE EVEN NOTICED THAT THEY NOT SPORT MIRRORS!!!
 
NEED A SIDE SHOT OF THE MIRRORS!!!
 
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Re: Mirror upgrade #2
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 09:44:43 AM »
Looks great. I was wondering how they look from the side as well.
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Re: Mirror upgrade #2
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013, 12:45:29 PM »
Here's the requested side view. As you can see the Pinto needs a lot of work. I'm split between whether or not the mirrors are too round to be authentic '70s style versus that a lot of roundish Panapets and Panton sold during the '70s.


Here's also a size comparison between the Ford factory sport mirror and the Mazda mirror.
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Re: Mirror upgrade #2
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 12:23:12 AM »
It mostly depends on what you're going for with the Pinto.  As long as you're not aiming for a stock look, I'd stick with the Mazda mirrors for safety reasons.  My '72 is bone stock and I'm not about to swap out my sport mirrors, but they are so small I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time I change lanes! 
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Re: Mirror upgrade #2
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 06:35:44 AM »
I think they look good from the side. Once they are body color they should blend right in.
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