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 Posted: 03-25-2019 02:29 am
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mechfeeney
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My passenger side mirror broke and I decided to replace both sides. I purchased driver and passenger side view mirrors from Delta ($97.50each). They come with new plinths, fasteners, insert nuts, and a 2D rubber gasket. I replaced the plinths and fasteners, but reused the existing insert nuts. I also reused the old gaskets I had because they have a more 3D shape with a lip.

I've attached a link to some images of the kit and the installation: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Uo-iKUEyZu2i7_8v8uGaRhAWazP9Z647

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 Posted: 03-25-2019 04:25 pm
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The Baby Tornado is a great period correct upgrade for '70s cars, they're bigger, provide better visibility and (IMHO)look better as well. I've installed BTs on both my Jensen-Healey as well as my TR-7. While they've gotten rather expensive I still think they're well worth it. Back in the '80s you could find them at any A/P store for around $12.

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 Posted: 03-31-2019 10:02 pm
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I have a 1973 that I bought 2 years ago and it has chrome mirrors that I want to replace. I am working on removing them but they seem to be attached from inside the door. Does anyone know if I have to remove the door panel and then the steel piece beneath the door panel?

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 Posted: 04-01-2019 06:31 am
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I bought a pair of those Tornados and one broke..it's plastic....and plastic breaks

Moss motors has the stainless mirrors in right and left, both in the stainless/chrome...and black...and cheaper, too.

So now I have one baby Tornado in my junk box along with the broken one...wasted money.....

Frank

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 Posted: 04-01-2019 09:19 pm
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mechfeeney
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Hi Flatlander,

If there isn't a setscrew on the outside of the mirror that seats the mirror to the plinth, then I think you have to access the inside of the door. If you remove the arm rest, window roller, door handle, and fasteners for the door panel, you should be able to access the fasteners holding the mirror. Behind the door panel, there are access holes for the interior of the door. You should be able to reach up into it to access the hidden fasteners for the mirror. Hopefully you wont have to remove the window mechanism.

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 Posted: 04-04-2019 02:39 pm
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Flatlanderep,

Side view mirrors of the period were generally installed with sheetmetal screws, not nuts and bolts, but we've all got stories of seemingly inexplicable things the POs did to the car. The good news is if you have to remove the door panel it's easy and should only take a few minutes. I'm not sure what steel piece you're referring to though. With the panel off and the window rolled up you should be able to access the fasteners.

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