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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jun 28th, 20, 6:35 PM Thread Starter
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Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

I have aftermarket door mirrors on my 67. They look nice but the heads just flop around. Is there any way to tighten these up?

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

I'm surprised that you haven't done the "Enhanced by Google" search that's part of this website. If so, you will see that this is a common question. (Sorry, just have to give you a bad time since you are a long time member.)

One trick is to use a spring loaded center punch on the ball of the mirror, moving the mirror all the way in it's travel to use the punch on areas usually not seen. If this doesn't work, then your after market mirrors should be returned. https://www.chevelles.com/forums/45-...or-mirror.html

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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

Greg & Everyone,
I'm even more surprised that an internet search wouldn't have given
everyone the real solution. A mirror that actually does away with the blind
spot and can be adjusted from the outside, with a 3 year guarantee, just saying.
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Greg & Everyone,
I'm even more surprised that an internet search wouldn't have given
everyone the real solution. A mirror that actually does away with the blind
spot and can be adjusted from the outside, with a 3 year guarantee, just saying.
Billy
Billy, I’d love to go that route as I love the quality of my seatbelts but can’t swing it right now. The mirrors I have came in one of the baskets of parts I got with the car. They were new in the box, I was just trying to get by for now.
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

Al, best bet for the mirrors you have now is the spring loaded punch thing. Ultimately probably the best solution is to buy the Morris mirrors. I found one other set of mirrors that the strap holding the pivot ball can be tightened. They are sold by D and R Classics. However the glass must be removed to do so which is not a big deal. They only come in the rectangular version as they are actually listed as 69 Camaro mirrors which is the same mirror as a 69 Chevelle. One other thing is the D and R mirrors do not have the convex glass on the passenger side.
I did the spring loaded punch thing and it improved the mirror significantly. It not longer flopped around while driving but just putting a car cover on and off was enough to displace the mirror.
One thing you could do is the following. Find exactly the position you want the mirror to be. Record or mark that position somehow. Place the glass face down in a shallow container of gasoline overnight. At this point you will find the glass very easy to remove. Permanently set your ball and strap with maybe JB Weld or some other epoxy. Then just reset mirror to posts with some silicone. The mirror will be permanently set.
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

Al, The newer aftermarket mirrors hold tight. I think I paid 50 bucks delivered for both on my 68 and they are hold tight in position. However as mentioned by Billy the passenger side will work but given its size, not being convex and angle viewing is limited but certainly better then nothing

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I have an aftermarket mirror on the door of my 66. It started to flop around if I closed the door or hit a bump. I set it in the proper position for me, got out thru the passenger side door, JB welded the ball (while using a towel on the door to avoid any possibility of getting on the paint) and let it set up. Works fine for me, but if someone else were to drive it, it might not work for them.

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Thanks everyone

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

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I have aftermarket door mirrors on my 67. They look nice but the heads just flop around. Is there any way to tighten these up?
Try Morris Classic Concepts for Mirrors at https://www.morrisclassic.com/collec...evelle-mirrors

I purchased there mirrors for my 1970 Chevelle SS 396. They have set screws on the mirror heads that locks the mirrors in place. They are pricy but a lot better than the other reproductions out there. I had reproduction mirrors that came with the car and the passenger head flew of the post while driving 55 mph. Call them and see if the have them for a 1967 Chevelle or something that will work to your satisfaction.

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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

If you get the mirror in the correct location and then use something to freeze it that position, J.B.-Glue,Etc. Guess what happens ( to the door) if and / or when someone " BUMPS " the mirror??????????....
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 20, 5:30 PM
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

Jay,

Thank You for purchasing our products & the link.

The screws in the mirror head aren't meant to be used to lock down the
mirror head just tighten enough to keep the mirror in place. It should be snug
but needs to be able to swivel in the event someone bumps the mirror head so
it won't snap off.


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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

I always wondered why more aftermarket mirrors didn't have the screws to put tension on the ball and socket, Harley Davidsons have had them from the factory for a long time. If you can stop the mirrors from flopping on a Harley, you can stop them from flopping on a Chevelle.

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I always wondered why more aftermarket mirrors didn't have the screws to put tension on the ball and socket, Harley Davidsons have had them from the factory for a long time. If you can stop the mirrors from flopping on a Harley, you can stop them from flopping on a Chevelle.
Not positive but Morris may have a patent on that. As for the rest they are all made off shore and the companies selling them don’t really give a hoot if the mirrors flop. I called several of them (tech department) and they said one has to throw them away when they get loose. If they gave a crap they would do something about the issue.
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

Brad,
You are Exactly right we have a Patent on every aspect of the mirror assembly & own the molds.
Our driving lights were semi copied in 2004 so since then it has been in our best interest
to Patent all of our products before we sell them. The other mirrors on the market don't eliminate
the blindspot on the passenger side as our mirrors do.
Purchase our mirrors Once and you are done and Safe.

Thx, Billy
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Re: Any way to tighten up door mirrors?

I have “floppy mirror syndrome” on my ‘67 as well and am looking at a Morris set. Since the car came without a passenger side mirror, what’s the best way to determine the correct location for a passenger side mirror?

I know it’s a departure from the “born with” status, but safety for me, my passengers, and the car are a higher priority. Same reason I’m moving to four wheel disc brakes...


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