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  This topic is about my 1961 Austin-Healey 3000
Jack T Avatar
Greensburg, PA, USA   USA
Since it's about 6 weeks and counting since I installed this, I thought it's safe to share. To make using the period luggage rack usable without completely blocking the view directly behind on a BT7, I puzzled over how to get the mirror higher without drilling any holes or interfering with mounting the top. It occurred to me that I had mounted a rather heavy badge to a vertical surface of my E-Type many years ago using 3M exterior trim tape and it has survived all sorts of weather without falling off. Using the standard mirror post, I cleaned the top windshield frame and base of the post thoroughly with a wax & silicone remover, applied two strips of tape, and used two spring clamps when putting the post in place. I allowed it to set in the sun for a couple of hours before removing the clamps. So far so good, but I do carry the machine screws with me in case it falls off and I have to re-mount it on the dash. smiling smiley

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Rob Glasgow Avatar
Lompoc, CA, USA   USA
Jack, it looks like you removed your ash tray. I did that also so I could easily remove the entire tunnel carpet. Was that your thought?

Jack T Avatar
Greensburg, PA, USA   USA
Rob, I just never felt like cutting a hole in the carpet for something that I would never use. It's not even big enough to serve as a good coin holder. The ashtray looks quite nice on the shelf.

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petnatcar Silver Member Peter Carbone
Watertown, NY, USA   USA
Jack,

Great minds think alike!!!!!
or something like that...

Check this out...
I never liked the original location of the rear view mirror because
it always blocked my view of the right front corner when I was turning,
and it wasn't high enough to see over the tonneau cover because I had raised that slightly
and reclined the seats 15 degrees.

The mirror was all but useless until I made this modification.

Unlike your idea I didn't want the mirror sticking out that far and picking up vibrations which might
cause a blurry image so I went for the Stubby Model #1.
The "Monkeying Around" quotient went off the scale but it was still fun and
it's been on there for 3 or 4 years so far so good.
Preparation and cleaning of the area is very important and you can use either 3M UHB or VHB Tape.

All the best,
Peter


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Jack T Avatar
Greensburg, PA, USA   USA
Peter,

I remember having looked at your installation previously but I was looking for a much simpler solution. smiling smiley I had considered one of the kits used for attaching mirrors in modern cars to the glass, but it dawned on me to at least give the trim tape a try. Glad I did. I plan to cut the heads off a couple phillips oval head screws and stick them in the holes to give the appearance the base is bolted to the frame.

Regards,

Jack

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sliproc Kevin Quistberg E
Long Beach, CA, USA   USA
If rearward visibility is your concern and you don't mind going a little non-stock I would suggest you try a Wink mirror. I had one on my Healey for about six years(pre-restoration). No blind spots, complete rearward visibility, you even see yourself.

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petnatcar Silver Member Peter Carbone
Watertown, NY, USA   USA
Come on Kevin, you know the saying.......
"a photo is worth a thousand words".

I never heard of the 'wink mirrors' but I worked with a guy named Wink Whitney!

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sliproc Kevin Quistberg E
Long Beach, CA, USA   USA
Peter,

You must be younger than you look, Wink mirrors, like Baby Tornados were very popular(especially with road racers)in the '70s & '80s. They made 4 and 5 panel models and have over the years been knocked off by a number of companies. They can be found at just about any auto parts store and Home Depot for that matter. I don't presently have one so I can't post a picture. You might try Google if you want to see what one looks like.

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petnatcar Silver Member Peter Carbone
Watertown, NY, USA   USA
Were those the long mirrors that had a series of angled lenses?

I don't need to see myself but that style would be a little to much in the Healey, that's why I went with
the original mirror but chopped up. I'm 69.

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sliproc Kevin Quistberg E
Long Beach, CA, USA   USA
Peter,

Yup, that's the one. It's a tradeoff, they're large and take up a lot of space but provide outstanding rearward visibility. I was going for originality when I restored my Healey which is why I chose a stock dash mirror over the Wink. BTW, you actually look much younger than your 69yrs.

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petnatcar Silver Member Peter Carbone
Watertown, NY, USA   USA
Thanks Kevin,
must be the tennis, cycling and cross country skiing.

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