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Spider mirror re build

Postby eastlmark » Sat May 13, 2017 6:01 pm

Much as I liked the Alpine presentation the other night, I was not so happy when getting home and folding the mirrors in for garaging the car to have one come off in my hand.
after a quick dismantle it was easy to see the problem:
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Inside the shell of the mirror there is a metal frame and the stub for mounting had broken off. A little investigation found this thread on pistonheads https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=8&t=792149 for a similar mirror on a TVR which had suffered the same issue. Must admit I had thought of attempting a similar repair but its always nice to see someone has been there before. I had thought about welding but its cheap cast metal so I am guessing welding would not be on + the outer cover would need to be removed from the frame but this is attached by plastic pins retained by one way push on clips and I am sure these pins would break if the clips were attempted to be removed..
Anyway, with nothing really to loose I tool the plunge:
cut a piece of ally sheet to size.
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shaped it slightly so it wouldn't foul the outer shell:
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and riveted it on:
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Then drilled through the broken off stub so a longer bolt could pass through and add some strength (oops forgot to photo this part
but as per the pistonheads thread really)
then re-assembled with a bit of grease applied to the spring and cams that lock the mirror in its various positions.
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now back on car and seems fine, will probably risk no folding them in from now on though.
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incidentally, if anyone want to know how to remove a spider mirror, just slide back the black collar on the base to
reveal this grub screw, loosen with allen key and off it comes.
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Re: Spider mirror re build

Postby miles thomas » Sat May 13, 2017 7:53 pm

nice fix thanks for that Mark :up
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Re: Spider mirror re build

Postby SwagSupercarsDad » Tue May 16, 2017 12:09 am

Yes, thanks for that Mark - glad you got it sorted. Sorry for the delayed response, haven't had time to check the forum for a few days.
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Re: Spider mirror re build

Postby davidmt » Fri May 19, 2017 8:56 pm

I am in the middle of a similar project but using electric mirrors so they stay fixed in what ever position I want.

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I was surprised how expensive these mirrrors were - I bought 2 new electric mirrors from Andy Holt but unsurprisingly received only one new unit plus a second hand unit. However you only need the electric motors which looks fairly generic and are a direct replacement for the manual mirror units.

Now sourcing electric to the doors and the switching is the real challenge so watch this space :-).
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Re: Spider mirror re build

Postby eastlmark » Fri May 19, 2017 10:35 pm

davidmt wrote:I am in the middle of a similar project but using electric mirrors so they stay fixed in what ever position I want.

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I was surprised how expensive these mirrrors were - I bought 2 new electric mirrors from Andy Holt but unsurprisingly received only one new unit plus a second hand unit. However you only need the electric motors which looks fairly generic and are a direct replacement for the manual mirror units.

Now sourcing electric to the doors and the switching is the real challenge so watch this space :-).


Glutton for punishment you, seems a lot of work just to save reaching across and tilting the glass! never mind. One thing, have you checked they fit the car first? the mounting looks a lot different to mine or I am assuming whats shown in the photo included the mount onto the car itself? (which I didn't need to remove as not having the hassle of any wires helped.)
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Re: Spider mirror re build

Postby davidmt » Sat May 20, 2017 6:45 pm

Yes - they include mounts into the door.

I want electric in the doors for some lock solenoids so seemed just a fun addition - I did the same with my Noble. Working out the wiring is quite therapeutic :crazy .


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