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Side mirrors


What is an appropriate side mirror for the Phase 1 Peerless.  Now that I am changing lanes at 70 mph it's time to see who is beside me.  

Thanks in advance,

Dean



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Well, I fitted bullet style ones to the doors as I think they look good on the car. As for seeing anything behind me, not so great. I think we're all used to door mirrors the size of tea trays these days and older style ones just don't compare.

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FWIW, i fitted the TR6 bullet style mirrors and placed concave motorcycle mirrorglas into these.

TR6 mirrors have a larger diameter than the normal bullet mirrors.

I couldn't find correct diameter concave mirror glass for these,

So i bought slightly bigger motorcycle mirrors and ground the glass to the right diameter on a water cooled Tiffany glass grinder.

Obviously a haven't driven my car yet, but it makes quite a difference.

Couldn't find the pictures though, i'll try to post them later.



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Found them.

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Flat and concave

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Yes, I do remember you doing this and you sent me one to try.....its still sitting on the window sill in my workshop! I must try it out and report back.....sorry Erik!



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All good info. I had not idea TR6 bullet mirrors are larger than the generic bullet mirror. I'll have to do some digging to understand the difference. I would like to get as close as I can to a period correct mirror. I have one on the shelf but the white plastic around the glass looks overly large and unsightly. I think it was an inexpensive knockoff...

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Hi Dean, i put them next to each other so you can see how they compare.

The main body looks very similar, the difference is in the part that holds the glass.

The small one has an effective mirror diameter of 88mm, and the TR6 is 106mm and doesn't have the white plastic edge.

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nigel c wrote:

Yes, I do remember you doing this and you sent me one to try.....its still sitting on the window sill in my workshop! I must try it out and report back.....sorry Erik!


 No problem Nigel, tbh i couldn't even remember this.

Did i send you a mirrorglass for the "small" bullet mirror?



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Erik,

Very helpful.  I do like the lack of white plastic and the larger size isn't that different as the cone is the same.  Very nice

Dean



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interestingly I didn't realise that TR6 had a designated bullet type mirror, I thought by then they were using the Tex mirror which far more trendy back in the day. I remember getting my hands on a matt black one and spraying it OEW to match my first car (first car on the road you understand!) and thought I was the mutts nutts 

Anyhoo, went and had a look at mine, is it me or does mine site between your two designs Erik? but your mirror you so kindly sent me does look to fit?

 

Also I fitted one to the passengers door as well (OCD symmetry set in no) but you can see FA out of it, the passenger doesn't seem to make comment (which is a first) you just cant get enough angle on it but hay.

Oah yea, and somewhere in the loft I have another bullet mirror that has the ring around the mirror (and on the cone end as well I think) that you can light up at might as a parking lamp. In the UK, if parked in the street you have to have a visable light on your car which I'm sure was a law passed to keep Exide batteries in business!

 

 

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