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1971 Chrome Side Mirrors
#1
All,

This seems like a simple thing, but I am having trouble locating "correct" chrome mirrors (both sides) for the 71.

Here are the constraints I am working with:

The car will be driven by my son (when a new driver), SO - whether concours or not, I need large mirrors easily adjustable.

The car has a decent paint job with a nice metallic blue, and I don't want to mess with paint matching sport mirrors - I would prefer chrome mirrors

The sport mirrors have a smaller viewing area that is smaller than the Chrome mirrors, and I really want the larger area to improve his ability to see things when driving.

Currently, our car has some badly pitted and unbelievably small chrome bullet mirrors that have the narrow hole pattern (short base)

The chrome mirrors I have been finding are drivers side only, and if you try to use on the RHS, they will not look symmetrical (will exhibit a lower mounting position).

SO, given: short base, not sport mirror but chrome, must be both sides, desire as close to possible as original....

What options do I have?

Thanks for amy help.

Jay

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#2
Daily driver for your son? Or just occasionally driven by him to shows and special events?

I'd probably give Don at Ohio Mustang a call and see if he could get you a stock chrome driver's side and then try and match that up with a passenger chrome one from another Ford car. They are decent sized and offer a little larger mirror.

Ray

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#3
Will be a daily driver. But he only turns 15 after the new year, so not on his own until about a year from now. Am I one of the coolest dads' ever? (must be).

I take it that stock 71's with Chrome mirrors only had a drivers side mirror? That is surprising since the sport mirrors - even on my 69 came for both sides.

I'll check with Don - see what I can find. Odd - I wasn't expecting this to be hard at all....

Jay

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#4
so- I take the lack of responses to mean that basically nobody out there has 2 chrome mirrors on their horse???

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#5
Mine are painted sport ones sorry
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UPDATE!

Well, Don at Ohio Mustang fixed me up guys! I'm very happy with the new mirrors. Don was able to get some symmetrical 67-68 chrome mirrors that might not pass the "concourse" specs for a 71, but overall they are close to the stock 71 chrome (that was only left side), and look fantastic. Both myself and my son Justin (soon to be driver) agree.

These mirrors provide about 2x the reflective area that the old round "bullet mirrors" did. The old round mirrors were 3.25in diameter for an area just over 8 square inches. The new rectangular mirrors have an area almost 16 square inches (3x5.25). The rectangular viewing area also provides a more familiar viewing shape, that works exceptionally well for seeing cars and the "road behind".

Downsides are this: I had to <cringe> redrill for the longer mirror base. I used the "aft" hole of the old mirrors and drilled a new forward hole. While it was very "cringeworthy" taking a drill to the car door, in the end, this is a much better look, and my son is going to be safer driving this car with these mirrors. Also, the RHS mirror is identical to the left, and they don't make a convex mirror, so I am going to have to add a $15 convex overlay to the RHS mirror to give the usual view. Without it, it is surprising how much like "looking down a straw" it can be when the RHS mirror is flat.

Upsides are: Great looks, real quality product from Don at Ohio Mustang, much safer driving, and show quality parts including stainless steel screws, and the proper door gasket for the 71. It really didn't take anytime at all to install these.

I had to ream the old holes to accept the new stainless screws, but that was no problem.

+1 to Don at Ohio Mustang! Great service, and overall these cost less than $95 shipped to me, and Don was prompt with delivery, and he went out and found these for me from some suppliers he has.

I've attached some pics so you all can see how great these new mirrors look on our 71. :-)


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#7
Those are sharp, I like them. The only problem I ever had with those type mirrors is constant movement in higher wind/high speed driving. But since those are new, shouldn't be a problem. However, your 15 year old speed habits will need to be monitoredSmileSmile

And for the record, you have to be one of the coolest dads ever to get their son a Mustang like that one to drive around inSmile
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#8
Looks like a Grandé, Nice paint so chrome mirrors are just great
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#9
Looks like Don really came through for ya! They look really good on your car!

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gpierce;93756 Wrote:Those are sharp, I like them. The only problem I ever had with those type mirrors is constant movement in higher wind/high speed driving. But since those are new, shouldn't be a problem. However, your 15 year old speed habits will need to be monitoredSmileSmile

That's one of my biggest concerns (the speed not the movement)! Also worried about not having anything like airbags, or side impact beams, or. or. or. BUT, at least it is STEEL. But maybe our best control of speed will be that the car is SO cool he will actually be careful driving it around (I know a long shot, but its something ;-). It's a head turner, so folks like to check you out in it (including the cops, as I emphasize every time we pass one).

gpierce;93756 Wrote:And for the record, you have to be one of the coolest dads ever to get their son a Mustang like that one to drive around inSmile

That's what I keep telling him! Truthfully, the way his buddies drool over the thing, he KNOWs he's a lucky kid. Best thing of all is we get to have some great times together working on it, and showing it!

Thanks for the feedback!

Jay

jennyrn95630@yahoo.com;93757 Wrote:Looks like a Grandé, Nice paint so chrome mirrors are just great

It's interesting about this car. Original VIN does not show a Grandé' and the interior does not have any woodgrain or the clock. I think the vinyl roof was added in the "restore" done by PO in the 80s. That is further reinforced by the fact that the vinyl top is just about "good as new", except for some rust-color discoloration down in the vinyl grooves. So, we are keeping the top fresh with aerospace protectant, and happy with a "Grandé' knockoff", that doesn't have the "liability" of woodgrain maintenance inside.

73 MACH 1 MAN;93762 Wrote:Looks like Don really came through for ya! They look really good on your car!

Don really did come thru. Great, show-quality product, just what I wanted, and the price was a little better than anywhere I could find similar products online.

if you need some stuff, he can set you up!

Jay

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