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outside side mirror ball joint loose
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I have a 73 Mach 1 with outside racing mirrors attached. The one mirror on the passenger side (no remote control) has a very loose ball joint. Even when I adjust the mirror, a few bumps will get it out of alignment. How can I stiffin up the joint to make it tighter? Or does this mean a new mirror? They are expensive for just the mirror piece.
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sgtjd;27871 Wrote:I have a 73 Mach 1 with outside racing mirrors attached. The one mirror on the passenger side (no remote control) has a very loose ball joint. Even when I adjust the mirror, a few bumps will get it out of alignment. How can I stiffin up the joint to make it tighter? Or does this mean a new mirror? They are expensive for just the mirror piece.

Try turning the glass mirror to one side or the other and you should see a phillips screw there. Sometimes you can tightened it.
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the screw is tight. However this is the screw where you can take the entire mirror bracket out and access the rear where the ball joint is located. I checked this and can't see any set screw to tighten up the ball joint.
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#4
Sounds like the ball stud is worn out, no fix other than repacing the glass assembly or siliconing the mirror into a fixed postion.

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Here is another thread about the same problem. It has a couple of other suggestions in it. Post up on how you resolve the issue.

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-right...ght=Mirror



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I'm not sure on the Mustang mirror ball design, but I seem to recall many years ago fixing a flopping mirror on one of my cars by packing the ball with a small piece of cardboard from a cereal box.

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sgtjd;27871 Wrote:I have a 73 Mach 1 with outside racing mirrors attached. The one mirror on the passenger side (no remote control) has a very loose ball joint. Even when I adjust the mirror, a few bumps will get it out of alignment. How can I stiffin up the joint to make it tighter? Or does this mean a new mirror? They are expensive for just the mirror piece.

Hello,

I do not know if there are different designs.
I had the same issue with my mirror.
Before buying a new one I thought I will have a closer look behind the mirror glass. Afortuntely the glass broke removing it. But maybe using a heat gun it can be removed in one piece.
Behind the glass I found a triangle shaped part which sould aplly pressure to the ball. One rivet was quite lose. I fixed it with some hits thru a punch.
I bought a cheap mirror and cut a piece more or less in the right shape. I startet to do the final shpe with sand paper. It takes same time, but should be cheaper as a complete new mirror.
Maybe this helps.

Best regards from Mexico

Martin

P.D. I will try to upload pictures. But this is my first post, so do not know if it works

       


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pictures look good.

Thanks for the info.

Ray

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