How to tighten side view mirror?

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How to tighten side view mirror?

Post by dontano » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:03 am

Any suggestions on how to tighten up a side view mirror. My driver's side mirror is loose and will not stay in in place when I adjust it. Thanks.

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Re: How to tighten side view mirror?

Post by ICON 1961 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:20 am

My mirror on the drivers side of my 61 was loose, I put a small drop of crazy glue in the ball socket and adjust the mirror. I worked for me be careful not to have a drop of crazy glue to your paint. Place a rag under the mirror stem.....
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Re: How to tighten side view mirror?

Post by Alan H. Tast » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:01 pm

dontano wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:03 am
Any suggestions on how to tighten up a side view mirror. My driver's side mirror is loose and will not stay in in place when I adjust it. Thanks.
First off, is it a non-remote mirror, i.e. '61-'62? If it is, and assuming you mean the mirror head vs. the mounting base, some have used Loc-Tite squirted into the joint between the ball and stem, but this to me is a temporary fix. If it is really loose and just plain worn out, consider replacing it with a good used or new reproduction one. If it's the '63-style remote one, that's a different story as there is a screw that holds the mirror head/cable attachments in place.

Have you done a search for this? I recall there may be some other suggestions hanging in the Forum's 15+ years of messages and threads.
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Re: How to tighten side view mirror?

Post by dontano » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:43 pm

Hi. Yes it is a non-remote mirror on a '61. I'll try the lock-tight first and also look for a repro. That's sound advice.

I'm brand new at this posting and reading in forums, so please forgive me for not knowing out how to search the 15 years of posts yet.

Thank you.

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Re: How to tighten side view mirror?

Post by dontano » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:46 pm

Thanks for the good advice icon 1961. I'll try that.

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Re: How to tighten side view mirror?

Post by ICON 1961 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:20 pm

I given this issue a thought, You can use JB wield apply around the ball socket let it set over night. make sure that is were the view is best for you. JB Wield makes a metal color epoxy. I now remember that I used this stuff on my Harley on the directional turning light stems. It is still bonded. This stuff is strong. My 2 cents worth. :idea:
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