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PalAl 07-15-2020 10:31 PM

Rectangle side view mirror
 

Any one using a rectangle side view mirror? I think they are about 2.5 x 5 in.
If so how is it working for you, how did you mount it and where did you get it. These stock round mirrors just don't give me the view I need for backing.

Also been thinking of 5 in round but can't imagine a one inch difference would help much.

Middle hinge placement....??

Y-Blockhead 07-15-2020 11:51 PM

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I use 5" round mirrors and I was surprised the difference it made. I use the 5" United Pacific S/S heads that fit the hinge mirrors.

https://live.staticflickr.com/1589/2...755c1c107c.jpg

PalAl 07-16-2020 06:43 AM

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Thanks Y-Blockhead, I was wondering if that inch would make a difference.
I like your spotlite

Jack Shaft 07-16-2020 07:35 AM

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https://i.imgur.com/L7kqdMN.jpg?1

3" motorcycle convex,angle iron bracket with M8 metric bolt..metric bolt just a shade undersize,.225..

Mike Peters 07-16-2020 08:02 AM

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Al, I'm glad you brought this up. This is a 4" mirror I got from the vendors a couple years ago. It's just barely better than nothing. Now you got me looking for something bigger. Convex maybe? What mirror will attach to the windshield stanchion post?

katy 07-16-2020 10:03 AM

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M8 metric bolt..metric bolt just a shade undersize,.225..
Methinks you meant M6 metric bolt, M8 is aprox 5/16"

PalAl 07-16-2020 10:28 AM

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Mike I did a Barn Searce and found this picture of a "V8 Style" side view mirror.... looks like it could be better with a 5 or 6 inch head on it, perhaps a convex on the passenger side. My thought with a rectangle mirror was to have it long side up and down, making it better to see the rear fender/tire whwn backing along with traffic to the rear.

katy 07-16-2020 10:38 AM

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FWIW, I'm using 5" round stainless convex mirrors.
https://www.bigrigchromeshop.com/sta...l#.XxB0f21Kj3g

Bob/AZ 07-16-2020 04:16 PM

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This is my simple fix for making the repop mirrors found in all the suppliers catalogs more user friendly. I especially had a hard time with the passenger side mirror. It needed to be a little lower and farther out than the repop arm.
These extensions I made allow it to swing down if needed. They move the mirrors out an inch and a half. They could be as long as you like.

Chris in WNC 07-16-2020 04:41 PM

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my first Model A, bought in 1986, had a rectangular side view mirror.
it worked just fine.
sold the car in 1990, have not seen another mirror like it since.....

Ruth 07-16-2020 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by PalAl (Post 1909568)
Any one using a rectangle side view mirror? I think they are about 2.5 x 5 in.

Also been thinking of 5 in round but can't imagine a one inch difference would help much.

FYI, a 5" mirror has more surface area than a 2.5" x 5" mirror. Don't know if that helps but I thought I would throw that in the mix, just to confuse things.

Mike Peters 07-16-2020 06:12 PM

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This is before and after. Like I said earlier, the little 4" repop mirror was pretty useless, but it just never occurred to me before today that I could replace it with something better until all you guys started talking about mirrors. The photo to the right is a 7 1/2" convex mirror that was salvaged from a junk combine. With the offset mounting, it just clears the door when opened. Visibility is greatly enhanced, so I can see traffic and see to back up.
So thanks to Al and the rest of you guys for all the good ideas. mike

PalAl 07-17-2020 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Jack Shaft (Post 1909642)
https://i.imgur.com/L7kqdMN.jpg?1

3" motorcycle convex,angle iron bracket with M8 metric bolt..metric bolt just a shade undersize,.225..

Thanks Jack, I like the idea of the mirror being lower, I would like to see my rear tire

PalAl 07-17-2020 06:42 AM

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Originally Posted by katy (Post 1909724)
FWIW, I'm using 5" round stainless convex mirrors.
https://www.bigrigchromeshop.com/sta...l#.XxB0f21Kj3g

Thanks Katy, I have several truck stop fuel stations in the area that i am going to check out to have a hands on, my guess is "bigrigchromeshop" would have a better price though

PalAl 07-17-2020 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob/AZ (Post 1909862)
This is my simple fix for making the repop mirrors found in all the suppliers catalogs more user friendly. I especially had a hard time with the passenger side mirror. It needed to be a little lower and farther out than the repop arm.
These extensions I made allow it to swing down if needed. They move the mirrors out an inch and a half. They could be as long as you like.

Great idea Bob, gives a better choice for adjusting, I like it!

PalAl 07-17-2020 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Chris in WNC (Post 1909872)
my first Model A, bought in 1986, had a rectangular side view mirror.
it worked just fine.
sold the car in 1990, have not seen another mirror like it since.....

Thanks Chris, I have seen some 50's Chevy mirrors that are rectangle but as described by "Ruth" the 5 inch round has more viewing area. Still looking.....?

PalAl 07-17-2020 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Ruth (Post 1909890)
FYI, a 5" mirror has more surface area than a 2.5" x 5" mirror. Don't know if that helps but I thought I would throw that in the mix, just to confuse things.

Thanks Ruth, that's a very good point, perhaps a 6 inch head with convex on the passenger side...??? I need to see some different size heads so this ole head can make up it's mind!

PalAl 07-17-2020 06:55 AM

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Mike...... 7 1/2 inch head......... your the king of mirrors! Now I have to wait and see your car at the tour so I can get a better idea. It sure looks good.

katy 07-17-2020 09:55 AM

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There is also available the 5" X 7" rectangular mirror
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/k...SABEgLu6fD_BwE

PalAl 07-27-2020 09:02 AM

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Thought I would post a follow up on my mirrors, I took Blockhead and Ruths advice and went with the 5" round mirrors. As Ruth pointed out there is more surface area with the 5' head and yes, it makes a big difference. I am also going to try the mod that Bob/Al did with the 1 1/2' extension arms. Pictures show the size difference. Thanks to all for your input. Oh, almost forgot, I did a tour with Mike Peters and got to see his mirrors..... you can almost get a 180 deg. view! Very nice Mike, no one will be hiding in your blind spot.
That's Mike Peters Phaeton in the Janesville WI tour the Rock-Ford-A's just completed.


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