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Old 07-15-2020, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default 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....??
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Old 07-15-2020, 11:51 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 07-16-2020, 06:43 AM   #3
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Thanks Y-Blockhead, I was wondering if that inch would make a difference.
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Old 07-16-2020, 07:35 AM   #4
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3" motorcycle convex,angle iron bracket with M8 metric bolt..metric bolt just a shade undersize,.225..
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Old 07-16-2020, 08:02 AM   #5
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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?
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:03 AM   #6
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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"
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:28 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:38 AM   #8
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FWIW, I'm using 5" round stainless convex mirrors.
https://www.bigrigchromeshop.com/sta...l#.XxB0f21Kj3g
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Old 07-16-2020, 04:16 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 07-16-2020, 04:41 PM   #10
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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.....
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Old 07-16-2020, 05:29 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 07-16-2020, 06:12 PM   #12
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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
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:38 AM   #13
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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
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:42 AM   #14
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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
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:44 AM   #15
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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.
Great idea Bob, gives a better choice for adjusting, I like it!
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:48 AM   #16
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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.....
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.....?
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:51 AM   #17
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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!
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Old 07-17-2020, 06:55 AM   #18
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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.
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There is also available the 5" X 7" rectangular mirror
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Old 07-27-2020, 09:02 AM   #20
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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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