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Old 10-15-2012, 12:58 AM
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Help installing swan mirrors

Hi all, need some advise about installing a set of swan mirrors in the doors of my 34 2dr sedan, the doors are original steel 34 doors and these mirrors bolt though the door just above the door handles, does anyone have any tips on how to install these mirrors, as with the window channels and the steel inner door skin, it is very hard to get to the inside where you would need to tighten the bolts for these mirrors, any help is greatly appreciated
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Hi all, need some advise about installing a set of swan mirrors in the doors of my 34 2dr sedan, the doors are original steel 34 doors and these mirrors bolt though the door just above the door handles, does anyone have any tips on how to install these mirrors, as with the window channels and the steel inner door skin, it is very hard to get to the inside where you would need to tighten the bolts for these mirrors, any help is greatly appreciated
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What I did with my '31 'A' roaster is to pull upholstery panels I had trial fitted then used a hole saw to cut an access where you will be able to bolt the mirrors through with an Allen wrench.

The forward most hole is for the mirrors. The rest are for access to the door operator mechanism I added for the bearclaw latches:



...and an installed mirror on the finished car:



I made a gasket out of a bicycle tube to protect the finish as there was none furnished with the $$$ mirror. Also added a lock nut as the heads will unscrew in the wind created by driving (10-32 threads on mine)

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I did something similar for my swan mirrors - my body is fiberglass, but the same approach should work on a steel door. I drilled holes from the outside for each of the two bolts on each mirror. I used a longer bit to extend those holes to the inside panel of the door, to serve as centers for the larger holes I would drill in the inside. The two holes on the inside (that would be covered by the upholstery panel) were sized for the sockets I would use to tighten the nuts. Sorry, no pics.
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You might consider a "Threaded Riveter Kit". It works like a pop rivet gun for sheet metal, but installs a threaded .....I'll call it a nut plate ....in the sheet metal that you can screw a bolt into. You don't have to go to the inside. I got mine at Harbor Freight. Item #01210.

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Thanks all for your reply's, it gives me some great options !! Thanks for posting the pics Irelands child, great looking ride !!
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