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Post by dhw3971 on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:07 pm

Don't have a use for these any more. $25 plus shipping sound good?



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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:28 pm

Is that a sticker on the right one?
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by Damon23 on Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:53 pm

If thatfntjing is not interested I am.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by fasrnur on Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:32 pm

That's a great deal sir. If you're not going to use those, what are you going to use instead? Just curious.
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Post by pila on Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:38 am

Great price for somebody !! Very Happy

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Post by thatfnthing on Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:57 am

Damon23 wrote:If thatfntjing is not interested I am.

I was toying with the idea of making another set of electric mirrors out of them and reselling, but I really have more than enough projects right now. If you need 'em, go for it.
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Post by Damon23 on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:08 am

Ok, then I'll take them.

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Post by dhw3971 on Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:53 pm

Sold to Damon23. And yes, that is residue on the right mirror from the back of a stick-on blind spot mirror.

I located an original style chrome rectangular mirror and put that on my door, thus my reason for selling these.
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by crice63 on Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:48 am

thatfnthing wrote:
Damon23 wrote:If thatfntjing is not interested I am.

I was toying with the idea of making another set of electric mirrors out of them and reselling, but I really have more than enough projects right now.  If you need 'em, go for it.  
Have you by any chance posted info about electric mirror conversion?  I'd be pretty interested in trying that.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:43 am

Foolishly I never took any progress pics when I did it because I had no idea if it would work.  Total gamble, like most of my crazy projects.  Smile  I told myself if I ever did another set I would document it better. However, I can give you the lowdown if you want to try it for yourself:

o  The only G3 things to keep are the actual mirror housing and the mirror itself (with the black plastic mount plate the mirror is glued to).  All the mechanicals hit the trash.

o  For the passenger mirror you'll have to drill about a 3/8" hole through the pedestal into the mirror housing, and again in the door itself for the wiring to go through.  The drivers side will already have these for the old remote cable.

o  You'll need to pick up a pair of '98 LeSabre power mirrors off ebay and cut away the plastic housing carefully so you are left with just the mirror motors and their flat mounting plate.  These are just the right size to fit in our sport mirrors, though the mirror mount plate will need some slight flattening on the top and bottom IIRC.

o  A homemade steel L bracket will have the motor bolted to it, and there's a lot of trial-and-error fitting here to get the thing oriented right in the housing so the G3 mirror will be positioned correctly.  Once it's right, the wiring gets fed through, and the bracket/motor assembly gets JB welded in place inside the mirror housing.  The G3 mirror (with some trimming to the back of the plastic plate IIRC) can be made to snap onto the motor mount plate.

o  For a control, I used a 98-02 Camaro mirror switch, which will fit inside our existing door escutcheon almost perfectly.  It will be too tall to put the retaining clip back, but will actually be held in place by the door sheet metal when you put the door trim back.

If you (or anybody else reading this) wants to take a run at it, I can provide the pretty simple wiring diagram, and you can tap it into a spare port on your fuse box.  Or just about any circuit, as it's a super low current draw.  FWIW, I used the non-heated mirrors since the car never sees winter.

It works great, but if I did another one I would add some JB weld to the top of the bracket as well (only did the bottom) to eliminate the little bit of vibration it gets when standing at idle in gear.

Hope that helps, let me know of any Q.  If anyone needs to see it in action, I'll take a video with my phone and see how I can post it here.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by crice63 on Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:21 pm

Thank you very much. The mirrors are so small that I want to adjust them often, depending on what type of driving I'm doing (on highway or in town). I will put this in my project cue. Since it involves wiring, maybe I can do it when I change out my dash--soon I hope. I do not have an electrical in my doors now so I will also have to drill the end of the door and find a boot.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:20 am

crice63 wrote:Thank you very much. The mirrors are so small that I want to adjust them often, depending on what type of driving I'm doing (on highway or in town). I will put this in my project cue. Since it involves wiring, maybe I can do it when I change out my dash--soon I hope. I do not have an electrical in my doors now so I will also have to drill the end of the door and find a boot.

Similar story here -- always adjusting them, the cable mechanism wasn't accurate, and adjusting the passenger mirror was a trial-and-error PITA. One of my co-workers drove a 98 LeSabre a while back with power mirrors, and it struck me that they were roughly the same size as the Monte's, so I got a hare-brained idea...
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by crice63 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:30 pm

Where did you place the control for the passenger mirror? I was thinking about trying to find a switchable one so one control could be used for both mirrors.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:32 pm

It's the same control. You twist it CW/CCW to switch mirrors.
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:59 pm

Okay, first attempt ever at doing a youtube video:

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by crice63 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:02 pm

Perfect. It looks like it matches very well. Good video--I'm hooked.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:11 pm

Yep, looks factory, which was the goal.

Apologies to dhw3971 -- I did not mean to threadjack.
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by TW Monte on Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:16 pm

love the power mirror solution thatfnthing. Thanks for sharing it.
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by fasrnur on Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:35 pm

That is just too cool thatfnthing. Thanks for sharing. I guess I know what one of my winter projects is going to be. Very Happy
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:11 am

Thanks, guys!  Always happy to help/inspire/kibitz.  If anyone's going to try it, PM me for the wiring diagram.

I'll hazard a guess that ebay's about to have a mysterious uptick in sales of 98 LeSabre mirrors. Smile
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by fasrnur on Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:18 pm

I just looked on car-part.com and found loads of them in my part of the country ranging from $20-50 a piece. Might check your local yards before looking on E-bay. Just my two cents.
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by Damon23 on Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:07 am

The mirrors came yesterday. Great packing and fast shipping. Can't beat that.

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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by dhw3971 on Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:00 pm

huzzah! good to hear they arrived safely.
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by impalamonte on Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:15 pm

How INGENIOUS !!!
Super Cool....
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Re: Sport/bullet mirrors, set of two

Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:44 am

Thank you sir!
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