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Inside mirror in a Lotus Sprint from 1972

PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:10 pm

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Long time no talk! Summer is back so the fun is back to drive our toys!

My inside mirror ( the only one cause I don't have side mirrors) is a black plastic one glued on the windshield. The little plastic flip lever that allows you to pass to night mode in order to avoid to be blinded by other cars light is broken.

Do you know if this mirror is special or common? where to get a new one, period matching.

thanks :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:41 pm

hi - i have a spare interior mirror for a S3 elan (= ford zephyr mkIII?) if you can use it. cheers sandy j
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:53 pm

Yep s3 or S4, could do the trick!

You have a pic please ? :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:17 pm

Pistach, I didn't realize a day/night mirror (as called here in US) was an option in an S4. Is it original to the car? Do you have a pic?

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PostPost by: peterexpart » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:12 pm

They were always called "Dipping" Mirrors in the UK, it may help you locate one if you are searching.
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:35 pm

My mirror doesn't have that option on my '72 Sprint.

It does have the "fall off at inappropriate times" option....

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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:59 pm

richardcox_lotus wrote:My mirror doesn't have that option on my '72 Sprint.

It does have the "fall off at inappropriate times" option....

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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:04 pm

Well, forget about originality. A dipping mirror is really convenient at night...
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:29 pm

The pivot for the flipping lever tends to break.

Alas it seems near impossible to dismantle to repair the lever because it is all glued together.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu May 01, 2014 9:26 am

Dipping mirrors were not original on Elans. They were a standard Ford item as I recall.

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PostPost by: el-saturn » Fri May 02, 2014 1:53 pm

here's 2 pictures: ............... as far as my beauty goes, I'll be adding a couple of miles to my running-in
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PostPost by: dgym » Wed May 07, 2014 11:36 am

Is this mirror also used on the FHC? I'm missing mine completely but there are three holes.
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PostPost by: elangtv2000 » Thu May 08, 2014 12:41 am

Looks the same as mine in our S3 SE Coupe.
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Tue May 13, 2014 8:33 am

Where do the holes goes?
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