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Rear view mirrors

PostPost by: mark030358 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:12 pm

Anybody answer me this. Were Elans fitted with rear view mirrors that attached to the tie bar? If so which car were they from? Or were they just glued to the windscreen?

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ps where can I get a good quality rear view mirror the attaches to the window frame?
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:33 pm

Hi Mark
S1's and S2's were attached with two screws to the top of the windscreen frame, S3's and S4's DHC were mounted to the tensioning bar and all Coupes were mounted to the center front portion of the roof.

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PostPost by: mark030358 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:40 am

Gary,
Thanks for that. Most cars I have seen have the glued on mirror, was this standard as production tailed off?

As for the ones on the tie bar were they from MGB's?

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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:25 am

Hi,
if it is of any use. I went to a lot of trouble to obtain a mirror that attaches to the central tensioning rod.
When I first drove the car, I couldn't see a thing in the mirror due to it vibrating so much.
Result a Halfords suction pad mirror on the windscreen!
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PostPost by: ElliottN » Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:01 pm

I recently bought a new mirror to fit on the tensioning rod. Only source I could find was a company who specialised in MG's and it is an MGB replacement unit. Looks close to my original (though God knows where that came from).
Yep - it vibrates a bit but functionally it does the job. Move it up the rod as far as you can to keep vibration to a minimum, or go with a mirror that glues to the screen.
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PostPost by: sk178ta » Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:46 pm

I fitted an MGB/Midget mirror to the tensioning rod and to cure the vibration I supaglued a bicycle brake block to the back. I cut it so it was just oversize for the gap between the mirror bracket and the windscreen.
Perfect.
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PostPost by: DJThom » Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:50 pm

Can anyone tell me where I can get a proper windscreen tensioner for my S2 roadster? Mine was equiped with what appears to be a 20 inch bicycle spoke, but I spent a few hours today going around to bike shops and none of them had a spoke long enough....

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PostPost by: twincamman » Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:34 am

I used one from my bug eye sprite -----workd well ed
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PostPost by: richgilb » Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:23 pm

D.J.Pelly wrote:Hi,
if it is of any use. I went to a lot of trouble to obtain a mirror that attaches to the central tensioning rod.
When I first drove the car, I couldn't see a thing in the mirror due to it vibrating so much.
Result a Halfords suction pad mirror on the windscreen!
John


Did this eliminate the vibration well enough to read a number plate of the car behind or to see whether the driver of the car behind is a looker or not? I can barely tell what type of car it is and what gender is driving, mine is so bad!

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PostPost by: paddy » Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:29 pm

DJThom wrote:Can anyone tell me where I can get a proper windscreen tensioner for my S2 roadster? Mine was equiped with what appears to be a 20 inch bicycle spoke, but I spent a few hours today going around to bike shops and none of them had a spoke long enough....


See the type 26 register: http://www.type26register.com/parts.htm

They have one listed there, along with a photo.

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PostPost by: Frank Howard » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:33 pm

garyeanderson wrote:S3's and S4's DHC were mounted to the tensioning bar...

Mine came from the factory glued to the windscreen.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:40 pm

Mine too...same as Europa mirror.
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PostPost by: fatboyoz » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:51 pm

Darren,
I think you will find that it is an automobile spoke rather than a bicycle product. I replaced mine recently by going to a chap who restores MGs and ferreting around in a box holding various sized spoke adjusters until I found the correct sized thread. I achieved this by taking a bolt of the same size and thread as the spoke as a sample. A shop overhauling spoked wheels would be a good place to start.
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DJThom wrote:Can anyone tell me where I can get a proper windscreen tensioner for my S2 roadster? Mine was equiped with what appears to be a 20 inch bicycle spoke, but I spent a few hours today going around to bike shops and none of them had a spoke long enough....

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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:11 pm

My S4 also came from the factory with the mirror glued to the winshield.
Seperate note that it also did not have any sunvisors fitted.
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PostPost by: SADLOTUS » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:48 pm

Bought my car in 1980, had this mirror attached to the tension bar.

https://www.europaspares.com/MIRRORS/IN ... _3958.html

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