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V8s door mirror

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Steve_D

11,260 posts

182 months

Tuesday 10th October
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Made for a customers car.
As you say the OE spring rests on the casting. That spring would have been formed then hardened/tempered. In my case I was using piano wire which you cannot form into tight bends hence the shape I ended up with.
It does not have quite as stiff an action but works OK.

Steve

v8s4me

5,730 posts

143 months

Tuesday 10th October
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Steve_D said:
Something I made today.


Steve
Nice job thumbup

phillpot

13,340 posts

107 months

Wednesday 11th October
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Steve_D said:
was using piano wire which you cannot form into tight bends hence the shape I ended up with.
Serious question, how did you form the loop on the end, or was that bit pre-formed?

The Horse

79 posts

78 months

Wednesday 11th October
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SteveD
Thanks for the info and a smart solution.
Would you be able to make another up whilst your client's mirror is off the car ?
If it was in the shape below, the stress would be taken on the part of the mirror mount that the original spring steel rested.


If a washer was welded to the end of the rod, it could then be bolted or riveted as per the original ?
Thanks
David

Steve_D

11,260 posts

182 months

Wednesday 11th October
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phillpot said:
Steve_D said:
was using piano wire which you cannot form into tight bends hence the shape I ended up with.
Serious question, how did you form the loop on the end, or was that bit pre-formed?
Clamped 2 twist drills in the vice. Poke the wire between them and wrap it around almost 360 degrees. Cut off the end that was trapped between the drills..

Steve

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Steve_D

11,260 posts

182 months

Wednesday 11th October
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The Horse said:
......Would you be able to make another up whilst your client's mirror is off the car ?..........
Yes I could but we are a business and I would have to charge an hourly rate which would pan out at a very expensive spring.

Our existing customer has not paid that rate as it is in our interest to get the car completed and away so waiting to find a replacement spring was not cost effective.

Steve

The Horse

79 posts

78 months

Sunday 15th October
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I understand
How easy is it to strip the mirror down as far as you have ?
David

v8s4me

5,730 posts

143 months

Saturday 28th October
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This is an idiots guide to finding out what wires do what on the mirror.

Mark the mirror for the four directions. Green = starboard, red = port (naturally), blue = sky (what else) & green/yellow = earth/ground (again, what else).



Use a 12v power supply to see which wires actuate the mirror in each direction and mark the wires to match the colours on your mirror.



Next use an AVO to see what terminals on the loom connector power up when you move the joy-stick and make a note. Then just match one set of results to the other.



Of course you'll only need this idiot's guide if you are idiot enough to forget to make a note of the terminal connections before you pull it apart. But who'd be that much of an idiot? laugh