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MG Midget and Sprite Technical - Clamp on Mirror
I have a question.
Its been some time since my last post - I have been successful in acquiring a Mk 2 in Wales and drove it home all the way.
Now I have to prepare for the Austrian MOT and I need side mirrors. Since I am not sure where I want to drill holes in the body, I thought of using clamp on mirrors
first. In an old thread there was a short discussion about this, but I canīt seem to find a real answer to this.
Where exactly can I attach the clamps without breaking the quarterlight windows?
Thanks for your input.
|They clamp to the quarterlight window channel with 2 allen screws. It does work, but is a little precarious as effectively it's a bracket attached to a bracket. So it will tend to vibrate a bit - and if encouraged will probably fall off. As it's mounted on the drop glass side you will need to chop out a section of rubber channel to get enough clearance - and I will be adding a couple of registers and loctiting the screws,to better prevent the bracket sliding off the frame.
|If this is a MK2 sprite with the bolt on windscreen then AH Spares or Cape Austin Healey, sell a mirror that goes into one of the windscreen bolt holes. They look good but not cheap at around Ģ45 each!|
thank you for the picture - it is exactly the one from the old thread.
Are there any close up pictures where I could see better, how it is mounted? Iīd like to get a better impression of that, as I donīt want to kill a quarterlight window buy mounting the mirror in the wrong way.
|The bracket attaches to the sliding glass or open window side of the quarterlight. Once you get it - it should be fairly obvious.The drawing shows a clamping piece - mine didn't have this, so the screws tighten directly onto the frame which is a bit dodgy. In addition I had to cut off the sponge rubber to allow sufficient clearance for the window glass to slide up and down.
|And this solution really works? It looks to me like it could break the window.|
Or is it attached to the outer rim of the non-moving part of the quarterlight (e.g. the frame holding the tilting window)?
How long did you have this installed?
This may help
|The clamping piece was missing from my secondhand mirror, so I cut a strip from a large cable-tie and fitted it between the screws and the frame.|
It seemed stable enough on the road, although I did walk into it at least once, in the garage, causing it to fall off!
|Dave O'Neill 2|
|Dave O'Neill 2|
|Thank you Dave, now I get it!|
And the side window doesnīt get scratched during wind-up and wind-down when the mirror is used that way?
I am a bit anxious to damage the glass...
|It didn't seem to scratch it, although I did have a problem with the glass pulling out of the lower channel sometimes, when I tried to lower the window.|
Whether that was related or not, I'm not sure.
I did fit a similar mirror to my first midget, many years ago and had no problems with that.
|Dave O'Neill 2|
|I have a clamp on bullet style mirror that clamps to the door. It's ok. I do regret not trying to source stainless steel allen screws because the ones it came with have gone rusty.|
|Thanks to everyone for your help. I will try this.|
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