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1972 Side Rear View Mirror (1/11)
 9/21/19 10:24pm
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What does the internal mounting structure on a 72 side rear view mirror look like? I removed my mirror and found that someone previously had used a larger screw to mount the mirror bracket. I bought the correct bolts for that bracket but they are smaller. I was wondering by using the larger screw that it has stripped the internal mounting of the bracket?

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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (2/11)
 9/22/19 2:53pm
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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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Not sure if yours is the same as my 73 but it used Well-Nuts to mount the brackets to the doors.  Well-Nuts are like a threaded insert with a compressible rubber piece in between the two pieces.



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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (3/11)
 9/23/19 1:24am
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This is the kit that I bought. Do the weld-nuts install from the inside out with the wider end inboard position inside the door structure?

Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (4/11)
 9/23/19 3:04am
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The Well- Nuts ate inserted small end first into the hole. The back and swell up against the inside surface of the door when the screw is tightened.



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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (5/11)
 9/23/19 4:25pm
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73shark said:

The Well- Nuts ate inserted small end first into the hole. The back and swell up against the inside surface of the door when the screw is tightened.



So it is inserted small end first into the hole from the inside of the door out? 

Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (6/11)
 9/23/19 9:11pm
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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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You insert the Well-Nut from the outside of the car. You put the bracket on top of it, insert the screw, and thread it in and as you tighten the screw, it pulls the threaded portion that's inside the door panel back towards the outside causing the rubber to swell up bigger than the hole. Since you mentioned that your whole it's bigger than normal, you may have to buy a slightly larger Well-Nut than stock.



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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (7/11)
 9/25/19 12:15am
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73shark said:

You insert the Well-Nut from the outside of the car. You put the bracket on top of it, insert the screw, and thread it in and as you tighten the screw, it pulls the threaded portion that's inside the door panel back towards the outside causing the rubber to swell up bigger than the hole. Since you mentioned that your whole it's bigger than normal, you may have to buy a slightly larger Well-Nut than stock.


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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (8/11)
 10/8/19 5:08pm
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An alternate method is to use Heli-Coil threaded inserts; to be able to use the original size & type of bolts.



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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (9/11)
 10/8/19 9:54pm
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I don't think a Heli-coil will work very well in a fiberglass door.  ;)



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Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (10/11)
 10/9/19 7:59am
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I agree, Helicoil is a No Go.

Re: 1972 Side Rear View Mirror (11/11)
 10/9/19 8:08am
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I agree, Helicoil  won't work.