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Looks like you can use the back hole for the front of your mirror and only need to drill one hole and fill one hole, if you know what mean. But i hear you about painting a car and realizing I should have done so and so before and now its too late. I guess next time I paint it which probably won't be for along time if ever.
I might try that.. see if I can plug the hole with something for now until I feel like wasting money and re painting that door.


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Well, my car is just about complete.. doing final details... I planned on only adding the driver mirror since passenger wasn't drilled for it.
I installed the mirror not realizing HOW FAR FORWARD it sits! My god I wish I was more familiar with vintage mustangs when I bought this car! I would've had the existing screw holes welded up so I could place the mirror where it should be.. as of now, it's at the front of the vent window.. where it serves NO purpose because I have to peek through the vent window to see the mirror.

Now I can't really cover up the holes without have to paint the door again...

Sorry for the rant.. just frustrated as this car has been giving me hell since day one. She really didn't wanna come back from the dead.
Passenger side mirrors were extremely rare in the 60's. Heck, LEFT mirrors were optional on many cars.

You can't blame the car for this one. It was in the wrong place to begin with, blame a prior owner, and not checking.

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The vent window on my 65. Just for a visual on location. Sure you have the correct mirror ? Brian
Hate to say this, but yours is in the wrong place, too. When you open the vent window, it hits the mirror, right?

Here is where it's supposed to be:

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Passenger side mirrors were extremely rare in the 60's. Heck, LEFT mirrors were optional on many cars.

You can't blame the car for this one. It was in the wrong place to begin with, blame a prior owner, and not checking.
I'm not blaming the car.. I know it's my fault for not really combing through the car. But oh well.. I guess this'll Be on the "to do" list. I wonder if it's required to have the mirror on that driver door.. I don't want to drive around like that.


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Move the mirror back an install a chrome aircraft pitot tube in the extra hole to measure wind speed.


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I had extra holes from my Shelby bullit mirrors being removed.

You can take a Q-Tip and dip it in some leftover touch-up paint and dab it in the holes. Let dry a few days or week and do again til the hole gets filled. Took me several months altogether and now it's been 30 years. All good.
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I had extra holes from my Shelby bullit mirrors being removed.

You can take a Q-Tip and dip it in some leftover touch-up paint and dab it in the holes. Let dry a few days or week and do again til the hole gets filled. Took me several months altogether and now it's been 30 years. All good.
I actually thought about this as a possible "fix" before.. it's good to hear someone's done it! Thanks


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That's a bummer man. If I had to guess, maybe the dealer installed it wrong back in the day.
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Well, my car is just about complete.. doing final details... I planned on only adding the driver mirror since passenger wasn't drilled for it.
I installed the mirror not realizing HOW FAR FORWARD it sits! My god I wish I was more familiar with vintage mustangs when I bought this car! I would've had the existing screw holes welded up so I could place the mirror where it should be.. as of now, it's at the front of the vent window.. where it serves NO purpose because I have to peek through the vent window to see the mirror.

Now I can't really cover up the holes without have to paint the door again...

Sorry for the rant.. just frustrated as this car has been giving me hell since day one. She really didn't wanna come back from the dead.
I had the same issue. I hated the original location of my side mirror (pic 1). Replaced mirror with pony style mirror and put it in the right location. Down side is I have two sore spots to look at until I have body work done to fix it. (pic 2).
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That's a bummer man. If I had to guess, maybe the dealer installed it wrong back in the day.
Seen that one before.....
My parents picked up our '68 from the dealer with only the driver's side mirror. A few months later we were towing a small boat
and they wanted a right side mirror installed, so back to the dealer to get one fitted. The genius who did it has the right side
moved back about 2.5" more than the other side. (just measured it today)
Makes it hard to get enough angle to adjust the mirror to make it useful. Gotta love people......
I modded the mirror a few years ago with a Dremel to get more adjustment.

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This is the location of mine, and it had the hole for the cables as it is a inside remote control. So I left it where it was.
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I bet you could get away with repainting the "channel" the mirror is in if you really wanted move it back.
You are quite right. Repainting the top of the door would be child's play for a pro. Heck, I could do it.

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I actually thought about this as a possible "fix" before.. it's good to hear someone's done it! Thanks
I've done it a few times myself. Almost like filling a chip in the paint.

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