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Old 04-09-2019, 07:49 PM   #1
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Accessing the interior of the door skin for side mirror mounting?

Hi all,

I picked up a set of exterior mirrors for my '53 3100, very similar to these ones that @torchlight has on his truck (pictured below). I want to mount mine in a similar location. How is it possible to access the inside of the door skin in this location to tighten the two nuts? My door is assembled already, but I still don't think I could fit my arm in there if I removed the glass and window regulator. Is there a trick to getting this type of mirror installed that I don't know about?

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Old 04-10-2019, 12:05 AM   #2
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Re: Accessing the interior of the door skin for side mirror mounting?

That might end up being a two person job. I've got real similar mirriors for mine that I have to put nuts on in that area and my hands aren't going to fit.
The swan necks I got for mine have a stud with a nut that has to go on the inside.


Looking at the 51 Drivers door that I have out back there is an access hole above the window crank so a hole saw used in about the same spot on the passenger side should match that.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:25 PM   #3
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Re: Accessing the interior of the door skin for side mirror mounting?

@mr48chev Your doors looks a little different than mine. Here's what I've got:






Those access holes on your door look like they are closer to the edge of the door where they would provide a good access. Mine are set closer to the middle. Is that an indicator that my doors are '52-53? My truck is a '53, but because my doors have no cozy window and the old style exterior turn down handles instead of the press-button handles, I have always assumed that my doors were '47 - '51 doors.

Any insight here is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:53 PM   #4
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Re: Accessing the interior of the door skin for side mirror mounting?

You could always cut an access hole and then fabricate a nice screw-on cover for it - similar to the factory access cover at the bottom of the door.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:02 AM   #5
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Re: Accessing the interior of the door skin for side mirror mounting?

@MiraclePieCo Yeah, I was thinking that might be a good approach.
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Re: Accessing the interior of the door skin for side mirror mounting?

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@MiraclePieCo Yeah, I was thinking that might be a good approach.
Or just leave the hole open...

I mounted my home made mirror brackets on the door edge using flat nuts, so accessible:
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