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Username Post: Mirror Installation        (Topic#347546)
Grumpy1 
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Reg: 03-03-03
10-07-17 11:22 AM - Post#2710053    

My recently purchased "52 had a stock type exterior mirror on the left side that mounts on the cowl.

I purchased a repo stock type mirror for the right side with the same type mount but with the curved arm. Seemed like a simple proposition; use the rubber gasket to mark the holes and drill them. Not quite. Can't drill through the cowl. Drill easily went through the top layer of sheet metal, but no further. Even tried a high speed metal drill. No go.

A previous owner was able to drill through the left side in the same cowl location. Any suggestions on drilling through?



 
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GregH 
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10-07-17 12:00 PM - Post#2710054    
    In response to Grumpy1

Hate to say it but I bet you drilled in the wrong place. If you look from the inside of the cab, you will see the holes in the inner structure that marked where the mirror went. May have to remove glovebox.. I don't remember for sure the best way to see them.



 
Grumpy1 
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10-07-17 03:40 PM - Post#2710080    
    In response to GregH

Thanks, Greg. I looked on the inside and there is only one hole on the inner panel. A second hole would still need to be drilled from either the inside or outside.



 
Grumpy1 
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10-07-17 03:41 PM - Post#2710081    
    In response to Grumpy1

Also, the hole on the inner panel is much bigger than the holes on the mirror bracket.



 
GregH 
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10-07-17 06:18 PM - Post#2710086    
    In response to Grumpy1

Mine is a 54 and this was the best picture I could find right off, but you can kind of see the holes in the inner frame. PM an e-mail address if you want. I can't figure out how to insert an image.



 
Mick53 
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10-10-17 06:31 AM - Post#2710384    
    In response to GregH

You might try a cobalt drill bit. That's what we use on stainless steel. You can get them at most hardware stores. Just a little bit more money than steel.



 
Bel Air kiwi 
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10-16-17 06:48 PM - Post#2711063    
    In response to Mick53

Also cutting fluid and slower speeds to keep the heat down and maintain the drill sharpness.

Cheers kiwi

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