How Difficult? Mirror Swap

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How Difficult? Mirror Swap

beefman
Hello all,

I don't post very often, but I do quite a bit of reading.  I've followed along from over at the other site where I was thebigtruck and last year got my grandpa's 84 F150.  I've moved along through my worklist on it a bit, however slowly (but progress is progress), and now I'm looking at my mirrors.  I'm wondering the difficulty of changing from a Type 5 to a Type 9 mirror?  The current mirrors are pretty well shot/cracked/can't see out of them, and I like the Type 9 style that remind me of my first truck which was an 89 F150.  Without having them in front of me, it looks like the upper screws will match fairly closely, and all that I'd need to do is put in the bottom set.  I'm throwing it out there for y'all that have a bit more knowledge in your head than I do and maybe keep me from having an "oh crap" moment.  Thanks!
Grandpa's "Big Red" 1984 F150 XL
4x4, 302, C6, trying to get back in decent shape for a farm/pasture/hunting truck.

The Wife's 2012 F150 Lariat
4x4, 5.0, Super Crew

The Big Truck 2017 F350 XLT
4x4, 6.7L PSD, Super Crew
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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

myrl883
If you get the correct year type 9 mirrors for your truck, the upper mounting holes are the same. The lower holes will need to be drilled and rivnuts installed. The rivnuts take a special tool to install, but any body shop could put them in for you.
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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

Gary Lewis
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There were two different lower mounts - two hole and three hole, as I described in this thread on FTE.  But within those two categories the mounts themselves didn't change for well before and after the Bullnose era.

As for the rivnuts, the Ford mirror kit I got for my '72 F250 back in the early 70's came with nuts that pressed in and then expanded, which could be done from the outside.  Or, you can pull the door panel and use regular nuts and washers from the inside.
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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

beefman
Thanks guys.  I reckon I'll order in the mirrors and see what I can do.  I probably need to get into the door panels anyway since my windows need a little bit of assistance.
Grandpa's "Big Red" 1984 F150 XL
4x4, 302, C6, trying to get back in decent shape for a farm/pasture/hunting truck.

The Wife's 2012 F150 Lariat
4x4, 5.0, Super Crew

The Big Truck 2017 F350 XLT
4x4, 6.7L PSD, Super Crew
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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

PetesPonies
A rivnut installation tool isn't expensive, at least not the one I have.
Pete's Ponies
Mustang RUSToration & Performance

1982 F100 Flareside
1983 Bronco

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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

85lebaront2
Correct, the issue I have is finding an M6X1.0 mandrel for it since the mirror mounting bolts are that thread on mine.
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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

FuzzFace2
The mirrors I got thru LMC comes with the hardware.
Also has extra hardware (bolt/nuts/washers) to install the nut serts.
I have not installed them yet so cant say how well that works.

And yes the upper mirror holes do line up to the factory holes.
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81 F100 flare side 300 six/T18 project
http://cars.grantskingdom.com/index.php/1980-Ford-F100?page=1
81 F100 style side 300 six/SROD parts truck
http://cars.grantskingdom.com/index.php/1981-Ford-F100
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Re: How Difficult? Mirror Swap

beefman
Thanks for all the replies, folks!  Much appreciated.
Grandpa's "Big Red" 1984 F150 XL
4x4, 302, C6, trying to get back in decent shape for a farm/pasture/hunting truck.

The Wife's 2012 F150 Lariat
4x4, 5.0, Super Crew

The Big Truck 2017 F350 XLT
4x4, 6.7L PSD, Super Crew