Any fule knoe that 155 mirroirs are like rocking horse poo.. so luckily Tarquini's mirrors were all reasonably sound (although held together with dirt, dried-in crud, a bit of welding and the odd spot of Araldite.
Unfortunately.. (can you see where this is going...?
) the beast was in my garage while I was looking at the rear subframe and in squeeeezing down the side a few times, I managed to clout the mirror and break the driver's door mirror.
It's a bit nasty inside there.. corroded alloy and dried-in crud, welding and the odd spot of Araldite. The plastic case was also really rather brittle and fatigued. It cracked round the mounting hole .. so the mirror is now only held on by the electric wiring and some PVC tape..
Now I have 3 plans:
Plan A: Has anyone discovered a hitherto unknown source of 155 mirrors?
Plan B: If not, has anyone managed to repace said mirror with some other mirror (e.g. Fiat Tipo, Alfa 145)?
Plan C: Who has a good mirror on their car, so I can come round and steal it.. ?
Plan A is my favourite.. but Plan B might be a goer. The 145 seems to have a preeeetty similar mirror and over the Christmas break I'll have a go at fitting the 145 mirror to the 155, to see what it looks like.. if it fits (the internal lugs where it bolts to the door and the black plastic triangular bit that covers the gap between door and mirror.
But I'll be freezing cold in the garage instead of scoffing port and mince pies. Has anyone tried this and can tell me it won't work?
Otherwise... where can I get a new mirror? I'm not too worried about the shape of the mirror itself.. it just has to fit on the door properly.