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  • Bullet vs Rectangular Mirror

    Anyone have any preference? It seems European versions had the latter as shown below.

  • #2
    I'm a bullet man myself. I can just as good with them as I can with the trapezoid mirror on the E-Type. Have to use a convex stick on for the passenger side, but they just look better on a TR6 IMO.
    CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
    2nd owner, since 1975
    Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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    • #3
      I prefer bullets, as both of my 6s have had, but I also think that my opinion is based upon what I am accustomed to seeing on these cars. Similarly, blackwall tires look odd on OEM rims, but not on aftermarket wheels. Home and European market cars were shod with blackwalls sans trim rings, so it seems likely to me that all of these additions might seem to be affectations of the Colonials to folk closer to Coventry.
      I wish that I could have become accustomed to seeing injectors in place of ZS carbs...

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      • #4
        Each to their own - I think it's entirely what you are used to. Being from the Home market, and having owned a home-market car, I'm not used to bullet mirrors - but my preference is mainly functional, as bullets don't offer the instant adjustability and have a more confined rear view that the Tex-type mirrors have.

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        Equally, trim rings and red-ring tires, as The Skip says, were not fitted to home market cars, so personally, I prefer cars without these. These were common features on US muscle cars back in the day, so were incorporated on the TR6 to appeal to the US buyer. As were things like the Amco bumper bars etc. Rarely, if ever, did you see cars with these fitted in the UK, though several have them now, as they have been re-imported back...since the home market cars have largely succumbed to rust.

        The engine bay does definitely look more filled-out and businesslike with the PI kit.
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        Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
        10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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        • #5
          Great points. As for trim rings and red lines, I like the look of trim rings. It hides my lousy wheel spray job.
          Last edited by CMGTR6; 04-12-2019, 10:20 AM.

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          • #6
            Where mirrors, steering wheels, interior trim, paint color and tire size are concerned original wins with me. Growing up with the TR6 the wheel trim rings ( in aluminum, specifically ) get my affection. Were Michelin to still make the redline tires I'd rather see them on a U.S. spec TR6 than anything else. OE type convertible tops with the plastic snaps impress me likewise.

            Nostalgia, plain and simple.

            Tom

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            • #7
              It doesn't take a NASA space shuttle professional to see how bullet mirrors are more aerodynamically efficient than the 'wind brake' rectangular Tex mirrors. Nuf said.

              If you're going fast enough, who needs to see what's behind them?
              Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 04-11-2019, 10:57 AM.
              Walt
              CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
              poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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              • #8
                Aerodynamic mirrors might actually help mitigate the less-than-aerodynamic TR6 body, a teensy-weensy bit - maybe.

                Better shot at reducing wind noise perhaps .

                Tom

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                • #9
                  I think there was a line in cannonball run when they were starting in NY where the driver grabs the rear view mirror, throws it over his shoulder and says the first rule of Italian driving.

                  OH, here it is:

                  https://youtu.be/wTVDpOaTGsc

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                  • #10
                    Fuggetabouit😂

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                    • #11
                      When I painted mine last year I welded up the holes from the bullet mirrors and installed the home market Tex mirrors a little farther back.
                      Huge difference in visibility. Much preferred.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fox63122 View Post
                        When I painted mine last year I welded up the holes from the bullet mirrors and installed the home market Tex mirrors a little farther back.
                        Huge difference in visibility. Much preferred.
                        Love that color, Lee.

                        Cheers,

                        Kevin
                        76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
                        72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
                        68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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                        • #13
                          My '76 had a bullet on the driver's side when I bought it last year. I couldn't find a high quality matching bullet for the passenger side (either the size was slightly different or quality was crap). So, I ordered two TEX mirrors and I love the improved visibility. I smile at the jokes about not needing to see what's behind you, but the reality of driving these little cars in traffic with semi trucks and distracted idiots is another reality.
                          1976 Pimento/black
                          VTO alloy "Minilites"
                          Dolly Parton's removed

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                          • #14
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ID:	523585 I switched to quick scans over a year ago and am very happy with them. Much better side view then door mounted mirrors and very easy to replace on go to larger ones.
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                            • IGDBOSS
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                              Please tell us more about the "quick scan" mirrors.

                              Thanks

                            • Podman
                              Podman commented
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                              Basically blindspot mirrors from an auto store that I mounted onto the top corners of the windshield. The back and side view is pretty much right there as you are looking through the windshield. Once you set the position-that's it no need to fuss with them. I also like the look of the car without those door mirrors on them.

                          • #15
                            Bullets is what they came with on the driver’s side, good enough for me. When I restored and replaced both of them, I put a convex lens on the passenger side to improve visibility from the driver’s seat and it works like a charm.
                            I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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