Ponto Stabil Mirror factory mounting instructions

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Andreas Hartl
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Ponto Stabil Mirror factory mounting instructions

#1 Post by Andreas Hartl » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:15 am

I am working on a B T6 restoration project. The driver door was missing so I had to replace it with a new door. Does anybody know how the Ponto Stabil mirror on the driver side has been mounted by the factory? Best would be a drawing with exact measurements.

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Re: Ponto Stabil Mirror factory mounting instructions

#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:29 pm

Andreas: I don't have the exact measurements of the mounting holes for the Ponto Stabil but allow me to share my experience mounting mirrors in my car, a '63 B coupe.

When I first bought my car, it came with a driver's side Durant mirror. Wanting increased visibility, I mounted another Durant symmetrical to the driver's side on the passenger side with a 3" bubble mirror. It worked very well. However, when I restored the car, I went with the Ponto Stabil mirrors. Not as much visibility but period correct. Doing more research, the Talbot Berlin mirrors were installed. However, if you mount them where the attachment nuts can be accessed through the mirror access holes in the door, you may not have the best position for visibility. My driver's side mirror is o.k. but the passenger side would need to be move back about 1-2"s for optimum visibility.

When I had the Durant mirrors, I had to remove the door panels to install them. Not a big deal.

My screw up was not positioning the mirrors after the seats were installed and sitting in my driving position.

I hope my experience is of help to you.

Mike
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Re: Ponto Stabil Mirror factory mounting instructions

#3 Post by Brett Johnson » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:29 pm

Andreas,

The two attached factory photos are of new 356B Carrera 2 coupes. The one with the mirror has a Ponto installed. The other one is a homologation GT photo with tape over the original mounting holes. The tape was to facilitate subsequent air-brushing...

These should give you a rough idea. The doors had no holes when fabricated and I suspect the actual mounting was likely eyeballed -- please correct me if I am mistaken.
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Re: Ponto Stabil Mirror factory mounting instructions

#4 Post by Andreas Hartl » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:16 pm

Hi Mike & Brett,
Many thanks for the superquick reply.
Helps a lot.
Will install the mirror over the weekend and report back.
Andreas

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Re: Ponto Stabil Mirror factory mounting instructions

#5 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:11 pm

I'm glad we could be of help. Keep us posted.

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