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Hi

I have an 87 Graduate below and am going in for a bit of a makeover and respray shortly.

I have bought the bullet style wing mirrors and I shall add that I have no desire to keep it original I just want it to look nice in my eyes and the Chap that I am considering using asked why I do not mount the mirrors on the wings as that is way they are called wing mirrors, so has anyone ever dome this please.

I am also bringing in the rear bumper a good few inches and am buying the Zender spoiler and a nice new hood so again any tips on this appreciated too.

I have heard about the Coburn Hood and am naturally in the UK so again any advice on this would be great.

I have attached a picture that I took at the weekend. Paint looks better from a distance !!

It passed the MOT last week with only a brake pipe needing replacing so I was super pleased with that.

I have been quoted around £3500 to do the prep and respray and also to do the Bumper modification. I am in Kent so if anyone else has any recommendations of places near to me I would be interested to hear.

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Steve
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Coincidently, just posted a similar issue regarding external mirrors, but looking for remote operated ones.

"Wings" = "fenders", right?

I love wing mirrors, however, adjusting them is perenially near impossible. You need someone to stand out there and adjust them, AND THEN, when you get on the road, they are rarely exactly where you want them, and you do not have the advantage of "scanning" while driving.

I have looked into mounting remote wing mirrors -- even the "cable-operated" manual mirrors can have their cables elongated to reach back to the inside within driver's reach (it does not look difficult), HOWEVER, most remote mirrors that I have been looking at seem a bit outlandishly large for out on the fenders.
However, I am collecting pictures of examples of remote mirrors with an eye to even mounting on the wings.
 

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Fenders yes sorry !

Interesting comment about adjusting I did not really thing about that and with the state of our roads I guess its a consideration !
 

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Steve, your car looks great. I like the GTA-style wheels and would appreciate it if you could take a photo from the side, as I am considering getting those wheels.

I did the Zender spoiler and retracted my rear bumper myself. Neither of these was a particularly difficult. I went with the Quad-style front facia, so that precluded me retracting the front bumper. But @David O'D has done all of these modifications, as shown in this thread.

Here's a photo of my car:

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Steve, your car looks great. I like the GTA-style wheels and would appreciate it if you could take a photo from the side, as I am considering getting those wheels.

I did the Zender spoiler and retracted my rear bumper myself. Neither of these was a particularly difficult. I went with the Quad-style front facia, so that precluded me retracting the front bumper. But @David O'D has done all of these modifications, as shown in this thread.

Here's a photo of my car:

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Car looks a treat as does the location !
Rear bumper looks much better and I would be keen to see a picture of the front so that I can see what you mean about the quad facia
I have posted another wheel picture which is not a great shot but for £500 really changed the look of the car so money well spent in my opinion.
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Car looks a treat as does the location !
Rear bumper looks much better and I would be keen to see a picture of the front so that I can see what you mean about the quad facia
I have posted another wheel picture which is not a great shot but for £500 really changed the look of the car so money well spent in my opinion.
Thanks, Steve. I really like the look of your wheels.

By "Quad fascia," I was referring to the front valence from the Quadrifoglio trim package that was available from 1986-1990. That package also had side skirts and a rear valance below the rear bumper. My car is an '85, and the Quadrifoglio trim was not offered, but I picked up the front valence from a salvage yard. To retract the bumper would have also required a rework of that valence.

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Ah I see.
I do not find the front bumpers unsightly at all just prefer the rear ones to be tucked in a bit.
They all look pretty individual and your mirrors do look good so again I am changing my mind as to if they may be a bit impractical on the wing.
I may also lose the graduate badge as it's on a bit wonky and just gathers wax and I dont seem to be able to find a replacement one
I think I will.leave the pinaforino one as that is a statement !
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Hi Steve,

I think mirror location is a personal taste and an owner should feel free to do what they want. Mounting mirrors toward the front of the fenders ("wings") appears on photos of many domestic Asian/Japanese cars, as well as the occasional older British sports car for sale in the U.S. Other than appearance, it could be said there doesn't seem to be a reason for this as the view from a mirror mounted some distance away has a far more narrow view than one mounted close to the driver. Again, the practice is rare in the U.S. but I wonder if there is any regulatory reason for forward placement in any other country like Japan?. Or, is it an appearance carryover from older times when cars had separate fenders ("wings") and these provided an easy mounting location?

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I have an 87 Graduate below and am going in for a bit of a makeover and respray shortly.
I have bought the bullet style wing mirrors and I shall add that I have no desire to keep it original I just want it to look nice in my eyes and the Chap that I am considering using asked why I do not mount the mirrors on the wings as that is way they are called wing mirrors, so has anyone ever dome this please.....

Thanks

Steve
 
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