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For this installation we’ll be using parts from two vendors are viewers are probably familiar with, Scott Drake and TMI. We have a set of the Scott Drake sun visor brackets, the rearview mirror assembly, their sun visor tips, and their rearview mirror bracket. For TMI, we’re using a set of their white, original-style sun visors.
The seats in our ’65 are pretty nice. The headliner’s not great, but it’s also not bad. It’s not torn, so we’re not going to worry about that right now. The visors are definitely an issue. The brackets are badly pitted. This one rattles and it doesn’t even have a tip on it, and this one, like I said, it just falls down when you drive the car. It’s a very easy installation. The only tool you’ll really need is a Phillips head screwdriver.
Your sun visors are in good shape overall, but a rattling almost every time issue is the sun visor tip. From the factory they have these little rubber tips installed, but over time they dry up, crack and fall off. The majority of the Mustangs we see coming in here, these are usually damaged or even missing. Those are very easy to replace, but we’re going to show you how to replace everything while we’re here.
We’ll start with the rearview mirror bracket, which is held on by three Phillips head screws.
The sun visor bracket arms, again, held on by three Phillips head screws per side. The TMI sun visors look just like our original ones, but you can see, obviously, they’re much nicer. These don’t look too bad in the car, but putting them next to a new one you can see how faded and dirty they are from time. Again, the brackets are badly pitted. If you open up the end of this sun visor, you’ll see the metal channel inside. You want to make sure you install the new bracket. It goes inside that channel. It’s the only way it’s going to hold the sun visor properly.
Once you get it in the channel, there’s no real science to installing them. You don’t want to put too much lubrication on here to make them go on, because then the sun visor’s going to fall down too easily. Basically you just want to push it on and just turn it into place. If you can’t get it all the way in by hand, using a soft mallet, you can tap it in that way, as well.
What you want to do is use the old one just to give you an idea of where you want it seated, and then we can install the other side. Same concept here. Find the channel. Compare the one we’re removing. It looks about right. We’ll install the tip. Just spin it right on. Repeat the process for the other side visor, and they’re ready to install.
Now we’ll install the mirror onto the bracket. There’s a small bolt in the top here that you can get with a T8 torx bit. Just loosen that up. You can see it’s only going to install one way. Put the mirror in the bracket. Just get it snug. You don’t want to over tighten it. You can strip these very easily. We’re ready to reinstall.
If your original hardware’s in good shape, you can reuse it. In the case of our ’65 we had a bunch of different size screws, so we’re going to go with our new screw kits, which is going to cover your visors as well as the rearview mirror.
We’ll start with the rearview mirror in the center here. The hardest part here is just finding the holes. I suggest just get it started. You don’t want to tighten it down all the way, just enough to hold it. Then install the other two screws before you tighten anything down.
The same process with the visors. Put them up into place, then get everything started before you tighten it down.
Again, you don’t have to crank these tight, just get them snug.
If you look in the center of the bracket you can actually see there’s a casting line in there. When you put the sun visor in, you’ll want to have it on each side of the casting line’s going to be your center point for installing it. You can see ours is a little bit too long, so we’re going to work it down the rod a little bit more and try to put it back in.
Make sure it moves smoothly and locks into place, and repeat the process for the passenger side.
Our new sun visors and rearview mirror look great, and it’ll be a lot nicer when we’re driving our ’65 Mustang. It’s a great install for a first-timer, because all you need is a Phillips head screwdriver, a small allen or torx bit, and possibly a rubber mallet. Installation should take you no more than about 25 to 30 minutes, so you’ll be back on the road in no time.