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Lighted sun visor question

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by Lizzie94, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Lizzie94

    Lizzie94 FEOA Member

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    I'm looking to get my visors refinished, but the guy said that they wouldn't be able to put the mirrors back in because of how they're attached to the inner structure. Any thoughts on how I could still use the mirrors? Perhaps there's a way I could reattach them after the fact?
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    Im surprised the upholstery place didnt seem to know how to re-attach the mirrors to the sun visors. It reinforces me deciding to do visor restoration myself, if I do it at all. Eventually I will have to do something. I really value those visors when driving toward the sunrises or sunsets.
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    The cardboard backing will block the sun, irregulars as to if it has a cloth cover.
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    Bringing up dead forum?
    I Have lighted mirrors too but do not know how to fix a sometimes working light?
    I Too am interested in recovering velcro peice?
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    I dont know if there is any cure for the lights in the "lighted vanity" becoming intermittent. The little button is probably the culprit. I found that the "lid" for the mirror was what would push the button in, and keep the light from being on all the time. But as the sunvisors aged, the lid would delaminate, and could sag out far enough for the lights to be on all the time. They are hardly noticeable in daylight. Rather than have a dead battery after not using one of my Escorts for a few days, I disconnected the electrical feed to the sunvisors. If you unscrew the sunvisors and let them droop down, you can work the connector out from inside the headliner and unplug it; then put the screws back into the sunvisor support. Presto - no more chance of a dead battery and the lighted vanity flap gets more and more mushy.
    To avoid having to look into the sun when first starting out in the a.m. or just before the sun drops behind the trees in later afternoon, I cut a chunk of cardboard about 6" x 12", with a slot in it to clear the rear view mirror support arm. I can slide the cardboard down behind the rear view mirror, and not have the sunlight coming in between the edges of the sunvisors and the r.v. mirror.
    If you do this, be careful not to use a piece of cardboard that is too thick or too strong. It can cause the mirror to fall off of the windshield.
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    Were lit visors an option on Escorts? Were they for both visors or just passenger? I was under the impression those were only available on Tracers.

    John
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    Three or four of my 2nd gen LXs had lighted sun visors when I got them. A pair of lights on each side of the vanity mirror. Unfortunately the lids that covered up the mirrors and turned the lights off would degrade, become mushy, and allow the lights to remain on. With the sunvisor up this was not visible in daylight;, and eventually after sitting for a few days - battery drained down.
    They were on both sides of the car. I find the sunvisors also get damaged if you forget you have them positioned to the side, and open the door. The auto-belt squashes against them. Nuisances.

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