The Bullet powerfold mirror motors have 3 gears in them and the company have agreed to make a set of all 3 for around Â£3 per set which will probably be subject to import tax at 20% plus postage, but a lot cheaper than I could ever have hoped for.
Here is a motor showing the gears, the one shown is the one that wears the most but the other 2 are also visible and will be included in the set
They had a motor sent over by me, their engineers have already looked at what is needed and confirmed that they can make them, and they will be making the prototypes next week which will be fully tested before I place any order.( they already make gears for other car manufacturers )
The only drawback, if there is one, is that I need to order 1000 sets in order to make it worth their while making them. That may sound like a lot but as the sets are so cheap for say Â£10 -Â£15 you would have 3/4 sets and help to boost the numbers.
If all those interested with bullet powerfold mirrors all had 4 sets each we would only need 250 members to commit to purchase, and if you are looking to fit powerfolds but dont have them at the moment it would be wise to purchase some gears as spares to preserve the life of your mirrors.
It is fair to say that as the bullet powerfold mirrors become rarer, it will not be easy to replace like for like, and even when you can they will most probably be expensive, so this is a way to keep your mirrors going for a long time and at very little cost by replacing the gears which are the main cause of failure.
If you only want to order 1/2 sets thats fine too, please dont let it put you off ordering if you dont want 4 sets, but it would mean we need to get up to 500 members.
It is unlikely that we would have the demand for another 1000 sets after this initial run as most of us will have spares from this run, so get them whilst you can and consider ordering more than you might need at this low price, both to keep for future spares and to support the project.
I will be doing a comprehensive " How To " with pictures to help members change the gears themselves, which is not difficult if you know one end of a spanner from a screwdriver.
Please note that these gears are only suitable for the earlier bullet type mirrors, and not the later skullcap types as fitted on the later cars.
This is a bullet type
And this is a skullcap
It is sometimes difficult from pictures to tell the difference between the 2 types but the bullets extend further at the back of the mirror which is hopefully visible on the above pictures.
I am starting a list below, please say how many sets you want, I will update the list as we go on this first post and we will see how we progress, I will also be putting a thread on the 75 Club and 75 Enthusiasts Forums in order to boost the numbers.
Paul 20 sets
Carl Penn 16 sets
Rover418275 11 sets
Monk 15 sets
Kandyman 16 sets
MN190 13 sets
JohnDotCom 8 sets
Duncan 13 sets
Mintman 6 sets
Jurgen 10 sets
Les 13 sets
Dattrike 16 sets
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