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Old 12-14-2017, 10:04 PM   #1
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Which Door mirrors did you choose for your AD?

Curious what members have used for door mirrors on their AD?
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:29 PM   #2
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Re: Which Door mirrors did you choose for your AD?

I used a set of FATTIES 4-inch round mirrors with curved arms from Hagan Street Rods:

http://www.haganauto.com/category_s/197.htm

They have worked really well. Although I think the brand name is kinda dumb, the mirror surface is slightly convex which gives you a nice wide field of view, which I really need because my cab is only 3-window. Also, I think they have a sharp appearance and fit the natural look of the truck. They obviously aren't the stock mirrors but I don't think they jump out at you as obviously aftermarket either. Build-quality was top-shelf.



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Old 12-15-2017, 01:07 AM   #3
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Re: Which Door mirrors did you choose for your AD?

I've got some swan neck mirrors somewhat similar to what Torchlight has for my 48.
One photo should be the mirrors that still have the blue coating on them and the other is the part number. Ebay Item but I don't remember the seller.
Putting the part number in a google search brings up several vendors that sell them for around 40 for the pair.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:52 PM   #4
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I do like the last ones posted. How do they work on the passenger side?
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:12 PM   #5
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I've got a set of those to...don't have them mounted yet...the drivers side and pass side stems are shaped different..I sawem on a AD and they looked pretty good
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:57 PM   #6
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Mine's often a working truck so I went with function over style. Used original steel mirror arms (passenger side required heating and tweaking) with Orielly rectangular mirrors. Work great.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:36 PM   #7
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How well can you see out the passenger size with that set up?
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:01 AM   #8
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Well, compared to the 4" (or so) factory round mirrors I started with, the rectangular ones are great. They're not a good as the factory electric units on the wifes 2015 Ram 2500, but very usable.

If you have the required steel factory mirror arms, you could try just one on the passengers side for less than $15.00. Or you could get a good idea by having someone hold it in the mounted position.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:07 AM   #9
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I have an original drivers side arm somewhere and will see how it works.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:10 AM   #10
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Re: Which Door mirrors did you choose for your AD?

I ran 73/?? Chevy truck sport mirrors on my 48 for years They aren't that bad to see out with on the right hand side.
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Old 12-16-2017, 12:31 AM   #11
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looks good on that one. The 54 vent windows and the curvature of the beltline seem to be in way of most aftermarket mirrors. Anyone got a pic of the inside of a 53/54 door (without the panel) to refresh my memory of how access is?
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:27 AM   #12
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Home made stuff. 5" round convex with arms made from re-bar and some flat stock. Long arms as I have a camper which is wide.
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Old 12-18-2017, 05:20 PM   #13
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Home made stuff. 5" round convex with arms made from re-bar and some flat stock. Long arms as I have a camper which is wide.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:27 PM   #14
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I've got some swan neck mirrors somewhat similar to what Torchlight has for my 48.
One photo should be the mirrors that still have the blue coating on them and the other is the part number. Ebay Item but I don't remember the seller.
Putting the part number in a google search brings up several vendors that sell them for around 40 for the pair.
I gave up and found and ordered a set of these off EBAY. The idea of drilling holes (other than what these require) makes me ill. I just paid good money to a have all the previous 50 years of mirror mounting holes fixed!!! Will report on how they work and post pics if I can. Thanks -- Phil
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:16 PM   #15
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Well i'm back square one on my mirror search. I managed to borrow a set and they are too small to see thru and would require a contortionist to install (or some inside access holes. Just as well, the ones i ordered never arrived. Hopefully they are insured. Now thinking the original arms with square 5x7 mirrors may be the way to go. I have a a painted LH one so just need a RH one and the mirrors. IS there a template out there for drilling the mounting holes? I felt underneath the cowl edges on both side and did not feel any holes or welded on nuts. Were they supposed to be there? Chrome arms would look better than black but $$$.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:00 PM   #16
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Back home from the holidays and took a few shots of the passenger side mirror I use.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:10 PM   #17
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Looks good. Anyone got an original RH mirror arm?
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:33 PM   #18
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Back home from the holidays and took a few shots of the passenger side mirror I use.
Seems like original Passenger side mirror arms are not easy to find. Repops are cheap and some are being offered with the 5x7 square mirrors. Do you think a repop would WORK on a standard 54 without having to be bent?

By the way the Ebay seller of the swan neck mirrors NEVER sent them and hasn't answered any emails . PayPal says I;m SOL so heads up on the seller called

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Old 01-08-2018, 09:13 PM   #19
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Looks good. Anyone got an original RH mirror arm?

bowtie bits sells the repops, I havent ever had a problem with anything they sell.

http://www.bowtiebits.com/store/stor...Category_ID=44

they sell mirror heads too, in fact I was looking around the garage this weekend and noticed the 64-66 square heads had the same mounting post. bow tie bits sells those too.

http://www.bowtiebits.com/store/stor...Category_ID=92
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:21 AM   #20
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If you want the stock arms and square heads truckandcarshop.com has a kit.

Part# 47-01606, you can see them here:http://www.truckandcarshop.com/trucks47_59/t47_016.html
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:34 AM   #21
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Thanks. I have the LH side. The $9 mirrors from Oreillly work. Just ISO of an original RH side as i have heard the pot metal new ones have issues. I have a set of brand new Stainless long carriage bolt beds to trade is anyone has one.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:44 AM   #22
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Thanks. I have the LH side. The $9 mirrors from Oreillly work. Just ISO of an original RH side as i have heard the pot metal new ones have issues. I have a set of brand new Stainless long carriage bolt beds to trade is anyone has one.
If you don't find one on this forum, try calling these people. I'm sure one of them would be willing to ship a mirror arm:

http://old-car-parts.business.site/

Or

https://www.dansclassic.com/

They both stock some used parts, Old Car Parts used to have a field full of these trucks.

There is also a guy near Seattle on Craigslist
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/p...450015801.html
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:24 PM   #23
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"Seems like original Passenger side mirror arms are not easy to find. Repops are cheap and some are being offered with the 5x7 square mirrors. Do you think a repop would WORK on a standard 54 without having to be bent?"

If sold with rectangular mirrors one would expect them to work. I'd make sure they were returnable just in case though.

I only have experience with the stainless coated potmetal arms I purchased from Chevys of the 40's, also most vendors list the arms as being the same for all series 1 trucks, 1947 thru 1954 (some show thru 55?). So, that said mine were sold with a round stainless mirror and didn't have sufficient adjustment range with the rectangular mirrors. It broke when I tried to bend as required to get enough range of adjustment. The original steel arm was easy to heat and reshape.

The reshape requires heating the last bend, straighten the arm and then heat and move the bend intoward the mounting point, this makes the section the mirror attaches to longer, allowing you to adjust it as needed without it contacting the mount arm. Guess the simple thing to say is the bend closest to the mirror has to be changed.

Also, attaching the mirror to the mount arm with acorn nuts would be better, it's on my list.
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Careful heating whitemetal. It's mostly zinc and melts under 800 degrees f.
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"Seems like original Passenger side mirror arms are not easy to find. Repops are cheap and some are being offered with the 5x7 square mirrors. Do you think a repop would WORK on a standard 54 without having to be bent?"

With the caveat that I only have experience with the stainless coated potmetal arms I purchased from Chevys of the 40's, and most vendors list the arms as being the same for all series 1 truck, 1947 thru 1954 (some show thru 55?). So, that said mine didn't work and broke when I tried to bend it as required. The original steel arm was easy to heat and reshape.

The required reshape is to heat the last bend, straighten the arm and then heat and move the bend intoward the mounting point, this makes the section the mirror attaches to longer, allowing you to adjust it as needed without it contacting the mount arm. Guess the simple thing to say is the bend closest to the mirror has to be changed.
I have heard the pot metal ones break if struck or used a handle by big guys trying to get past truck in small garage. Still pursuing an Original.
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