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side mirriors...

well... ive been talked into it lol i wanna get some new side mirriors for my truck i dont like the original cause there so small... but does anyone kno were i can find some nice chrome side mirriors that are suitable some nice sizeable mirriors about 4-6in in diameter. those huge ones are kinda throwin off its old age look.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:31 PM
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well i kno LMCtruck has the reproduction mirriors.... which is what i fell i may end up doin
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Genuine Ford outside mirrors offered for 1961/66 F100/250's:

Chrome 5" round head mirror, fits into door slot, reproduced. Has limited rear vision.

Painted telescoping rectangular head mirror, fits into door slot. Has a 2nd "Steady Rest" Arm / Obsolete

Painted non telescoping rectangular head mirror, fits into door slot / Obsolete

Painted or Stainless rectangular head mirror, has one bracket which bolts to the door adjacent to the vent window. Usually found on Econolines.

Painted or Stainless Western Junior "Swing-Lok" mirror. The rectangular mirror head is mounted between two goose necked arms that bolt to the door, above the vent window and below the vent window.

Painted Western rectangular head mirror, has a 3rd "Steady Rest" arm, bolts to the door / Obsolete / Note: This is the same mirror that is pictured in the OP's avatar.

Since ALL outside mirrors were an optional accessory for '61/66's, y'all will find myriad different aftermarket mirrors on these trucks that were sold by Sears, Western Auto, NAPA and etc.

And today, some peeps have installed the type of low mount "Swing-Lok" mirrors that were first offered in 1973. These usually do not fit properly due to the contour of the '61/66 door.

No outside mirrors were factory installed, all were installed by the dealers thru at least the early 1980's.
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lol, im just gonna go with the the mirriors out of the LMCtruck catolog
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I always though the original mirrors were pretty big i unwrapped mine out of the box and was surprized. One thing you could do if your not hapy with it is removed the original miror from its mounting (where it mounts to the arm, not where it mounts in the door) ad just get a bigger mirror that attaches the same way. im sure they are out there. anyone know of any?
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The round chrome mirror w/the 5" mirror head that fits into the door slots came two ways.

On some, the mirror head could be replaced by itself, on others the mirror is a one piece assembly.

There is no larger in diameter round mirror head that can be substituted for the original 5 incher.
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see but were the original mirrior goes, i dont think there is a spot were it goes. cause the guy who had it (the first owner) took em off and put the 3 pronged huge mirriors cause he was always haulin stuff and the original area were it went i think he had filled in... im not 100% sure right now but i kno i have NO idea how im gonna get these on lol. im sure ill be on here askin for some help
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There are rectangular slots in the doors in front of and below the vent windows. All 1955/66 F Series trucks have these slots for the mirrors.

At the factory, Ford put rubber plugs in the door slots. The original plugs were painted body color, the replacement plugs sold at the parts counter were natural black rubber.

Open the door, look at the front of it above the upper hinge. There are two threaded holes below the slots used for the bolts to retain the mirror bracket to the door.

btw: Since ALL outside mirrors for these trucks were an extra cost option, the truck may not have had any originally.
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so thats what those little things sitten by the door just rotting for years.... lol
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Okay fellas, I've been reading up on all of the mirror threads I can... I am trying to find Western/West Coast mirrors for my 65 F250 Camper Special that look good and original-ish. If I'm not mistaken (Number Dummy), both the Western (with upper and lower goose-necked brackets, and the door leading edge 3rd bracket) and the Western Junior (only upper and lower brackets) are appropriate for the truck. HOWEVER, the problem seems to be finding the brackets. I've seen plenty of the correct looking mirror head on many sites (three vertical lines) but can't for the life of me find the correct looking brackets! I did finally find a LH complete mirror at a local junkyard here in Provo, Utah but it was on a newer model and the bolt holes don't line up correctly. Any hints guys!?
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Musta missed this thread a couple of months ago.

I have also wanted larger mirrors and didn't want to drill additional mounting holes in the doors to add the Western Jr. or other larger mirrors.

Someone posted a pic here in the past that shows use of a larger rectangualr mirror mounted to the existing factory door mount arm. I really liked the looks of this.

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1. Looks vintage 2. easily used with factory door arm 3. would add needed visibility - a larger mirror and especially with the longer arm as the small round mirrors I have are also obscured somewhat by the vent window post!

I just haven't had time to find a setup like this one, but it looks like it could easily be made with an tubular arm with flattened ends, drilled holes and a bolt on rectangular mirror. I would probably paint the whole assy on mine to match, so it would look like it came on the truck originally.
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Musta missed this thread a couple of months ago.

I have also wanted larger mirrors and didn't want to drill additional mounting holes in the doors to add the Western Jr. or other larger mirrors.

Someone posted a pic here in the past that shows use of a larger rectangualr mirror mounted to the existing factory door mount arm. I really liked the looks of this.

Click the image to open in full size.

1. Looks vintage 2. easily used with factory door arm 3. would add needed visibility - a larger mirror and especially with the longer arm as the small round mirrors I have are also obscured somewhat by the vent window post!

I just haven't had time to find a setup like this one, but it looks like it could easily be made with an tubular arm with flattened ends, drilled holes and a bolt on rectangular mirror. I would probably paint the whole assy on mine to match, so it would look like it came on the truck originally.
Sweet 4x4 to boot. Thanks for that pic OldHarley.
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Just to let you know, I tried this with my truck when I first got it, and I found Aluminum pipe to be bad. I couldn't get it tight enough to stop it from fading, and falling down. Over the course of a week, they would go from where the were in the picture above to half way down to the door. I would use steel and find a way to bind it at the bottom.
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