Are these mirrors standard equipment?

Discussion in 'Glass & Mirrors' started by DanMcG, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail Build the wall - deport them all!

    Posts:
    2,689
    Likes Received:
    992
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Location:
    America
    First Name:
    Rusty
    Truck Year:
    1977
    Truck Model:
    C20
    Engine Size:
    350
    No sir, I only want to see where the factory placement is and your picture has satisfied me. Thanks again.
     
  2. rt66paul

    rt66paul Full Access Member

    Posts:
    85
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2016
    Location:
    California
    First Name:
    paul
    Truck Year:
    1991 suburban
    Truck Model:
    2500
    Engine Size:
    7.4
    Outside mirrors on many vehicles are installed at the dealership. I have seen after market mirrors on new cars/trucks in the 70s, right on the lot. Trucks that were not for campers or were sold in mostly car dealerships got the same mirrors that the cars got.
     
  3. bucket

    bucket Super Moderator Staff Member

    Age:
    36
    Posts:
    15,888
    Likes Received:
    1,755
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2010
    Location:
    Usually not in Ohio
    First Name:
    Andy
    Truck Year:
    '77, '78, '79, '84, '88
    Truck Model:
    K5 thru K30
    Engine Size:
    350-454
    As far as the small, car style "sport" mirrors go, the door skin actually had holes stamped from the factory. Then there's a backing plate that goes inside the door that the mirror mount screws to.

    Was it possible for a dealer to have new trucks delivered to them with no mirrors at all?
     
  4. Keith Seymore

    Keith Seymore Full Access Member

    Posts:
    365
    Likes Received:
    191
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Location:
    Motor City
    First Name:
    Keith Seymore
    Truck Year:
    1987
    Truck Model:
    R10
    Engine Size:
    4.3L
    No - starting in the mid sixties an outside rear view mirror was standard equipment as regulated by the federal government (in other news, outside rear view mirrors were not a requirement until the mid 1960s).

    The "sport mirror" that the original poster pictured is RPO D49 and is the standard mirror.

    K
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
    DoubleDingo and DanMcG like this.
  5. bigcountry78

    bigcountry78 Full Access Member

    Posts:
    666
    Likes Received:
    75
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2013
    Location:
    North Carolina
    First Name:
    James
    Truck Year:
    1978
    Truck Model:
    K10 Custom Deluxe
    Engine Size:
    350
    My 78. K10 came with those mirrors as well. Extremely limited options on mine.
     
    DanMcG likes this.
  6. GMFORLIFE

    GMFORLIFE Full Access Member

    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    86
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2018
    Location:
    Cleveland Ohio
    First Name:
    Dennis
    Truck Year:
    1973
    Truck Model:
    C20 Camper Special
    Engine Size:
    454
    They are original.
    Page 8 and 9 of Chevrolet pickups 1973-1998
     
  7. Nellie

    Nellie Junior Member

    Posts:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2017
    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    First Name:
    David
    Truck Year:
    1987
    Truck Model:
    C10
    Engine Size:
    4.7L V-6
    I have the same small mirrors on my 86 Custom Deluxe fleetside that is pretty much the base model (V6, no AC, AM radio).
     
  8. theblindchicken

    theblindchicken Full Access Member

    Posts:
    1,452
    Likes Received:
    204
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    Location:
    SoCal
    First Name:
    Christian
    Truck Year:
    1974
    Truck Model:
    K10 5" lift + 2" BL
    Engine Size:
    350-4, 0.030" over
    The small sport mirrors were factory on my 74 as well. Replaced them with the tripods when she had the over-the-cab camper all the time, then I swapped those out for the big ol dumbo mirrors when the camper was removed and sold.

    Love being able to see everything with the dumbo mirrors, but the small sport mirrors look great on a 2wd.
     
  9. DoubleDingo

    DoubleDingo Unconventional Thinker

    Posts:
    2,090
    Likes Received:
    286
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2012
    Location:
    California
    First Name:
    Shane
    Truck Year:
    1981, 1965
    Truck Model:
    81-C20 Silverado Camper Special, 65-C20 with 4:57 gears and Borg Warner Overdrive
    Engine Size:
    Carb'ed Vortec 350, 1972 L48 350
    That would explain why Mean Green didn't have a passenger side mirror. It was a '65 with a small sport mirror on the driver's side door and a rear view inside. I don't know how it came from the factory, but that's how it was when grandpa gave it to me. I never thought twice about it. Grandpa had a delivery business, and I used Mean Green (prior to the truck earning that name) for deliveries. I had a load tied down in the bed that blocked the inside rear view so that left me with only one outside mirror. A friend of the family, a highway patrol officer, saw me going down the highway and I watched him flip around and get right behind me, then went way to the right where I couldn't see him. I thought he'd pulled off to turn back around. NOPE! He reappeared behind me and lit me up. He told me if I plan to haul loads like that I need to install a mirror on the passenger side so I can safely change lanes, since the inside mirror was blocked by the load. Granted it was nothing but two-lane highways and back roads there, but I darn sure wasn't going to push my luck. After that delivery I went and got another mirror and installed it.
     
  10. Snoots

    Snoots Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Posts:
    1,534
    Likes Received:
    1,595
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2013
    Location:
    Georgia
    First Name:
    Roger
    Truck Year:
    1973
    Truck Model:
    Jimmy Sierra
    Engine Size:
    350
    Is this what you're looking for?

    PICT0006.jpg
     

Share This Page