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Panel Truck mirror suggestions #1268961
Wed Jun 13 2018 08:20 AM
Wed Jun 13 2018 08:20 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline OP
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USA
AD panel trucks must have the biggest blind spot in the world! What are you panel guys doing for mirrors? OEM mirrors are pretty tiny. I would appreciate photos if you have them.


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Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1268967
Wed Jun 13 2018 12:12 PM
Wed Jun 13 2018 12:12 PM
1953 panel  Online
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I have the stock mirrors and I agree they are very tiny. I have owned and driven cargo vans for the past 30 years in my work and am used to it. Although the mirrors were a bit bigger, the blind spots are the same. I generally just try to stay in the right lane as much as possible and be aware of other traffic all the time.

Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1268968
Wed Jun 13 2018 01:30 PM
Wed Jun 13 2018 01:30 PM
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panel fan  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 69
Whitby Ontario Canada

I picked up an after market rear view camera and mounted it above the rear plate , and mounted the screen in place of the rear view mirror.
There's an assortment of camera sizes to choose from,, I got the smallest lens to blend in better and have it turned just a bit to view more of the right side of the truck.
I like it so much I got two more to mount some where forward on either side of the truck so as to see whats around me.
All this cost less than the deductable on my insurance should I cause an accident..
P. S. my lens out back is wireless so I tied into my license plate light to power it, I drive with lights on always anyway.

John


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Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1268973
Wed Jun 13 2018 02:22 PM
Wed Jun 13 2018 02:22 PM
tclederman  Online

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Jarvisburg, NC
I use an almost original-appearance round rear-view mirror on the right side of my Suburban.
It has a convex lens and is a little larger diameter that the original option/accessory right-side mirror (6" rather than 5").
No side bind-spot for me.
Made by CIPA in black or stainless.
Walmart (on-line) and others sell them.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/CIPA-Round-6-Heavy-Duty-HotSpot-Mirror/35994908

I like the idea for using a fiber-optic line for a direct-rear-view camera on any old truck.
I have a wireless one that works with my 7" GPS, but have not used it.

There are Wi-Fi versions, that work with a cellphone. If anybody has used one, please post a "review/assessment".



Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 47 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1269043
Thu Jun 14 2018 09:18 AM
Thu Jun 14 2018 09:18 AM
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miraclepieco  Offline OP
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Wow, the convenience of wireless cameras is incredible! But alas, too high tech for my build theme, so I'm thinking the 6" CIPA convex mirror is the way to go.


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Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1271091
Tue Jul 03 2018 06:11 PM
Tue Jul 03 2018 06:11 PM
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Ferrous52  Offline
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Inciana
My existing body has three holes in a triangular patter in the doors. I'm thinking that there were "Towing" mirrors installed at one point in its life.
While I like the idea of the visibility, I'm not very excited about the look.
I'm trying to maintain the outside "survivor" look, with the interior 2018 amenities.
Thoughts?
Suggestions?

Be kind, I'm new to the board

Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1271108
Tue Jul 03 2018 08:20 PM
Tue Jul 03 2018 08:20 PM
tclederman  Online

Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 26,516
Jarvisburg, NC
If/when you have to do body work in those areas, you could fill the holes then.

If you want to go to original mirror-arms/mirrors, drilling the holes are a contortionist's bad-dream, but where you drill each pair of holes is, luckily, not hard to determine. Look up from under the dash (on each side) and you will see a "brace" on each side, directly under where the each mirror gets attached. I think the hole-drilling locations are fairly apparent from underneath?

Pictures have been posted in old post, but the links might be bad.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 47 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1271151
Wed Jul 04 2018 03:21 AM
Wed Jul 04 2018 03:21 AM
Achipmunk  Offline
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Passenger side on my 52 panel. Don't pay any attention to the big hole. The previous owner had a radio antenna there.....and be sure to drill the right holes in the "brace".

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/L...Hkdm0hwzMK59ZnUNEeGyrSXMw8=w1121-h840-no


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Re: Panel Truck mirror suggestions [Re: miraclepieco] #1271157
Wed Jul 04 2018 04:09 AM
Wed Jul 04 2018 04:09 AM
MNSmith  Offline
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Ferrous52, Welcome to the Stovebolt!


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