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1941 fire truck mirrors #1289808 Tue Dec 04 2018 02:28 AM
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fireguyfire Offline OP
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Just thinking about getting started on the restoration of my 1941 fire truck. I thought I would track down the few missing pieces so I have them on hand; luckily this truck is very complete.
The mirrors that came on it when I bought it were obvious newer addition west coast style mirrors. I contacted the Chief of the small department that this engine initially served and he sent me this photo of my truck in front of the hall, probably from the early 50’s. In this photo you can see the truck has long armed mirrors with round heads. I will want to track down a set of these for my restoration.
Would these style of mirrors been original chev heavy truck mirrors? How hard do you guys think it will be to track down a pair of these for my fire truck?
Any suggestions on where I might find a pair would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289817 Tue Dec 04 2018 04:33 AM
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A good place to start would be in the parts wanted forum down in the swap meet section of these forums. You can also get lucky on Ebay once in a while.


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Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289819 Tue Dec 04 2018 05:18 AM
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fireguyfire Offline OP
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Thanks for the tip; I’ll do that.
Is that style of mirror factory Chevy 1941 heavy truck?

Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289831 Tue Dec 04 2018 12:39 PM
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That mirror is standard issue for all trucks of that vintage. The left one is easy to find, the right was an option so it's far less common. Reproduction pieces are available, the stems need a bit of grinding to fit over the hinge and the mirrors are only 5" where my original is 6".

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Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289837 Tue Dec 04 2018 01:37 PM
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It looks like the mirror on my '38.


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Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289855 Tue Dec 04 2018 03:48 PM
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fireguyfire Offline OP
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Do these mirrors actually attach to the hinge itself?

Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289920 Wed Dec 05 2018 02:45 AM
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You could just go with the half ton mirrors and lengthen the rod?


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Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289929 Wed Dec 05 2018 05:39 AM
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fireguyfire Offline OP
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Are the half ton mirrors more readily available?

Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289941 Wed Dec 05 2018 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by fireguyfire
Just thinking about getting started on the restoration of my 1941 fire truck. I thought I would track down the few missing pieces so I have them on hand; luckily this truck is very complete.
The mirrors that came on it when I bought it were obvious newer addition west coast style mirrors. I contacted the Chief of the small department that this engine initially served and he sent me this photo of my truck in front of the hall, probably from the early 50’s. In this photo you can see the truck has long armed mirrors with round heads. I will want to track down a set of these for my restoration.
Would these style of mirrors been original chev heavy truck mirrors? How hard do you guys think it will be to track down a pair of these for my fire truck?
Any suggestions on where I might find a pair would be greatly appreciated!

That is really cool that you have an actual image of your truck when it was in service. Although the image is grainy, it looks like the truck may have had 1/2 side mirrors. The bracket for the small trucks can be readily found aftermarket. Check some brackets and see what you think. As for the mirror itself, they were 5 inch round mirrors attached by a single stud in the center. The mirror head is also readily available in the aftermarket world and is the same from the late 1930's into the 1950's. Larger deco trucks used a different mirror bracket that attached to the upper door hinge and had a separate mirror arm that telescoped. I can get you some images if desired.

Re: 1941 fire truck mirrors [Re: fireguyfire] #1289944 Wed Dec 05 2018 11:49 AM
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Check here and you will find what you need.
http://www.oldchevytrucks.com/cart/index.asp?sdes=mirror?sdes=mirror
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