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Joined: Apr 2001
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Shop Shark
I am torn between the west coast style mirror or the original style for my 57 cabover project. I like the clean look of the original single arm with a mirror but an concerned about the mirror vibrating at speed and not being able to see. I have the original brackets and thought about just fabing ip some tubing for the arm. Anyone have any experiece with the originals?


Shane
1959 Apache 3100 Fleetside
1959 Apache 3200 NAPCO
1957 Chevy 5700 Low Cab Forward
1959 GMC F370 LCF
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1959 Chevy 5700 LCF
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton
1958 GMC 600
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Shop Shark
All the bigger taskforce trucks that I have seen have had west coast mirrors on them. I however have thought about using stock pickup truck bracket with the west coast brackets using the small arm for a spotter mirror provided the two don't interfere with one another.


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Master Gabster
you always see the west coast type because the tiny shaky original long arm mirrors are useless, if you've got a garage queen for show, go original, if you're going to actually use it, especially on busy crowded roads, use the west coast type, safety trumps looks

Bill



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I like the west coast mirrors on my 52 6400. It makes the cab of the truck fit the dump bed. With them off the bed looks too wide for the truck.


52' Chevy 6400 2 ton



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Shop Shark
I kind of thought they would be useless but I have never had any experience with them. West cost style it is. Thanks for all the input


Shane
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1957 Chevy 5700 Low Cab Forward
1959 GMC F370 LCF
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'Bolter
Buggy,

I have both...

My Fire Engine has a 5x7 rectangle and a 5" round convex on the original single arm and I've logged over 20K miles using then. The Right side vibrates worst than the Left, but they do the job. No matter what type mirror I put on the Fire Engine I wouldn't be able to see the idiots that like to tail gate me.

The West Coasters are on my Tow Truck and they are rock solid and just what I need for backing up to hook up.

Both of these trucks can be seen in the Gallery.

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'Bolter
Speaking of mirrors, on a 1948, would they have been round or rectangular mirrors? I saw on your 57 fire truck they are square.


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Master Gabster
Paul - the standard mirrors were the small round ones, the larger rectangular ones [5x7] were extra cost options on the TF series, as well as adjustable long mirror arms - there were also optional west coast mirrors available then - might have been a bigger one optional for some AD years as well, you'd have to check the accessories or salesmens books

Bill



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'Bolter
If it will make you feel better, West Coast mirrors were a Dealer installed accessoery, that were always in the Chevrolet "Silver Books", as available optional accessories.


Spanky Hardy
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Unrepentant VW Lover
I echo Mike B -- I went stock original when I restored my '49 4400 -- single arm with the 4-inch round mirror. It is useless! It vibrates to the point where you really can't see anything at speed. And backing up is more of an act of faith than anything else. If I were to do it again (or if I hadn't just sold that truck smile ), I'd put the west coast mirrors on it -- only way to fly if you actually want to drive the truck.

My opinion only -- and not an expert one at that.

John


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