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chevbone64

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Factory Option?

Post by chevbone64 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:46 pm

Ive noticed on a few vans that they have an extra 3 bolts under the West coats style mirrors. Was this a factory option for the larger mirrors and also for the smaller swan neck mirrors? I was just curious to know the answer to this.


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Digz

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by Digz on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:19 pm

Yeah. 3 different mirror types were available. When which type was available I'm not sure of. My 65 came with the ones in the top pic.
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Space Truckin

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by Space Truckin on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:21 pm

Swan Necks and "some" West Coast Jr mounts used the same 3 hole triangular mount pattern.
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chevbone64

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by chevbone64 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:22 pm

I also have those, love them
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chevbone64

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by chevbone64 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:26 pm

Space Truckin you are right, i forgot about that but i have seen them and also might have an extra set with that bottom bracket
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Space Truckin

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by Space Truckin on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:29 pm

I am currently on the hunt for a set of Swan Necks... love em

Trying to get a hold of this guy and offer cash/ west coast jr's for his swan necks Shocked

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/4799059417.html
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Re: Factory Option?

Post by Joe Van on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:37 pm

MAN..!!!.. I would Love to have that Van Now..I have always wondered that also I know the 3 on the bottom are factory because of the mounting plate inside the door.. just not sure why the Factory would drill 4 more holes instead of using a bracket to connect it to the existing 3 holes like on some of the ones I have seen.. My mirrors came off a 1968 Chevy Van.. scratch ..


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Re: Factory Option?

Post by wideload on Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:29 am

Over the years I had formed the opinion that the mirrors with the 4 bolt mount at the bottom were dealer installed and that the swan neck and jr west coast with 3 bolt mount were factory options. I guess this blows my theory because that first pic sure appears to be a factory brochure.


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Nightmoves

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by Nightmoves on Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:02 am

I have had this discussion a few times with other members here as well.Seems as if the four bolt pattern is more a '65 only thing.Could have easy been a supplier issue for that year.My 1st and 2nd gen's door skin was never drilled for the three bolt pattern for the west coast or swan base mounts.Both had the triangulated,what I refer to,mailbox looking,type of mirror.
Even though not drilled,I found that both gens have a brace that runs right with door handle level all the way length of door on the inside of skin.In that brace is two already threaded pieces ready to accept bolts for a mount.Just above the one,closest to the handle,is another nut,for the other hole for mirror mount.It helps to have small arms sometimes.
With some measuring and a bit of luck,I drilled my skins and mounted three bolt,west coast style mirrors.Yeah,I did miss about 1/8" first time,first hole.Nothing a base couldn't cover.
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oldgoalie

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by oldgoalie on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:06 am

Hey space truckin, I made my swan necks out of a pair of 65 chev P/U mirrors. They bolt on the same, just had to do a little fabrication but they work. They are not a perfect match to the originals but they are close. I didn'y really have anything to go by so a just kinda of winged it.

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bletman

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Re: Factory Option?

Post by bletman on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:35 am

chevbone64 wrote:Space Truckin you are right, i forgot about that but i have seen them and also might have an extra set with that bottom bracket

I would LOVE to get a pair of west jr mirrors for my van. Money talks if you have some!!

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