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1966 Pontiac RH outside mirror


The more I drive my car the more I miss having a right side mirror. I know they had an accessory package for those but they seem to be impossible to find in decent condition. I know we've discussed before about using a LH mirror as a RH mirror and guys have said they didn't think it worked, that it wouldn't adjust enough to show the correct view needed. 

I have a really nice spare driver's mirror that I saved for decades for the right car. My driver's mirror is good so this one needed to find a home!

The last picture shows the image in it that I see sitting in my natural position in the driver's seat. Works for me!

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1966 Strato Chief 2 door, 427 4 speed, 45,000 original miles 

1966 Grande Parisienne, 396 1 of 23 factory air cars (now converted to a "factory" 4 speed)



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Good stuff Carl. Is the placement as per a assembly manual, or did you achieve it via trial and error?

When I was a Fifty 567 Chevy enthusiast, I saw many installed incorrectly. Even when a correct passenger side mirror was used, it'd be too far back, or get hit by the vent window.

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I always thought they looked  better with two, in both senses of the word.

For most cars driven by retirees, the one on the right should have stamped into it "Objects in mirror wish you would speed up!"

I don't think that will be a problem in your case though.



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Unfortunately the assembly manual has nothing for a passenger side mirror which leads me to believe maybe it was an accessory only.

I got a friend to hold it in place and we did trial and error. In the end, we matched it do the driver's side and that suited perfect for the angles. It has about 1" clearance when the vent window is cranked open.

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Carl.... I found mine to be merely "decoration". It works, but seeing anything if it is set up properly, you have a nano second....LOL

Could be that driving a 2015 Ram with side mirrors that are like a ladies fitting setting has us spoiled!!!

Even the drivers side, there is a very, very, small sweet spot to adjust the mirror to, definitely have to shoulder check making lane changes...

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Maybe order one from down under



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One of the main reasons I wanted it was for backing onto my 4 post hoist when I park the car.

But honestly I like the visual balance it gives the car as well. Kind of like I can't stand single exhaust on a V8 car.

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Definitely a must to have two mirrors. My '64 CS came with two factory mirrors, both of which are interchangeable just like yours. Ironically, I replaced them in 2012 when I redid my Pontiac, but they never stayed adjusted properly. This past winter when we were down in Apache Junction, I ordered two new ones from Ames Performance. I even had the sales rep go to the warehouse to check if they stayed in place when adjusted. He assured me that they were good. And so, for $160.00 Canadian, I purchased two new ones and finally got around to installing them last week. As for the "guys have said they didn't think it worked, that it wouldn't adjust enough to show the correct view needed," I definitely disagree. They work just fine, albeit, as pointed out above, they are a little small compared to the ones on newer vehicles. There is nothing wrong with the old "trial and error method."smile  Yes, I agree that single exhaust is just plain wrong!



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Here's what I did on my 65.
Placed mirror to match the drivers side position.
Mirror head wouldn't pivot enough to see along the side of the car because the head would bind against the pin between the mirror body and the head.
Took a small triangular file and cut a notch into the pin which allowed the head to pivot further.
Can now site along the side of the car just like a modern car does.
The pin seems to be made of a metal that doesn't rust as there is no discolouration after about 15 years.
Thought I had a pic but can't find it.
Can take and post a pic if the description isn't clear enough.


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norontcan wrote:

Here's what I did on my 65.
Placed mirror to match the drivers side position.
Mirror head wouldn't pivot enough to see along the side of the car because the head would bind against the pin between the mirror body and the head.
Took a small triangular file and cut a notch into the pin which allowed the head to pivot further.
Can now site along the side of the car just like a modern car does.
The pin seems to be made of a metal that doesn't rust as there is no discolouration after about 15 years.
Thought I had a pic but can't find it.
Can take and post a pic if the description isn't clear enough.


 I wonder if the driver's seat position has anything to do with it?

How tall are you Ted? I'm just over 6' so my seat is all the way back. 



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Right at 6 feet.
My car being an CS has buckets. Not too sure this would make much of a difference.

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