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4/24/12 11:41am - Original Message: 'outside mirror help'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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i opened my box with my new mirror and the gasket isnt even close to fitting the base. so my question is where can i get a good gasket or maybe a good mirror assembly. are the ones that say made in america good fitting units. i bought this one over a year ago and dont remember where it came from thanks rodney

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4/24/12 12:23pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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I have no idea but if you do not get a better answer send vettsteve@AOL.com an email and ask that question.  He is an inactive C2VR lifetime member that restores a lot of C3 so he may have a good current source. 
 
I know I mention him a lot. It just is because he is local to me.  Has had almost everything or a sourse for it that I have ever needed from transmission front covers (some ass never took it off and never replaced it to the rear composit spring that was taken off and replaced with a steel spring)  But this is not the subject so I will stop talking about people that take advantage of women (previous 20 owner was a female family friend).
 
Does lots of freebees for local C3 guys.  But he not active on the forum. 


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4/24/12 1:12pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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I bought new mirrors for the '74 a long time ago...either from Mid Am, or Eckler's...I can't remember. In any case, the gaskets I got were just like your's...way too large...stuck out like a sore thumb. I wound up using my old ones, then later, cut the new ones right down the center, trimmed, and superglued them back together, so they look, and fit, perfectly.



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4/24/12 4:10pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Adams' Apple said: I bought new mirrors for the '74 a long time ago...either from Mid Am, or Eckler's...I can't remember. In any case, the gaskets I got were just like your's...way too large...stuck out like a sore thumb. I wound up using my old ones, then later, cut the new ones right down the center, trimmed, and superglued them back together, so they look, and fit, perfectly.



Beer great idea!  now -  if I can only remember this when I need it ......... Confused

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4/24/12 5:55pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Joel, I almost did that last night then thought that was a little "redneckish"!  If thats a word! I cant believe that any company would make something new that fits that poorly. I thought that maybe the ones that say made in America were better but I dont know. I'm betting that mine wasnt one of them but like i said its been at least a year since I bought all my stuff. I never had an old gasket so I must do something in the next few weeks. I am willing to buy a new one if the gasket mates up ok but I dont want to get stuck with another bad one! Paragon has their Made IN America mirrors back ordered and other then that I dont know if anyone else has another option. Hopefully someone else will have some better news!
Thanks for the suggestions so far.

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4/24/12 7:32pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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DeBerry, TX - USA

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 Wow! Paragon has 'Made In America' mirrors'? I've bought three... one from MAM that I sent back because it was total junk and two fron Ecklers..very little better.. all made in Taiwan. Would be nice to find decent ones that would last awhile...... Note to self... check out Paragon next time Thumbs Up

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4/24/12 10:57pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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rod7515 said: Joel, I almost did that last night then thought that was a little "redneckish"!
Rodney


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4/24/12 11:13pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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1980 L-48 still in the middle of a frame-off.

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I saw this on Ebay today.  A possible consideration.
 
     http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corvette-Vette-Stingray-C3-Sport-Bullet-Mirrors-COMPLETE-SET-/160771034665?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item256eb34e29


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4/25/12 9:34am - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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I'd love to have those mirrors.  My stick-chrome mounts keep coming loose.  With these though, they say they are reconditioned but did C3's ever come with these mirrors?  Plus I'd have to drill two more holes in the door.


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4/25/12 6:54pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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eldredjames said:

I'd love to have those mirrors.  My stick-chrome mounts keep coming loose.  With these though, they say they are reconditioned but did C3's ever come with these mirrors?  Plus I'd have to drill two more holes in the door.

Sport mirrors weren't offered until 77. If you want to change them, it's very intensive work. I've seen many people install them just thru the fiberglass. They are very fragile mounted that way. I fabricated large meatal backing plates that fit behide the fiberglass and are epoxied to the fiberglass. You have to make an opening thru the sheet metal skin to get to the mouning studs to secure the nuts and to install big back-up support plate (fabricated by me). You also have to make a place in your door panel for the remote control adjustment. It takes a lot of patience and work. A tool that I used was a pneumatic pencil die grinder. 

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4/25/12 10:22pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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I ordered mirrors from Paragon today. They said they are made in America and the description says GM Restoration part. I ordered a left and right mirror and also the base to the left hand mirror. I plan on doing the 74 as well as put a mirror on both sides of the 72. I feel lost without a mirror on the passenger door. And it will make it a lot safer when out on the road. The mirrors themselves are back ordered until early around the first week of May. But they will ship the mounting kit out for a Saturday delivery, I'll let you knw how the gasket fits.
Rodney


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4/26/12 12:26am - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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I guess you did not get a chance to check with vettsteve@AOL.com I was just over at his place and asked him he said he has GM original new or used plus some from another source that does match the GM original.  
 
Just in case anyone else is following this thread and is interested. 


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5/13/12 4:01pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Gilbert,
The reason I did not contact vettsteve is because I took the mirror off my original 74 and the gasket is the same size as the rest of the gaskets I had gotten. I have come to the conclusion that the problem isnt the gasket but the base of the mirror seems to be slightly smaller on the aftermarket mirror I am hoping the mirrors that are GM Replacement from Paragon are a closer fit.  Also before I removed the mirror on the 74 I looked closely at the placement of the gasket. It also had a bit of the gasket sticking out around the base but it was more out on the top so not as visible as if you try to center it on the mirror base. My new mirrors from Paragon have not arrived yet. I am not ready to take the car out yet so I can wait a while yet but I hope to finish the interior in the next week or so then I will need to install a mirror. Thanks for the suggestion. I didnt want you to think I wasnt interested.
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5/13/12 10:37pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Dorr, MI - USA

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71 Colonnade Hardtop Coupe Torch Red with black interior originally L48 built to push around 360hp

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Please keep us posted on the mirrors Rodney. I have put at least 3 different aftermarket mirrors on that were total crap. Yes I did have the gasket issue and used the original gaskets. But worse than that one mirror i purchased would blow out of adjustment at about 50mph. There is no way to tighten them up so back they went. So let me know how Paragon works for you. T

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5/13/12 11:06pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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I'll let you know once I get them. Bad thing is that I probably wont have them at road speeds for a while.
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7/1/12 6:32pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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Just an update on my mirror situation. The Made in America mirrors were ordered the last week of April. Since then they are still on back order with no definite date for a delivery. I called this week and was told they will ship once they come in. I ask if they had any idea when that would be and was told they hoped sometime in August. I may decide to try contacting vettesteve that was mentioned earlier. I will keep you up to date on the status of this mirror.
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7/1/12 10:00pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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When I painted the car, I lucked out. The original gaskets were still in very good shape and I was able to re-ude them.

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7/2/12 4:39pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Just my 2 cents here

I bought a right hand mirror a while ago and diligently followed the instructions.  What a piece of crap.  Yes, the gasket was too big but I thought it was supposed to be that way.  The problem is I could never adjust the mirror so I could see behind me.  Now its come loose anyway and I get a good look at the road beneath me.  Suppose that's good if I run over money or something.

With the big pillars, I need a right hand mirror!


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8/15/12 6:55am - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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Just a quick update, I called paragon to find out what the latest was on the made in america mirrors that I had ordered the last week of April. They are still on back order. I ask what the issue was that its taking this long. (only been 4 months now!) The lady said it is due to a plating issue and didnt know when that would be corrected. Well I have the old mirror on the car for now so I guess I can wait it out! I will let you know when they come in.
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8/18/12 3:12pm - Reply: 'Re: outside mirror help'
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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

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The original OEM mirrors had the head off-center.  Even w/ the head adjusted to the higher position, the rear fender still blocks a good portion of the view.  I'm always surprised at how many I see w/ the mirrors set in the low position.

I assume that there's no NOS available from Chevrolet.


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