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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Trivia Time - Exterior Mirrors

I own a 66 Caprice survivor car. My single exterior driver side rear view mirror is flopping around again and unable to stay still. I repaired it once several years ago but started contemplating replacing it with a new remake. I liked mine because it was original like much of the car.


However, in looking for a new replacement I realized there are 3 different mirrors/options. The problem is when looking at pictures of cars it is hard to determine which ones have been modified replaced, and which ones have not. It seems there is a tall round mirrow, a short round mirror, and a short rectangular mirror like the one I have had on my car. I am fairly certain mine is original to the car, but on average it seems the tall round mirror is the norm. Does anyone know which one is proper for a 66 caprice? Are they all "correct" with GM maybe just using what was available at the time?


Any insights appreciated. I attached pics of the 3 types for reference.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 10:27 AM
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There were only two styles that I recall standard and sport. Sport mirror was an option and included on the SS. Back then the passenger mirror was an option, and when people (usually the sales manager at the dealership) ordered dual exterior mirrors they ordered the sport mirror as the option.

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Thanks BD. I think you are just a tad older than I am, though not by much, but I sort of remember the same. The rectangular one my car has looks more like what you would find on a 68+ Camaro or other body. Just not sure if they were issued earlier.

My car being a Caprice, and not an SS or other sport package, probably shouldnt get the sport mirror. I know, I know - most would say put on what you like. And I just may. But I like things to be the way they are supposed to. If anyone else knows I would appreciate it.

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Here is a copy of the sales brochure for a 1966 full size:

https://www.autopaper.com/1966-chevr...yne-wagons.php


Here is a poster showing the round mirror:

https://www.autopaper.com/images/288...9019_29910.jpg


Here is another L-88 425 horse 427 in a 1966 Chevy that shows the square mirror:

https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/mu...e/3729621.html

A Chevy 396 with a round mirror:

http://image.superchevy.com/f/152638...Brear_left.jpg

So I guess it can go either way

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There were no "sport mirrors" for the Impala SS. All mirrors for the 1966 full-size Chevrolets are the same. The 1966 Chevrolet brochure does list an optional remote-control mirror and it is still a round, chrome mirror.

1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible - Ermine White C1
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 07:19 PM
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Below is what the standard side view mirror looks like for all 1966 full size Chevrolets. There was never a rectangular side view mirror for the 66 full size car nor was there an optional passenger side mirror. There was a dealer installed passenger side side view mirror which was the same style as the standard driver's side mirror.

https://www.getallparts.com/1966/Che...iABEgJ0kPD_BwE

Below is the remote mirror used with the Z19 comfort and convenience package for full size chevy other than Caprice:
NOS 1964 1965 1966 CHEVY IMPALA REMOTE MIRROR

Below is what the Caprice remote mirror looks like which is labeled wrong by this retail company:
NOS 1964 1965 1966 CHEVY IMPALA REMOTE MIRROR

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Awesome info. You guys are Internet ninjas with those links! Seems my Google Kung-Fu is lacking. Thank you! I will look over all the info. Much appreciated!
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 01:44 PM
 
 
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My single exterior driver side rear view mirror is flopping around again and unable to stay still. I repaired it once several years ago but ...
Marsmann:

When you say you repaired it once, what did you do?

Mine are not to the point of "floppy" yet, but they are loose and tend to readjust themselves on strong cross-breezes.

I'd love to hear about what you've tried.

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according to the body tag: (if I'm reading this correctly)
Build Date: Third week of November, 1965
Impala SS 2-door coupe (V8)
Arlington TX plant.
Original Paint: Evening Orchid (currently Crocus Yellow)
Original Interior: white/black (currently Black)
Factory Air Conditioning

not on the tag:
396 TurboJet (non-matching number)
3-speed, Automatic Transmission (TH400?)

12 bolt,
locking rear differential (
3.30? gear ratio)
Tri-Volume Horn (GM Accessory)
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-12-2017, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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I took it apart placed some silicone with a home made shim on it, as I recall, where the ball seats to act as "fill" and hold it mostly in one spot. but after many years that has given way.
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