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C3 Corvette Side Mirror Install

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Taylor Kempkes Jul 29, 2019
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When building a hot rod or restoring a classic, there are certain aspects that can be wildly ignored—it's all about the power, the looks and the numbers-matching parts. More often than not it's the small but important items like, oh, you know, mirrors that can easily be forgotten. But, during the restoration of our 1968 Corvette we were not about to let even the smallest detail slip by.

Back in the day, cars were not required to have a sideview mirror on both the driver and passenger sides. In the '60s they only needed to have one sideview mirror located on the driver side to help with that pesky blind spot behind your left shoulder (which, mind you, was a substantial improvement over no the mirror requirement just a few years prior). These days, it seems, mirrors are all but a thing of the past with the widespread use of backup cameras and blind spot monitors found in modern cars. Since we aren't going full high-tech restomod with this C3, the least we could do for our single-sideview-mirror-equipped Corvette was install a second mirror on the passenger side.

This is where Corvette Central comes in. They offer an aftermarket passenger-side mirror that matches the factory mirror on the driver side to a tee. The install process is short and sweet, but don't let that cloud your attention to detail—after all, it affects the exterior of your beloved Corvette. Vette

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Included with the sideview mirror kit is an all-important template. It would behoove you to not lose this valuable piece of paper.

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After using painter's tape to affix the template to the passenger-side door, use a center punch to leave an imprint in the middle of each "X" where you will drill.

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Tape over the indentations left by the center punch to protect your paint from chipping, then use a 3/8-inch stepped hole saw to drill through the fiberglass of the door.

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If you drill carefully enough (and used a quality bit) you will end up with two clean holes.

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Remove the painter's tape to reveal a pair of factory-esque mounting locations for your soon-to-be-installed sideview mirror.

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Next up, insert the provided nut assembly, which gives a secure location to screw on the mirror mounting bracket.

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Then it is time to install the mounting bracket along with a rubber gasket, which will act as a protective barrier between the mirror and your paint.

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Using a Philips screwdriver, secure the mirror mounting bracket. You are now ready for the star of the show to make its appearance.

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Finally, hold the mirror in place and fasten it with the provided screw and, voil , your C3 Corvette now has a passenger sideview mirror to match its stock counterpart on the driver side.

Sources:

Hot Rods By Dean
(623) 581-1932
www.hotrodsbydean.com

Corvette Central
(800) 345-4122
www.corvettecentral.com

 

Photographs by Brian Brennan

Sources

Corvette Central
Sawyer, MI
800-345-4122
http://www.corvettecentral.com
Hot Rods By Dean
Phoenix, AZ
623-581-1932
http://www.hotrodsbydean.com

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