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hey guys, im looking for door mirrors. not sure what style i want, but would love to see some pics of what you have

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I bought some silver bullet mirrors that I will try to find. They look like the ones people run on the front fenders on 510's and old Z's.  I ordered them from someone that came up through the forum. They were ordered from a vendor so I was able to order the passenger side with the wide view lens.

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UK made polished SS bullet mirrors. Great quality and vintage look but limited visibility. I compensated for the latter with 3.5" convex wide angle mirrors glued over the originals (driver and passenger side). Still takes a little getting used to.

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I'm running modified mirrors from a 96 Buick Park Avenue. They were also used on a couple other GM products from similar year range. I had to modify the mounting area to better match the contour of the Z door. They aren't fancy racing mirrors, but I think they look like they belong. Here's a couple pics:

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4 hours ago, dmoralesbello said:

UK made polished SS bullet mirrors. Great quality and vintage look but limited visibility. I compensated for the latter with 3.5" convex wide angle mirrors glued over the originals (driver and passenger side). Still takes a little getting used to.

dmoralesbello, is that orange z going to have the fairlady tail lights that you just bought off ebay?

 

For mirrors, if you have a 280z, the factory racing mirrors look good. The chrome stock looking 240z mirrors also look good.

 

 

 

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53 minutes ago, hr369 said:

dmoralesbello, is that orange z going to have the fairlady tail lights that you just bought off ebay?

Whoa! I guess you're Greg Hassen. Pretty cool.

Yes, those Fairlady tail lights are going on that orange Z. I think it'll make the car a bit more interesting and unique.

I guess I'm just partial to the look of the bullet mirrors over the other choices, To me they look retro cool and in perfect scale and style with the lines of the Z. 

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21 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

They aren't fancy racing mirrors, but I think they look like they belong

CO,

Are those powered or could they be? They have a good shape for the car, if only they were the right color... :P

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They are power mirrors, but I'm not using the power capabilities. I have the wiring harness rolled up into a ball and stuffed behind the glass inside the mirror housing. Maybe someday I'll go through the effort to run some wires out to the door and wire them up.

And maybe someday I'll go through the effort to paint them.  :P

I'm still trying to make my car work perfect. I haven't gotten to the look perfect part yet!!

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On 3/28/2016 at 7:45 PM, hr369 said:

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i have these on mine and they look very nice but the passenger side mirror doesn't really exist (at least not that i could find - anyone else?) so i bought 2 drivers side and flipped one upside down for the passenger side. i'm assuming that's what you're seeing in the pic above. the 2 problems with this are: 1) the mount angle is off, so if you're standing in front of the car you can see the passenger side mirror stalk tilts upwards more than the drivers side - not a huge deal for me but some may find this objectionable 2) the drivers side mirror is flat, and completely useless if you actually want to see anything out your passenger side other than a single headlight from an adjacent car, so i glued a cheap convex mirror onto the face of it - looks a little goofy, view is pretty distorted, takes some getting used to, but works ok.

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I love mine.

They are from 70s to about 1990 Jag XJS's.  A bit heavy, but the coverage is good, very good.  They are the only mirrors that I have had on that, in conjunction with the interior rearview, completely eliminates blindspots.  Does give the car a bit of the Third World Dictator look, but I can deal with that.

Chris

 

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i have these on mine and they look very nice but the passenger side mirror doesn't really exist (at least not that i could find - anyone else?) so i bought 2 drivers side and flipped one upside down for the passenger side. i'm assuming that's what you're seeing in the pic above. the 2 problems with this are: 1) the mount angle is off, so if you're standing in front of the car you can see the passenger side mirror stalk tilts upwards more than the drivers side - not a huge deal for me but some may find this objectionable

I'm thinking about going with these, which supposedly solves that problem: https://zcardepot.com/exterior/mirrors/mirror-chrome-outside-oe-look-240z-260z-280z.html

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Those look great on your car! I love the look! Hey a question, I noticed that you have what look to be chrome protectors on the body of your z ( the bumpers that protect your car from door dings from other cars) I just had mine repainted, and am debating putting these protective strips on. Can I ask where you found them? Is one brand better hhan another? I'd appreciate feedback on this from you, or any member. Thanks much! Your z is lookin good!

K

The lil z lady :) 

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Kira, if you decide to go with protective side molding, choose the adhesive type as opposed to the pop riveted mount style (no holes in the body and you can remove them if you ever change your mind).

If you google Body Side Molding, you can find them from suppliers such as Cowlesproducts.com.

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Thank you s30driver. I wasn't sure what they were called. This was a big help! 

K

the lil z lady :)

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On May 8, 2016 at 4:22 PM, KiraK said:

Those look great on your car! I love the look! Hey a question, I noticed that you have what look to be chrome protectors on the body of your z ( the bumpers that protect your car from door dings from other cars) I just had mine repainted, and am debating putting these protective strips on. Can I ask where you found them? Is one brand better hhan another? I'd appreciate feedback on this from you, or any member. Thanks much! Your z is lookin good!

K

The lil z lady :) 

 The mirrors are on most of the 70 GM cars. I had to make a bottom plate to make the angle fit better on my car.

 My bumper protectors and paint are original. I would not put them back on if  I ever have the car re-painted. 

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When I had my lime green '72 240z I bought a pair of chrome rectangular Chevelle/Camaro door mirrors.  Think I paid $50 shipped for the pair.  A NOS unit was not in the budget for that car but I never put them on.  In fact, I still have them in the garage.  A member on here or another Z car site had them on his Z and they looked good.  Another option would be GM round chrome mirrors.  Again, they run about $50 - $60/pair on Ebay and other sites.  For the look, cost, and functionality I think they are hard to beat.

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Great option and look on both the above Hardway. I like the top pair because they look very similar to the original drivers side mirror, but I love the bottom pair for the clean retro look! 

I have been so obsessed with trying to keep my girl original, that form often trumps function.

Although I did finally add  louvers to protect from the Vegas sun. But I have been reluctant to add anything that would need to be drilled.   ( such as a mirror.)

Having a right hand mirror would be nice, something I especially learned last weekend while driving in LA traffic while there for the z bash :wacko:

So where to draw the line between form over function? I guess that's a matter of taste, and the rigors of maintaining an original 240z. 

Thoughts? 

 

K

The lil z lady :) 

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 Go for the right hand mirror. A couple of properly treated screw holes is far better than body damage caused by lack of vision. IMO form over function is placing the mirrors out on the front fenders. They look great but field of view is very limited.

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On 5/8/2016 at 0:28 PM, black gold man said:

If anybody wants these mirrors 25 bucks shipped.  Like new   http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/131793979209?item=131793979209&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466&rmvSB=true

 

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I have these mirrors installed on my 76 Z.  They look great, I also have a set of the "original" metal sport type mirrors.  They are very similar.  

These were easy to mount to the existing location.  I do not believe I drilled any holes or anything.  

HINT:  Mine started getting loose/wobby after a few years.  The mirror to the mount (where you can adjust the mirror), NOT to the car itself.  I was going to superglue the "pivot ball" in place, but decided to remove the mirror first.  On the bottom of the mount, there is a screw that tightens the pivot ball.  I tightened those up on both sides, and it's all solid now.

I also like having 2 mirrors, evens out the look, and visibility.  Only 1 just looks like it's missing the other one.  Mine also had holes already on the passenger side, so I didn't really have a choice!   

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