rear view mirror – not original

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The rear view mirror in my 1965 Chevrolet C10 step side fell off while I was cleaning it. 

It seems this is not the original style mirror, as the orignals were screwed into a mount. 

I took these photos so I could ask other old Chevy truck folks what mirror this might be from… whether a later model Chevy truck or maybe a generic parts store replacement mirror.

To reinstall it, I marked the area where it was place on the outside of the windshield with a crayon. Then on the inside I took a razor blade in a push out holder(like you use for cleaning paint and things) to scrape off the old adhesive. The adhesive package comes with a sealed towelette, like a hand wipe thing you would get at a restaurant, which has some sort of cleaning agent for preparing the surface of the glass. I rubbed it on there good and strong and more of the old adhesive came off, so yay. Then you wait a certain amount of time(follow instructions!), then you get out the actual adhesive. Now, they say to place the goop on the button, then press it into place, hold for a minute or so and then leave it to cure for a half hour. A pal of mine who had done this job before told me to just tape it in place and leave it overnight. So I had some small strips of duct tape ready, and I placed the tape on the back of the metal button, put the goop on, pressed it into the place I had outlined with my crayon and held it there… the goop starts acting and adhering VERY quickly so make sure it is going where you want it to. 

Then I added some more tape for extra strenghth and left it over night to sit up properly. This was probably overkill, but since I’d never messed with this before, I suppose it did not hurt any. 

Another tip I was told by a fellow 1960-66 Chevy truck enthusiast about hanging the mirror back onto the now glued on metal button. They instructed me that to re-hang it into place, to not keep turning the allen head screw or I would just pop the whole thing back off the glass again, and possibly break things. Good tip! So I just slowly turned the allen head screw until it became snug and the mirror arm was no longer moving around. Then I was done. 

-W 



Originally Published : June 2017


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