Author Topic: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?  (Read 1619 times)

Bob Steur

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1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:29:23 PM »
Seems like a simple thing... Mirror currently on my 1968 Deville Convertible measures 10 1/4 inches at its widest point. But the replacement I got from OPGI is 11 1/2 inches. Can someone with a known original car please measure your mirror and report?

The 10 1/4 mirror seems to match the width of the rear window perfectly. I didn't install the replacement mirror but it seems to wide.

Thanks for your help, as always. It's important to me to get details like this right.

R Schroeder

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 09:30:47 AM »
Sounds like one is for the convertible , and the other is for the hard top. Hard top having more window area to see out of.
 That would be my guess.
 Roy

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 03:34:28 PM »
From the data book posted on the Modified Chapter website:

http://www.modifiedcadillac.org/documents/1960s/1968/1968%20Data%20Book/tn/68%20Data%20Book-99.jpg.html

Unfortunately it does not list the size......
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Offline Gene Beaird

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 04:08:09 PM »
I can measure that on our 68 Calais this afternoon.  I'm working now, but get done soon, and can head out to the shop and have a look.

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Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2012, 05:13:57 PM »
Bob,
 The correct width is 10 1/4" per my all original 68 Eldo. The 69/70 mirrors were 12+ ".  The repro guys always have the one size fits all mentality. There was never a special width for convertibles. Why not take yours apart & resilver the glass?
 HTH, Bob
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Offline Gene Beaird

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2012, 05:40:28 PM »
10.25" for the one in our 68 Calais 4-door.  I believe it to be OEM.

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2012, 07:07:10 PM »
Just found this in the 69 Data Book:

Inside Rear View Mirror
The day-night inside rear view mirror on ali models
is 12" long, 2" longer than last year. This means
better visibility of traffic approaching from the rear.
The mirror glass is shatter-resistant and vinyl-framed
for added protection. The mounting support that
suspends the mirror is designed to break away on
impact from any direction. A simple twist of the
mirror's tab moves the day-night mirror from clear
daylight visibility to non-glare nighttime visibility.
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Bob Steur

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012, 11:26:27 AM »
Many thanks to everyone who responded. This club is the best!

I called OPGI and am exchanging the mirror for part PZ00438, a 10 1/8" mirror which they list as for 1957 - 1966. But the comments confirm that this is really correct through 1968.

Bob, I totally agree about one-size-fits-all restoration parts. And it adds another degree of difficulty, when the car you are working on is not original, or is missing parts.

I'd rather get a new mirror than re-silver, because the back looks like it's been submerged for the last 45 years. Like the rest of my car, it's not pretty. But that's changing, slowly. This is actually the first "restoration" part I've bought - up until now I've been using used, or replacement mechanical parts.

Cheers
Bob

Offline Jeff Maltby 4194

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Re: 1968 How wide is rear view mirror?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012, 01:22:04 PM »
My 67 eldo 10 1/4"- 69 12".
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