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Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

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Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #1 by 56mulberry » Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:07 pm

We have the small OEM "sport" mirrors on our 1977 F-100 Custom--the pass side recently broke and we had already been wanting to upgrade to the larger style truck mirrors (similar to what came on 80-96 F150.) Just not sure if they will fit door contours/mounting holes/etc. Anybody else swapped out? OR I know the 73-79's had these larger mirrors as OEM but have not found any claiming to be correct for these years on ebay or something like it. Here is an example of what I am looking for :

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... AIT&ih=021

Just not sure if they'll fit 77 OK--obviously we can MAKE them fit.....but ....Thanks for input--DOUG
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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #2 by StrangeRanger » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:13 pm

Don't be surprised if they cost you a few tenths of an MPG. Mirrors are one of the worst aero areas on a truck (after the bed itself)
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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #3 by 68coupe200 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:14 pm

Waaaay back when my 76 had those mirrors on it, from the factory. So they should fit just fine. Good to see another of these trucks not going to the crusher just because its "old." :thumbup:
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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #4 by Luckyman » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:39 pm

Those will work, better than the little ones. However, if you can find them in a wrecking yard, the optional oem mirrors that had a U shaped bracket with the 6x9 mirror mounted on the vertical arm were in my opinion the best (for all round effectiveness) that Ford ever offered on a pickup or van. They were optional on the 73-79 P/U's & Vans and nver produced by the aftermarket. If you can find a pair in decent condition, grab em, even if they cost more than you want to spend.

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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #5 by 56mulberry » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:17 pm

I know exactly which ones your talking about with the U-shaped bracket--I will look at local yard as well as on the way home sitting in folks yards--be suprised what you can buy if you just ask.

NO, we did not do the spring shocks--after building the bumper/hitch--and putting trailer on it it did not squat enough to matter--we had put 6ply tires on it which probably helps it load better. Thanks for asking.

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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #6 by willowbilly3 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:55 am

They were optional and called "below eye level swing lock mirrors" The later ones have a different contour and will tweak the door surface some. I used a set from an 80s Ranger on my 72 and made them fit with a little bending. I think the doors had a nutsert in them from the factory and you will want to use those or take the door panel off and put a fender washer and nut on the inside. Don't put them on with big sheet metal screws.
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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #7 by 56mulberry » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:18 am

Will do--they are on backorder----$37.35 free shipping.....D
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Re: Exterior mirrors on 77 F-100

Post #8 by 56mulberry » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:12 pm

Mirrors are on and look work great--only problem was hole pattern was narrower for the OEM style big mirror mounts compared to smaller OEM "sport" mirror mounts--so plugged extra hole in white truck door with a 39 cent white plastic plug from home depot for now and a little clear silicon (not even noticeable from 8-10' away and will weld it over and grind when we repaint cab this winter....Work great too! DOUG
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