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Graduated mirror swap

the_hairy_baboon

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Given the amazing greenhouse and tiny side mirrors of my 1983 245 I haven't really used my side mirrors much. Both are also flat mirrors so they really don't show much. Has anyone found a place to get graduated side mirrors for both sides (I know US spec FMVSS says driver side has to be flat because congress is useless). From what I can see in parts manuals, if you get the correct countries you can get whole mirror assemblies, but I'm only interested in replacing the glass itself.

Does anyone actually sell appropriate graduated glass so that I get a bit of zoom / field of view out of the mirrors?
 
You should be able to find a convex passenger mirror as that was available here in the US on new cars. Long ago a friend was able to buy a convex drives side mirror but that was on ebay and I haven't checked since he bought that several years ago. I would just buy the whole good used mirror assembly or one of the reproduction ones. You could check in with Voluparts in Atlanta.
 
Found an original Left hand Convex 1255982 - https://zwedenparts.com/product/orig-spiegelglas-l/
Not sure if I want to do a bank transfer to pay for it though (I know outside US those are quite common)
No luck on a convex right hand one yet.

Don't want to buy whole assemblies given mine are in perfectly not destroyed condition (even though assemblies are way more common)
 
There is a difference between a left side convex for rhd/left side of road cars, and a complex curve left side for rhd, that has two views, one flat and one curved. I have one on one of my cars and I like it but it takes some getting used to.
 
well, Pelican Parts has 1255982 (Left, convex) so I put in an order and i'll see. Haven't seen the Right convex yet for the correct shape/year.
 
Pre-1986 never had graduated mirror glass. In fact, the convex passenger mirror glass didn't appear until 1989 or so on 240s. You can modify your car's doors to take the 1986-on mirrors, that way, you can get the European spec graduated mirror glass pieces. I've done it on a few 240s (and even a 140) in the past (well, except for the EU-spec glass).
 
Pre-1986 never had graduated mirror glass. In fact, the convex passenger mirror glass didn't appear until 1989 or so on 240s. You can modify your car's doors to take the 1986-on mirrors, that way, you can get the European spec graduated mirror glass pieces. I've done it on a few 240s (and even a 140) in the past (well, except for the EU-spec glass).
au contraire per parts guide - looks like both left hand drive and right hand drive (J). Of course, that assumes convex means graduated (reasonable assumption).1980-84 parts diagram - side mirror - page 1397.PNG
 
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