My '58 Van

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby MickEssex » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:54 am

Thanks Jack, I never thought about using a towing relay, it sounds like the only option and as you say just means running a 3 or 4 wires from front of the van to the back.

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby D jones » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:22 pm

just wondering do the mirrors work as have same problem with my van and were did you purchase them from.

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby MickEssex » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:20 pm

I took the van for a spin this afternoon, first time since fitting the mirrors. They are definitely a big improvement over the round mirrors that were fitted before, coupled with the reversing camera I fitted I'm now happy. I still think slightly bigger mirrors may be better, but I can live with what I have now. Sometime in the future I may try out VW T2 mirrors but not sure if these will be too big for the minor.

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby MickEssex » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:28 pm

I bought them on ebay, there are cheaper versions of the same mirrors available, quality of these are very good.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 1931105581
You'll also need some M16 1.5 pitch fine thread half nuts and some M20 thick washers.

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby don58van » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:07 pm

Hi Mick

Have you considered keeping the reversing camera permanently ON (while the ignition is ON)? This would give you a supplement to the mirrors -- not just when reversing.

I only ask because I am considering this for my van (still off the road for restoration).

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby PoolGuy » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:26 am

don58van wrote:Hi Mick

Have you considered keeping the reversing camera permanently ON (while the ignition is ON)? This would give you a supplement to the mirrors -- not just when reversing.

I only ask because I am considering this for my van (still off the road for restoration).

Don

That’s my plan Don, sort of like a virtual rear view mirror. I still have to strip the camera loom so that I can get it up the a pillar.

Good news with the mirrors Mick, I’m going to hold off any further mirror mods until the camera is done.
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Re: My '58 Van

Postby don58van » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:46 am

Oooops :oops: Poolguy: Sorry about getting your name wrong.

Please keep us informed about the camera -- lets hope it is a huge success. The poor rearward vision from the van is a real concern for me and I know there are many others who feel the same way.

BTW I saw a picture recently of a van where the whole raised area on the back doors was glass, so that it extended nearly to floor level. :shock: :shock: That might be one solution, but not something I would ever consider doing.

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby PoolGuy » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:14 am

I’ve had it working as a bit of a lashup and it’s very good, I just feel that it’ll be better with the monitor positioned where the rear view mirror would be.
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Re: My '58 Van

Postby don58van » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:08 am

I just feel that it’ll be better with the monitor positioned where the rear view mirror would be


Yes, looking down at a screen is less than desirable when driving.

As you are no doubt aware, there are accessory reversing cameras where the screen is embedded in the interior rear vision mirror.

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Re: My '58 Van

Postby PoolGuy » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:40 am

Yes, I had a rear view mirror one in a Transit a few years back but they’re only about 2” view, I’ve got a 5” stand alone screen for the 8cwt, it fits nicely between the sun visors and gives a very good view of the world behind.
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