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    Stratoline mirror on eBay

    I noticed this, but was surprised at the ending price. I have original stratolines and I have the reproductions. The alignment screws are different and the weight is different between them. This auction was described as NOS. Do the screws that are used for positioning look like NOS, or reproductions to you on this one?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...#ht_500wt_1607



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    And I can't sell a nice original one for $35! [V]

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    It is VERY hard to tell Dave! I looked at my Repros and they look the same as the ebay one. Ed's repros do look an awful lot like the original though.

    It looks to me like the swivel is dual, if so it is different than repros, but there is a lot of reflection in the pic. I thought maybe that recess around the outer edge of the back side would be different, but that matches mine also!

    So I do NOT know!
    I could tell, if I could see the inside of the base though. [:0]


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    My originals do not have that nice of a set screw and they're more recessed. That looks like Ed's to me. His are awfully nice..and less $

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    It's impossible to know what anything will wind up selling for on eBay. But we know in this case the seller was happy and the buyer must have been, too!


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    I was just wondering in this case if either knew what they really had. It's impossible to know if happiness is found paying $30+ more than what the going rate is for a brand new part...especially if that person is under the impression it is nos.

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    FWIW, I mounted an original on the right door of my convertible to match the left one and there is no way to crank it around far enough to be useable to the driver. A repop seems to have more adjustment. I went ahead and sprung for Ed's convex version and it is MUCH more satisfactory. I didn't have any trouble with aligning the screw holes- were the same as the original.

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    What strikes me about THIS particular auction is the NUMBER of photos of the part. Heck alot of whole cars are offered with alot less photos.
    Not saying it's a good thing or a bad - just an unusual number of photos for something as simple as a rear view mirror.

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    I have two of Ed's and I LOVE them. I'm thinking of scraping up the extra $ to get a convex for the passenger side though.[]


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    Ron, I would have bought the convex, but I don't like the print on it. Wish that it came without it.

    53K: Paul, what is weird is that I found the opposite to be true. My original adjusts perfectly and holds adjustment better, but the repop doesn't swivel well enough on the passenger side to see at all. Maybe I should swap them, but I put clips inside the door to hold the screws better. That will have to wait for the next time I take apart the doors to grease the regulators and buff the window stainless better...and get more energy!


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    quote:Originally posted by barnlark

    Ron, I would have bought the convex, but I don't like the print on it. Wish that it came without it.

    53K: Paul, what is weird is that I found the opposite to be true. My original adjusts perfectly and holds adjustment better, but the repop doesn't swivel well enough on the passenger side to see at all. Maybe I should swap them, but I put clips inside the door to hold the screws better. That will have to wait for the next time I take apart the doors to grease the regulators and buff the window stainless better...and get more energy!
    You probably had yours mounted in a better position than mine. I was trying to match the mounting on the driver's side- not necessarily a good idea.

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    You know, it's kind of funny. When Ed Reynolds first started offering those repop mirrors, there were apparently some quality-control issues with some of them, and quite a few nay-sayers were deriding them, and re-pop stuff in general. (I'm not pointing any fingers!)

    But Ed, to his everlasting credit, stuck it out, and now we have the situation above, where a number of folks prefer his product to the OEM piece.

    I just wanted to give a big shout out to Ed and all the other vendors who stick their necks out to make it possible for all of us to have these desirable parts. Way to go!

    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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    Right Gord, you know the Mirrors could not have worked out TOO badly over the years, after all, Ed started out selling nothing much BUT those mirrors out of his home garage and look what he has now! [^]

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    quote:Originally posted by gordr

    You know, it's kind of funny. When Ed Reynolds first started offering those repop mirrors, there were apparently some quality-control issues with some of them, and quite a few nay-sayers were deriding them, and re-pop stuff in general. (I'm not pointing any fingers!)
    But Ed, to his everlasting credit, stuck it out, and now we have the situation above, where a number of folks prefer his product to the OEM piece.I just wanted to give a big shout out to Ed and all the other vendors who stick their necks out to make it possible for all of us to have these desirable parts. Way to go!
    I have preferred his Stratovue mirrors from Day One. The OEMs were very poor quality- had a tendency for the heads to start flopping around early on. I repaired several before he came out with the repro. I have since sold several NOS ones rather than use them.

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    quote:Originally posted by mbstude

    And I can't sell a nice original one for $35! [V]

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    I would take an original for $35!

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    53K, I agree wholeheartedly about Ed's product. If you can find an original that isn't pitted, they loosen up early and flop down anyway. I prefer the SI versions much more now. It's the "nos" description on sales of those that now makes it interesting. They may not be, but no loss in quality, actually better. Gord's right, kudos to those whom stick it out for that quality and put up the money to keep them in stock. [^]


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    I put one of Ed's convex one on the passenger door of my Cruiser (just the mirror head). It fit the OEM base perfectly and made a completely useless mirror useful.

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    All these comments are great. I have one to add~

    NOTE to those who drive their cars daily~
    Do what you can to preserve the re-pops, and do it often!!!
    The chrome will start to pit after about five years or so.
    [:0]

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    Mine must be original then, since the chrome is flawless, and the mirrors go limp all the time! That is nice to know.


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    I have a re-pop mirror on my 55 Champion,installed it two years ago and it is starting to show small pits also.(and it is always stored in my garage,and does not see rain)

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    I've only had mine for two years. I wax it, but that's about it. I rechromed my original. We'll see which one lasts the longest. That's the first I've heard of early pitting.

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    What will the convex mirror allow the driver to see?
    Exactly what does it do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawklover View Post
    What will the convex mirror allow the driver to see?
    Exactly what does it do?
    "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear"

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    Convex mirror gives you a wider field of view.
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