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I was shopping in the local salvage yard this weekend and happened upon something usefull.

I snatched a rearview mirror out of a late model monte carlo. It has the lights and provisions for a map light. The three wire harness gave me the ability to accomodate the door pin switches and the dome light circuit. I know this goes against all the purists out there, but I think it may be usefull to those looking for practicality also.
JN

ps: this rearview mirror also comes in camaros and some other '96-newer GM model cars.

I would like to add that the mirror upgrade to the GM set up increases the interior visibility at night as well as the daytime (via the mirror) visibility from the rear. All though this may not be a datsun rearview mirror, it does improve on the lighting inside the 240, 260, 280, 280zx, interior. I've got one and it works great.
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Great tip!! I have been thinking of this for while

> I was shopping in the local salvage yard
> this weekend and happened upon something
> usefull.

> I snatched a rearview mirror out of a late
> model monte carlo. It has the lights and
> provisions for a map light. The three wire
> harness gave me the ability to accomodate
> the door pin switches and the dome light
> circuit. I know this goes against all the
> purists out there, but I think it may be
> usefull to those looking for practicality
> also.
> JN

> ps: this rearview mirror also comes in
> camaros and some other '96-newer GM model
> cars.

> I would like to add that the mirror upgrade
> to the GM set up increases the interior
> visibility at night as well as the daytime
> (via the mirror) visibility from the rear.
> All though this may not be a datsun rearview
> mirror, it does improve on the lighting
> inside the 240, 260, 280, 280zx, interior.
> I've got one and it works great.
> JN

The interior of the Z is so dark, especially if you have a black interior like I do. The extra light is what I need and was thinking about a ceiling mounted light console like in some late model cars. But the rearview mirror makes more sense and would be a much cleaner installation than a whole console on the roof.

Thanks a bunch.
 

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Kudos on great idea

That is a GREAT idea! How much did you pay for it?

I have a convertible and this is exactlyu the kinda advice I needed. Thanks

> ps: this rearview mirror also comes in
> camaros and some other '96-newer GM model
> cars.

> I would like to add that the mirror upgrade
> to the GM set up increases the interior
> visibility at night as well as the daytime
> (via the mirror) visibility from the rear.
> All though this may not be a datsun rearview
> mirror, it does improve on the lighting
> inside the 240, 260, 280, 280zx, interior.
> I've got one and it works great.
> JN
 

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Re: Kudos on great idea

> That is a GREAT idea! How much did you pay
> for it?

> I have a convertible and this is exactlyu
> the kinda advice I needed. Thanks

I thought it was quite a steal for $25. I had no intention on installing it on the Z but it works great, the wires were easy to hide, and no one even notices the GM markings on the back. This also brought up a question about the new auto-dimming ones on other new cars.
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How does it install? In the same place as oem?

> I thought it was quite a steal for $25. I
> had no intention on installing it on the Z
> but it works great, the wires were easy to
> hide, and no one even notices the GM
> markings on the back. This also brought up a
> question about the new auto-dimming ones on
> other new cars.
> JN

Did you just drill new holes in the mirror bracket to accomodate where the existing Z mirror holes are? Explain in a bit of detail if possible, or if you think there is a better way then you did, explain that. Thanks

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Re: How does it install? In the same place as oem?

> Did you just drill new holes in the mirror
> bracket to accomodate where the existing Z
> mirror holes are? Explain in a bit of detail
> if possible, or if you think there is a
> better way then you did, explain that.
> Thanks

> Alex

The main reason I even considered this approach was because my mirror was missing. I also like to improve if I have to replace. On my '78 280, I just used super glue to adhere it to the windshield (you can use the rearview mirror adhesive if you want to). This makes for a factory look. Instead of covering up the original bracket that held the mirror, I simply took it off. This left me with nothing to hold the visors in place. I went to the same salvage yard and got some little hooks from the headliner of an old ford fairlane. They were chrome and had an older appeal to them. The junk yard owner just gave them to me. These bolted right up with the original screws [there are lots cars that came with small hooks to hold their visors, just get the best looking ones (the chrome ones match the door handles and shifter)].
Any more ?'s......Let me know
JN
 
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