Controlling the Remote Mirror
by Larry Jett
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Should your restoration require the chrome plating of the superstructure supporting the remote controlled mirror, it will have to be removed and then replaced on the car post- plating. This is how it is done on a 1964 Chrysler. Attempt any other order than the following and you will be starting over.
Release the toggle switch from the dash by unscrewing the locating nut with a screw driver and small hammer so as to rotate the nut counter-clockwise and then loosen the rubber pass-through grommet on the firewall. Pull the toggle switch and three cables into the engine compartment and then out past the fender hole after removing the two screws that locate the mirror to the fender. The firewall grommet must be persuaded to smooch through the fender hole with help of some needle-nose pliers. You now have all the parts removed from the car but none taken apart. Good time to study carefully or take a digital picture.
After the chrome is back, begin reassembly. Put all parts together as the expanded photo shows.
Snake the three cables through all parts and grommet before doing anything else. This is a very important sentence! Sequence: Grommet, plastic tube (if you find you had one) fender gasket, chrome angle locating base, chrome superstructure with the chrome tube that covers the cables and then the cables snaked through the bullet shaped end cap. Take a nap.
Attach the sheath and wire ends to the toggle switch in proper color order and then consider the mirror head end only after the toggle is finished. Reinstall the spring and ball and washer end between mirror head and three way platform. Attach the one wire removed at disassembly. There are locating bosses for the mirror head to mirror cover as well as the bullet end cap to mirror cover. Match these and place some paper towel wad under the mirror glass so as to hold it tight when mirror cover and glass are placed on a level surface as photo shows. This is a good time to double check that the three cables are snaked through every orifice correctly as they were when you first had the entire apparatus removed from the car but not yet disassembled.
Snake the toggle, grommet and plastic tube back through the fender hole and through fire wall and home again on the dash after proudly attaching your nicely chromed back-looker to fender.