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Ford West Coast Jr. & Camper Special Mirror Hardware

 


Fig. 01
Full view 01

When it's time to replace the rusty attaching hardware of your two-post West Coast Jr. or three-post Camper Special mirrors (pictured here), use the information below to figure out what you need. Since you don't want to have to replace this hardware again in a few years after Mother Nature's taken her toll on them, you might consider replacing them with stainless steel pieces. You can get all these at a Fastenal, McMaster-Carr (or other fastener-oriented hardware store), Graingers, etc. The stainless versions are definitely more expensive, but you'll never have to worry about them again. Zinc-plated hardware is less expensive and allows for a moderate amount of corrosion protection but over time will rust and corrode.


Fig. 02
Full view 02

The pictures posted here are of the Camper Special style mirrors on my '75 F250, but the same hardware is applicable to all '67-'79 Ford pickups.

 


Fig. 03
Mirror head - top
 

Fig. 04
Mirror head - bottom
 

Fig. 05
Bracket to door - top
 

Fig. 06
Bracket to door - bottom
 

Fig. 07

CS support - top
 

Fig. 08
CS support - bottom
 

Fig. 09

Acorn bolt w/nut

Two of these are used on OEM West Coast Jr. mirror setups and three with Camper Special mirrors. I have been unable to find a source for these, but you can use a 3/8-16 x 1" stainless stud (or a short bolt with the head cut off) and two standard acorn nuts as a substitute.
Original Ford PN for the acorn bolt:
375522-S40

Fig. 10 & 11

T-bolt (List Item No. 7) and acorn nut (List Item No. 4)

If you're installing West Coast Jr. or Camper Special mirrors on a truck with doors that aren't already drilled for these t-bolts, just be sure to use a 1/4" drill bit when drilling the holes so the replacement bolts (mentioned in List Item 7 below) will just fit and not require a washer. If you're installing the mirrors on a truck which is already drilled for these mirrors but you don't have the t-bolts and will be using regular bolts instead, due to the size of the existing holes I'd suggest going up one size on the bolts and acorn nuts (to a 5/16"-18) so a washer wouldn't be required under the head of the bolt. (If you want to search for this OEM T-bolt at the NOS parts dealers, search for Ford's PN
383100-S40.

When making up the listing below, I randomly chose a few pieces and compared prices at several different internet outlets. Of the three I tried, I found McMaster-Carr to be consistently less expensive that the other sources, so all prices listed are as advertised by them on their website on 04/04/13. You might be able to do some deeper digging and more research to find them elsewhere for less, but at least this table will give you a good idea of what you'll be looking at to replace your rusty mirror hardware. I've also talked with numerous people who say they were able to go get their items from their local hardware store, so check there first.

List
Item
No.

Description

Total Qty.
Req'd

Price ea. (app.)
(NOTE 2)
Misc.
SwingLoc Camper
Special

1

Acorn nut
Thread Size: 3/8-16
Thread Type: UNC
Thread Direction: Right Hand
Thread Depth: 3/8 In.
Width: 9/16 In.
8 10 $6.24
(pkg 10)

McMaster-Carr: 92240A622

Used for upper and lower hoop to mounting bracket hardware (West Coast Jr. style) and mirror assembly brace (Camper Special style).
Quantities noted are when replacing the acorn bolt/nut (shown in Fig. 09) with a threaded stud and two acorn nuts.
OEM Ford acorn nuts fit a 9/16" wrench. McMaster-Carr pieces (92240A622) fit a 5/8" wrench but have the same inside dimensions.
OEM Ford PN:
34164-S40
- Threaded studs
3/8-16 x 1" - 18-8 stainless steel
2 4 $11.06
(pkg. 25)

McMaster-Carr: 95412A624

Since acorn bolts (see Fig. 9 above) are impossible to find, you'll have to fabricate your own. McMaster-Carr sells a 25-count package of these threaded stainless-steel studs ....so you'll have a few left over if you go this route.
2 Machine screw
Pan head, #10-32 x 5/16 with internal-tooth lock washer
(Note 1)
4 4 $13.00
(pkg. 25)

McMaster-Carr: 95345A090


See Figs. 02 and 03 above for useage (labeled '2')
3 Flat washer
3/8"
8 10 $6.02
(pkg. 100)

McMaster-Carr: 92141A031

Used in conjunction with List Item #1 above
4 Acorn nut
1/4-20
2 4 $7.31
(pkg. 10)

McMaster-Carr: 91855A360

Used in conjunction with t-bolts (List Item #7) below.
5 Body bolt or hex/flange bolt
1/4-20 x 1"
2 2 $6.10
(pkg. 10)

McMaster-Carr: 97646A115

Ford #57030-S2
Used when attaching the lower L-shaped mounting to the existing Ford nutserts in the door's sheetmetal. Regular bolts/washers can be used as a substitute with original nutserts. I have been unable to find a source for stainless steel body bolts. I'm sure they exist, so I'll have to update this when I do find a source.

The McMaster-Carr number posted at left (and product shown here) is for a stainless steel flange-head bolt which would be slightly different in appearance as the OEM Ford bolt.
 

6 Bolt
3/8-16 x 3/4" long
2 2 $7.13
(pkg. 25)

McMaster-Carr: 92240A622

 
7 T-bolt
1/4-20
7/16" long (Note 1)

 

2 4 $5.71
(pkg. 50)

McMaster-Carr: 92240A536

These t-bolts are used to secure the upper L-shaped mounting bracket (West Coast Jr. and Camper Special styles) and the mirror brace (Camper Special style) to the door shell and are used in conjunction with acorn nut List Item #4 above. (See Note 3 below)
OEM Ford #: 383100-S40 (5/8" long); D0HZ 17386-A (7/16" long)

Note 1 - Measured from the bottom of the head to the tip.
Note 2 - All prices are for 18-8 stainless steel as advertised by McMaster-Carr's website as of 04/13/13

Note 3 - I have unable to find a source for this specific t-bolt. However, you can substitute a short hex-head bolt or screw (7/16" long - see Note 1). If you do use a small bolt, you'll need to accommodate the thickness of the necessary washer under the bolt head that will be required to keep it from pulling through the existing hole. If you're drilling your own holes, the washer under the bolt head isn't needed as long as a 1/4" drill bit is used.
The McMaster-Carr number posted above will get you a bolt that fits the OEM style 1/4-20 acorn nut (List Item #4 above). If you're installing the mirrors on a truck which is already drilled for these mirrors but you don't have the t-bolts and will be using regular bolts instead, due to the size of the existing holes I'd suggest going up one size on the bolts and acorn nuts (to a 5/16"-18) so a washer wouldn't be required under the head of the bolt.
Some other search results: Amazon.com -

So, to summarize, here's the basic shopping list for folks who already have the two-post West Coast Jr.' or the three-post 'Camper Special' mirrors installed on their trucks and just want to replace their existing rusted OEM hardware with stainless steel and will be reusing their existing T-bolts:

  • (8) 3/8-16 acorn nuts (add 2 for Camper Special mirrors)

  • (2) 1/4-20 acorn nuts (add 2 for Camper Special mirrors)

  • (2) 3/8-16 x 1" threaded studs (add 2 for Camper Special mirrors)

  • (4) Panhead #10-32 x 5/16 machine screws with internal-star washers

  • (8) 3/8" flat washers (add 2 for Camper Special mirrors)

  • (2) 1/4-20 x 1" body bolts (or hex/flange bolts with flat washers and large flat fender washers for inside the door)

  • (2) machine bolts - 3/8-16 x 3/4" long

If I add up the advertised prices on the McMaster-Carr website for the items pictured above, I arrive at a grand total of about $63 before shipping. However, if you have local access to a fastener outlet which will sell these by the piece instead of by the box, your total price will drop a bit, so you might want to make a few phone calls and see if you can find these locally first.

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