It's the little things that can make or break how enjoyable one's customized classic truck is to drive. It all adds up, a bone-jarring automatic transmission, a clutch that requires two feet to shove in, or a set of mirrors that are hard to see out of. Before a guy realizes it, he dreads having to drive his truck anywhere, and might not even realize why. I found this to be true regarding one of my daily drivers, an '88 Chevy Scottsdale. The truck came new with a set of mirrors that looked like Dumbo the elephant's ears, but they were perfect when it came to being able see if it was safe to make a lane change. Then one morning I awoke to discover a neighbor's inebriated teenage girlfriend knocked the driver-side mirror off with her car when she flew down the street in a big hurry. In my younger days I insisted on having mirrors on my truck that looked cool even though it took a little bit of skill to use them. When I had to find replacement mirrors for my '88 I sought out the smallest, hence coolest ones that I could find.
Maybe because I figured they couldn't sell the mirrors if they didn't meet some kind of safety standards I didn't dwell too much on the fact my truck now had major blind spots. This drawback provided me with some pretty close calls on more than one occasion. Believe it or not, I was reluctant to change the cool mirrors for at least seven years, before it dawned on me I hated driving the '88 because the tiny mirrors were darned near useless. I considered another set of stockers, but the thought of it was just too much against my true nature as a customizer. The search to find the best of both worlds brought me to finding a pair of custom mirrors that functioned as good as they looked.
To help CCT's valued readers pick out a set of mirrors for their truck that offer clean styling as well as functionality I've included some tips I think will help plus a few interesting alternative solutions I found during the course of researching this story.