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Old 01-20-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Experiment: 97 E350 with manual mirrors - want powered ones.

So, I bought a set of powered mirrors off a post 2002 van. One of the mirrors was broken a bit with a loose housing. Seller made it right and refunded me 1/2 the amount. So, I wanna use it as a test mule for wiring it to be powered.

My 97 E350 doesn't have powered mirrors. Everyone states that the powered wiring is there, but I seem to be missing it. I also know the fitting is different...

So, anyone done this and know what I should do?

My thoughts are this:

1) get a set of connectors to splice into the wires once I find them. That way, if I need to remove the mirrors, I can disconnect each wire and remove.

2) get a control switch for the mirrors. Again, do not see the plug in for this switch so, not sure what to do.



If I cannot go powered, I assume I will just leave them as non powered and adjust manually. Kind of ghetto, but would work...

Anyone done this from non powered to powered? I did all the drilling and got them mounted.

Thanks!!
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Re: Experiment: 97 E350 with manual mirrors - want powered o

Anyone hard wire a new set of mirrors on an older van?
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Re: Experiment: 97 E350 with manual mirrors - want powered o

I have seen some thread on this, but i think they were all on putting the newer 2 shaft (like F-series) towing mirrors on later vans. I'm betting I saw it on Ford Truck Enthusiasts forums. Have you dug around there?
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:17 PM   #4
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Re: Experiment: 97 E350 with manual mirrors - want powered o

I have done it twice. Bought the Ford switches on EBay not van spific just ford OEM. make sure you get the pigtails with the wires they use a special connector. All of the wiring diagrams are in the factory EVTM (Electrical,Vacuum Troubleshooting manual) get one it will come in very handy. I laid it out on the workbench and testwired it. One of the vans had the wires in the doors which made it easier the other I just ran them under the dash, easy to get to with the doghouse removed. One van had the hole for the switch the other I dremeled a hole in the dash.

We used the 2003 and later towing mirrors and compared to how tough it was to mount them on a 1996 wiring them was easy. Wiring and testing them on the workbench and understanding how the wiring worked made the actual install go much smoother.
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Re: Experiment: 97 E350 with manual mirrors - want powered o

My old '94 van came pre-wired. But it was a Wagon. I think the wagons came with more pre-wiring for options than other vans (my current van has unused wire harnesses hidden everywhere).
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