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Old 10-20-2006, 03:54 PM
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39 Chevy power windows?

I have a 39 Chevy four door sedan that i am working on. I know you can buy a power window kit for the four doors for about $800. I need something cheaper! What cars from the junkyard would be a good donor? I guy i know said he used the window parts from a Pontiac, he just couldn't remember which year or model. My car has flat windows. Any info would be appreciated.

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The gear on Ford power window motors will mesh perfectly w/ old GM window riser gears. Here is a photo of the ones I installed on my '53 Chevy pickup. Very cheap and very easy. And they will be better than any aftermarket gizmo 'cause you will have the stock riser mechanism. See the whole how-to story in my Journal, around page 31.

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For 30s/40s GM cars , 70s/80s mid-size GM car power windows are pretty easy if

YOU have any fabrication skills at all.
Best to use are rear door mechanisms from 4door models. WHY? Because they are the least used of all power windows. They'll have the best parts and the best motors. You will have to clean a lot of dust and grime from them but by and large they are your best bets.If you can't strip the doors for the parts, buy the doors, they'll be cheap.
The original windows in your car can stay where they are. You'll mount the arms to the original metal glass channels on your glass, and the secondary arm channel will mount in your door near where the original ones are. You'll need to fabricate a simple mount across the void in your door to hold the motor & bracket, wire them up and ....zippppp. power windows cheap and easy.
A friend of mine and I did this installation in his 38 Chevrolet Coupe back in the 80s. It took us about 5 hours to figure out, fabricate, install, wire and test the setup in the passenger door. The driver's door took 45 minutes.
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Thanks for the info guys. I found an easy junkyard option for power windows for flat glass. A friend of mine at a body shop suggested I use window mechanisms from a Toyata Camry from the years of 1992 to 1996. They are a simple setup and I was able to get them for $20 per window. They are simply a track that a slide runs up and down. They work a lot like the aftermarket one just with a different motor setup. They are easy to fabricate to an old car. I just can't tell people I used Jap parts on an all American car from 39.
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