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Old 08-07-2007, 07:23 PM
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gm windo channel question

Does anyone know a good way to shape the windo channel for a 51' GMC with out kinking it.

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Funny you should ask that. I just returned from the NSRA nats in Louisville. I attended several seminars one of which was put on by Nu Relics(SP). It was on installing power windows and one of the questions asked was what you asked. The answer was to throughly wet the felt inside the metal channel with Windex. When it is wet the felt inside the channel will slide on the metal channel instead of kinking. Hope this helps, let me know if it works for you.

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Its a puzzle!

Vince thanks for the feedback, But I should have given more or better info about my problem. I have the doors for my 51' GMC pickup completely apart to do the glass,vent windos and seals etc., and while I'am at it the channel and cat-wiskers,the ones that stappels to the stainless.Thats a seprate problem! I ordered the parts as a kit and they look good except its stright stock nothing is preformed.They said "thats the way we sell it''.OK! Now I feel like I ordered a build your own house kit and just got my brick and hammer in the mail.The parts look good and the division bar channel between the windo and vent windo is straight.But the one that goes around the top of the door,over the windo with the curve that matches the windo looks hard to do with out kinking it. the one I took out was kinked at the curve and was a replacement.I'll hit it with a bigger hammer if nobody has a better way
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Just a suggestion. and probably way off...but. What about making a template of the window glass out of 1/4" plywood and working the channel over that. It would be exposed while forming and with some clamps and maybe a relief cut or two just through the channel's back???
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Just a suggestion. and probably way off...but. What about making a template of the window glass out of 1/4" plywood and working the channel over that. It would be exposed while forming and with some clamps and maybe a relief cut or two just through the channel's back???
Just a thought.

Plywood, that is exactly how I do it in my shop, and how we used to do it for the replica bodies at Poli Form. I have seen relief cuts, but never liked how that method worked.

If it kinks some you can hammer it a little while it is on the plywood, and it'll help straighten it back.

The stuff with the SS beading is a little harder, I usually start putting a curve from the end, gathering the needed slack and working it up to the point where I want the bend to be. If you notice, the SS beading always gets longer at the bottom after the channel has been curved, so that is the direction that you work it..

You can actually bend the channel over the glass, but don't hammer it.

I never tried the windex...just don't use wd 40 or anything with petroleum in it. It'll gum up that channel for sure.


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When the guy from NewRelics showed how to do it at the NATS he bent the channel without any kinks in it at all. He used an actual window to form it around. I was amazed at how well the Windex prevented the kinking. Of course he was also pushing his window channel too.

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Of course he was also pushing his window channel too.

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It's amazing how well stuff works when it knows it's being sold...But sometimes the mere act of geting it to your house changes it so much, that you'd never know it was the same stuff.

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