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Old 01-02-2006, 02:57 PM
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Power window mounting help

I'm putting the power windows in my '46 Chevy Panel truck. They are Dolphin units. They fit in the area alright but I need some help on the mounting. Heres a couple of pics-

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The mounting bracket I made is of 18 ga metal. Its still rough cut for now. Because of the inner door panel it has to be as flat as possible. What I really need to know is if the 18 ga is going to be strong enough without flexing? And there is no mounting point for the top of the tracks, do they just kinda float up there? Last question I promise. For the lower window stop I was looking at just putting a bolt through the track, there is a large plastic block on the bottom of the window carriage(?). Will that work also?

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Old 01-03-2006, 09:29 AM
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Well, without physically being there to make a decision...

The 18 guage steel should be OK...although some square tubing inside the door wouldn't hurt either. there really isn't alot of pressure on the power widow unit when it operates. Basically, just put a few tack welds and try it. If it holds, weld it solid. most new cars only have a couple of pop rivets holding the PW in, so you should be fine.

The "floating" tracks at the top of the door can be cured with a flat head screw. just make sure and counter sink it so that it doesn't interfere with the window glass. one on each side at the top should do the trick.

The plastic block at the bottom of the carriage should be the stock window stop and should work nicely.

Hope that helps a little. Good luck with your project.
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power windows

I put in the same power window units in my 46. I had to cut the mounting tabs and take out about a 1/4 inch so they would line up better. I only used the 2 mounting tabs in the middle and the one on the end of the motor at the bottom. take out the bolts that hold the slide ridgid from side to side so the windows can be self aligning and aline the slides so they don't bind and you should be good to go. It's alittle bit of jacking around, but just take your time and you'll get it.. I am satisfied with them. They work pretty good. Hope this helps........GlennK
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Old 01-04-2006, 02:04 PM
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I tried to mount it in last night and thought I had that I had it lined up pretty good by eye and a straight edge. Put my card board pattern in to test it(didn't want to break real glass) man I was no where near close. Quit for the night in better judgement. I'll try again tomorrow night.

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Just curious how you came out. I am looking at the dolphin units and at the "its a snap" ones. The major differences are the dolphin motor is not attached to the track and the "snap" ones are. Any opinions on which is better.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:03 AM
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Bob, it acually worked out very well, almost. And its not a design problem, I must not have had the passenger side lined up quite right. It worked great after I put them in and I ran them up and down many times off the battery but the other day I installed my center console with the switches in it and tested the drivers side perfectly, did the passengers side and it cracked just before it closed. Must have been a pressure crack for some reason I haven't gone back to fix it yet.
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Is there an advantage to using the dolfin ones over units with the motor built into the track?
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Hey Bob, Ya know I really don't know the answer to that question. This was the first window unit I ever put in and really allot of the reason I got the dolphins was cost. I looked at a bunch of others and talked to some folks around here. Some had the units and liked them, some didn't and swore by the $2-3-400.00 units so I just kinda went with my gut on the choice of them.
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What I did was find a junk door and cut the outer skin off, that gives you full view of the inside of the door. Then when I modified the mounting bracket and drilled mounting holes I made a poster board template and transfered that to the good doors and waalaa they were in with only minor adjustment.
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