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I've read most of the posts pertaining to this, but has anyone replaced the channels and the side glass wipers on a 52-54 Ford 2 door sedan? Can it be done without dropping the glass? Any info would be appreciated. Joe

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I have been down that road it is easier with the glass out,I watched them do this at a glass shop that does classics while I had a window made for my '54 Ford.The channels that I got from Obsolete Ford came in straight lengths what you need to do is slowly contour the channels a short distance at a time around the shape of the window or you will bend the stainless and screw up the channel.With the glass out it is easier to snap in the outside "fuzzies" that have the clips.With the glass out it is a good time to apply white grease to the rollers and gear track.
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thanks for the tips, but how the %#@*& do you get the rear quarter window
out? Either the glass has to be taken out of the holder or the scissors have to be removed from the holder to be able to slide the regulator out from the bottom and the glass through the top. I'm thinking of greasing it as is because its out of the way for putting on the sweepers and I can tell it really doesn't want to come apart. Joe
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I just removed the screws that hold the regulator and let it drop down then removed the rollers and turned the glass and it's track 180 and pulled it out the top,you might have someone grab the glass from the outside to help guide it out to be safe.
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How do the rollers separate from the glass holder? The stationary roller that slides in the channel welded to the body is the only one facing out and I can see its spring loaded and I assume the other two facing away are the same, I can compress the spring and rotate the roller but even with a mirror, I can't see whats holding it to the pin, Joe
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The two rollers in the bottom of the window track are EZ to remove,put your index and middle finger on both sides of the roller and squeeze inward and remove the clip and it will pop off the peg, when you have both of those removed you can slide the upper arm out of the track with the roller intact which makes it easier to reinstall by hanging it first and then reinstalling the bottom rollers,if your old rollers are original you may want to replace them the glass shop I went to charged $2.50 each.Obsolete Ford has the rollers part#BA-23240-70A 1(800)654-3247.
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How do the rollers separate from the glass holder? The stationary roller that slides in the channel welded to the body is the only one facing out and I can see its spring loaded and I assume the other two facing away are the same, I can compress the spring and rotate the roller but even with a mirror, I can't see whats holding it to the pin, Joe
In the roller there is a horseshoe shaped clip you pull out,it looks like the clips used in the window cranks and door levers.
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Looked in the MAC'S catalog to see if they had a picture of it and they did. Now I know what I'm supposed to be looking at. Thanks, Joe
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Jeff, they were not so easy to remove. Took me almost an hour to get one roller off because they were frozen to the pegs. After getting the first one off, I was able to slide the rear roller out of the holder slot intact. This one would be a piece of cake in a vise, not. The roller was frozen to the peg and the peg was loose in the regulator. Ended up hack sawing the roller off. One down, three to go. The obvious answer to the obvious question is, if it was easy, everybody would be doing it. Joe
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Once I pulled the clips out about half of the old rollers fell apart on mine,maybe spray some PB Blaster on on your old ones may make them more cooperative about coming apart,I guess after 57 years they get like us Ol' Farts and get set in their ways.
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Their website hurts my eyes lolol, but they seem to know what they are doing.
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Re-assembly

I have a question on reassembly. When I took the other rear qtr window out I tried to drop it down with the old channels still in place and it couldn't be done. Took the channels out and it was a piece of cake. I'm guessing that the window goes in first, then the channels get fitted, then the regulator gets attached to the glass holder and attached to the body. Right? Joe
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