Window track discussion
What is the best way to clean up these types of window tracks? I've thought about sand blasting them with a fine silica and I've thought about having them dip stripped. Also, once the rust is gone and they are good and slick, what if any lubricant is proper to put on them.
One final question. If you've ever taken these out and then put them back in you know how hard they can be to position correctly for easy window movement. Is there any tricks to putting these back in?
Naval Jelly, then replate them (cadmium or zinc?). Zinc paint could be used but it would rub off in some areas leaving corrosion "hot spots".
If it was my car, I might wire wheel the worst, zinc prime the spots not involved with mechanical motion, check all the plastic and/or pot metal parts (if any) for wear and breakage, grease the sliding/moving areas real good and put it back in service.
As far as adjustment, if all else has remained the same, just put it back where the factory bolt marks are. If that does not work, you'll just need to loosen up the adjustments and play around a bit to see what effect they have on the window position.
Those parts had a very thin zinc plating, there was rust on them thirty years ago, the windows have been working just fine all that time. Lube them up and get back out on the road with a smile on your face and the tunes cranked up.
I agree, clean them up, prime them with some epoxy and grease them up good with white lithium grease. They'll hold up just fine. Be sure to inspect all the plastic rollers, these have a tendancy to crack and shink with age and also wear out. Is that outer wheelhouse welded in solid or just an illusion in the photo? Clean up your rocker and inner quarter and whellhouse well and prime before you install the new quarter. It's much easier to get these areas prepped and primed with the quarter off. After the quarter is on go back in and spray your seams with 3M Rustfighter or something similar. Bob
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