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Swapping power window mechanisms into hand crank door
Posted 13 July 2007 - 09:46 AM
If its much of a PITA, I'll just wait until I find one with power windows.
Posted 13 July 2007 - 10:40 AM
Posted 13 July 2007 - 03:38 PM
If I recall, all the knockouts and stampings are 100% correct in the manual door shell, so it's just a straight bolt-up job, with no drilling whatsoever. I would do the conversion with the doors off the car because it is much easier to get inside the door cavity this way.
I seem to remember the most difficult part is the power door lock actuator linkages (probably because I have big hands). Also, be careful not to damage the plastic linkage retainers in the various mechanisms when swapping inner parts between the two doors.
good luck John
Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:42 AM
You will want somebody to help hold the glass up while you manuver things and bolt things up. Then getting the pieces all aligned is kindof annoying but still doable.
Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:28 AM
An extra hand always makes alignment of the internals easier. Bolt the components up loosely, and pay close attention to how the glass moves up and down the tracks, and where the fasteners are located in relation to the access holes in the door shells. By positioning the glass at the right spots, you can make your final adjustments.
I've always liked this design. Some other models weld the door shell togetherafter installingthe power window assembly (which is often riveted together). This makes motor replacement a royal pain, and conversion nearly impossible.
good luck, John
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