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Window regulator roller question - 1954 3604
#1360863 Mon May 18 2020 05:56 PM
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Dusty53 Offline OP
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I have not found much information on the window regulators as far as them having a "roller" that runs in the window channel when raising or lowering the window. If there ever were rollers on my window regulators, they are long gone. Whats left is a round "button" . Have any of you replaced the roller on your regulator? One parts supplier indicates a 1/4" rivet and another says they have the "correct" 5/16 rivet with the rollers they sell. I would like to know what others have done and the correct way to replace the roller on each window regulator. Thanks!


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Re: Window regulator roller question - 1954 3604
Dusty53 #1360881 Mon May 18 2020 08:17 PM
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Can't speak to a 54 3604 but my 49 3100 used two thick leather/fiber washers that were stretched over a 3/4" (approx) button facing the door exterior. One washer rides the inside of the track the other on the outside. Sounds like what you may have. Maybe another bolter can give us an idea of a good material to use for these washers, durable and flexible enough to stretch over the button.


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Re: Window regulator roller question - 1954 3604
Dusty53 #1360888 Mon May 18 2020 08:42 PM
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I don't think there is any question, this [classicparts.com] is what you need. I have replaced them on TF. Drill out/shave head or otherwise remove old rivet. Install roller and rivet and swage over/upset rivet. The swage over is a little sketchy. The rivet is hollow on that end. I used a tapered tool. The wall of the hollow will probably split. Then also want to lean to one side or the other if I remember. I hit it down some with a hammer/flat punch too. It did not look too nice after I was done, but it was "riveted". If I do it again, I may saw the "X" and "Y" axis of the wall to create 4 "tabs" to bend over. Not sure til I try that. You may want to buy two sets.

If you are concerned about 1/4 or 5/16, remove the rivet and check the hole. You don't want a 1/4 in a 5/16 hole.


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Re: Window regulator roller question - 1954 3604
Dusty53 #1360900 Mon May 18 2020 10:39 PM
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That's the exact set I purchased. I also found a Hanson 5/16 rivet clinch tool that would likely be a good idea. Thank you Forty9 and bartamos for your help.


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