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DIY Power Window Conversion
#1415212 Mon Jun 28 2021 04:09 PM
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ColbyG Offline OP
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I'm doing some research on converting my 51 to power windows and those kits are crazy expensive. I enjoy customizations and such, so I figured that I would ask:

Has anyone here converted the old manual windows into power windows by adding a motor to the original regulator while utilizing the stock look power window switch? Is it even possible?

See attached images for the look of the manual regulator and the stock power switch. The photo with the motor on it is what I'm thinking of the final project, but with using the stock looking switch.

If none of that is possible without too much work and time or dinero, can anyone recommend the best kit to go with that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

Thanks!

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switches.jpeg (17.57 KB, 244 downloads)
51-55 Power Window Kit.jpeg (9.5 KB, 238 downloads)
Last edited by ColbyG; Mon Jun 28 2021 04:15 PM.

colby

1951 Chevrolet 3100: Photos [photos.app.goo.gl]
–Engine: 219 to 250 to 350 (waiting to be dropped in)
–Currently: Readying a 1987 S10 frame for mounting the body.

1956 Chevrolet 6400
–Engine: moved the 250 from 3100 - newly installed
–Currently: Adjusting Brakes & Installing New Headlamp Switch

1963 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
–Engine: EMPTY
–Currently: Sitting in Barn
Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1415214 Mon Jun 28 2021 04:38 PM
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LMC has a universal kit that uses the original regulator. I put one on a 63 pickup a few years ago. It worked real good but was a lot of work putting on.
George


They say money can't buy happiness. It can buy old Chevy trucks though. Same thing.

1972 Chevy c10 Cheyenne Super
Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1415235 Mon Jun 28 2021 11:18 PM
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ColbyG Offline OP
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Wrenchbender Ret., do you have a link? I can’t find it.


colby

1951 Chevrolet 3100: Photos [photos.app.goo.gl]
–Engine: 219 to 250 to 350 (waiting to be dropped in)
–Currently: Readying a 1987 S10 frame for mounting the body.

1956 Chevrolet 6400
–Engine: moved the 250 from 3100 - newly installed
–Currently: Adjusting Brakes & Installing New Headlamp Switch

1963 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
–Engine: EMPTY
–Currently: Sitting in Barn
Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1415302 Tue Jun 29 2021 03:45 PM
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Well, I don't see it in the catalogs now. They must have discontinude it. Sorry.
George


They say money can't buy happiness. It can buy old Chevy trucks though. Same thing.

1972 Chevy c10 Cheyenne Super
Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1415308 Tue Jun 29 2021 04:35 PM
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Here is a switch from Classic Parts that uses the existing [crank handle.] [classicparts.com]

But your right, crazy $$$!

Last edited by Phak1; Tue Jun 29 2021 04:38 PM.

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Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
Wrenchbender Ret. #1418499 Wed Jul 28 2021 02:22 PM
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ColbyG Offline OP
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It's okay. Thank you! smile


colby

1951 Chevrolet 3100: Photos [photos.app.goo.gl]
–Engine: 219 to 250 to 350 (waiting to be dropped in)
–Currently: Readying a 1987 S10 frame for mounting the body.

1956 Chevrolet 6400
–Engine: moved the 250 from 3100 - newly installed
–Currently: Adjusting Brakes & Installing New Headlamp Switch

1963 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
–Engine: EMPTY
–Currently: Sitting in Barn
Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1418500 Wed Jul 28 2021 02:24 PM
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ColbyG Offline OP
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So I purchased some aftermarket universal window regulators and motors from a neighbor and he wanted $100 for four of them. He said, "Just take them and see if you want them. Try them out, do your research or whatever. You can pay me after you figure it out. All I want is $100 for everything in the box. If you don't take them, I won't do anything with them ever, so it's up to you."

Turns out, in the box were two of those switches linked above. So even if I don't use the other pieces, it was a score!


colby

1951 Chevrolet 3100: Photos [photos.app.goo.gl]
–Engine: 219 to 250 to 350 (waiting to be dropped in)
–Currently: Readying a 1987 S10 frame for mounting the body.

1956 Chevrolet 6400
–Engine: moved the 250 from 3100 - newly installed
–Currently: Adjusting Brakes & Installing New Headlamp Switch

1963 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
–Engine: EMPTY
–Currently: Sitting in Barn
Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1418516 Wed Jul 28 2021 04:35 PM
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Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1420233 Wed Aug 11 2021 04:50 AM
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Here's a lower-cost alternative I ran across a few years ago:

Redneck Power Windows [youtube.com]

-Kevin


This is what happens when you live with a house-full of women, the wife and daughters name all the cars:
1960 Impala - "Frankie" (Frank Sinatra)
1961 Apache - " 'Mater Jr." (wrecker)
1972 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Juliet"
1976 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Olaf"
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Re: DIY Power Window Conversion
ColbyG #1424939 Thu Sep 23 2021 12:02 AM
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Haha ! Thanks Kevin. Funny Sh*t, but I'm still looking.



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