Power Windows, Locks & Mirrors
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This is another modern convenience that is making this car really fun to drive. As a big guy it is a little difficult to maneuver around in a mid 60's vehicle like the Mustang. It was really a pain to lean over to roll down the window or open the door lock. It also took great concentration doing this going 60-mph (I know I should pull over & stop but who does?). As you can tell from the rest of my site I try to do things myself and in the most economical manner. When it comes to the power windows I recommend you pony up to the bar and purchase the aftermarket motors. I purchased mine from Haneline 760-363-6597. If you insist on doing it the salvage yard way, check out Tad's Mustang Shack on the links page and he will show you how. These window motors are quality pieces that are manufactured in France (Not happy with France). At the time of installation (April 2000) these beauties cost me $289.00 plus the normal S & H. I purchased the motors only.
The wiring harnesses all came from Ford Fox bodied Mustangs. I utilized the armrests, switches and locks from these vehicles. The power mirrors came from a 1989 Mustang convertible with the pedestal style or Flag style mount mirrors. I was able to get the main harness that connects both doors along with the door harnesses. These makes it easy to simply plug in the Ford switches that you want to use, even the power mirrors. I decided to do all of these upgrades now since I was planning on repainting my car.
These were simple bolt in units. They were very easy to install. I was happy with the fit and the travel speed of the windows. (GOD those Buick windows are slow!!) It is important to also get the door bellows to run your wiring from the door to the car. There is an access hole just behind the kick panel on both sides of the vehicle that allow the harness to run through. Anywhere the harness went over a piece of metal that had a sharp edge, I lined the area with a small piece of rubber hose that I slit down one side and slipped over the exposed opening. I secured it in place with a dab of silicon.
Both of the power locks came from a donor car along with the wiring harness to plug them in. I purchased a piece of aluminum flat bar that was 1/8" thick X 1" Wide. I fabricated a 90-degree bend out of a 3 1/2" long piece to mount the lock to with either a nut & bolt or a large pop rivet. These were then pop riveted to the door shell near the door plunger. I also used a 7" piece of flat bar to mount to the door in front of the power window motor that allowed for a necessary mounting point for the armrest. It is important that when you, or if you purchased the window motors from Haneline to also buy the clips that mount the power lock rod to the plunger lock rod. They are of steel construction that has to be drilled on one end slightly to accommodate the larger diameter of the rod on the lock motors.
The wiring and control switches also came from a Mustang. The switch was mounted in a custom console and plugged into the late model harness. After a few weeks of usage I really like power mirrors. They can be seen at the after Photo Page.
Here is a photograph of the finished product.
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Window motors $289.00
Power lock clasps $6.00
Power Lock motors $40.00
Wiring harnesses, handles and switches $60.00
Time: Approximately 8 hour of Mustang restoration fun time.
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