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Old 03-02-2008, 02:29 PM
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converting auto windows to manual

what all is needed to do this and how hard is it?

iv got auto windows in my 88 250 but they dont work. i can fix them myself, but i would rather have manual windows. my truck is a mud truck and gets wet thats why.
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I did it when I swapped doors, but I did it the really easy way: new doors were manual, old doors were power. I simply cut the harness and taped off the ends when I removed the old doors. I did notice that the rubber grommet/tube from the a-pillar to the doors is different from trucks w/power windows/locks. The powered versions are bigger.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:17 PM
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yeah that is cheating i dont want to get new doors.

i could get the parts from a junk yard so it wont be a problem, i just want to have an idea if this is even some what easy or not even worth it.
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i would fix the power windows.

not real hard or expensive to do.

or gut them out and use seat belt straps to open and close them.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:26 PM
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yeah i can fix the power windows easy, i just dont really want to have power windows because of what i use my truck for water gets into the motors.

how would i use seat belt straps not that i want to do that its to ghetto for me.
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not too ghetto for many race cars to use in old drag racers.

search 'ford thunderbolt' and you will see some shots using them.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:05 PM
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i tried searching couldnt find anything
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i could not either.

i will try to find a link for you.
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I'm thinking a manual crank from a donor vehicle should bolt into your pickup without any problems - though you may have to drill a hole or two. You'll need to remove the motor, which will require you to drill out the rivets. Disconnect the wiring harness. Remove the wiring harness so it's not around to get hung up . Your current window bracket should be usable but you'll need to remove the entire power regulator. Install the manual regulator and hook it up to the window bracket.

You'll need door panels for a manual crank and probably can pull these from the donor vehicle. Don't forget the window crank handles.
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I want to do this also I hate all the power crap just more to go wrong I also use mine as a mudder most of the time so thats a great idea -Scot-
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This isn't hard at all, all the mounting holes are already in the door you just have to drill out the rivets and use bolts and captive nuts or new rivets to mount the manual cranks.
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thanks guys im going to go for it. iv already had the motors out of the doors so the are bolted in now.

im going to try and get the parts together from a junk yard and try it out.
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I've got manual window regulators I took out of my '91 F150 when I converted it to power, I will swap with anyone who wants to send me their power stuff that I can keep for spares.
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I had no problems swapping a set of 87 manual regulators in to my 89. The regualtors mount in diffrently but the doors I had have both sets of mounting holes.
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JAS88 send me an email adddisorder AT aim DOT com i am interested in doing a trade, the only thing that i want to keep would be my switches so i dont have holes in the door pannel left open, let me know.
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