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  • Vent Window Frame Replacement

    So I got my new "sail" panels in (I think that's what they are called). Lot of work for those little guys, but it was one of the last parts not replaced or re-chromed.

    So the largest offender left is the vent/wing window frames. Pitted to heck. I have one's that are not perfect at all, but much nicer.

    If it is huge amount of work, I may just have these re-chromed, before the swap. So aside from reading the manual (haven't yet), how bad is it for a seasoned wrench? (especially non-original door panels, come off easy without damage??)
    59-430-HT

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    I did it a few months ago. My chrome plater refused 2 sets of vent window frames because he felt the amount of grinding necessary to eliminate pits would eliminate to much detail. Also he found cracks which he felt were non repairable. He maybe just didn't want the job but I was convinced to go find a pair already rechromed. So start there first.

    The assembly is not hard but there are lots of tiny screws to keep track of. I did a photo journal of each step as I removed pieces. I got new glass but let the glass guy install them into the frames. I also replaced the window locks. That's not to hard but getting the roll pin into the new handle required two people. You will also need some patience in installing the new "cat whiskers". I used a pop rivet gun with an extended nose. When you reinsert the glass frame into the window frame be careful of your orientation as its a little tricky. Finally putting the finished assembly is straight forward but adjusting was a pain.

    I don't know if any of this helps but feel free to call on me if you get stuck.
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    • #3
      Chris thanks for this detail and picture for any future replacements.
      Dano Calgary,Alberta Canada
      Thunderbird Registry
      58HT #33317
      60 HT (Sold )

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      • #4
        Yes, thanks for the info.

        This is what I'm working with.
        On car.......

        http://luxjo.supermotors.net/59%20T-...S/IMG_1953.JPG

        Spare

        http://luxjo.supermotors.net/59%20T-...S/IMG_1955.JPG

        Lot more pitting (especially large visible from a distance pits) on the one on car, but spare is not perfect.
        59-430-HT

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        • #5
          Its hard to tell in a picture but those don't look terrible. Here's the best one I had and the plater rejected it.
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          • #6
            I had both of mine replated and they came out great. They were in pretty bad shape when I took them in. It took a while to find a plater that was good and still willing to do pot metal. Chip Foose uses this plater. Not cheap but good. I also remember having to buy some special rivets for the top connections. I have a lot of spares if you need any, let me know. Not pop rivets.
            Nyles
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tbird1044 View Post
              I had both of mine replated and they came out great. They were in pretty bad shape when I took them in. It took a while to find a plater that was good and still willing to do pot metal. Chip Foose uses this plater. Not cheap but good. I also remember having to buy some special rivets for the top connections. I have a lot of spares if you need any, let me know. Not pop rivets.
              Nyles
              Those look really nice...........

              About what did it cost if you don't mind me asking. I suspect it might be almost as much as it would cost for me to add AC, since I will be using my own compressor, engine brackets, inside vents, etc...
              59-430-HT

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              • #8
                The vent frames were $175 ea. to repair and rechrome. Any chrome work in L.A. has gone out of site price wise and it's hard to even find a shop that will do pot metal parts. I used a different shop for the bumpers and found a much better price.
                Nyles

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                • #9
                  Not as bad as I thought, but will probably use these as is and put that money towards something else the car needs.
                  59-430-HT

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