Going from auto to manual?

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  1. WillSquared

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    I'm deciding the direction I was to take my 86 and just wondered how difficult/possible and what all would be involved to switch from the power windows etc to manual roll ups?


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    It should be as simple as pulling the motor, regulator, and associated wiring and installing a manual regulator and window crank. The hole is in the same place, but I don't know how clean it'll look. Maybe you can paint a plastic washer to match your door if any of the window switch hole is left or swap door panels if you want to go all out. The best way would be to get all the guts out of one truck.
     
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    What's wrong with the power windows. They act complicated but they really aren't. I just overhauled mine to great success. They are double the speed and much quieter operating. In factory configuration they are slow and tend to over heat the motors. @gmachinz makes a badass set up or you could wire in relays to make them operate better. There are a shit ton of GM vehicles to get motors from.
     
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    I agree. I can understand the appeal of manual locks in a standard cab or Blazer, but the power windows work well if everything is in ship shape. My Jimmy windows are like lightning.
     
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    It's more a thematic direction of the build. Going kind of the shop truck, slightly above rat rod kind of thing. I already need new glass and interior panels. Honestly I need a new wiring harness for the whole truck. I have quite a few electrical gremlins thanks to the previous owner.


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    Well, preference is about the one thing you can't argue with when it comes to a man/woman and their truck.
     

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