One of the great selling points of older vehicles can be found in the amenities and details that automakers used to focus on when producing their newest makes and models. As time has progressed, many of those custom additions have faded over time, and the chances of finding the older vehicles intact with all of these options have become progressively worse. We have discussed at length about the amenities found in older vehicles and how lucky you could be to find some vehicles that still have them, but what happens when you are building a classic that was never offered with a OEM system? Well, the answer is simple; you can turn to the aftermarket world to fill the void. While at Brothers Trucks in Corona, CA., John Lawrence showed us the advantages of going after-market, as he turned us onto custom one-piece door glass. He also knew how important options in our world are and suggested the Brothers Trucks' power window kit as a solution to our problem.
The one-piece glass is a subtle addition and with the power window feature, it's a perfect addition to help modernize this classic. The kit that we picked up from Brothers had it all; from the windows to the electric regulators that allow the windows to roll up and down with a push of a switch. We thought the install might be an easy one on first glance, but it actually took us most of the day to complete. One of the benefits of our addition is that since the cab wasn't yet painted, we weren't stressed out on scratching the paint finish. That said; just remember that this upgrade can be done to a truck that has already been painted as well!
The results of us measuring twice and cutting once were well worth it, as we installed a set of one-piece windows and power windows to this 1957 Chevy truck. Now let us show you how to modernize your truck using the Brothers Door window Truck kit!
1. This made in the USA power window kit was ready to be installed.
2. The one-piece glass kit comes with everything that you'll need to complete your install.
3. We read the instructions and started on our measurements.
4. With everything squared off, we used a center punch to start our holes for the regulators.
5. The window stop needed to be removed to allow clearance for the power window tracks.
6. Before we drilled anything out, we realized that we needed to remove the window stops so we used the spot weld remover to break the spot welds loose.
7. The window stop bracket was removed.
8. Since the door on this truck was a double skin, we used a 1-inch hole saw to start off the hole.
9. Make sure not to drill the second panel as you can see in this example. You might notice that the hole was drilled out to a 5/16 size.
10. To make room for the window you need to relieve this part of the door by tapping it with a hammer. This part needs to get handled before the weather strip is added on to it.
11. This bracket used to hold the 1/4 window in place and needs to be removed.
12. Since this car wasn't painted, we smoothed out the edges to assure that the glass didn't get scratched.
13. The door was ready to have the regulators installed.
14. The weather strip channel was installed.
15. Make sure the surfaces are clean before gluing the cloth strip.
16. The weather strip was glued in and left to dry.
17. To protect the glass from scratches, it was masked up with tape.
18. The power windows and glass were ready to go in.
19. The glass channel was installed.
20. The glass holder went in.
21. The regulator was hotwired so the glass could be bolted in.
22. The glass went in and was tied to the regulator.
23. Once the glass was in, the wiring was plugged into the window harness.
24. The wiring snapped into the window switch.
25. With OEM style switches, these windows will be fully functional for years to come.
26. The window was rolled up and down letting us know where it needed to be adjusted.
27. With the window working perfectly, it was time to remove the protective masking tape.
28. This one-piece glass was ready to go up electrically and in style!