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Question 1965 Mustang Power Window swap. Worth it?

Has anyone installed a power window kit in their classic mustang? I am considering this swap but I am concerned over the difficulty of the installation. Can the window crank be left in place (inoperable) for looks only?
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Has anyone installed a power window kit in their classic mustang? I am considering this swap but I am concerned over the difficulty of the installation. Can the window crank be left in place (inoperable) for looks only?
I don't know if anyone makes an aftermarket power window kit for the early model Stangs but if you don't have any experience working with roll-up windows, it won't be easy. Even with the door panel off, you have an ultra limited amount of space inside the door to maneuver wrenches and window parts. I used to be an auto glass installer and it took a lot of time learning how to repair/install roll up windows, especially on older cars. Personally, I think adding "powered" components to classic cars reduces it's "classic-style appeal".

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most of the mustang parts houses have the replacemnt kits for power windows. you are right about the limited spase to work inside the door cavity. maybe i'll leave this alone.
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Autoloc has a power window switch that you use your old crank on but you only move it like a inch for up or down.Power windows isn't that hard to put in i did some on a 40 ford for my uncle that was a nightmare.
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I recently installed an Electric-Life power window kit in my '65. It's a direct bolt on installation; if you can install a factory Mustang regulator, you can install this kit!

I even hid my window switches--I cut two reproduction factory regulators apart, welded them up so the window cranks wouldn't move, and put part of the factory regulators back in the doors, so I still have the factory window cranks in the door panels.

Now, unless you happen to know where to look for the window switches, you'll never know the car isn't stock.
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The autoloc switch im talking about it uses your factory crank as the switch its kinda nice too.
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The autoloc switch im talking about it uses your factory crank as the switch its kinda nice too.
That does sound cool. Leave it to me to always do things the hard way!
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Just look them up on summit racing you'll see the park im talking about.
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Is it worth it? That's something only you can answer. Myself, I prefer to leave the manual windows in place because the car is a classic and I like the overall appearance and functionality to remain that way.

About the only changes that I will make to my car are safety or modifications that aren't real extreme; wheels, carb, exhaust, cam, that sort of thing.

It's all about what you want with your car.

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I'd say go for it. Both my windows in my 65 fastback are giving me problems. The drivers side does not want to roll down and the passenger side windows has slid off the tracks and can't be rolled up.
When I get the money to fix them I'm going with a power window/door lock kit from Autowerks International.
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Mustang Steve has done it on his 65-66 and has a pretty good write up with lots of pictures of the process.
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I installed a Colibri kit into my 71 two months ago and I LOVE it! Easy install (but the directions are iffy...I took a series of photos if you want them). No more climbing out of the seat to open or close the passenger window.
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