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There is a very large class of people that own 65/66 Mustangs that, as far as I can tell, anyway, have been, for the most part, ignored entirely. They don't really want that 100 pt. show car that is so nice and was soooo expensive that they're afraid to drive it, they also don't want to make their car capable of achieving warp factor three. They just want this car that they dearly love to be able to cruise around smoothly and reliably, without having it dump them out on the side of the road or have it start making weird noises or belching out big clouds of funky-smelling smoke. And I think, truth be told, that this is by far the largest class of Mustang owners. They take their car to some technician when what they actually need is a mechanic, and this, frequently, does not work out very well at all for the owner. They don't want to re-engineer the entire car, they just want someone to fix what broke. These are the people that I am trying help out with this blog. Some problems require a little bit of back and forth, as in, "Try this." "I tried that and it didn't change anything."
" Oh. well, you probably need to try that." " I tried that and it helped, but it still isn't quite right." "Now you need to try this...." If you go to http://www.allfordmustangs.com/ and then go to the classics forums, you will be able to do that with a pretty hefty gathering of some very knowledgeable people that also happen to be very friendly. None of that ridiculous one-upmanship, no flaming or abuse, none of that stuff. Just good, solid advice from people that know what they are talking about.

Monday, April 7, 2008

1965 and 1966 Mustang door window adjustment



To adjust how far up or down the door window is able to travel, you simply loosen the two bolts shown in the first picture, roll the window up to where it should stop, position the window stop against the regulator arm, tighten that bolt up, roll the window down to where it should stop, position the other stop where it needs to be, and tighten that bolt, and then roll the window all the up and VERY CAREFULLY close the door to make sure that the window isn't going to hit anything as you close the door. Tweek as needed to make the door window stop exactly where you want it to.

If the window seems to be binding and it is very difficult to roll up or down, this is very often a mis-alignment of the two guide tracks that the window rides around in. Those two tracks have to be parallel for the window to operate smoothly. The rear track, shown in the second picture, is adjusted by loosening the two bolts that are up near the top and the nut that is down near the bottom. If you open the car door and look at the face that the door latch sticks through, you will see two bolt heads up near the top door face plug and the upper door bumper. Those are the guide track bolts. If you remove the lower door face plug, inside that hole you will see the nut. Loosen those, roll the window all the down, wiggle that guide track around until it is in a relaxed position, and then snug everything back up. If this fixes the problem, cool. If it fixes the problem, but now the angle of the window is off when the window is rolled up all the way, as in, it's leaning outward or inward too far, then tou will need to adjust the front track, which is part of the wing window assembly, and then repeat the process for adjusting the rear track. The reason that you should start by trying to adjust the rear track first is because this does not require removing the door panel. A really tight window can also be caused by a bad window regulator or possibly something as simple as the scissor guide tracks needing a touch of grease. These are not parts that generally receive regular lubrication. Do NOT lubricate the window guide tracks. Whatever you use to lubricate these tracks will get on the glass itself, and look just terrible. The wing window adjustment procedure will be in a section of its own.

10 comments:

Steve said...

This blog was of great help to me. My passenger window was binding and I used your trick of shifting the support via the door jam. Fixed the problem right away in my 66 coupe.

Steve in Phoenix

Steve said...

This blog was of great help to me. My passenger window was binding and I used your trick of shifting the support via the door jam. Fixed the problem right away in my 66 coupe.

Steve in Phoenix

Steve said...

This blog was of great help to me. My passenger window was binding and I used your trick of shifting the support via the door jam. Fixed the problem right away in my 66 coupe.

Steve in Phoenix

Veronica said...

Cool. I'm glad to hear that it helped you out. That's why I do this.

Komain S. said...

Awesome, this will come in handy. I've been getting some rain in my drivers side window since it doesnt roll up all the way. Will do it this weekend. Thanks.

azielenski said...

Awesome. I was pulling my hair out (the little that is left). You-D-Man.

Best regards,
Adam in Folsom

Braydn Tanner said...

Hi, what should I do if the top rear part of the glass is hitting the rear quarter glass when I shut the door? Thanks!
Braydn

Veronica said...

That could be caused by a couple of things.If the door window seems to be lined up correctly with the top section of the weatherstripping and with the wing window, that is probably the quarter window that needs to be adjusted. If the door glass looks like it isn't all the way up in the back and hits the quarter window, which appears to be lined up correctly, as if the door window was rotated a little bit in the counter-clockwise direction if you are outside the car facing the door, it could be that one of the rollers needs to be replaced, or, if all three rollers are ok, the door window glass needs to be removed from the track and re-glued in the right position.

Braydn Tanner said...

It looks like I just needed to adjust the dog ear on the wing window. if you were looking down the glass facing the front of the car it was rotated counter clockwise and I tilted it right and it fixed the problem. Thanks!

Veronica said...

Cool. I'm glad to hear that you got it sorted out.