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Window channels for 55 (2 door/hard top)


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We are in desperate need of the channel for the right door. It is the one that is mounted inside the door (from below the lock going up & down) to hold the window as it is rolled down. Any ideas on a substitute for this part would also be welcome.

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I had the same problem on my '54 Century and my '56 Special--couldn't find the correct size or width of window channel weatherstrip anywhere. I ended up taking the felt off of one that was the wrong size, cut it into three long, narrow strips, and glued each piece onto the metal channel in the door (three sides). It works perfectly, and no one can tell the difference.<P>Pete Phillips<BR>BCA #7338<BR>Ector, Texas

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I recently tried to find the flocking for the track that you're referring to. Several suppliers claimed that it is no longer available. One of them recommended black Velcro, the soft part that looks like flocking, and sells it for this purpose. They also recommended a spray adhesive to be used in addition to the sticky backing on the Velcro. Works fine and even looks right, not that anyone can see much down there.

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I hope my reply wasn't misleading. The rear channels of the front doors of my '53 and '61 hardtops have flocking. I extrapolated to the '55.

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There IS a lining in those rear channels the purpose of which is to prevent rattling and scratching of the chrome window frame. I bought some material from Buick Specialists now Buick World that worked well...previously I even glued on strips of red shop towels. It cannot be seen after installation so install whatever works.<BR>Willie

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I will reiterate that there is absolutely no flocking in the rear channel. The window does not even touch the channel. The top whiskers on the door and door trim keep the window from rattling. Let me know exactly what part of the window your talking about and I will get you the correct material.

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OK FireballV8 what part are you talking about: Group 10.701 (front door window glass run channel) part 415553 (upper front) or part 4155620 (lower front)?<BR>On the upper front you have as a lining a U-shaped metal piece with glued on fuzzies attached with rivets. On the lower front the lining is glued on...the remnants of which on my parts cars looks like rotten canvas...this lower front is what I think the original question is about and on what I based my answer. If you are still confused I can draw you a picture, scan and send<BR>Willie

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Again, I can't speak for '55, only '53 and '61 hardtops, but I thought Diana and Jerry were describing the extruded steel channel that runs vertically from the region of the lock button downward, i.e. at the trailing (rear) edge of the window. In both of my cars this adjustable channel was lined with worn-out fabric before restoration. If this part can't be found, it could be fabricated without too much trouble.

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Diana, grab that part from FireballV8 pronto. In answer to your question, I'd make it myself, but if I wanted to farm out the work I'd start with a restoration shop. In fact, I checked with Streamline Restoration here in Denver--they are quite familiar with the part and would charge for the manufacture on an hourly basis. They recommended searching for a used part, as that way you use your own time rather than paying for theirs. In this case, it would appear that your problem is solved.

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This is great news - yes we need the metal piece. If FireballV8 and Old-Tank will let me know what info they need from me we can get this project a little further down the line. Thank you all for your assistance you have no idea how much you have all helped us.

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