Come on, who doesn't like power windows? We all love them so much that they are pretty much standard on any new car. What's not to like about them? Push a button and the window goes up or down all by itself. Tie that in with a remote control and you can roll them down with a key fob from across the parking lot.
Back in the day, the best way to get power windows was to adapt some kind of power motor to the stock regulator or find something close that you could make work. Once you did that, you just twist wired some pirated window switches onto the motor wires and ran a hot wire. Just shove the new hot wire into the fuse to draw power – that's how everybody else does it. By the time you're cruising for a milk shake you got the windows going up and down, up and down. Pulling up to that red light, you're still watching the window go up and down, all by itself. That's cool.
Fast forward to present day and you still want power windows in your old truck. Well my friend, be thankful you live in this time. Mid Fifty F-100 Parts has been around for years, quietly being the best place around to find any or all parts and pieces needed to bring your classic F-100 back to life. Their power window kit is only one of the "kit" kinda things they have. Wipers, dome lights, wiper washer, etc., all have kits that include everything needed to complete the installation. I love these. Makes my job easier since they have already put together what is needed and included some pretty darn good instructions as well. That's a big deal to me. Even though I build F-100s, it is really nice to be able to see just how the maker wants the product assembled and installed. Sometimes things are pretty obvious, other times you could be lost without them.
OK, back to the windows. What we have here is actually two of Mid Fifty's kits. The first one is the power window conversion kit. These mechanisms are "exceptionally smooth and quiet" and can be used with the stock side glass or the one piece. The units come with either a clamp lift or a channel lift. The one used here is the clamp type and I really liked it, so far. Its part number is 1740-E. You will need to add a set of switches to the order as the kit does not include them. The reason is that there are a few different choices for the switches and this way they sell you the kit for a bit less and let you choose your style of switches.
Also used in the install is the power window install kit, which includes the ½x½-inch square mounting bar, correct spacers, longer metric bolts, and instructions. This kit carries a part number of 1737.
The third kit brought to the party is the one piece glass kit, or the 1956 Solid Side Kit (for use with power window kits). The glass is tempered and comes in a couple of different tint options. I really like the smoke and that is what we usually use at Bobco's, but they also offer clear, tinted, blue, and double dark. The beading on the window channel is also available in black or polished stainless. I am using the black beading kit, # 91729-NO. This kit contains the felt window channel, felt wipers, two U-shaped metal channels for the front of the glass, and the needed hardware.
Follow along if you're interested in changing your stock crank windows to a nice power unit. Going the extra step and stepping up to the one-piece kit is a great idea too, if you like the look of no windwings. I personally do, it's just a little something that makes the truck a touch different than everybody else.