The most popular look for the interior of a classic or traditional lowrider is basically “stock restored” or OG if you will, with the seats, dash, radio, gauges and doors all looking showroom-new. Original power windows are often added to models that offered that option “back in the day,” but they’re hard to find. Pulling 30- to 40-year-old parts off of a car in a wrecking yard is chancy at best, and NOS (new old stock) factory power window kits are scarce and expensive. You might even want to put power windows in a bomb that never had them originally. What do you do then?
Well, thanks to AutoLoc (in Hillsboro, Oregon) you can keep the OG look and add the convenience of power windows by installing a two-door “flat glass” power window kit (part # PW5500) and a pair of innovative new electronic window cranks (part # EWS-1).
The flat glass conversion kit will work on any car or truck with flat windows and features AutoLoc’s own Super Glide window design that ensures easy installation and guaranteed smooth operation. Each power window kit comes with high-torque worm-gear driven Bosch motors, reinforced guide tracks, and adjustable window bases, to ensure quick, quiet and dependable operation for the life of your vehicle.
Because of their high-torque motors and custom mounting brackets, AutoLoc power windows are great for traditionals and bombs that have never had power windows. PW5500 kits can be upgraded to remote operation using any of AutoLoc’s keyless entry units or window controllers (PWRE75). Because the kit is “universal,” some fabrication is required, but all you need are regular hand tools and a hacksaw or sabre saw. All kits ship with detailed instructions and a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
To complete the OG look, AutoLoc’s revolutionary electric window crank systems allow you to eliminate your unsightly window switches with ease. To operate the electric window, simply rotate the window crank up or down 15 degrees. The electric window crank switch works with the factory window crank, giving your vehicle a traditional or custom look and “stealth” power window switches.The switch’s ultra-thin universal design makes installation a snap. The product is available in three spline shaft sizes: 3/8-inch square (early vehicles), Spline I (’50s and newer GM) and Spline II (Ford and earlier vehicles). Custom splines are also available for other applications. To ensure safety, AutoLoc’s positive dead-lock stop and return spring design create a heavy duty system that won’t break or snap. The electric window crank system is made in the USA out of billet aluminum with stainless steel fasteners.
To see just how well the power windows and electric cranks actually work, we followed Tom Farraj at Got Car Sound (Upland, California) as he installed the them in an “under construction” ’59 Chevy Impala. The upholstery hadn’t been done yet, so Tom made quick work of the installation, following the very detailed instructions included. Some fabrication had to be done to mount the electric window cranks and everything worked perfectly. (Note: He also installed an AutoLoc power door lock kit, but we’ll save that story for another time.) ,
Custom Bolt-In Window Kits Also Available
This installation featured the Universal Flat Glass kit, but AutoLoc also makes a variety of “custom” bolt-in power window kits for many popular vehicles. Here is a list of applications currently available, with more to come.