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Cab Area Sliding Window Repair

Courtesy of Richard "Arch" Archer

Richard Archer("Arch") is in the process of rebuilding a 1976 Glenbrook with 128,000 miles that he purchased for $5,000. This is another installment in the continuing saga of one man's adventure with a "bargain" GMC.

The original cab area sliders were in poor shape. The old window felt has a steel core that rusts and binds the sliders. In addition, they leak. When the coach was picked up, only the driverside worked.

The center bar on the drivers side came off easily with a wooden beater bar. The passenger side was a lot harder. I had to really beat on it before it came loose. Destroyed a good piece of 1x2 but it did come loose before it broke.

It looked like somebody painted the frames with a brush - a really nasty paint job. Got to fix it. Best way to get the old off is sand back down to bare metal.

After all the old paint is gone and it's down to the bare metal, everthing gets masked off and ready for the paint.

Here is the dead stuff that came out of the sliding windows. I picked up the replacement kit from Jim Bounds' Cooperative Motor Works. The new felt looks a lot better its rubber with felt on it not metal with felt on it.

New paint and new rubber - looks a lot better. It works a lot better too. The next rain storm did not get the passenger seat wet.

There was enough material in the kit to turn a piece of felt upside down to fill the slot in front of the stationary window

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