power windows and locks into 68-72 GM wagons This is going to be a long initial post, and a long string of posts, but I think it’ll be of value to someone. Hope it helps those wanting to do what I did for my 1970 Chevelle Concours wagon… OK, going way back, I have been lucky enough to have been exposed to cars with power windows and locks. Not a deal breaker on any car I acquired later, but always kept my eyes open for parts to convert then from manual to power. Did a ‘72 Monte back in the mid 80’s when power accessories for these cars were dirt common in the yards. Even my ‘79 GMC van and ‘71 Mustang fastback have power windows; the van has power locking too. Initially I was going to try using parts from a GM van, as the mechanism and its articulation are very similar to that of a wagon and I have much familiarity with the systems. But I had a change of direction come my way. In June of 2011, while keeping my eyes open for other wagon stuff I needed, I found someone parting a Vista Cruiser and selling the power doors very cheap complete. Problem was, they were at the other end of the state. Got in contact and bought the window lift mechs for the price of the doors and had them keep the rest. Unfortunately they had hacked the door boots and wiring. But at least I would have the lifts to start fitting stuff up and figure out how to mod it to make it work. So I hoped. Worked it out long distance, and waited for my parts. And waited… Meanwhile, in October 2011, as the back and forth on the above deal was dragging, badly, and my continued searches for shtuff turned up more parts I needed for other parts of the frame swap, another VC was being sold on the east coast. Basically it was being sold for parts. Cheaply. Included with this parts vehicle was a set of power window doors, this time with wiring. So, what do I do? Still don’t have the stuff from up north, can’t reach that seller, this could be another good deal… I contacted the seller of the VC, who has sold the car! But the buyer didn’t want the doors, just wanted the front clip. So the doors are available. So I strike a deal, and buy another more complete power window system. Then, at the end of October, the first set of lifts is shipped and arrives! By the end of 2011, after much back-n-forth, I get everything aligned for shipping of the second set of lifts with the wiring. Finally arrives after the first of the year. Somewhere in the intervening months I had tried the lift mechs from the earlier purchase and found the front lifts fit and work and are perfect. They should, front doors of a long roof (Vista) wagon are the same as a flat roof (Chevelle). Rears, ah the rears are another matter. The length of the door makes for everything being spaced out differently enough to make just popping in the lifts a no-go. Well, I tell myself I’ll figure something out. I want power windows! Now, much earlier than this (Fall 2010), I had been looking for a frame, and found a guy 2 hours away that had a complete Vista frame for sale. I knew if I put an El Camino frame under my wagon I would need boxed-style-chassis fuel and brake lines, so called him up to see what he had. Didn’t have a good conversation, but found out he had a complete set of rust-free, nice inner door panel, Vista doors with power windows and locks, complete with wiring. But he was very proud of them, so after all I decided I didn’t need them that badly. Fast forward to March and April of 2012, I am seeing on other ‘Net sites a set of full power doors being sold in Southern California for a lot of $$$, but less that the asking on the ones from 2010. And then, in June of 2012, a rust damaged set with ugly panels shows up for sale locally. Same as the first set from 2010? Dunno, but yeah, wanted those power locks, uh-huh. Still with me here? Too long a post? So, anyway, after much back-n-forthing trying to set up a meeting, late September 2012 I secured a third and final set of power window and lock stuff, and with this set, I got the doors. So now I could figure out how to make the rear lifts fit and work. Which I did.