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Drilling holes in door to repair window motor?
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So, the passenger side power window on my 73 has stopped working. Started with erratic, jumpy movement now nothing. I can hear the motor running so I assume a gear has stripped. Problem Is - My shop manual says to drill 3 3/4 inch holes in the door to access the motor.  I'm thinking surely there has to be a better way - after all, Ford got the thing in there without those holes so it should come out. Anybody replaced or repaired their window motor in a 73 convert that can help me out.
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No experience with the Mustang Power window motors, but did a bunch of them in broncos and ford trucks.

I tend to believe these were assembled at the factory before the door was put together completely.

there are dimples that show where to drill and gain access to the bolts.

I also found that the motors rarely wear out, but at least the later models use 3 plastic torque pins. The plastic gets old and brittle and breaks causing the motor to run and the window to not move or move independently of the motor.

Replacement torque pins used to be available at the auto parts store in the Help section

here they are

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/Mustang...ustang.axd

disassembly and repair is pretty simple and intuitive.

While you might be able to snake a gear wrench into position and remove the motor if you have small hands and don't mind cramps and cuts, drilling the holes is simpler. If you truly hate to see the interior panel cut up, you could weld the plugs back in, but that seems like a waste of time for something no one will ever see.

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Just as jeff said, I have drilled out MANY MANY f150 and bronco motors!!

Kevin

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(02-20-2017, 12:28 PM)mbrew2 Wrote: So, the passenger side power window on my 73 has stopped working. Started with erratic, jumpy movement now nothing. I can hear the motor running so I assume a gear has stripped. Problem Is - My shop manual says to drill 3 3/4 inch holes in the door to access the motor.  I'm thinking surely there has to be a better way - after all, Ford got the thing in there without those holes so it should come out. Anybody replaced or repaired their window motor in a 73 convert that can help me out.

I took mine out for restoration and put it all back in when the paint was done.  No drilling necessary

kcmash
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(02-20-2017, 10:32 PM)kcmash Wrote: I took mine out for restoration and put it all back in when the paint was done.  No drilling necessary

kcmash

Unless the holes were already drilled...

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I hope the drilling is from the inside of the car, and not the outside!!!

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(02-21-2017, 12:32 PM)midlife Wrote: I hope the drilling is from the inside of the car, and not the outside!!!

That was my first thought (fear), too. Jawdrop



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