View Full Version : Keyless entry, electric windows?

12-15-2000, 11:55 PM
Does anyone know of a keyless entry or electric window conversion for early Chevys?

12-16-2000, 01:26 PM
OK, comin from a guy that has a torbo'd 327 in an early, I'll assume you don't need a kit. I put power window regulators from a 74 Cadillac ElDorado in a 69 I had, arm length same as early, had to drill new mountig holes to get proper range of motion. used the Caddy switches, built em into a small console on th door. Keyless entry could be adapted from a Lincoln, haven't tried it, but if you grabbed everything and got a wiring diagram it should work. Or you could use GM door lock solenoids and a keyless remote entry kit from the aftermarket, they are pretty much universal.

09-11-2002, 08:37 PM
Hey Vanner68,
I bought power window assemblies out of an
Eldorado today. Cost 50$ for both.
The arms look a little longer than the van regulators, but I should be able to get them to work. You got any pictures of the install
you did or any suggestions?
Forgot the switches though, I'll get a
couple later.

Any tips before I start?


09-12-2002, 01:05 AM
There is the option of using Power Window & Power Door Lock Conversion Kit for 2-dr. Vehicles (http://www.jcwhitney.com/item.jhtml?ITEMID=1529&BQ=jcw2)from JCW and an ALARM SYSTEM (http://www.jcwhitney.com/productnoitem.jhtml?CATID=4720&BQ=jcw2). Add 4 relays and 4 magnetic door switches for the alarm. Then at night as you're walking up to your van just push and hold one button as the parking lights flash the alarm chirps the dome light comes on and then your windows roll down. I find it really practical since it's my daily driver in Florida.
It not the cheapest way to go and your windows need to be in decent shape because it attaches to your crankshaft but the install is fairly easy.

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09-12-2002, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the links - I ordered both the power window kit and the alarm. I'll let ya know how it works out.

09-12-2002, 09:50 PM
If ya go with the Eldo regulators just shorten the arm to match the van's, and use the van's nylon roller. A single pole double throw momentary switch can be used to operate the window- power to center termimal, and the wires wrom the pwer window motor to the other two, then mount the switch so up is up, etc.

Mounting the reg to the door requires a bit of experimentation, orient it so you get full range of motion, without binding.

09-13-2002, 04:14 AM
Well Dave of course you have to have power windows & door locks to go with your power steering. I thought this sounded familiar (http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000757.html).
BTW the 1/4' oak plates the switches are on help with clearance. Any questions just yell.

09-13-2002, 07:40 AM
My main concern is where to mount the switches.
I don't want to cut mounting holes in my door
panels. I thinking of replacing my existing
door panels with some pieces of aluminum sheet
cut to fit and painted to match.

Any ideas?

09-13-2002, 04:02 PM
Dave I know what you mean about cutting your panels I have a spare set myself.
But I bet someone might have set for you in the club who could help you out, be easier than making them.

09-13-2002, 09:18 PM
I made my own upholstered panels on masonite, or you could mount em in a small overhead console....

09-13-2002, 09:56 PM
Great idea!!
Now, how should I run the wires....
I'd really like them to not be visible when the door is shut. I was thinking of maybe trying to run the same type of setup as the cargo doors I.E. rubber grommets and a screendoor springs.

I guy at work was telling me about some type of magnetic contact switch. Mount 1 half to the door and the other half to the door pillar. When the door shuts the two make contact and you have power to the door.
I wonder if I could manufacture something like that. I did a search on the 'Net but I wasn't sure of the type of switch I need.

Anyone know where a guy might buy a switch like that?


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09-13-2002, 10:57 PM
Hey Dave, the sliding door on newer Caravans
and Ford Aerostars have those contacts on the
door and jamb. But basically its just a carriage bolt in a rubber grommet. Unless you have plans to run a bunch of wires to operate
the other door functions from the drivers side,
you just need a hot wire to the door and maybe a ground.

09-13-2002, 11:27 PM
Oops. I forgot about the other door.
What's the best way to run the wires so they aren't visible when the door is closed?


[This message has been edited by isohorny11 (edited September 14, 2002).]

09-14-2002, 06:54 PM
Dave I think the switches that the guy at work was talking about are the magnetic contact switches (http://www.jcwhitney.com/item.jhtml?ITEMID=347&BQ=jcw2) for the alarm to know when the doors are open.
And you need 4 of these relays (http://www.jcwhitney.com/item.jhtml?ITEMID=12329&BQ=mot) to tie the windows into the alarm system.
copying the wiring to the license plate sounds like good way to go to get the wires for the door locks. There is also some fancy ones that make contact when the door is closed availible I think at Painless Wiring.

09-14-2002, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the links!

BTW - where did you get thoses trays you have mounted on your doors?


09-14-2002, 10:16 PM
Well Dave I must confess that I have spent too much time at JCW (http://www.jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?CATID=5322&BQ=jcw2).

09-16-2002, 09:59 PM
Well - it's time to get out the wallet again.
I'm having all the wiring installed
tomorrow I.E, the wiring harness for the
power windows, power locks, and alarm.
I'll also have him add wires for the 2 running
lights on the doors. I'll have to install the window motors and lock actuators and switches.
More later.

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09-18-2002, 09:31 PM
Power windows from JCW installed and WORKING!! YA!!
Door locks in progress but I may not have
enough room for the actuators...
Car alarm I got from JCW is DEFECTIVE.
Ordered another and will return the bad one.
More Later...

09-29-2002, 10:22 PM
Installed power locks - Donivan came by and we had Kentucky Fried Chicken... Mmm Mmm GOOD.

Donivan is the man - if he can't fix it no one can!!~

09-29-2002, 10:29 PM
Power windows installed for a wing and a drumstick. That's a bargain!!

09-30-2002, 12:32 AM
Don't worry Dave, all those scratches and cuts
on my hands will heal in time for the next project,,,,,,,Don