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77 power windows (Read 69 times)
Apr 12th, 2019 at 10:45am

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My 77 power windows finally quite working on both sides ( been acting up for awhile now). So I looked over the internet & could not find how to get the switches out. Repairing them is easy to find.  So I will attempt to explain how to remove them.
Tools needed phillips head screwriver, 1/4 wrench & 1/4 socket, 5/6" driver, dikes to take the switch apart & a small file to clean the little points up.
1. take the seats out 4 bolts each.
2. Remove each side of the console 3 screws each side
3. 4 bolts to loosen the top console (5/6" head)
4. Lift up the console & ea swt is held in place by a 1/4  head screw ( you only haver to remove one screw on ea. swt because they are slotted. The connector pulls straigt off the back.
5. search Wilcox for a movie on how to fix the swt.
The replacement switches are made in China and aree crap. So it's better to fix the OEM's
Anyway the work like new now Cool
Alan Smiley
 
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Reply #1 - Apr 16th, 2019 at 2:11am

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One more tool I would recommend is an ice pick or a metal coat hanger.  On the side console there are 3 screws that are hard to line up. I just put the ice pick through the cover them into the screw hole press the cover tight then remove the ice pick & the screw lines up perfect every time. I am also amazed how cheaply some of the materials in the 77 are compared to the 68.  Looks like GM went into the plastic business full time. Most of the heater controls are plastic...all metal on the 68
Alan Smiley
 
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Reply #2 - Apr 16th, 2019 at 8:52am

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  Funny you mention the ice pick. One of the first tools GM gave us when we hired in the trim shop. The tool box contained a rubber mallet, phillips magnetic screwdriver, door panel removal tool, and what we called a scratch awl "ice pick."
  I think it was mid eighties GM went to plastic body switches....jack
 

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Reply #3 - Apr 18th, 2019 at 6:55am

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68-73-77 wrote on Apr 16th, 2019 at 2:11am:
I am also amazed how cheaply some of the materials in the 77 are compared to the 68.  Looks like GM went into the plastic business full time. Most of the heater controls are plastic...all metal on the 68
Alan Smiley
I had to do that on yellowjacket and on 'ol red. On both 77's I had to replaced the switch in the console and motor in the the doors. Pain in the butt. Since I've owned both a 68 (years ago) and two 77, it is night and day on the quality of the whole Corvette. GM went cheap and cut a lot of corners after 1973.
 

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Reply #4 - Apr 18th, 2019 at 7:24am

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I never gave it much though until I repaired those switches, but after looking under the dash & console of the 77 I was amazed at the crap parts. I purchased a 1977 Monte Carlo with all 26 options in 78 &  itcost me alittle over 5K which was around 4K cheaper than a corvette then. The Monte Carlo was a far better car & the interior was real class.
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