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1965 VC Wagon/4door power window interchangeability?

Old December 29th, 2018, 09:09 PM
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1965 VC Wagon/4door power window interchangeability?

Looking to add factory power windows to my 65 Vista Cruiser.

Will window regulators from a 4 door post or hardtop interchange with a VC?

Will 66-67 VC regulators bolt into a 64-65 VC body style?

Do the extended rear VC doors use a specific regulator or do they use the same one as a short rear door flat top wagon, just with a wider glass?

Maybe all 4 doors and wagons use the same rear regulators, just different glass?

If anybody has a complete setup or parts car equipped.....I'm interested.
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Old December 30th, 2018, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by VistaMike View Post
Looking to add factory power windows to my 65 Vista Cruiser.

Will window regulators from a 4 door post or hardtop interchange with a VC?

Will 66-67 VC regulators bolt into a 64-65 VC body style?

Do the extended rear VC doors use a specific regulator or do they use the same one as a short rear door flat top wagon, just with a wider glass?

Maybe all 4 doors and wagons use the same rear regulators, just different glass?

If anybody has a complete setup or parts car equipped.....I'm interested.
Front door power window regulators are the same on all 1964-67 four door Town Sedans (post four doors) and all wagons (flattop and Vista). No other regulators interchange.
Rear door power window regulators are unique to the Vista (and Buick SportWagon) but also are the same for 64-67. Yes, the longer rear doors matter.
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Old December 30th, 2018, 08:34 AM
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Thanks Joe. I was afraid of that. Doesn't make them any easier to find.
Does anybody happen to have access to GM part numbers for front and rear VC/Sport Wagon power regulators?
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Old December 30th, 2018, 08:45 AM
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From the Jan 1972 printing of the parts book. First page is the front, second is the rear. 3855-65 are the Vistas (3855 is two row, 3865 is three row seating).



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Old December 30th, 2018, 09:14 AM
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Joe, you are awesome! That is exactly what I needed to see. Do you have a good source for that publication? I would like to purchase one.

The measurement in the column prior to the manual/electric statement refers to? It is interesting that the VC's rear measurement is less than a standard 4 door and flatop even though the VC has longer doors. I know the rear windows on the VC only roll about halfway down because of the rear wheelhouse clearance. Maybe that has something to do with it, but it seems the others would experience the same issue.
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Old December 30th, 2018, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by VistaMike View Post
The measurement in the column prior to the manual/electric statement refers to?
"Measurement"??? That's the price as of Jan 1972.

The Jan 1972 parts book is available on line here.
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Old December 30th, 2018, 09:42 AM
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Wow, the price!? Things have changed. Thanks Joe, extremely helpful.
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Wow, the price!? Things have changed.
You do realize that the base price on a new 1965 Vista was $2837, right?
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Still hard to believe for me. $2837 in '65 is the equivalent to $22,416 today. $22 in '72 is the equivalent to $132 today. I'd buy a brand new Vista today for $22,416 over any other current wagon offering and that would be on the cheap side of current offerings. Even a fully loaded Vista would be sub $30,000 today.
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Keep in mind that the 1965 prices are no seat belts, no power windows, no remote mirrors, no headrests, no 27-way reclining power seats, no radio, no nav system, no touch screen, no power lumbar, no power steering or brakes, single speed wipers, bias ply tires, dog dish hubcaps, no computers, no EFI, etc, etc. Today's cars have far more computing power than the space shuttle.
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