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    Christopher Jensen
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    So I have my car back from the metal shop and have decided that I need to rework some of the details namely the window openings and frames  I was originally wanting a real hardtop but this was second choice and due to how it turned out I think I’m better off adjusting the openings correcting the door gaps and belt line and making it a hard top.  With a curved quarter window I’m sure it will be tricky but I think it can be done anyone have any insights ?IMG_5846IMG_5762

    #75015
    Rik Hoving
    Keymaster

    Nice Stance Christopher.
    Do you plan on making your windows with the curved b-pilar to roll down?

    Enjoy the beauty of Customizing

    #75016
    Christopher Jensen
    Participant

    Yes full hardtop with matranga style frames

    #75017
    Tinwolf
    Participant

    Hi Christofer !

    The geometry is quite different between the -39 Merc and -51 Merc but I made my rear side-windows roll down , it was early nineties and in principal I made the frame for the windows , put one pivot axle in the bottom front and one in the rear , then taped a cardboard outside the frame (inside the body-side) , then moved the frame in the way I wanted the window to move down not hitting the surrounding “obstacles” like the rolled up door window or the rear window peak or the wheelwell , my rear window frame is quite long and was not easy to find room for but it worked …and marked the pivot axle positions every 1-2″ , at all tucked away in down position I removed the frame and cardboard , joined the different positions and traced it to ?10guage stainless sheetmetal , cut the “tracks” out and made some tabs holding those two tracks with abit of larger holes for adjusting the tracks , then mounted it and sided it up and down and it cleared the “obstacles” . Then I needed a crank mech and went into the junkyard and took the crank mech out of Volvo 122 front doors , its a chain like part that goes over a gear , and a wirepart allowing the frame to follow the tracks in a non linear path . Got some outside pictures here https://public.fotki.com/tinwolf/my-cars-/my-current-cars/1951-mercury/detailed-pictures-o/ here are some pictures of the mech inside https://public.fotki.com/tinwolf/my-cars-/my-current-cars/1951-mercury/the-birth-of-lucille/page5.html , maybe its helpful , should be possible to make all in cardboard before making the accual pieces but thats not what I did . I had a -40 Merc coupe project in the early 2000-2010  but sold it for other projects , still I think the principal can be made for any kustom build . Maybe the Volvo crank mech can be hard to source but I would think any crank mech can be used together with wire and pivot wheels to do the moving of the window frame …

    Lucille rear window mech

    Lucille

    Wolf

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    #75023
    Christopher Jensen
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    thanks man that helps a bunch. Ya I def think it’s doable

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