Rear quarter window roller guide replacement...

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by Brad W, May 14, 2018.

  1. Brad W

    Brad W Miles from nowhere...

    Yesterday I was doing some cleaning in my '72 skylark and when I went to roll down the passenger side rear quarter window it seemed to pop of the track. So after figuring out along with the help of a Youtube video I was able to remove the rear seat to be able to remove the rear inside quarter panel to get access to the window crank and roller guides. The lower guide was busted so I order a new bottom roller and the other two rollers as well. I was going to do the other window but money is a little tight and the one is working ok. I think I'll just clean and lube the guides on that side.

    What I'd like to know is there any thing I should be aware of before I take everthing apart to replace the roller guides. It looks like I may have a hard time to realine everything to make it work correctly. Also what lube would be best to use and not affect the plastic rollers?


  2. Matt Knutson

    Matt Knutson Well-Known Member

    You can usually re-set the mounting and adjusting points back to the print marks left by the bolts. If you have nothing - refer to your chassis service manual. Window adjustment procedures are detailed there.
    We always coat the sliders and rollers with white lithium grease.
  3. Brad W

    Brad W Miles from nowhere...

    Thanks Matt for the suggestions.
  4. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Actually, the Fisher body manual would have the window adjustments. Either way, Im not sure your going to need it. Once you have it apart, you'll figure out how it adjusts.

    The rollers are riveted on. You'll need to drill them out. To install the new ones, use a chisel to Flare out the rivet. Do an "X" pattern.
  5. Brad W

    Brad W Miles from nowhere...

    Thanks Jason for the update, I didn't know they were riveted on.

  6. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    Take a rattlecan and spray each of the adjustment bolts , the three stop bolts, and the two up top, which control in and out, as well as the lower track adjustment, prior to disassembly .Let it dry , then disassemble. Now you have a clear reference for reassembly. Jim
  7. Matt Knutson

    Matt Knutson Well-Known Member

    "Actually, the Fisher body manual would have the window adjustments"

    You are right. Sorry for the oversight.
  8. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Gold Level Contributor

    I prefer Super Lube or similar pure silicone grease vs white lithium. It's not as messy around the glass and more importantly, it stays nice and loose regardless of temperature or age --never hardens. It also withstands moisture well. Personally, I try not to move the adjustments as it seems like it's always a hassle to get the quarters to operate properly on their own and then get them to line up nicely with the door window... You can spend a ton of time getting back to where you started...
  9. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    He is repairing/replacing the three roller wheels on the quarter window. He has to disassemble to pull window out to replace the plastic wheels. Jim
  10. Brad W

    Brad W Miles from nowhere...

    I do have to replace the bottom roller for sure so I thought I'd replace the other two wile I have everything openend up.

    Great suggestion about painting the bolts Jim I'll do that.

    The super lube sounds good also, I think it'll be better for the plastic rollers
  11. Brad W

    Brad W Miles from nowhere...

    I finely replaced the rollers and reinstalled the quarter glass on Saturday and all went well. I painted the bolt heads that was suggest which I think is a must do, thanks Jim.

    Also I found that what help was removing the small upper trim gave me the extra room the get the window installed Also leaving the guide track in but very loose also gave me the little extra room the get everything assembled.

    Thanks guys for you help!

  12. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    Another thing off the to-do list. Glad all went well....Jim

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