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rear window latch

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MTChevy, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. MTChevy

    MTChevy 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Is there anything for the sliding rear window latch besides the plastic ones? They dont work good at all. Well they do for the first few latches. I am tired of wasting money and these plastic latches breaking! are there alternatives? thanks for the help
     
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    Over the years I have found one simple way to make them last nearly forever. Don't use them to pull the window closed, or open. Doing so puts a lot of pressure on the feeble plastic hinge. It's like working a piece of metal back and forth until it snaps. Just use it to lock the window shut.. and use your palm against the glass to slid the window enough, to get your hand into the opening, then use the edge when you can. Do that and I'll bet you'll see a much longer life out of them.

    I know of no other replacement for the factory style.
     
  3. MTChevy

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    thats what i did with this last one, did not work. what a pain!
     
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    Mine doesn't even have them anymore , I have those wingnut locks from Home Depot on the tracks :wink1:
     
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    Well, that sucks.. never mind then. ;)

    It's always worked for me. I bought latches when I bought my old K5, and they were still there after nine years. I bought another set when I got this K5 last year, and so far they are still going strong.

    It is a pretty sucky system... I remember a company back in the 80's that made a complete electric slider window replacement. They were pricey even for the 80's.... but they were nice. I saw them at a show once.

    Sure would be nice to find a pair for cheap in someones garage sale.. LOL :laugh:
     
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    txfireman, where do you get your latches at? maybe it was just this brand that was bad?
     
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    this is on a pickup, you have a blazer. Its the same style latch isnt it?
     
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    I just got mine in the "HELP" section at O'Rielys.
     
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    They are usually pretty much the same animal. Although my on my 77 PU I put in a slider that was a one pane slider, and it actually used a metal latch. I never had a problem with it at all. It seemed to work much like the latch used for the brackets on an extinguisher.

    I've known people who put thin metal rods in the tracks to keep the window from being opened .. until they are lifted out.

    Good luck with the hunt.
     
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    a metal latch would be nice, i guess i will keep thinking. Thanks for the replies!
     
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    Search back aways, you'll find a link to the company that makes the latches, they will send them to you free.

    I made the holes that mount the latch a bit larger, so there isn't as much force needed to lock them/keep them in place. (the latch is thus "sloppy" when not locked, but still closes)

    Then I decided that sliding windows were more pain than worth and I swapped in solid windows lol. :)
     
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    Are you refering to this post, this post or this post?:D
     
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    cool! I dont have a shipping account, company, all that good stuff so im just going to e-mail them and see how much they cost a piece. www.southco.com
     
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    try this...

    I found some latches used on toolboxes in a drawer full of stuff I bought at an auction,a chest of drawers full of nuts,bolts,etc..I put one of them on my sliding window on the 74K20 I had--I had to drill some new holes,but it wasn't too diffucult--and I never had to deal with a broken plastic latch again!!..

    One truck I bought someone put a small hinge with the hinge pin removed in place of the plastic latch,and a "hitch pin" was inserted in place of the hinge pin to "lock" it!..I was durable and effective too..

    Until I fixed the latch on my K20's window,I used paint paddles in the window tracks to prevent anyone from just sliding it open from the outside--it had a metal mesh "headache rack" close to the window,so good luck to anyone trying to get in that way! :crazy:
     
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    cool! I'll see if i can find some of them from the toolboxes. Thanks. Some good ideas out there
     
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    Do you have any pics or better description of these ??
     
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    I think this is what he's refering to. It's a lock for sliding windows.

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    Now that looks like it might work :D What is the actual name for that part so I can go there and try to find a pair ?

    What is it ''supposed'' to be used for ?
     
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    that wouldnt work for a truck sliding window would it?
     
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    It's "supposed" to be used for locking sliding windows in a house ... hmmm, I think I just had a case of deja vu. :p:
    Just go to the Home Depot web site and do a search for 'window lock', it's at the bottom of the first page.

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