In the late '30s, wing or vent windows appeared as both a convenience item and a means of providing varied levels of cross-ventilation into the interior. This replaced the former method, a windshield with a hinged opening. Even when new, wing windows were prone to air leaks and eventually wind whistling, an extreme annoyance in the '60s musclecars as hardtop styling came into vogue. Some of us may remember making trips to the dealership for new-car warranty work while these poorly designed sound generators would attempt to drown out the high-dollar, rear-speaker-enhanced AM multiplex radio. Adding 40-plus years of wear and tear to these sealing nightmares has only accentuated their engineering shortcomings.
Besides the annoying and incessant noise that cracked and weathered wing window seals make, they just plain look bad. Fortunately, many companies have a complete parts list of the sealing components you need to bring your musclecar's wings to better-than-new specs. Rebuilding your wings takes no special tools and next to no time.
The entire job took just under three hours per side, and we not only greatly improved the trimwork on this Chevelle, but now we've got whistle-free, weathertight cruising for years to come.
Replacing wing window seals
You only need basic handtools to get the job done.