The strips that seal your windows from the outside elements suffer much abuse. Opening and closing the windows thousands of times a year is hard on those soft felt and rubber pieces. Too many owners of older cars don't care much about the those thin strips or how the rest of the window operates and will usually just attribute the creaking, leaking, and malfunctioning to old age. However, life with your classic Chevy doesn't have to be drafty and difficult to manage.
Replacing your Chevy's window felts and creating smooth window operation is very easy. While replacing the rubber weatherstripping in this '70 Camaro, we decided to tackle some other aging car-door parts as well. The outer window felts were cracked in some spots and completely missing in others. The inner felts fared no better, and the windows rattled shamelessly whenever they were rolled down. In fact, rolling the windows down had become difficult because the front guide roller had slipped out of its track. All of these parts are easy to replace or repair and won't break the bank.
Replacing Window Felt
Window felts serve two functions: They keep water and dirt out, and, more importantly, they prevent the windows from rattling. The long felt strips visible on the outside of the door work with felt-lined guides, which are concealed under the top of the door panel to keep the windows in check. GM engineered several pieces to keep the windows quiet, and you can replace all the felt pieces using new self-stick adhesive felt or OEM-quality replacement parts. Combine the replacement pieces with a thorough cleaning and lubrication of all moving window mechanism parts and guide channels inside the door and your windows will stay quiet and work flawlessly. You'll experience a quiet and dry ride with window operation rivaling that of a new car. Rebuilding the doors may seem like an unnecessary task (and we're sure you could think of something better to spend your money on), but after you've done it, the renewed satisfaction you'll get from owning and driving your classic will be well worth the effort. CHP