Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 1, 2008

We enjoy taking our classic Mustangs and Fords to the next level with fuel injection upgrades, overdrive transmissions, disc brakes, and other niceties that improve safety, enjoyment, performance, and efficiency. The popular upgrades we've seen over the years have mostly been overdrive transmissions and disc brake swaps. What many owners don't think about, though, is their driving enjoyment and safety right within the passenger compartment. When owners do think of upgrades, it usually comes down to air conditioning, car audio, and upgraded seats and belts. However, there's much more that can be done inside to take your driving enjoyment and safety further.

One of the upgrades we're seeing more owners add to their cars is power windows. At first blush, upgrading to power windows sounds like it's simply to add convenience (which they are), but having power windows in your classic Ford could be considered a nice safety upgrade, too. Think about it--how many times have you had to lean over to roll up your passenger window when it starts to rain? You're arched way over the seat, your head barely above the dash as you crank up that finicky regulator. If you have a coupe or convertible, you have to pull over and get out of the car to quickly roll up the rear windows.

Electric-Life is a company that supplies OE-style power window and lock units and has been offering universal as well as direct-fit power window conversion kits for street rods, muscle cars, and more for years. Electric-Life offers direct-fit power window kits for Mustangs (classic and late-model), Fairlanes, Falcons, Comets, Focuses, Escorts, Contours, F-series, Rangers, and more. Its Mustang kit, like all direct-fit kits, replaces the complete regulator assembly with a new unit utilizing a power window motor assembly and all-new rollers/pivots. We picked up Electric-Life's '64-'66 Mustang Front Window Kit (PN FD38-K, $298) for this '65 fastback. Electric-Life's switches are sold separately so you can choose the switch that suits your budget and interior design. For this project, the owner chose Electric-Life's Billet Two-Door Illuminated Power Window Switch Kit (PN 99021, $141) to tie into the existing chrome trim in the interior. Check out the installation and see just how easy it is to have the convenience and safety of power windows in your Ford.

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