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Installing Locking Wing Window Latches

Tech article by admin and filed under - Doors, Body

Tech article by Karl Wise (kwspony)

Here is a simple way to install locking wing window latches on your early Bronco. I got tired of hearing the wind whistle through the gap in the seals because the latches weren’t tight enough.

Wing Window Lock

Wandering around the local wrecking yard I came across a mid 80’s F-150 with locking wing latches and took some measurements. Here is what I came up with. The latches on the F-150 are spot welded into the window frame so I had to pry them out. Be careful not to bend the latch bracket. It wasn’t easy but I was finally able to get a pair out.

Wing Window Lock

Once at home, remove the wing window from the Bronco. Then remove the wing window from the frame. This isn’t easy either. I used a razor blade to remove as much of the original gasket material as I could. Then I carefully and slowly pried the glass from the frame.

Wing Window Lock

On the bottom of the frame grind or drill out the 2 brass rivets holding the latch bracket in.

Wing Window Lock

Because the newer latch bracket is shorter I drilled a hole in the frame between the 2 original rivet holes.

Wing Window Lock

Grind of the welds on the new latches and install them into the frame. Make sure they are flush with the end of the frame. I then spot welded them in to the frame.

Wing Window Lock

I guess you could rivet them but you would have to drill a new hole in the new latch bracket. The new bracket on the frame.

Wing Window Lock

Then, replace the glass in the frame. I used black silicone for mine. I suppose you can use what you like. I used zip ties to hold the glass in until the silicone set up.

Wing Window Lock

Once it was set up enough I sanded and painted the frame and cleaned the glass. Then installed the frame back on the truck. The new latch fits well and makes a very snug seal against the window rubber.

Wing Window Lock Wing Window Lock

No more wind whistling when I am on the freeway. Good luck with yours and happy wheeling.

Tech article by Karl Wise (kwspony)

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