Window Felt

I found that I spent quite a while trying to figure out what the parts that I needed were called. The felt strip that runs horizontally at the bottom of the window opening and rubs against the glass is called the beltline felt or fuzzy. It is the same part for both the inside and outside of the glass. The felt channel that runs vertically up both sides and across the top is called the window felt channel.

National Chevy Association has several window felt kits for 1954 Chevrolet (same as a 54 Pontiac) that include the window channels, beltline felt, vent channel felts and weatherstripping. I purchased a kit and it was easy to see how everything goes together - a lot less complicated thanwhat I thought. The quality of the kit is very impressive! I imagine that it would work for most GM products.

The kit comes in a 6 foot long tube with four 6 foot long window felt channels, four 6 foot long beltline fuzzies, one 6 foot vent felt channel and one set of vent window weatherstripping.

Inside view of driver's side quarter window.

The window felt channel, in the preceding picture, is one piece that goes up the door post across the top and down the rear. You can't see it but there's a stainless bead that finishes it off nicely on the outside. You have to hand bend it to fit. I used a coat hanger as a template which worked out very well.

Originally, the window felt channel was held in by little clips that aren't available anymore. Instead, you can use silicon adhesive to hold it in place.

Passenger's side quarter window felt channel held in place by masking tape as the silicon adhesive dries.

Looking in through the regulator opening to see the end of the window felt channel

Little clip that the window felt channel ends clip into to hold them in place - tricky to hook to!

A good tip is to have the glass in place when gluing the window felt channel in. Roll the window up to hold the felt channel in place while the adhesive dries. Perfect fit everytime! Unfortunately, it's kind of like putting the cart before the horse as you need the channel installed to put the glass in....

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Copyright December, 2011 Eugene Blanchard