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Hi,
My driver's side window lift channel decided to deposit itself in the bottom of my door a couple of weeks ago.
The glass is now firmly secured by Her Majesty's finest black gaffer tape, but I can't find a replacement channel anywhere.
Has anyone out there reworked a replacement channel from another vehicle?
(to clarify, its the channel, not the lift mechanism)
Any assistance appreciated.
 

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You fill out your profile and we know at least which country you live.

I presume you have rust issue?

Are you handy or expect to just source the parts and have somebody install?
 

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JS5D - Hi apologies, got distracted yesterday, location now completed (Plymouth, England), and I'm driving a 1972 2 door classic......or at least bits of it are......we think the shell is from the mid-80s, the 200TDi engine and running gear are from my old 4 door RR, and the front seats are from a BMW cabriolet (after some considerable fettling).

It's a constant 'work in progress', and is always going to be more 'work truck' than 'concourse'; to answer your question, its a 46 year old Range Rover so yes, naturally I have rust issues!!

If I can source the part then I'll happily have a go at fitting it, but if it gets too emotional then I have a great local landrover guy (Relentless Rovers) to turn to.....do you have any ideas what I can use as an alternative to the original part?
 

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Ok in the UK you should be able to find some specialized breaker yard that might have them. I don't recall anybody selling aftermarket replacement. If it is just straight channel you might be able to repair by welding in a piece. If it is a work truck you can get away with some exposed welding.

I actually hail from Northern Europe so I know the challenge that rust poses with these older cars. I have had a lot of rust buckets in my years, but now I live in Texas and have a 1983 RR 4 door with 0 'ZERO' rust. Yes I have some sun damage here and there. There are even parts of the frame with no paint that I am coating but even there is no rust. Brakes look like new. I also have an old Mercedes - no rust. It is soo nice not to have to deal with rust, but heat has it's own challenges with plastics going hard and rubber perishing.
 

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Hi,

This might be relevant, and certainly worth a bit more research...a while back a mate had a similar problem with his LSE rear doors - we couldn't find window channels as they are longer in the rear door of the LSE, so we bought two Discovery 1 channels and fabricated one long one out of the two - the solution worked well.

Maybe grab a 2nd hand Disco one (pennies from a scrapper) and compare the channel section? if its the same, you're onto a winner ;-)
 

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Hi, many thanks for the idea. I'm working on similar lines and have bought a channel for a Defender. It's slightly shorter than the original and will need some re-purposing, but I'll take photos and let the forum know how it goes. Cheers.
 
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