Power WIndows Only Work Through Emergency Switch


My power windows have only worked while holding the emergency switch in the emergency position.  I am now hooking up and installing the reframed windows and would like to get them working properly.

The car is a 1964 convertible with power vent wings.

Any suggestions on how to trace and trouble shoot?



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Comment by Jeff Kinzler on June 15, 2014 at 1:27am


Thanks. I will inspect all the parts and take pictures.

Comment by Russ Austin on June 14, 2014 at 10:54am

The power vent master window switches are rare, and hard to come by.  It would be quicker to have your housing rechromed. If the buttons are bad, I have good buttons.

Comment by Jeff Kinzler on June 14, 2014 at 12:27am

Thank you for the input. I recently bought an automotive multi-meter from HF, which I will use to test for continuity in the wires.  

Tomorrow it will be 70 degrees, dry and sunny and Saturday. Time to play with my favorite toy........

Thanks again. I will let you know what I find.

Comment by Jason Edge on June 13, 2014 at 9:52pm

Tony, If all of his windows work in Emergency Position, to me that indicates the power to the cutout switch is good (red wire), and the back feed to other windows is good, and I would first check that white and black wire from cutout to master switch under the left arm rest switch panel. If that one wire is not making contact it will cause this issue. Wires do often break in the door boot but this points to something different... at least that is my first guess and what I would hone in on first.

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on June 13, 2014 at 9:26pm
Check the wiring in the drivers door jam ,for broken wires there
You will have to remove the rubber covering and inspect the wires for broken wires ,under the wires coating
Windows sb working when the ignition switch is in the on position
Emergency is used to power the windows ,when the car is off
Comment by Jeff Kinzler on June 13, 2014 at 1:04pm
Jason and Russ,
Thanks I'll test the wires this weekend.

Btw I'm looking for nice chrome window switch panels for convertible with power vents. Mine are pitted and would need replating.
Comment by Jason Edge on June 13, 2014 at 11:39am

Jeff, See shop manual Fig 16-114 at the cut-out switch. Since windows are working when you have the switch in Emergency position, that means you are at least getting power to the switch via the Red Wire (#1), and you are sending power via the yellow wire (#18) when in this position. 

It sounds like when in the Normal position you are not getting power to the driver master switch via the white and black wire (#17). I would take a close look at that white and black wire between cut-out switch and the master driver switch and make sure wire is good and connectors are tight and using a multi-tester check for 12 volts at the master switch connector at the white and black wire terminal.

Based on what you have indicated this would be the first thing i would check for.

Comment by Russ Austin on June 13, 2014 at 7:51am

I would check the switch, and jump the wires to see if its a bad switch.  The 64 service manual will show the wires.


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