I did that to my 67 SS hardtop. I have both electric solenoid operated doors and electric windows. Normally I just *roll* down the window and reach inside to the mechanical door handle to open the car. I have two key fobs that actuate the windows and electric door pulls in case I happen to misplace one. I also have an emergency door button under the hood.
The only caveat is to make sure the battery is up at all times. I also removed the door lock mechanism so it won't accidentally get locked - with no door handles what good would it do to lock it and have someone get in with a coat hangar?
The electric windows are from Autoloc. Forget the exact price but you can get to them via http://www.autoloc.com
. I also got express up and express down (one push of the button) for both front windows. The door solenoids are inside the door panel just like the electric window mechanism. The solenoids, key fobs, and electronics are from Dakota Digital.
The electric window mechanism requires almost no fabrication at all...it actually turns the factory regulator. For the door pulls, I simply removed the factory rod from the handle to the latch, replaced it will 1/16" steel cable and connected the door actuator to the latch itself. That way it doesn't have to pull against the inside door handle, just the latch.
Dakota Digital Commander 9000 CMD9001 - $250 x 1
Autoloc electric window kit PW3900 - $200 x 2 kits required for front and back.
Autoloc one-touch up/down WC1000 - $35 x 2 (1 for each front window)
Extra strong door actuators SL40 - $95 x 2
Total cost: $910
Would I do it again? Given the interior work, along with the aesthetics of the rest of the car, probably, yeah.
I hadn't planned on electric doors. I wanted flush mounted, color-keyed ourside door handles - much like an import has. Fabricating an effective way to make them work would have been bunches cheaper. When you think about it, the electric door pulls only consisted of the heavy duty actuators ($190) and they make less expensive ones. The remaining $720 was in the windows, one touch up-down, and fancy controller.
Check out http://www.dalesplace.com/htm/chevelle/chevelle.htm
and click The Interior
button to see how it all works.
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