I'm writing this a week later; I forgot to blog it at the time.
Halloween night the window mechanism on Vger broke. In the ChryCorp minivans of this age the crank drives a gear approx 8" diameter that moves a flexible rack gear bolted to the bottom of the window and running on a track inside the door. The plastic rack gear broke about 6" below the window.
Well, I've tried replacing these mechanisms before and it is a regular PITA, so I wanted to avoid that if possible. I figured OK, I have two other vans, so I'll just swap this door with the driers door from the Turbo Caravan. In the meantime, I stuck a piece of wood in the door to hold the window up.
So, Matt's going to help me swap the doors. I had forgotten, but we parted out an 88 Caravan a year ago, and the drivers door was in pretty good shape. So, Matt dug it out of the barn and installed it. Vger now has a white drivers door and a working window.
The door we took off is in excellent shape, I don't think it has any rust on it, so we put it aside as a spare. When we get around to it we'll replace the window mechanism.