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Question Replacing metal window track: What is this called?

Hello all,

Relatively new to tackling more home repairs myself. Recently purchased an investment property and fixing it up to rent. House was built in 1950s, has wood window sashes with these metal tracks on them (please see pic below). I've never seen them before, don't even know what to search for to learn how to fix. Some are operational, but most are stuck. Had a guy quote over 4k to fix. Would much rather figure it out on my own.

Anyone have any ideas:
1. What is the correct term for these types of windows?
2. How do I fix them/find replacement parts?

Any help much appreciated:
 
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Appreciated. Thought I had that figured out. Edited to include.
 
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I've been in/around the window replacement business for almost 30 yrs. I thought I had seen it all, but that's a new one. Looks like some sort of constant force balance. There was a period of time where they experimented with different kinds of spring loaded cables to replace the old rope, counterweight, and pulley method of counterbalance.

Never seen anything quite like it. Snowballs chance in #@& of finding replacement parts. If you just want to hold them open when needed they make spring clips that you can wedge in the track like a spring loaded shim.

I wonder... Is that piece supposed to be UNDER the sash? Because normally those spring tapes are connected to the side of the sash at the bottom/side of the window. You might need to remove the interior stops so that you can slip a sash out and really examine the sides and see how they are supposed to be connected.
 
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Well, dang. Was afraid of that. I haven't pulled anything apart yet, but they look like they were made along the lines of the wood windows I've seen that used counterweights and then they just jammed these tracks on. Any chance you can link to what you're talking about? So, I would just yank these off and can just stick the spring clips you're talking about in their place?
 
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There are several styles but most are similar to this.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Prime-Li...2538/100541308

Just Google windows sash spring. Go to images to see other styles.
 
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Fantastic! May do the trick. Really appreciate your help!
 
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Found what was holding spring mechanism together

Well, here's what was above the window. I was able to get them moving by cutting the paint better and with some WD40 on the tracks. Had to open the wall above a frame and saw this spring box. Posting in case it helps someone in the future:

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