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Old 08-21-2016, 08:52 AM   #71
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If you post a picture of the rivets in question I can possibly recommend a replacement.
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:50 AM   #72
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If you post a picture of the rivets in question I can possibly recommend a replacement.
Thanks for the offer. It will be a while until I can get a picture of them. They were soft like an A rivet with a really small button head.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:33 PM   #73
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Hmmmm, I thought I posted this but I can't find it

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Thanks for the offer. It will be a while until I can get a picture of them. They were soft like an A rivet with a really small button head.
If this is a duplicate, I apologize.

Yes, pulling the frames out is the correct way to rebuild your windows. It's the only way to replace the backframe gasket.

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...-p/vts-199.htm

I'm not sure which rivets your question is about, but my trailer's windows use tubular rivets for the frame assembly, and buck rivets to attach the assembly to the trailer. I didn't want to drop $120 for a squeeze rivet tool, so I assembled one window using buck rivets, and then attached the assembly with olympic rivets. It works great

Here's a link to a window rebuild on a trailer similar to ours:

http://vintageairstream.com/window-repair-1954-1958/
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:28 PM   #74
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Great link. Thanks for that. I think the rivets must be the tubular type. I will just replace them with something comparable.

I am glad to know I was on the right track. Once I pulled the whole frame our I started second guessing that I had done the right thing and felt sort of sick inside. I kept looking at it convincing that it had to be the right way to get to the seal.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:44 PM   #75
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I thought the same thing

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It's amazing after all these years the skin on the inside looks like new.
When I made cutouts in the outer shell for water heater, furnace and water tank I was amazed at how shiny and new the inside surface was.
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Thanks for the offer. It will be a while until I can get a picture of them. They were soft like an A rivet with a really small button head.
When I had all the windows on my GT out, I just replaced the tubular rivets with solid rivets (MS20470's) of different sizes and alloys as needed.
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When I had all the windows on my GT out, I just replaced the tubular rivets with solid rivets (MS20470's) of different sizes and alloys as needed.

Thanks aerowood. I expect to do the same.


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Old 08-23-2016, 12:18 PM   #78
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When I made cutouts in the outer shell for water heater, furnace and water tank I was amazed at how shiny and new the inside surface was.

I was just amazed at how nice it was. I may say and stared a while.


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Old 08-23-2016, 06:34 PM   #79
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Great project!! I really like all those windows on the street side of the '57 Caravanner. Several years ago I saw two different '57 Caracanners for sale at the same time on Craig's list so I thought I could pick one up anytime. Not true, but I did find a '55 Flying Cloud that needed restoring. Thanks for posting your progress!
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Great project!! I really like all those windows on the street side of the '57 Caravanner. Several years ago I saw two different '57 Caracanners for sale at the same time on Craig's list so I thought I could pick one up anytime. Not true, but I did find a '55 Flying Cloud that needed restoring. Thanks for posting your progress!

I love the '57s because of the windows and the 13 panel end caps
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Back from the beach. Back to building. Got done what I needed done. Tomorrow I will wiggle sylvi in place, drill out the remaining rivets, and take the top off.

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I haven't given any advice since I joined this for him. I am the one looking for advice. I think I have my first bit of advice to share with any newbies like myself. If you are going to do a full Monty practice yoga first. You won't believe the positions you put your body in and still have to work.

I am going to open my own yoga studio. I will call it full Monty yoga. OK class let's bend over like you are on top of a ladder leave one leg on the ladder and brace yourself against a garage with your other leg. Now support all your weight with your right arm on a rib and drill across your body with your left hand. I call this remove roof vent rivet pose.


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