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Old 01-09-2006, 01:53 PM   #43
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thanks everyone for the tips
is everybody using the 3m glue for the seals?
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:04 PM   #44
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are the clips at the bottom of the windows hard to find?
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:50 PM   #45
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are the clips at the bottom of the windows hard to find?
Orig. ones are. Repros. are available at Inland RV but I only recommend them for 'framed' windows. If you hold tight for awhile I believe Steve at Vintage Trailer Supply may be manufacturing some.
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What do you mean by "framed window"? Do you mean there is an AL frame around the glass? My original (66 Caravel) glass is "frameless" and the clips are stuck to the edge of the glass. I was planning to order some replacement clips but now you have me questioning my decision. I need to replace the 4 clips that are missing. What is wrong with the ones from Inland RV?

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Old 02-01-2006, 09:16 PM   #47
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What Murry means is the 1968 version of the curved corning windows. In 1968 Airstream and the window maker added a stainless steel edging to the curved glass to help strengthen it. The clips that Inland sells are for these type of window. The clip is wider to slip over the edging wich is thicker than just the plain glass of the 1966/67 version of these cool windows....

The Inland ones can be squeezed down before installation but I have heard that they don not look the same. I have been trying to get some tooling made at work to make the thinner version, but work keeps getting in the way.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:20 PM   #48
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Some of these questions are addressed in the current issue of Airstream Life. However, Steve's VintageTrailersupply.com, has glass that you can order for years '66 through '68. For year 1969 and on Airstream Inc. will replace the glass for those windows, including the years Corning glass was used, 1969 to 1972 (or '73). The clips on the bottoms of the windows is spring steel and that is the material that should be used for any replacements. Occasionally, these will come up for sale on e-Bay, but at a premium price. A good metal fabrication shop can produce duplicates if they have a pattern of one to copy. Any steel other than spring steel will eventually, if not quickly, lose its shape and grip on the glass.
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Till, is correct. Inland's are way too fat to fit properly as they are made to fit over the Stainless steel trim he sells to go with his plastic replacement windows. The original Stainless steel trim on '68 windows was cut out to provide an opening for the clips. So in those instances the clips did not have to fit over the trim. If it were not designed this way then there would be a noticable bulge from the combination of clip and trim and you would not get a good seal on the gasket.
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Thanks,

I have been compiling a list of small things to buy from many parts houses and 4 of these clips were part of that list. Shipping can kill you on small orders as you all know so I am trying to get all the stuff I need at one time as I go through my Caravel.

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:42 PM   #51
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i just recently replaced the galley window with glass from vts but while i still have the steel trim but the clips have gone missing i stole the clips frome the vanity window because that window is lexan and will be replaced soon enough
...on a not quite seprate note but after installing the glass from vts when the window is closed it does not close evely at the bottom once i crank the bottom clips in the window will seal but with out them it would not
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you can cut and bend a piece of metal to make a window clip. It's not hard, and they fit the frameless glass nicely. Just use a vise and a pair of pliers.
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you can cut and bend a piece of metal to make a window clip...
Yes, but as Forrest pointed out, it needs to be spring steel, which is not a cake walk to work with. And, if you want it to last more than a couple of seasons, it needs to be some flavor of stainless steel.

If Andy's clips had been the right size for frameless windows, I would have bought many. As it is, JBWelded scabs of steel are holding a few of my clips together. Every season sees them getting an anti-rust touchup.

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Old 02-05-2006, 10:06 AM   #54
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Oh, boy, I just found out that our 67 has the type 3 window attachment mechanism! (It's about time I found this out. Bought the new windows nearly a year ago and still hadn't found the time to install them!)

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Lynn, Don't forget the bedding tape! I am still waiting for VTS to stock window clips in the right size for my new windows. The ones I bought from Andy at Inland work but don't look right. Ed
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Yep, I did an open search for "glazing tape" and found it to be fairly common. I'll see if they don't have it at the local hardware store tomorrow ...

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