Originally Posted by BluesClues
I have a 72 Sovereign
. I needed to replace the window. In order to do so, I needed to take out the rivets holding the frame together. In the process, one of the wachamacallits that slide into the two halves of the frame and and connect the two halves once riveted broke. Obviously, I do not know what one of these things are called. I tried to make one out of a spare aluminum plate I had but it didn't work out. Does anyone know of anyone who actually sells one of these things, or, next best thing, does anyone know the specs on it. I could look for a machine shop to make one.
That part is a steel bar that holds the 2 sections of the window sash together.
It's used when Airstream makes the window. It's riveted in place so it doesn't move.
In time, that steel bar rusts to great a large degree. That in turn, corrodes the interior of the sash, that is not accessible.
Trying to use the same bars has about a 99 percent failure rate.
You can of course make a new bar, but it will hit the corrosion within the sash, and most likely you cannot get the 2 halves of the window back together as they once were correctly.
If the 2 pieces of sash do not exactly meet each other, then the window will bend at that junction.
The last problem, is using the correct rivets for the hinge.
All of the above is for opening windows, but some of that info still applies to Stack and Vista View windows as well.
And NO, Airstream will not sell that little part, so it's a waste of time looking for a new one, from a dealer as well as a non dealer.
Best thing I could offer after almost 50 years, is good luck.