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Old 01-12-2016, 03:16 PM   #1
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Restoring window support rods

Before removing the windows on my 1971 Sovereign to refurbish them I had to remove the support rods. I found the easiest way to remove the clips that hold the rods in place was to use a cut-off wheel in my Dremel. I just cut off part of the clip and used a hammer and screw driver to pop the clip off. Took about 20 minutes to remove all 8 windows.

Anyway...the support rods looked pretty bad after 45 years. I cleaned them up with a 1" belt sander from Harbor Freight using a cloth belt. As you can see from the before and after photo, this technique worked well.

I think paying attention to the small details like this is important IMHO.
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:32 PM   #2
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Spray some Nyalic on it to keep it sparkly!
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Old 01-12-2016, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thanks, cwf. First I ever heard about the stuff (Nyalic). Did a google search...looks like something that would definitely be beneficial.
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Dave,
I have a can I used to repair bad spots on our AS. Have some left if you want to test out. Of course, having the "system" they offer will give best results.

The areas I have treated have been great for over a year. No need to wax, polish, just great product!
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I'm curious how much luck you have reinstalling the clips. Ive had several that just don't stay on long term. I get them on and all seems good then after using awhile they seem to pop off!
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I'm curious how much luck you have reinstalling the clips. Ive had several that just don't stay on long term. I get them on and all seems good then after using awhile they seem to pop off!
I'll let you know how that works out, rucos.
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Thanks for the post, where do you get new clips?
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If using "E" clips, and they fall off, usually you are using an incorrect one.

Better yet, try a "retaining clip".... McMaster-Carr
Here is a link.. Look around.. May be available at auto supply!
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Thanks for the link! Very helpful
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