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Old 04-18-2004, 02:37 AM   #15
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final touches...

we applied a bead of vulkem across the top of the window and the bars for good measure.

filled unused holes and reattached the rock shield.

here is rick putting the letters back on, they were the most troublesome part of the whole job!

updates to follow once everything cures for a while.

we will give it another water test!
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Old 04-21-2004, 08:53 PM   #16
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Damn fine post, all sorts of good info.
Thanks for the docudrama on window repalcement.
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Ok, I have questions:

why foam tape, and not vulkem? are the other windows installed the same way?

what are the blind rivets holding in place? did you have to remove them? I don't quite understand what they're for.

that die grinder: is that just a flat grinding stone?

why didn't you just put a nice think bead of vulkem above the window to seal the gap?

got any pics of the letter installation yet?


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Old 04-22-2004, 03:33 PM   #19
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John I am guessing that the pix are all of RickStream. And you are holding the camera I thought. But then it came to me that the pictures were too still for a photographer who lives the "High Life".
Have you seen the commercial that pits Miller as Pres of Beers up against Bud as King of Beers? Odd to me they mention Miller Lite and Miller Draft but not a word about High Life. Sometimes folks just forget the ancestors.

Now to task here: I appreciate the photo documentary. I was also surprised to find another 74 Excella 500 owner in RickStream. Only 5 1/2 that I know of and only 3 on this forum. (The 1/2 isn't sure of his year )
Apparently Rick doesn't post much.

Can you or Rick be specific on the tape you used (stock#) The two you did not use are shown but the user is unwrapaped and unidentifiable.

Any idea of the actual part number of the slide on mullion covers (between the windows) ?

What was the J channel above the window for?
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Ok, I have questions:

why foam tape, and not vulkem? are the other windows installed the same way?

what are the blind rivets holding in place? did you have to remove them? I don't quite understand what they're for.

that die grinder: is that just a flat grinding stone?

why didn't you just put a nice think bead of vulkem above the window to seal the gap?

got any pics of the letter installation yet?


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thanks! lets see i'll answer in order.

why foam tape? because that is the way it was originally done by airstream. and what andy of inland said to use. if this window had not been damaged in an accident i doubt it would have ever leaked. all the other windows are ok after 30 years. the old tape was still pliable.

i believe the blind pop rivets are used to hold the body panels in place during assembly.

die grinder just had a sanding pad on it 220 grit i think.

we tried vulkem and some new rivets alone, guess what it leaked. the final assembly has vulkem on it, just not alot because the rock shield needs to hinge down on that area.

pics of letters to follow.....

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John I am guessing that the pix are all of RickStream. And you are holding the camera I thought. But then it came to me that the pictures were too still for a photographer who lives the "High Life".
Have you seen the commercial that pits Miller as Pres of Beers up against Bud as King of Beers? Odd to me they mention Miller Lite and Miller Draft but not a word about High Life. Sometimes folks just forget the ancestors.

Now to task here: I appreciate the photo documentary. I was also surprised to find another 74 Excella 500 owner in RickStream. Only 5 1/2 that I know of and only 3 on this forum. (The 1/2 isn't sure of his year )
Apparently Rick doesn't post much.

Can you or Rick be specific on the tape you used (stock#) The two you did not use are shown but the user is unwrapaped and unidentifiable.

Any idea of the actual part number of the slide on mullion covers (between the windows) ?

What was the J channel above the window for?
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jaco,

now your questions in order:

no there is one pic of the back of my head!

have not seen that beer ad!

rick is a man of few words! unless ya get a couple of beers in him!

the tape, we bought it by the foot hence no packaging. it is just 3 m auto body trim tape. common item at any auto parts store, sorry no number!

i will ask for the mullion number.

the j channel is a rain gutter.

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The automotive tape JohnHD spoke of is a "3M" product. It is a double-coated tape with acrylic adhesive on a viscoelastic foam core. It is used to attach exterior trim components on automobiles. This tape comes in all width and does not have just one part number. Any automotive parts store or an automotive body shop will have this stuff. It made 3M rich again. Excellent product, I recommend this stuff for many projects, cost $1.50 per foot at the 3/4 inch width.

The original Airstream # for the window tape is a 365001. This has no relation to the 3M number.

The "Splice Bars" that go between the quarter windows and the front window has an Airstream number, I think this is correct, #1018-00. They are a one use item and you will need two per front window project.

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John,

Did you ever get those pictures of the letters, and if so I would like to see them.
I am re-doing my letters on the front and if you have a close up of any of your letters I would appreciate it being posted, or you can shoot it to me in an email.
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I just want to see what the letter looks like with the rivet in it because I don't actually have to remove mine, but am thinking about it so I can polish that area and then replace them.
I'd like to know if you sealed around the letter as well with something like Parbond?
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