Tonight I was compounding the area all around the curbside wing window and the front center window and decided to start preping the wing window for removal. I bought a NOS one a while back and have been waiting to get it installed.
The first step is to remove the spline bar that joins the wing window to the center window. Each window has a lip on the edge that the spline bar wedges over. The manual says to use a block of wood and a hammer to remove it by placing the block of wood on the bottom edge of the spline bar and hammer it up to remove it. Well it wouldn't budge. I had already removed the sealer around the bar before polishing which has to be done to free up the bar. I ended up using a cold chisel and a hammer to pound it up and free. This is where the prayer comes in to play as you need to pound the heck out of it to get it to move. I was afraid I would break either window in the process and lucklily it started to move and after about 10 minutes of tapping with the hammer on the chisel it came free. I did apply some mineral spirits liberally to lubricate the bar anf the edges of the windows which helped the bar to slide. You will slightly deform the end of the spline bar but you can file out the burs so it will go back on.
Here is the bar halfway removed.
Now here is the edge lips on each window once the bar was removed.
I polished the edges after removing the rest of the sealer that was under the spline bar.
Here is the back side of the spline bar after the sealer has been cleaned off and I polished the back of it to make it slide back on easier.
It does slide back on a little bit easier now that everything has been cleaned and polished. Once I reinstall it after the new window is in I will again soak it and the windows in mineral spirits to help it to slide.
Next step is to drill out all the rivets holding the window to the shell and go inside the trailer and remove all the vulkem sealing the window to the shell and then start gently prying the window free from the shell.
That's tomorrows project along with more polishing.
Oh yeah I also polished the frame work for the rock guard that covers all the front windows. I did this on the trailer as it held the guard in place for me. After it was polished it was removed so I could get at the windows for polishing.