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Old 08-02-2019, 08:31 AM   #505
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Ah, found it. It is 3M Car Care Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive. #08008. Works very very well. It's black, so be careful to get it only where you want it. Once it tacks, everything will stick!

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Old 08-02-2019, 07:11 PM   #506
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Thanks Kay: I was aware of the 3M rubber adhesive. And the 3M adhesive remover. 3M makes good stuff. I tend to get the stuff all over me when I work. I'm a grease magnet!

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Old 08-14-2019, 06:40 PM   #507
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Took Window Out

I was struggling to get the Overlander window sealing surfaces clean of old adhesive, especially in the fold close to the hinge.

So I read how to remove the windows in a 75 Overlander and gave it a try. It was rather easy, and much easier than picking at the adhesive in those tight spots. Sealing surfaces must be clean and smooth. See the crud in photo one.

There is a single machine screw in the linkage that needs removed, see photo 4. It has a tiny bushing around it. The screw (both sides) came out easily, the linkage plasrtic slider falls out of the track, and then the window is lifted way up beyond horizontal so the "hook" on the window can escape the groove in the drip cap above the window. See photo 2 of the extrusion that is the drip cap that has this round window hinge groove. My wife's 86 Limited is built the same way.

The window is much easier to work on laying on the bench. I cleaned up the sealing surfaces and stuck a new "D" bulb seal to the window frame.

And the window was easy to reinstall. Just lift it up beyond horizontal, engage the hook hinge into the groove, and lower the window to trap it in the hinge. Then reinstall the screws in the link arms shown in photo 4.

The new, larger D bulb seal does a nice job of filling the gap between the window and the window frame. See photo 3. We shall see if it rain water tight, or power washer tight.

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Old 08-14-2019, 11:50 PM   #508
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That should be better at keeping the rain and water out. Gonna be doing my seals soon too, thanks for sharing details
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:10 PM   #509
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Hey David

Thanks for the tutorial on window seals. That project is in my very near future.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:25 PM   #510
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I want to complement Airstream for their window opening linkage design from 1969 and beyond. I was surprised the windows were so easy to slip off and back on. I never liked the "J" hook hinge, especially on cargo doors that seem to fall off frequently. But it seems to work on the windows, and the linkage is very well designed and built.

I can now replace the window seal in less than an hour per window. It took me about three hours on the first one as a removed all that old gasket adhesive with the window in place. A hard job.

Good job Airstream. The whole window opening hinge and linkage still works great 44 year after it was built.

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Old 08-17-2019, 02:13 PM   #511
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Thanks for the tutorial on window seals. That project is in my very near future.


X2 as my son has a 78 Caravanner and I may be the one redoing the window seals.

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Old 08-17-2019, 07:12 PM   #512
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1978 was the last year of the Caravanner, the trailer with an open floor plan. It was a different kind of Trade Wind. 1977 was the last year of the Overlander 27'. It was combined with the Ambassador 29' and for 1978 out comes a new Ambassador 28'. Airstream went with 3' increments for their long trailers back then.

Yep, you're the guy that will be pick'in and grin'in on those window sealing surfaces to get them clean. Taking good care of that last model year Caravanner is important as I predict it will go up in value in the future. It is an unusual Airstream.

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Old 08-20-2019, 06:40 PM   #513
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New Stereo System

I'm putzing around installing a new stereo radio and CD player in the Overlander. It is just a cheapie car radio with new cheapie speakers. Not a big deal, but certainly a small improvement. My goal is not a blaster or boombox. I want to listen to quiet music in the evenings while browsing Airstream Forums. I don't need much. This thing does have a USB port to listen to Ipad and Apple phone music. Good enough.

I will utilize the same tilt out box that came with the trailer. It's on the street side next to the gaucho. I think it is kinda nifty, and certainly nothing cheap about how this thing is made. And I think it is a good utilization of space below that credenza top.

Pictures later.

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Old 08-21-2019, 06:39 PM   #514
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Radio Box

I got the radio box "rebuilt". It was coming apart here and there. The front of the radio box has a very nifty extrusion. I like it. There is nothing cheap about the way Airstream made this radio box 45 years ago. Take a look at photo 2.


Then I made a new face plate, cut a 7"x2" hole in it and slipped the new radio into the box. The speaker wires are all identified and a new 12v power wire is in place. I have to make a short ground wire to the internal skins close to the radio.

Now I gotta put it back in the trailer and wire it up. It might just work.

The original antenna wire in in place, but I don't know if there is a radio antenna on the roof. There was a TV antenna, but that is now gone. No need for it at all. So I don't know what Airstream used for a radio antenna in a 75 Overlander. It doesn't matter too much as we will use CD and USB "media" for our music.

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Old 08-31-2019, 07:13 PM   #516
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Thanks joyflea. It pales compared to your craftsmanship. But it will work.

I did finish the stereo installation and played some CDs. I can also play "USB" devices (ithingies I call them). I need to find a decent radio antenna to get that device working. Overall the radio output is rather week 3.5 watts. Really not enough to power the amp and properly drive the speakers. But it works well enough for me.

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