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Old 10-02-2018, 10:33 AM   #1
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1983 Classic 310 Help

Have a few questions on parts for my 310.
1. VTS is out of the rubber flocked channel, I found some that is a little different sized and was wondering if it might work. 7/16w x 7/16H x 3/16-7/32 glass width, list as part # AS1528 ??.
2. Type of windshield caulk for the gasket edges to seal cracks. Can't find the type that has been talked about on the Forums.
3. The vertical gasket for the sliders is a lot thicker than the original that slides in the grove, anyone have any tricks to get it in, a lot tighter than the front windows were. Will it hurt to widen the groove a little.
4. Anyone running Hankook AH35 tires, only ones that I have found in my area except some China brand that I never heard of.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:45 PM   #2
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Hey,
Addressing the caulk issue. I used volcum polyurethane caulk. Any hardware store shoulhave it. It's way better than silicone sealer. One it doesn't have ammonia in it. Most people don't know silicone caulk is kinda rough on steel. And it doesn't hold to anything for a long time. Plus it gets nasty looking over time. Polyurethane is denser I think it stays more flexible, and has a better gluing affect than silicone. IMO. It's harder to work with, and clean up, but, I think it's well worth the inconvenience.
Is your windshield leaking? The upper corners? Or do you just want to redo it.
I replaced both of my glasses, this year, and found the glass doesn't quite match the body. Specifically the pass side upper outside corner. I had to pull the rubber down about 3/8 inch to get the new glass in the gaskets. Either AS or the previous owner glopped it up with silicone sealer. Looked terrible. Now it's clean looking and no leaks. Hope this helps. If your going to replace the glasses, look for my post. It was really a piece of cake to do. I helper grosspoluter do his windshields. We had his in and caulked in less than 2 hours. DJ
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:58 PM   #3
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Hey,
Concerning your window rubber. I too tried another kind of rubber channel. It has this little lip on it, which pushes the channel in, and the glass won't go into the groove. I have heard that that channel for GMC motor homes will work. Look up GMC motor home side window rubber. I think gateway out of St.Louis is where I got mine from for my 78 elegant. Also I used that same side window rubber channel for my front sliding glass. The stuff I got which has the metal inside it, started to rust and break down. Pretty cheap stuff. I spray PB blaster in the channel, and the windows glide perfectly. It does wash out eventually, but the rubber doesn't break down like the metal stuff did. Hope this helps. DJ
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:23 PM   #4
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I'm using Hankooks. Ive got over 10,000 miles on them and they seem to be wearing ok.
I don't have anything to compare them to as far as "ride comfort" is concerned. I would buy them again. (might not have a choice)
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:53 PM   #5
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Davejay, thanks for the info, I had some leakage around the windshield area a few weeks ago when we had a storm move through and a flash flood that caused heavy damage in our area, my gaskets stick out also on the upper outside corners and just wanted to reseal them, I will check out the company on the window gasket.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:54 PM   #6
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Keyair I appreciate your input on the Hankooks, only ones that I can get locally and my tire guy likes them and has sold quite a few to people with motorhomes. waiting on fellow that has six Alcoa rims 19.5 x 6 with centers and lug nuts to call me back when he gets home so I can look at them. Do you have any idea what they might be worth if in good shape.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:07 AM   #7
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Hey Cole,
My windshields were doing exactly what yours did. The upper corners were pulling away, and stuck out. On the pass side, under the rubber, was a hole, probably for a rivet. That's where my water was coming from. When you use the Vulcan on the corners, put something on the pointed end of the rubber to hold it down, until the polyurethane is dry. It was pretty warm out when I did mine. It only took a few days. Now it may take longer. When dry, just trim the edges. Use gorilla glue duct tape. Very sticky.
Check the top edge of your glass pass side.I'll bet you got about an 1/8 inch of glass in the rubber. I had to break the factory seal almost all the way to the center of the windsheild, and pull the rubber down, to get the glass in the gasket. Caulked it, and had to tape the rubber in place because it wanted to go back to its original shape. I checked the windsheild over the weekend, still good, edges are still down on the body, and we had some really heavy rains, no leaks at all. I think the rubber may be to big, or maybe just stretched over the years. Both of my tops were leaking. Right side, way worse.
Good luck. DJ
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:57 AM   #8
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Davejay, Thanks for the info will do the same as you did and hope the leaks stop. Thanks Jim
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I am looking for a piece of the rear D/S lower interior trim for my 310 Classic, does anyone have or know of where I could find one. Found this while I have been redoing my 30 to 50 amp service. Keeps breaking as I touch it. Stick in the pic shows the piece I need. Posted here to minimize another thread on my 310.
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