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Old 01-10-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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AS280 - Front (driver) sliding window latch

The latches that allow you to open and close the sliding windows in the driver and passenger area have been a constant problem for me. One is now broken and I don't know where to turn for a replacement. I'm even considering removing it altogether and simply placing a small knob through the tiny hole that's drilled in the vertical center of the rear sliding panel. I know it won't latch, but these latches don't really secure the windows. For that I use those tiny channel locks.

A quick background:

My first experience was a few years ago when I noticed that the window latch was rattling. So I did what any *sensible* person would do and tightened the screws. Fast forward to my next road trip. A few hours into it the window suddenly, and without any warning, exploded. Seriously, it was like a gunshot. Apparently, the extra tension those screws applied to the curved window was enough to cause it to vibrate at speed until it hit a resonant frequency and shattered into a million bits.

When I got back, I replaced the window ($$) and all was well. Until a few months ago when a vandal shot out the window because he didn't like my "tin can" (seriously. that was on the note he left) parked on his street (hrrmph). The new window is in place, but it appears the tiny screws that hold the latch onto the plate are stripped. Every time I try to reattach it, it falls off. See pics below.

I'm glad to replace this with a new one, but I suspect such a thing does not exist. Any suggestions?

/dalefox
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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The latches that allow you to open and close the sliding windows in the driver and passenger area have been a constant problem for me. One is now broken and I don't know where to turn for a replacement. I'm even considering removing it altogether and simply placing a small knob through the tiny hole that's drilled in the vertical center of the rear sliding panel. I know it won't latch, but these latches don't really secure the windows. For that I use those tiny channel locks.

A quick background:

My first experience was a few years ago when I noticed that the window latch was rattling. So I did what any *sensible* person would do and tightened the screws. Fast forward to my next road trip. A few hours into it the window suddenly, and without any warning, exploded. Seriously, it was like a gunshot. Apparently, the extra tension those screws applied to the curved window was enough to cause it to vibrate at speed until it hit a resonant frequency and shattered into a million bits.

When I got back, I replaced the window ($$) and all was well. Until a few months ago when a vandal shot out the window because he didn't like my "tin can" (seriously. that was on the note he left) parked on his street (hrrmph). The new window is in place, but it appears the tiny screws that hold the latch onto the plate are stripped. Every time I try to reattach it, it falls off. See pics below.

I'm glad to replace this with a new one, but I suspect such a thing does not exist. Any suggestions?

/dalefox
Hi,
Were you ever successful in replacing your window latches? Some of mine work, some don't, some are missing the part that swings upwards to release the catch on the window. Any suggestions on replacement part would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Derek
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:23 PM   #3
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Were you ever successful in replacing your window latches? Some of mine work, some don't, some are missing the part that swings upwards to release the catch on the window. Any suggestions on replacement part would be greatly appreciated.
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Those window latches are still available.

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Old 10-03-2011, 10:48 PM   #4
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I'd be more interested if they ever caught the slimball that shot out the window.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:52 PM   #5
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Those window latches are still available.

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How much? I need some.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
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PM Andy, and he will get you a quote.
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Is it still possible to buy the "base plate" as I will call it? This would be the plate that is bonded / riveted or otherwise attached to the glass itself. I have one latch on my moho where the three screws that attach the latch mechanism to the base plate have been stripped. The best option for repair that I see is to replace rather than repair. I have found the new latches for sale, but it does not seem as though the base plate is for sale or maybe not even replaceable?

Has anyone actually done a complete replacement of the base plate?

Andy: if you sell the base plate, I was not able to find it at Inland's website...I looked.
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Is it still possible to buy the "base plate" as I will call it? This would be the plate that is bonded / riveted or otherwise attached to the glass itself. I have one latch on my moho where the three screws that attach the latch mechanism to the base plate have been stripped. The best option for repair that I see is to replace rather than repair. I have found the new latches for sale, but it does not seem as though the base plate is for sale or maybe not even replaceable?

Has anyone actually done a complete replacement of the base plate?

Andy: if you sell the base plate, I was not able to find it at Inland's website...I looked.
The base plate is riveted to the windows.

I am not at the office to see if we still might have some.

Our web site is a "sale" list only.

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Talk about a badly-designed piece of junk!
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I would just put a helicoil in the thread, or resize it up th a bigger screw.

I have my 2 latches on the bench, as neither worked well.
They would not lock, or then not unlock, and whscraped along the fixed glass when you slid them... horrible.
I have one fixed and will do a story on them once I have them finished and functional...
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The base plate is riveted to the windows.

I am not at the office to see if we still might have some.

Our web site is a "sale" list only.

Andy
I saw the rivet...I was hoping a replacement might be nice enough to have a double countersunk passage with a carriage bolt and a thin nut. I can't wait to rivet something into glass!

If it's still possible to order them, I'd be interested. The moho is in the barn for the winter, so no hurry.

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I would just put a helicoil in the thread, or resize it up th a bigger screw.

I have my 2 latches on the bench, as neither worked well.
They would not lock, or then not unlock, and whscraped along the fixed glass when you slid them... horrible.
I have one fixed and will do a story on them once I have them finished and functional...
Perhaps they changed things in later years. The three screws that hold my latch to the base plate are about 1/8" dia. at best and they only go about that deep into the base plate too before it turns in to glass. No chance to drill and heli-coil there. I thought of a bigger screw as well, but same problem...no chance to drill a new hole without hitting glass and then still no chance to run a tap in there and cut sufficient threads.
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Hmm, AS might have thought better of the thru-glass fittings. In mine, they are glued with a black mastic with no glass holes. They are still junk, but the black tape and mastic would be a better retro-fit.
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I drilled out the rivet on mine today (base plate). I think I can get it back together with a button head cap screw and a nut. I thought of using a 3/16" pop rivet, but I'd be afraid to crack the glass when making the shaft pop off the rivet.
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my fix

I've managed to fix my window latch. I thought I would post some pictures to detail what I did. I ended up with the fix I planned in the previous post as well as incorporated some suggestions from previously posted ideas in the thread. I removed everything down to bare glass. This included removing the plate that is riveted and bonded to the glass. While the plate was off, I cleaned off all of the goo and also re-drilled and tapped the three threaded holes to attach the latch. This was possible since I removed the entire plate from the glass. I drilled and tapped for 4mm threaded holes just because that's what was available to me. It was slightly larger than the holes that were stripped out.

Descriptions in order of attached photos:

1. The base plate re-attached to the glass. Note the button head socket cap screw. Low protrusion...no more than the rivet that was there before. This is the exterior side of the window.

2. View from the opposite side as 1. I installed a standard nut and ground-down the bolt and nut until there was just enough nut left that it could be grabbed with a wrench for loosening or tightening later.

3. The latch itself. Because the ground-down nut still protrudes above the surface of the glass (unlike the original rivet), I needed to make a relief hole (big one in the middle) in the latch to accommodate the nut. This does not interfere with latch operation.

4. The latch assembly sitting on the base plate without attaching screws. Note the nut in the clearance hole.

5. Finally, the three new 4mm screws to attach the latch to the base plate. I had the option of using socket head screws or flat blade. The socket ones would have used something like a 3mm wrench, which in my book spells stripped-out after exposure to the elements. So, I went with the flat blade screws.

I will be installing the window back into the moho this weekend which will complete my removal, reconditioning, and weatherstrip replacement on all windows in my moho! Yea!
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