Originally Posted by hotroddude
I need to replace the window seals on a 1967 caravel
. I don't know how to remove the windows to make the project easier. Any suggestions?
The proper method to replace thet window gasket on all 1966
Airstreams, is to simply open the window as wide as possible.
Remove the old gasket from the window frame that's riveted into the shell, best you can with a putty knife.
Using an electric drill, with a small (2") or so wire wheel, burnish off the remainder of the old gasket.
Install a bead of adhesive to the backside of the gasket, and to the window frame. When the beads are dry to the touch, about 10 minutes or so, carefully install the gasket. Use 3M's "super weatherstrip" adhesive, as is does a top job. The yellow adhesive does not have the bonding strength that the black adhesive does.
Make sure the gasket is as high on the window frame as possibe.
DO NOT mitre the lower corners of the gasket, as you place the gasket down one side, accross the bottom, and up the other side.
When finished, closed the window on the gasket, which will help the gasket seal. Open the window in a couple of days, and generously spray the new gasket with silicone spray. Again, close the window, leaving it closed for a couple of more days. After that, open the windows and wipe off the excess silicone spray.
Now the job is complete.
You can use the same procedure installing new gaskets on the entrance door and the access doors.
When your in the gasket replacing mood, make sure that you replace the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, if so equipped, as they only last 2 to 3 years.