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Old 02-22-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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'73 Sovereign windows don't lift open, pull close

Some of my windows won't lift open from the inside and some won't pull closed. Metal fatigue in lifting arms? I'm having trouble homing in on just what is/should be occurring... Would rather not keep buying parts in a process of elimination. Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:00 PM   #2
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If your windows are like mine the aluminum arms can get bent preventing the window from closing. What happens is the rivet that connects the arms hits on the window frame when you try to close it. If they won't open chances are the gasket is stuck to the frame. You did release the locks I hope? Mine you have to pull inward and down to get them to open.

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Old 02-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have trouble with our 72 Sovereign's windows. They sometimes take strength I don't have to open. They can be adjusted some, but I sometimes end up outside pulling them open. Silicone the gaskets, and that will help keep them from sticking. Adjusting them can help them close better also. Chris can get them open better than I can. I'm hoping the bowflex can help...

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:19 PM   #4
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another thing that can keep them from closing all the way is the hinge at the top of the arms might need to be cleaned, lubed, and adjusted a bit. I found that when I reinstalled the windows, if I over tightened the nuts, the windows would not drop fully closed on their own. After loosening them just a bit and a shot of silicon spray, they closed much easier. But they can still be a bear to open.

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Old 02-24-2012, 07:29 AM   #5
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Aha...thank you all. I've got one more closing now and have a better idea of at what/where to look for source of trouble. Part of it might be the needed bowflex too!
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:43 AM   #6
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Here's the video from the "Classic Rides" DIY Restoration series that deals with windows. Some very good info.


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Old 02-24-2012, 09:49 AM   #7
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The largest windows are the toughest to do from inside, from a combination of weight, poor leverage, and sticky weatherstripping. If they seem particularly resistant to opening, I'll just make sure they are unlatched and go outside, get a finger(nail) under the bott6om edge, and pull them open. You can then put the arms into whatever position slot you want, from the outside.
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