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Old 12-11-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Argosy Window Repair... (yes I've searched)

I'm looking for a good thorough tutorial on fully replairing my 78 Argosy 30' windows.

I've searched and searched, without much success, probably due to my own stupidity, but I thought. Just ask. So I am.

I think I'd like to fully remove the windows from the exterior skin. Fully clean up, seal and put back in the exterior skins.

I assume I'll need to buck rivet those exterior riveted connections? Any threads someone can point me to?

Thanks so much,
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:53 AM   #2
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All you need to remove is the sash. Why remove the frame?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:08 AM   #3
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Good Morning Mark,

Zep, Zeppelinium, has a thread on double pain window cleaning and repair. In my '76 Argosy, I only have single pain, but I am sure the same process would work.

Check it out here - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...ilm-37422.html

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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Hey guys, thanks for the feedback!

2 Reasons I've considered this:
1- it's nasty around many of my windows, black gunk kind of hard crusty around the edges. Not looking real clean or sharp.
2- why wouldn't my leaky windows be leaking at these seams? I agree it might make more sense to replace the rest of the windows first, clean up the outsides, and see how that goes. I guess I'm leaning that way right now.

Thoughts about my thoughts?
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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Hey guys, thanks for the feedback!

2 Reasons I've considered this:
1- it's nasty around many of my windows, black gunk kind of hard crusty around the edges. Not looking real clean or sharp.
2- why wouldn't my leaky windows be leaking at these seams? I agree it might make more sense to replace the rest of the windows first, clean up the outsides, and see how that goes. I guess I'm leaning that way right now.

Thoughts about my thoughts?
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Why stop there?

You could remove all the rivets, separate the all the panels, and completely disassemble the trailer. Then you could reseal all the joints and they would all look clean and sharp.

My advice would be to limit removal to the things that come apart relatively easily and leave the things that are riveted in place alone unless it becomes necessary to remove them. There will still be plenty of work to do.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #6
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It's a normal thing to remove dry/cracked/gunky sealant from joints and apply new sealant. You should be able to get the crusty black gunk out and put new sealant in to those seams without removing the whole assembly, and it'll look clean and sharp for several years until it's time to do it again.

For example, the following window frame to skin joint was cleaned and re-sealed. I won't pretend *I* did it, I had a guy with a Sealtech leak-detector find and seal leaks while he had my Argosy to replace the axles, but finding them all was what I was having a hard time with, not sealing them.

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Thanks for the help. Glad to know that sarcasm is alive and well!

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Thanks for the help. Glad to know that sarcasm is alive and well!

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OK, I deserved that. I did lead with sarcasm.

I hoped that you would realize that I meant it jokingly.

I also followed it with my honest opinion. I really think that you will discover better uses of your time than drilling out good bucked rivets to cleanup around your windows. Things that you will enjoy more.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:44 AM   #10
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No problem, it was good advice. :-) I'm still at a place where a shell off restoration is a possibility, so we'll see, but yeah, gonna do all those inside seal replacements for now.

Appreciate the thoughts! And I don't mind a bit of sarcasm either.

Thx!
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