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Old 06-14-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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EEEEK!!!! What the heck happened here??

Imagine my surprise when I lifted the rock guard on my 74 Tradewind and found this??

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Is this repairable and how do you get the gunk (toward the bottom of the window floating in the water) out?
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:11 AM   #2
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Imagine my surprise when I lifted the rock guard on my 74 Tradewind and found this??

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Is this repairable and how do you get the gunk (toward the bottom of the window floating in the water) out?
Looks like your double pane corner window wants to be an aquarium. Get an air pump and some goldfish.


You will have to break the inner pane, most likely. You might be able to drill al hole first to drain it.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:17 AM   #3
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You have a pretty bad exterior leak in your window, which is double-pane. The good news is that the interior pane seems to be keeping it contained! If you use search function, you'll find rather detailed info on drilling small drain holes, at an angle, to let the water out. Another option is to break out the interior pane, which would allow you to also clean up the "gook" inside. Another option is a whole new window. Whichever way you handle it, you then need to re-seal the exterior perimeter of that window, and all others, with a good sealant, like parbond or vulkem. Or, on a completely different tack, just figure out a way to get some very skinny tropical fish into the thing!! Good luck.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:20 AM   #4
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Is that gunk in the bottom of the window part of the sealant? if so, why hasn't the water drained out?
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:22 AM   #5
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The good new is: there do not appear to be any interior leaks because of this. The floor under the window is fine.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #6
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Links to uwe's post: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...tml#post391537 and http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...elp-25718.html

The idea is to drill a hole through the spacer between the panes and not touch the glass at all -- probably have to take off interior skin under window to get access. Yup -- get the gaucho out to do that too! One mistake and you'll be buying a new window. Ain't DIY fun?
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:32 AM   #7
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I've seen posts on drilling from the outside. Wouldn't that make less of a mess?
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:56 PM   #8
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I've seen posts on drilling from the outside. Wouldn't that make less of a mess?
We have a wing window/ aquarium also. I have drilled a 1/8" hole at the base of the window, and am going to drill a hole in the glass with a diamond tipped bit. It will allow the water to eventually drain out, then I can reseal the window.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:27 PM   #9
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You have a pretty bad exterior leak in your window, which is double-pane. The good news is that the interior pane seems to be keeping it contained! If you use search function, you'll find rather detailed info on drilling small drain holes, at an angle, to let the water out. Another option is to break out the interior pane, which would allow you to also clean up the "gook" inside. Another option is a whole new window. Whichever way you handle it, you then need to re-seal the exterior perimeter of that window, and all others, with a good sealant, like parbond or vulkem. Or, on a completely different tack, just figure out a way to get some very skinny tropical fish into the thing!! Good luck.
And a while back someone figured out you can dissassemble the wing windows and even found a replacement gasket! I don't recall seeing a part number or price on the gasket and from the description I don't think it is a process for the faint of heart. I have seen many units with holes drilled in the outer frame. You have to be very careful not to nick the edge of the glass or it will be all over.

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Old 06-15-2007, 08:35 AM   #10
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Overlander63,

Did you drill on the inside or outside? How does the water get in there? Was it a leak from the window frame? I guess sealing that area with vulkem would prevent further leaks. What do you think?
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I had a 72 31' same problem; removed curtains & rod then drilled out rivets on inside trim and removed it this exposes the inside, of the inside window, use a tool to break lose the screws holding the outside window then go outside and carefully pry out the outside wing window. If you break off any screws be sure to use an extractor to get them out or a Small grinder to cut them off and drill a new hole if necessary. I cleaned up the window & replaced the Dum-Dum (White stuff) between the windows and put it back together, about two hrs.
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" & replaced the Dum-Dum (White stuff) between the windows"
Isn't there something else we can use besides this stuff - when in the sun, I have large chunks slowly coming down between the windows.
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Seal it up with black urethane, it's the stuff that they glue the windshield into your car with. After being exposed to air, it hardens like black rubber. It will glue glass to glass or glass to metal like nothing else.
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I rebuilt both of my wing windows as single pane. To do this, I had to remove the entire assembly (drill out all the bucked rivets) so that the frames could separate (not as described above). My interior skins are out so bucking them back in wasn't a problem. Maybe not as easy as drilling a drain hole, but beautiful results, plus I have the intact inner panes that can be used if my outer panes ever break. Search for "wing window rebuild" to see the thread.
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