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Old 05-27-2006, 12:51 PM   #29
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Klevan , yes I've done all 4 vistaviews . They were all done with the frames in place . The inner pane will stay in the frame because you cannot get it out without breaking. After breaking and removing the out glass you need to clean and remove all the old sticky stuff and glass , the inner glass will then move in and out in the channel frame . After everything is cleaned out I wiped it all down with alcohol. The first time I sealed them with wiindow putty tape , then pushed it to the outside and used rubber tubing in the channel to hold it there . That system didn't work very well , the round tubing would work it's way out of the channel and didn't hold the glass tight enough . The second time I use Lexel clear caulking between the glass and the outer frame . Then I found some high density foam ( 3/16 x 9/16 ) and wedged that between the inner channel and the glass . Four years and no leaks . I don't have any progress pictures , I'll post one of the finished job.
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Old 05-27-2006, 01:00 PM   #30
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I'm Talking Windows not Vista Views

Thanks Tiki2, but I'm talking about the six, dual pane, top hinge-mounted, windows. They are the ones that are driving me nuts. Some previous owner already removed the inner pane of the Vista Views for me.
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Old 05-27-2006, 01:15 PM   #31
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Here are an inside and ouside shot , hope it helps
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Old 05-27-2006, 01:23 PM   #32
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Sorry can't be much help with those , the only thermopane on mine was the vistaview . The factory seemed to be very random with there window types during this period ,some double , some single and then some single with with plastic double . My door window looks like yours , maybe we'll find a solution yet.
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Then I found some high density foam ( 3/16 x 9/16 ) and wedged that between the inner channel and the glass . Four years and no leaks . I don't have any progress pictures , I'll post one of the finished job.
I like the look of the inside trim between Vista View and inside wall. Can you tell me more about the 3/16 X 9/16 high density foam you used?
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Old 05-27-2006, 02:17 PM   #34
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I like the look of the inside trim between Vista View and inside wall. Can you tell me more about the 3/16 X 9/16 high density foam you used?
It took a while to find the right size , 1/2" is not quit wide enough to fit tight . What I found came in a roll like weatherstripping and IIRC it was at Autozone , it was fairly firm .
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Klevan , While puttsing around today on the AS I actually found the bag with the weather stripping , I was slightly off .The actual size is 5/16 x3/4 made by Metro Moulded Parts . They make repro WS for many autos , the part no. is MW1634. www.metrommp.com , Good luck
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Some years ago Southwest urban areas with overt wealth had to add spark plugs to burglars' tool list, as stopped cars at traffic signals were suffering window smash-and-grab of womens purses or computer cases etc. off passenger seats!

The steel core that is threaded to accept the aluminum ignition wire connector knob gets sharpened and swung straight-armed full force into the auto passenger window to shatter it. If you want to shatter safety glass use a hardened masonry nail with a sharp conical point dressed onto the end w/ a sharp hammer strike - or a sparkplug...
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Hi, I found the easiest way to safely break tempered glass is to use a tool called an "automatic center punch" Made by General # CP-79. Put the point of this tool up against the tempered glass, push the handle toward the glass, click, the window instantly shatters. Done deal, two seconds. Note: please wear safety glasses.

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Hi, I found the easiest way to safely break tempered glass is to use a tool called an "automatic center punch" Made by General # CP-79. Put the point of this tool up against the tempered glass, push the handle toward the glass, click, the window instantly shatters. Done deal, two seconds. Note: please wear safety glasses.

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Thanks, Bob. Have you by any chance applied this process to the project at hand? If so, could you provide any other lessons learned and/or observations about the outcome, especially how you held the remaining single pane in place after you shattered and removed its mate?
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Breaking Tempered Glass

Hi, no I haven't broken any Airstream windows. But I did test this out on cars going to the junk yard and used to keep these tools in all my cars for safety. Never know when you or someone else might get stuck in a vehicle and will need to break a window to get out. I did experience, once, a guy locked himself out of his car and was in a hurry to go somewhere; couldn't wait for a lock smith. We took turns hitting his vent window with my tire iron. Hitting tempered glass is very hard to break hitting it with a blunt object. We finally broke his window. Wheww

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I live in Canada where it gets cold a lot of the time. Would actually like to have thermopane windows. Go figure.
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