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Old 04-06-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Talking Help! How to replace front window in a 68

Hi guys,

A phantom has broken my front window in the '68 while it sat in my driveway. I am reading up and it looks like I have to purchase larger glass (1.25"?) and pull apart the top hinge mechanism and figure out how to make room for the larger glass? Can anyone tell me if it's better to just have my Airstream dealer replace it and drive 3 hours to get there or take this on as a project? We are camping in two weeks so it's urgent.

Also, can we use the original trim?

Thanks!! PS - I don't want a Lexan front window or Plexiglass, and we will still open it often so screwing it to the camper is not an option.

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Old 04-06-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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Hi guys,

A phantom has broken my front window in the '68 while it sat in my driveway. I am reading up and it looks like I have to purchase larger glass (1.25"?) and pull apart the top hinge mechanism and figure out how to make room for the larger glass? Can anyone tell me if it's better to just have my Airstream dealer replace it and drive 3 hours to get there or take this on as a project? We are camping in two weeks so it's urgent.

Also, can we use the original trim?

Thanks!! PS - I don't want a Lexan front window or Plexiglass, and we will still open it often so screwing it to the camper is not an option.

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Open the hinge from the inside, and clean out all the broken glass.

Add thin double sided tape to the inside and outside of the top of the new glass.

Install the glass into the hinge and tighten the screws.

Gently, trim off the excess double sided tape.

Install the new "D" gasket, that comes with the window, on the metal sash with Super weatherstrip adhesive, which is black.

Install the window clips on the bottom of the glass.

No, your old molding most likely will not fit the new glass.

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Old 04-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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It's pretty easy to do,simply scrape out the remains of the old window out of the channel, get a new Corning window glass fromAirstrem of Los Angeles, put a bed of Vulkem in the channel, and set the new glass in the Vulkem. After the Vulkem sets up, you can open the window.
Obviously, this is a slight oversimplification, but not much. If you are good, you won't even have to remove the channel from the frame, though it does help.
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Just curious why you don't want a lexan front window? I have always thought that would be a nice addition to avoid broken windows from road rocks.

We have a plexi side window which has been no problem for the last ten years.
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