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Old 05-21-2016, 08:25 AM   #15
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I have the same gasket problem on all my windows of my '71 Ambassador.
Can anyone point me in the right direction for how to take these windows apart?

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Old 05-21-2016, 08:33 AM   #16
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Do we know that the butyl tape is the way to go or it is just the way it has been done?


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Old 05-22-2016, 08:54 AM   #17
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How does one fix this? My 1977 Airstream, Safari, land yacht has several windows like this. Will the VTR 1970 Airstream Window glazing Strip VTS-477 fit? From my searches I am thinking this is the right one? any confirmation?
TIA - Lorry
The best thing is to go to single pane glass. Use 1/8 butyl tape with 3/8 x 3/4 rubber gadget from can am. In Canada. You have to cut the gasget material to 3/8 x 9/16. It works and looks great. Jack
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:41 AM   #18
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Along with the gasget it works great. I went back and caulked the exterior with a syringe call me if needed. 612-282 3971
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:38 AM   #19
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Gasket modification

I have single panes in my 72. After much online searching for the proper gaskets, I purchased gaskets from CR Laurence (same as VTS) The gaskets have "ribs" that make it nearly impossible to fit in the window channel When you remove the original gaskets, you'll see these "ribs" are non existent . After a little trial and error, I made a jig and trimmed down gaskets from CR Laurence. It was still some work but using Murphy's oil soap and some rubber hammer negotiation, they went together fine.

Pic 1 is the modified gasket fitting in the frame
Pic 2 is the gasket pre-trimming
Pic 3 is my jig for trimming the ribs (tedious but got the job done)
Pic 4 is the best pic i have on my computer of the finished rear window
back together. You can see how well the gasket fits.

I used the modified gasket on the front, rear and all the side windows, as well as the vista views. I haven't tackled the wing windows yet. I'm still on the fence about re-installing them as single panes.

Readingthe earlier posts, I guess others have been able to make the gasket work w/o modification. I hope this post helps if your run into the same problem as I did.

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Old 05-22-2016, 11:42 AM   #20
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Butyl tape 1/16

1/16 butyl tape better as it will not keep ozing out. Colin Hyde has been talking about how it stays flexible for years and years.

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