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Old 12-26-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Leaky Windows 1965 GT

I'm ready to tackle fixing the leaks on all the windows on our '65 GT and so far I have on hand butyl tape and several Hallmark glazing strips. I also have new cranks to replace the stripped ones. Leaks are coming in mainly through the top and bottom of the windows where the decaying plastic glazing strips are.

Questions:

I read somewhere on the forums that a D weatherstrip is recommended. Is this something that is readily available or do I need to special order?

What else do I need to seal these windows up? Looks like the PO had used a sealant of some kind, not sure if it's silicone or something else.

Do I need to remove all the windows first in order to seal them properly? Has anyone done this and how difficult is it?

Is there a thread on the forums that takes you through kind of a step by step process? I've done a few searches and couldn't find what I was looking for.

Thank you!
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:55 PM   #2
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So today I started my window leak fix project on our 65 Globe Trotter Luna. She's a pesky ole gal, that's for sure.

My first step is to get those old windows open, several of which hadn't been opened since who knows when. I needed to take a look at the seals, weatherstripping, etc so I can get the supplies I need.

I already received the replacements to five of the Hehr window operators and nylon slides (Yes! Highly recommend these!) so with a little help from DH we removed the screws holding the operators in place, lifted the old arms up, removed with a screwdriver the old brittle plastic slides and springs, pulled them out, and within a few minutes, presto! New working window operators!

Note that the nylon slide does need to be bent in half and pushed through the hole at the end of the new arm to work. I needed to raise the window high enough to get to the slot at the top so the new slide would fit into the slot. NOTE: mounting screws are not provided...only one for the handle. Here are some pictures for you:
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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Looking good, where did you find the new nylon pieces?
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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Oh hello I want to know all you do on this window repair! All of my 65 GT Windows's are out. Will restore all seven. Good luck! I'll be posting my progress as well.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:39 AM   #5
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Looking good, where did you find the new nylon pieces?
They can be purchased at Vintage Trailer Supply. I bought several extras knowing plastic breaks over time...these went in like a charm. "Nylon Friction Pad" They are $3.50 each but well worth it.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:44 AM   #6
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Oh hello I want to know all you do on this window repair! All of my 65 GT Windows's are out. Will restore all seven. Good luck! I'll be posting my progress as well.
Thumbelinadj, I have been reading your whole restoration thread over the past couple weeks. WOW! I truly admire your courage to take on such a big undertaking. We may have to to some more extensive work as we find things beyond the cosmetic.

Regarding windows, still not sure if I have to take the windows apart to replace the glazing strips that are all cracked and degraded (See pic). I will be posting more pictures as I go! Looking forward to yours as well.
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:39 PM   #7
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Leaky Windows 1965 GT

Hi there. Thank you. I have never felt so strong and inspired as well as motivated in my life. Women that turn 50 run marathons. I chose an airstream restore instead.

All of my windows are a mess. Painted on the interior with latex, stripped screws, three plexiglas replacements to glass, one front road side window has no hardware at all.

Can't say that the cosmetic focus is even in the picture on anything I am doing either. I won't even go there. However I will say I am doing things right, not halfway. My goal is a safe frame and a sealed shell with new electric plumbing prepped for the interior stage come this spring.

Thank you for supporting me!
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:07 PM   #8
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MEK- alone with a rag isn't getting the old silicone off my window frames. Suggestions for my daily dose of torture? Click image for larger version

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Polishing the pits out. G6 and a dremel?
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:09 PM   #9
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Thumbelina, I had cross posted this to your restoration link yesterday. ( I'm sure in your zeal and unadulterated exuberance for getting your frame back you may have missed it. Hee Hee.)
Here's what Reinergirl did with her windows.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...-78136-30.html

(Added) Also I started another thread on the oxidation...some good replies here

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...es-130156.html

It might not address everything you need...I'll be working on my windows this weekend!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:48 PM   #10
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Thank you! I forgot all about it. I knew I had seen the perfect thread but my old brain could not pull up the data!! Thank you!!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:55 PM   #11
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Thumbelina from your earlier pics I see we had the exact same interior floor plan! Dinette in front, right?

We are not doing much to ours right now. Mainly tracking down and fixing leaks. It's camp-able so amid using it and puttering with it for now, we may do something more drastic later.

I so admire what you are doing! Can't wait to see more of your progress.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:15 AM   #12
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Hi. The PO had done some alteration. There were twins. A permanent seat between them and no dinette to be found! All the upholstery was crusty hard. No smells at all!
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:02 PM   #13
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Great results with scotch brite and bar keepers
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