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Old 09-11-2008, 07:23 PM   #15
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Thanks Drummer, I pounded one of my parts flat to get a pattern, then used a bench vise and anything else it took to get the bends I needed. I am working on a jig so I can make all the bends at the proper points easily. I picked up two different types of spring steel from a local machine shop (I think he felt sorry for me). The first one was too brittle and snapped when I went to make the 90 degree bend on the end of the part. The annealed steel must be a bit softer and more formable because it worked great. This part is basically a spring if you watch how it works. Any other steel would just bend and give up. And I do have a friend at a machine shop working on the screw part as well.

Silver!! Is America going to beat a path to my door?? I better sweep the front hall, LOL

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Old 09-11-2008, 07:50 PM   #16
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TomE,

I'll take 9

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Old 10-24-2008, 12:40 PM   #17
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We hope to have complete reproduction Phillips sill latches available late this winter. We have had all pieces redrafted and are currently working with one of our favorite manufacturers to get pricing. If anyone has already produced one of the components, please let me know so we can determine whether it would be more cost-effective to skip that part of the assembly. I can be reached at the office at 800-644-4620 x2.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:09 PM   #18
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Did any one successfully repop he screw part of the winow locks on the phillips locks ,,,I see a couple of you said you might be able to make them last winter .. thanks
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:27 AM   #19
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We are a couple months away, still. But we are definitely doing this project. We'll post a message here as soon as they are ready. It will be the entire mechanism and will look and operate very much like the original.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:54 AM   #20
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Thanks Vintage RV. I'll be looking forward to this.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:04 AM   #21
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What is the best way to clean up and lubricate the original parts? I have all the mechanisms off and would like to restore them to looking and operating as new.

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Old 06-08-2009, 03:22 PM   #22
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Phillips draw latches

For all of you that are still looking for these, Kevin Barnes in BC has some left from a 66 he parted. I think he still has them listed in the classifieds. If not he has a Craig's list add for a 59 Avion for sale and you can contact him that way. Have a great day
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:34 PM   #23
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What is the best way to clean up and lubricate the original parts? I have all the mechanisms off and would like to restore them to looking and operating as new.

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Hi Gr8dane,

You can clean them with soap and water. The two parts that fall apart the most are the spring metal latch that extends and retracts when you crank, and the cross dowel that the screw threads through. If those are both in good condition, I would probably use a light tool oil on the cross dowel. you can spray paint the spring latch, but it may wear or flake off eventually. The most important thing is to just keep them clean. Salt and/or standing water are the killers on them.

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Old 07-31-2009, 08:37 PM   #24
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Steve, do you have the window latches yet - I need a few. Please let me know when you acquire the little buggers. Judy
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:00 AM   #25
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Unfortunately, we still don't have them. Give us a couple more months. Sorry for the delay. Sometimes, doing these reproductions is slower than we expect. Lots of little things get in the way (including adding another daughter to the family!). I'll let folks know when they are finally ready.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:20 AM   #26
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What is the best way to clean up and lubricate the original parts? I have all the mechanisms off and would like to restore them to looking and operating as new.

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I soda blasted mine and then polished the top of the slide plate and the inside of the curve with my Dremel tool, so it all slides with ease. Then a light coat of white grease.
I've also tried cleaning them with the mag wheel cleaner that says "etching" on the bottle. If you use the mag wheel cleaner don't leave it on to long The most important thing I've found is that any part of the latch that slides on another part must be shiny and clean.

I have 4 or 5 that will work but aren't excellent.
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anyone have an update on these window mechanisms yet?
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:30 AM   #28
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Hi Kevin,

2 years ago I said "give me a couple months." I'm sorry to report this project fell apart and I will have to restart.

The company I was working with completed samples that looked pretty good but the zinc plate on the spring metal steel wasn't acceptable. Spring steel rusts very easily...even just sitting around for a short time in humid environments. It rusted just a little before plating so the zinc didn't look smooth. There were other issues with the company's reliability, too. I'm pretty picky so I pulled the plug.

I'm going to restart the project with a new manufacturer and this time do galvanized on that part. Zinc galvanization is many times thicker than a simple zinc plate. I've got a lot of faith in my new manufacturer but I'll need more time to get it all together. If anyone else makes some nice parts in the meantime, let me know so I can work on something else.

I can't give you a firm timeline right now but I'm hoping to have it done this winter.

Thanks for everyone's ongoing support,
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