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Old 06-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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removing windows for gasket replacement

So I've read a few threads where some people mention disengaging the control arms or rod that attach to the windows and allow you to open them but I can't find anything in here about HOW you do that without going through a lot of crap-not that I'm not used to going through a lot of crap on this beast but c'mon. There's got to be a trick or a special tool to disengage that arm from the window. Our 69 has what appear to be two lock washers or one lock washer and one brass washer that clips into the end of that arm. Ours are original and have most likely never been taken off so they are on there good. I soaked them with some liquid wrench and tried prying them of but they are too tight to get a thin tool in to gain leverage to pull them off. Then I tried vise grips to apply pressure on it but it was hard to get a good spot without scratching the thing. This method worked well enough to get a tool in between the window frame and the washer so I could pry it apart but the whole time I'm thinking and saying "there's gotta be a better way or a special tool or something. all I need to do is put new gaskets on. Some of our windows were missing these so we replaced them with single stainless thicker lock washers that will be easier to get off. I'm sure someone has done this and has some tips or tricks-I'm hoping. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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Oh man I was hoping some one replied to you....I have the same problem.....
I just thought it was because i was a small women.....at least i know
its not just me....
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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The windows on the 69s and others are tricky.


On the arm it self us a press on ring. It slides on and off. Yes you might scratch up the arm trying to get it on and off. I put a small wrench on the back side and slowly tapped it off. If you loose the ring or break it you can by more. Most hardware stores or auto parts carry them. Sadly that's the easy part.

Once the arms are off, you have to tilt the window way way up, something like 160 degrees. Then the window can be popped out of the track. Getting it back in is a real chore. From reports its a 2-3 man job. I have been putting off this job for a while. From what I've been told, you have to re install the window at the same angle you took it out. It's curved, so you have to put the side in the track first then pop in the center by hitting it with the palm of you hand or a rubber mallet. One window did fell off in my had as the rivets finally failed. So I used pop rivets from the back side, topped with probond. They look odd but it works.

Now the gasket is usually placed on the window frame, but it can be placed on the sash. It's not considered the best way, but it has been working for me.

I left the window in place, scraped off the old gasket, and adjusted the latches. Keep and eye on these, they can be tricky. Here is where I placed the new gaskets. When the dry season comes, I might stir up enough courage to pull them out and do the correctly. Also the VAP discussed this process awhile back. Collin did a good job explaining how to do it.

I hope this helps.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #4
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It's just nigh impossible to get those little buggers back on. Drill a small hole through the end of the rod and put in a small cotter pin with a washer
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It's just nigh impossible to get those little buggers back on. Drill a small hole through the end of the rod and put in a small cotter pin with a washer
Yep tricky. I would lock the ring in the vice grips, and then tap them on with a hammer. Ever so gently..
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