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Old 10-07-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Does anybody know how to repair or replace the screens on my 1960 18' Traveler? The handle that opens the window goes through the screen and is riveted to a little frame piece which is on top of the screen. I hope I don't have to take out the rivets because I don't even own a rivet gun. But can get one if I have to...
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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That is the same window latch I have in my 1954 Liner, I thought they were only used in the early 1950's and were replaced by crank openers. Regardless, you need to drill out the rivets holding the latch to the frame. I used pop rivets to replace the latch. A pop rivet gun is only a few dollars and you should have one in your tools, also aluminum, not steel rivets.

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Does anybody know how to repair or replace the screens on my 1960 18' Traveler? The handle that opens the window goes through the screen and is riveted to a little frame piece which is on top of the screen. I hope I don't have to take out the rivets because I don't even own a rivet gun. But can get one if I have to...
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Thanks Bill. Can you tell me what size rivets to get? And do I need a hand-held rivet gun or one that attaches to my compressor? Or is a pop rivet gun different from a "real" rivet gun?
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This might help you. 1956 Flying Cloud - Windows.
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A pop rivet gun is different, a hand gun will work great. If you want to install a hundred or so rivets get one which attaches to the air compressor. I use 1/8" diameter with a grip range of 1/8".

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Thanks Lee. Great photos and it is exactly the kind of screen setup I have. Question though - I looked for a "Walter Finishing Line Tool" (your link didn't work) and am not really sure what I need to get. I only have 4 windows in the whole trailer so maybe I can get by with naval jelly and steel wool? Did you then paint the pieces with shiny metal paint? Yours look really good!
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Thanks Lee. Great photos and it is exactly the kind of screen setup I have. Question though - I looked for a "Walter Finishing Line Tool" (your link didn't work) and am not really sure what I need to get. I only have 4 windows in the whole trailer so maybe I can get by with naval jelly and steel wool? Did you then paint the pieces with shiny metal paint? Yours look really good!
Thanks, But it is not my site. This fine site was put together by R.J. Dial Vintage Airstream Home. Give it a look when you get a chance.


From the photos I came up with this link. Products. Hope this helps.

I'd probably try your method first.
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