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Old 03-01-2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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Vandal Breaks Every Window & Screen in My 1953 Cruiser

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I need advice on how to replace all the windows in my 1953 Cruiser. All of the screens (which were all in perfect condition) were also all ripped or punched out.

My major question is what type and thickness of glass should I get? It looks like regular household window glass was originally used.

I have found the window gasket and the small nuts & bolts which hold the window frame together at Vintage Trailer Supply.

I have no idea where to start with the screens. What type of screen should I get and how is it installed?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:52 PM   #2
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Oh man...you must be sick! I can't help with your specific questions, but I just want to encourage you and let you know I feel for you! Any idea who did this? Any body damage? If not, count your blessings, that would be much more difficult to repair ~ also, be glad it's flat glass & not the curved Cornings...

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Old 03-01-2006, 03:16 PM   #3
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Oh man...you must be sick! I can't help with your specific questions, but I just want to encourage you and let you know I feel for you! Any idea who did this? Any body damage? If not, count your blessings, that would be much more difficult to repair ~ also, be glad it's flat glass & not the curved Cornings...

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Thanks for the encouragement. I am sick about it. Yes, I do know who did it...my 6 year old nephew. Don't ask why, I haven't figured it out. His father will pay for the damage, but it is still going to take a lot of work for me to fix it.

Except for some small dents on the bottom of some of the window frames and some nicks on one of the rear corner curved panels, no major body damage. He used a swing blade. If he had uses rocks like he has done on other family property in the past, then I'm sure there would have been dents in the body. In that case, his father would own it. (or I would part it out).
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:21 PM   #4
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Wow! Suddenly my son's antics look like nothing. Good luck.
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:50 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear about the damage caused by your 6 year old nephew. Here's a link to R.J. Dial's wonderfully informative Airstream restoration web site. His 1957 Flying Cloud appears to have the same type of Hehr standard windows as your 1953 Cruiser, so you should find his illustrated procedures very helpful. Wander around there for other great hints. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

http://www.vintageairstream.com/floy...n/windows.html
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Old 03-01-2006, 04:53 PM   #6
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You know, there are some folks that don't believe in spanking a child, but I'd have to say, that 6 year old's behind sure earned it if I ever saw a case that would support it without DCFS taking him away....then again, after the kid trashed you're stream would DCFS' action be all that hard to swallow? I'm sure those that don't agree with spanking would consider a time out, grounding or loss of a gameboy punishment enough. If I were the father, I'd be heartbroken my child did something like this.

Sorry to hear about the damage. That kid should know better than that at 6 years old. One window maybe, but the lot? That's just plain crazy.

He's family...just think about it, about 18 years from now, when the anger and heartache goes away, you'll sit in front of a campfire and give 'em a good ribbing for it over a beer, after you collect your free slug....hopefully, he'll have bought the rounds that evening and consider it time served (of course long after his caining is over with from when he was 6).
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You know, there are some folks that don't believe in spanking a child, but I'd have to say, that 6 year old's behind sure earned it if I ever saw a case that would support it without DCFS taking him away....
Do you have children?

I have two boys - 5 & 6 years old.

Number 2 son is on a distinctly different developmental curve than his older brother. Kim & I work with it. Some children do not understand things like you & I do.

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Yee-ouch! This really shakes me up -- I feel for you. It will take you longer to repair your spirit than the Cruiser. Sure, some things will never be the same... But before he reaches those 'never mind' teen years, I hope you and your nephew can work out a camping trip with some fishing.

Best wishes -- come back to this thread and let us know how it's going.
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Old 03-01-2006, 05:53 PM   #9
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im sorry you found out who did it, as it was family.....had you caught the vandals, i would have suggested gender re-assignment.....hopefully the appropriate punishment(although he is quite young) will steer him in the right direction.
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Any good glass shop can make windows....

Don't pay extra for window glass just because you have an Airstream and especially just because its' an older model.
Any good glass shop will cut new windows out of suggestably shatterproof glass.....
Just schedule an appointment when they are slow

The screens can be done with bulk screen material purchased at Lowes or Home Depot...

Regarding the other comments......
Why don't we all stay on topic here?
I don't see where the author of this thread was asking for parenting advice....
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Jim -- I tried to keep it within reason.... Biologicals are rather more sensitive (and imprintable to the positive!) than aluminum.

Your glass shop can take specific measurements, then order tempered of same. Any thoughts on that?
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The windows on your Cruiser should be standard glass, just have it cut to dimension, and the screens are standard household screen. Now would be a good time to upgrade to nylon screens, and maybe tempered glass to replace the standard glass. Good luck with it.
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screens and windows

Hi
I live in Forest not far from you , matter of fact I work in Jackson and Drive through Brandon every day. If you would like, I could help with your screens and glass, Just replaced my screen this last weekend not much to it most of the supplies you can get from lowes on hwy 25. Send a message if you need help, but I have drill this weekend with 172 MDG

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I live in Forest not far from you , matter of fact I work in Jackson and Drive through Brandon every day. If you would like, I could help with your screens and glass, Just replaced my screen this last weekend not much to it most of the supplies you can get from lowes on hwy 25. Send a message if you need help, but I have drill this weekend with 172 MDG

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What a great offer! Good karma sent your way....
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