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Old 01-01-2016, 07:00 PM   #1
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Vista View window restoration - '79

I only found one location on the www that showed someone restoring these windows, retaining the double panes. Which is what I wanted to do. The thought of breaking the inner pane was like considering pulling my own tooth... Ugh. Here's where I'm at so far.

You can kind of see the two steel pieces that are used to lock the frame together. They rust and corrode where you can't tap them apart. I cut the bars and the frame separated easily.
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Only thing that worked to remove the uv protectant and tinting was a fresh razor blade. The butyl came off easily with a putty knife.
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:02 PM   #2
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:05 PM   #3
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Now I'm soaking the trim end to get the metal pieces out. Will make new ones from aluminum.
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If you check in the forums here you will find that many owners, myself included, have done what you are doing. It is time consuming but well worth the effort. I did every window in my 1976 Sovereign and only had one that the seal leaked after redoing. There are many pictures and ideas on this forum of how to do almost everything. A wealth of knowledge is here!! Happy New Year! Chris
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If you check in the forums here you will find that many owners, myself included, have done what you are doing. It is time consuming but well worth the effort. I did every window in my 1976 Sovereign and only had one that the seal leaked after redoing. There are many pictures and ideas on this forum of how to do almost everything. A wealth of knowledge is here!! Happy New Year! Chris
Thanks Chris. I must have missed the posts. How did you get the steel wedges out of the two channels?
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Didn't worry about them. They are only there to align the window and hold it together prior to original installation. I just installed back in the exact same location and used the Oly rivets to align the window in the original spot I marked the frame prior to disassembly so everything went back the way it was removed. Biggest problem I had was finding the vinyl gaskets that go around the outer edge of the window. Chris
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Didn't worry about them. They are only there to align the window and hold it together prior to original installation. I just installed back in the exact same location and used the Oly rivets to align the window in the original spot I marked the frame prior to disassembly so everything went back the way it was removed. Biggest problem I had was finding the vinyl gaskets that go around the outer edge of the window. Chris
Thanks Chris.
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Here's the work Chris did on his Vista's. This happens to be the one www post I was able to find prior to starting my restore. Thanks Chris.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454/vista-view-window-questions-80814.html

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Two completed. Will trim the olympics when the vulkem is dry. I appreciate Chris's guidance on the joiner pieces.

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They look good!! Much easier to do with the interior removed. It looks like the opening windows will also need to be redone as well. I found them easier, but it helps to have two people to put them back in the top hinge track. Just curious as to what is the caulking looking stuff on the roof to the right of the Vista's? Chris
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They look good!! Much easier to do with the interior removed. It looks like the opening windows will also need to be redone as well. I found them easier, but it helps to have two people to put them back in the top hinge track. Just curious as to what is the caulking looking stuff on the roof to the right of the Vista's? Chris
I had cleaned and lightly sanded the aluminum around the windows. At the angle of the photo and direction of the sanding it just looks darker. I'd dressed the vulkem in close to window.
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I was actually trying to figure out what that was on the roof about a foot to the right and higher up. It looks like a patch of some type. Just curious, as I haven't seen that on the roof of an airstream before!!! Chris
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I was actually trying to figure out what that was on the roof about a foot to the right and higher up. It looks like a patch of some type. Just curious, as I haven't seen that on the roof of an airstream before!!! Chris
Ah, I patched the fridge vent. Instead of an eagle I went with a duck. Cut a bear for the intake below. My patches are all animals. More in my post on the Exterior/skin/rivet area. Click image for larger version

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That explains things. Looks cute!! Chris
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