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Old 02-16-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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What do I need to repair my back window?

Hello everyone,

We were working on new seals for our back bathroom window on a '72 Sovereign this a.m. and when we tried to reinstall it, the trim along the top frame of the window separated from the frame. What looks like possibly little rivets seems to connect the two. Does anyone know what these connectors are? Are they just old rivets, and if so, where should I get them?

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Can you post a picture? Is this the hinge of the window? Or is the trim on the inside?

If this is the hinge, search the forum using "window hinge rivet" .

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...zes-85993.html

is one result...

I used stainless pop rivets inserted from the back to as to minimize the effect on the weatherstriping. This has worked well, and is not very noticable. These are much stronger than the 3/32" aluminum rivets used originally.

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Bart,

I think I may be talking about button head pop rivets. Where did you get yours? BTW, I tried posting a photo but am having some trouble.

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Bart,

I think I may be talking about button head pop rivets. Where did you get yours? BTW, I tried posting a photo but am having some trouble.

Thanks, Aimee
Aimee.

The window hinge is attached to the window sash (the metal frame around the glass) with small head 1/8 inch "buck rivets".

The rivets sheared simply because the two halves of the hinges were not properly mated, before you lowered the window.

That hinge must be "perfectly" match, or you will shear those rivets every time you try to reinstall that rear window.

Hopefully, your window is the original.

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As I noted in other of the other threads on this topic, cleaning mating surfaces with a fine stainless brush and lubricating with silicone spray makes the stuff go back together more easily; oxidized aluminum on oxidized aluminum tends to grab and stick.

Proper alignment is quite important as Andy notes. By lubricating things, you'll have a better idea if things aren't properly aligned. Look also for bends in the window sash/hinge; you may need to deal with that during assembly as well.

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