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Old 06-27-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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Window Hinge Replacement on '66-'67

The front window hinge was missing when we got our Overlander. The PO for some reason ripped it off and threw it away when replacing the window with Lexan.

I've found a replacement hinge assembly, but I can't work out how the hinge assembly inserts into the upper channel. I've taken a good look at the other windows and have been unable to remove the hinge (even with the glass out). Since the replacement is expensive I don't want to order only to find I can't get it in.

Any tips?

The hinge type is for 66-67 models, there are rain guards above the windows so the hinge won't raise more than pointing to about 2 o'clock.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:44 PM   #2
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I suggest you search Aluminuminum (user name). He beautifully renovated a 68 Safari. He describes the oddball Corning curved glass and supporting structure of our windows very well. You will see how the hinge works, and the differences between the "phase one" windows and the phase two windows. He has very good sketches of the parts and how they go together.

The 67 year was some phase one, and some phase two. My 66 is phase one, which is not as good.

There are sources for the "glass bar" and the hinge extrusion. It is a goofy looking piece.

Use the google search function in these forums and you will find it. I found it very informative.

I think it is a bit odd that your trailer has a drip cap. The 66 to 68 trailers with the Corning curved glass did not have drip caps. I plan on installing them on my 66 as the hinge is a known leak source. Every Airstream since 69 has drip caps over the windows for good reason.

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Old 06-27-2016, 09:41 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll search for the post. I installed the drip caps, for the obvious reasons you mention, while I was doing a shell off renovation Although it's a 68, for some reason it has the two-part hinge that was typical in the earlier models (I think that's phase 1). I've successfully replaced the broken glass in the other windows. That involved separating the two part hinge, cleaning out the old glue, re-glazing and screwing back together. I never needed to remove the the lower part from the frame channel. It looks like it should just lift off, or slide out, but no joy ... which makes me wonder if I'll ever get the replacement piece back in.
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:56 PM   #4
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Hi sardine,

I understood the split glass holding bar was the later version typical of 68 trailers. My 66 has a U channel with the glass held in the channel with bedding tape. It is very difficult to get the old glass out, or a new glass in.

Here are some threads on the Corning windows:

Gaskets - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...es-135438.html

Corning Window History: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f164...ws-119461.html

1966 Hinge: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f164...to-128695.html


There is likely other information in these Forums. I can't find the thread I remember being so informative.

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Old 08-05-2016, 01:30 PM   #5
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Hello! I am replacing all my window seals that the windows seat onto when closed in my 1966 Overlander. All windows are original Corning, and I am using VTS solid seals and my questions are how clean do I need to clean the remnants of the old seals and glue, (is there a product to remove it), and do I need to lay a bead of a glue to window frame to attach sticky seal to?Click image for larger version

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I replaced the seals in my windows on the 66 Trade Wind. I found the old seals were not difficult to remove (they were shot) and cleaning up the old adhesive residue wasn't hard. But some previous owner got aggressive with his silicone caulk and that is very difficult to remove. Pick and grin time.

I learned on these Forums that you want the new rubber seal to get clear to the top of the window, underneath the hinge bar. So open the window all the way and get the new seal clear to the top.

At the moment, my window are not leaking and passed my leak test and leak checks. But it is just a matter of time before they do.

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Thanks for your response! What can I use to get all the old adhesive out of the window frame?
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Well, you gotta find what chemical will dissolve the adhesive. 3M Adhesive Remover is a good product. Lacquer thinner cuts a lot of stuff around the Airstream and doesn't hurt the aluminum. Sometimes I resort to Aircraft Stripper to remove stubborn substances. And a "polishing" of the surface with scotch brite can mechanically remove some of the residue. I used alcohol to clean "degrease" the surface before I applied the new seals.

Remember to wear your personal protective equipment like rubber gloves, safety glasses and the like. Good ventilation is important too.

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Thanks for your response, I really appreciate hearing from aluminum appreciators!
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