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Old 07-21-2006, 01:35 PM   #1
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window removal for tinting

I am preparing to tint the windows on our '69 Sovereign and am looking for tips to make it more likely to be successful.

I noticed on the DIY Airstream Restoration show that it works best when windows are removed. I have looked at the windows and don't see a way to remove them. Rivets seem to be the way they are hooked at the hinges.

Some of the windows are corning, a couple are plastic. All have aluminum frames. Anyone have experience with this? I did a search and did not locate any info.
thanks, bill b.

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Old 07-21-2006, 02:45 PM   #2
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Bill, I believe your windows are like my 70 Caravel. All you need to do is take the nuts off of the window end of the window push rods, then go outside and raise the window up to slightly above level. It will come off easily. The hinge is a hook-type mechanism just like the access doors, but upside down (or inside out). At some point in the rotation, the top edge of the window will release down.

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Old 07-21-2006, 10:20 PM   #3
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window removal

Good info. I kept opening them and closing them, looking at them, wobbeling them. Thinking, "there's got to be some trick to this." Sure enough there is. Thanks. Now I just have to remember to be careful and not drop any of them, since I hear they are not cheap to replace. Especially the corning ones. I think I will practice on the ones that have been replaced with plex before I start on the others.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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Window fun

I just did 5 of the 7 tinted windows in our 78 sovereign......Saturday and Sunday work, with a few other chores mixed in.

Isn't that hard. They are heavy, be careful. Mine are held together with rivets. Drilled out the five rivets on one side of the hinge, and one of the two on the frame, on the same side as the drilled hinge. 3 of the five slid nicely apart. One took over night soaking in WD40. The other is soaking tonight in WD40.

Just a little frustrating to have every other one be a pain in the b***. Amazing how much difference it makes getting that bubbled tint our.

Heads up. When you take them apart, take your sharpie out and mark the parts. I put a directional arrow on each window pane, the frame and the gasket, since the gasket is ribbed and fits into the frame both ways, but only correctly one way. Also, the curve of the window changes, so the frame goes on both ways, but again, just one way is right.

Anybody got any ideas on those pesky little pins that, apparently, are stuck on my soaking window??

On the vistas, I sacrificed the dual pane and broke out the inner pane with a steel punch and hammer. Didn't take too long, actually. Just be brave and careful.
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