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Old 11-04-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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1967 Overlander window leaks

Another newbie here. I have a 1967 Overlander and can't seem to find the replacement glazing channel for the front stationery window. I'm referring to the small fixed window beneath the curved Corning window beside the entrance door. The channel appears to be a gray rubber material that has shrunk over time and now leaks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-04-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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Welcome 67twinkie!

Welcome to the forums 67twinkie! Yea, another 67. The glazing isn't around any more. What I did on mine is use Tempro "Vulkem" as a glazing. I taped off the area to minimize the mess and ran a bead of Vulkem around the window. I forced the Vulkem in with my finger(wear gloves) and pushed the old glazing back in place as best I could. Pulled off the tape and cleaned up any mess with mineral spirits. No leaks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response. I will give the Vulkem a try.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick response. I will give the Vulkem a try.
If properly applied Vulkem sealer doesn't fix it, sell the trailer.

Make sure the edge of the mrtal and the glass as it goes into the metal, is "very" clean. Then use the Vulkem.


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Old 11-04-2009, 10:13 PM   #5
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Let me propose another solution. One that goes against the conventional wisdom put forth here on AirForums. Itís the "S" word!!
Silicone. But not the conventional goop may of us have found smeared around any leak, real or imagined by a PO.
When 3M discontinued their flowable Window-Weld sealer we started using Permatex Flowable Silicone Windshield and Glass Sealer at the shop. http://www.permatex.com/products/Automotive/adhesives_sealants/sealants/Permatex_Flowable_Silicone_Windshield_and_Glass_Se aler.htm As the name implies itís very thin and wicks into small cracks and seams in the channel or bonding material.
This summer I used it on the wing windows in the Tradewind. In 3 months and 4 heavy rains the condensation between the two pieces of glass has stopped. I used it as designed, only applying it between the glass and the space left by the deteriorated weatherstrip. I used the traditional Tempro 616 and Parbond around the outer frame.
In the single pane fixed window on a í67 it will be easy to find where the leaks are. Spray it down with Windex or any soapy solution and blow a stream of compressed air around the channel from the inside. The bubbles give the leak away.
As Andy stressed, the gaps between the glass and the frame need to clean for the sealer to work properly. The Permatex data sheet suggests alcohol. I used that as the final rinse, drying out the area with compressed air, after a good scrubbing with a toothbrush and a citrus cleaner.
OK, flame away. Iíve committed blasphemy. I wonít vouch for the longevity of the fix but we havenít any comebacks. Itís readily available at hardware and auto parts stores. $5 bucks ainít gonna kill you and if it doesnít work some McKenna silicone remover will clean it out.

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:12 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the help on this. Turns out that little window is plexi, so will need to have new glass cut to fit.
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Hi 67twinkie, I've read some of your other posts and the previous owners didn't do you any favors. Good luck!
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Another newbie here. I have a 1967 Overlander and can't seem to find the replacement glazing channel for the front stationery window. I'm referring to the small fixed window beneath the curved Corning window beside the entrance door. The channel appears to be a gray rubber material that has shrunk over time and now leaks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Twink--I have a '67 overlander also. I was able to find almost identical material to what was there at my local glass dealer. It's gray rubber (not sure if it's really rubber) gasket that they use on a regular basis. It looks great, and it works!
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