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Old 02-15-2006, 09:59 PM   #1
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has anyone replaced the plastic on the rock guard frame?--If so where would I find it? I like the look of the black plastic that I see on everyones AS,but does it let enough light into the trailer when closed? thanx tubers--jim from mich------am posting the very first modification to my safari-a copper trim insert around the counter--what do you think?--I dig it!--the countertop is nest---jim
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:13 PM   #2
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The rock guards are just Acrylic Sheet. You can purchase it from plastic distributors and most glass shops. You can get it in various tint densities to meet your needs. You will have to drill out the corner rivets in order to disassemble the frame, but it is easily done.
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Old 02-15-2006, 11:19 PM   #3
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JIM, You can also just replace that rock guard with a new one. They are available from Airstream dealers. The Lexan they are made of is scratch resistant. So if you just rebuild your old one when you go to the glass shop remeber to say the Lexan scratch resistant is the type you want. Don't let them sell you the cheaper regular Lexan or Plexiglass as they will show every scratch for every time you wash them or everything that touches them. Ed
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The rock guards are just Acrylic Sheet. You can purchase it from plastic distributors and most glass shops. You can get it in various tint densities to meet your needs. You will have to drill out the corner rivets in order to disassemble the frame, but it is easily done.
Gary, I believe you are thinking of the rectangular rockguards. The rock guard for a '71 would be curved and contoured. The original frames were very flimsy and the thin plastic was moulded in a bubble shape to clear the underlying support arms (see attached image). I have the frame from a '71 Caravel hanging in my toolshed just in case someone ever comes up with an easy and viable method of replacing the pane.
There are several other threads on this same topic and I do not believe anyone has had success in putting a new Lexan or other pane in the old frame. The frames on the newer rockguards are much sturdier and have a rubber gasket around the edge which seals against the body when closed.
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Boy, the copper trim looks swell!
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We used alum. to fix our old rock guard. When we ever polish the AS it will match.
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