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Old 08-04-2011, 07:10 AM   #15
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Ok....Here's the results. I ordered 6 latches from McMaster Carr on Monday a little after noon

The mounting holes matched perfectly.

Thanks Bob, I'll be doing likewise - those rusty old latches always annoyed me!

It is little touches like this on the Airstream that bug me - you'd really think that in the interest of keeping their image, it would be worth the few extra $ to do it right in the first place.

Same as the crappy original skylights that I just replaced with Maxim polycarbonate ones.

Still, I guess everyone needs to cut costs.

Brian.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:24 AM   #16
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It is little touches like this on the Airstream that bug me - you'd really think that in the interest of keeping their image, it would be worth the few extra $ to do it right in the first place.
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Bug's-a-lot.

The "little" things make a difference.

First thing I did with the Classic...replace all exterior fasteners with stainless.
11 bucks @ HD

(mothership..how much would these latches cost if say, you bought 1k at a time?)

These stupid latches have bugged me since they rusted over first Season.

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:05 PM   #17
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Unforunately no luck for me so far on this good lead.

McMaster Carr say that due to export regulations, they don't ship to Canada other than to long standing customers. Seems odd.

I'll see if I can find a local source and if not maybe see if I can have them shipped this winter to a chum who spends the winter in Florida. Don't like to impose though!


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clean those up with scotch brite or steel wool or a metal detail brush.

then mask off and spray with your favorite rust binder paint.
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OR rivet on some new ones and spray them with boeshield t-9.

i wipe a bit of b/t-9 on them 2-3 times a year, no rust or crud.
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after CLEANING the old ones might be fine still, with a coating of t-9.

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Friends: I took 2air's advice last year and cleaned the latches with a green scratch pad and sprayed them with Boeshield T-9. They're a little discolored on close inspection but this is a good solution to stop corrosion without having to replace the latches.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:14 AM   #19
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Red face Forgot about this thread.....

Thank's Bob for the heads-up on McCarr....

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Just had to comment on the info in this 4 year old thread.

Having gotten aggravated about the poor condition of the compartment latches on our 5 year old Classic, I found this info and placed an order with McMaster-Carr about 4:40 yesterday afternoon. The ordered latches arrive in WV at 10:00 this morning. High quality stainless, still priced as noted above - plus $6.50 shipping by Fed Ex Ground.

Airforums and its members continue to be an amazing resource. As an aside, both compartments are now refurbished after 45 minutes of gentle effort.

Thanks All!

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