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Old 04-30-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Something is not right here!

At some point it seems someone had tried to forcefully open the refer compartment. As seen in the pics. I'm want to do a flip with piano hinge but having problems to get this door flush with the frame. I've tried to bend it back into shape but can't seem to fugure out why I keep getting 1/4 inch extra at the bottom while the top is good. Its the original door. Has anyone had this problem and if so what's the fix? Any help would be grand. Thx
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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At some point it seems someone had tried to forcefully open the refer compartment. As seen in the pics. I'm want to do a flip with piano hinge but having problems to get this door flush with the frame. I've tried to bend it back into shape but can't seem to fugure out why I keep getting 1/4 inch extra at the bottom while the top is good. Its the original door. Has anyone had this problem and if so what's the fix? Any help would be grand. Thx
Adjust the back side of the lock.

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Old 04-30-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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Are you sure that is the correct door for that opening? The doors behind the refer on both of our Airstreams have louvers for ventilation .
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It is the original door from 69.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:17 PM   #5
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Are you sure that is the correct door for that opening? The doors behind the refer on both of our Airstreams have louvers for ventilation .
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That is the correct door.

Airstream back then had a hole in the floor and directly underneath that a screened hole in the underbelly, so that fresh air entered just like any chimney.

Later on, they eliminated that hole and used a louvered door.

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Old 04-30-2014, 02:18 PM   #6
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Remove the hinge and see if the door will fit. If so the hinge is not lined up between the frame and the door. If it still won't fit without he hinge the door is warped.
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It appears as though the door has a slight bow and needs to be flattened a little. a board under it would work and apply preasure to the center gently. Then as Andy said, adjust the lock to draw it in. Also could there be a gasket missing?
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Well. I didn't take the hinge off but flipped it and still has the the same 1/4 inch over hang. The gasket is the V gasket from 70s era AS. Grey bulb gasket was originally there. I didn't check to see if it fits without the gasket. Possibly the wrong gasket? There is a slight bend on the frame that is pushing it out some and might require disassembling to get it back into shape. The lock is tight to lock as is. I haven't backed it off to see what results it will bring. I feel disassembling it is gonna be my final solution. As I'm starting to believe that the plastic moulding on the other side has shrunk and hardened to the shape of injury.
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Well. I didn't take the hinge off but flipped it and still has the the same 1/4 inch over hang. The gasket is the V gasket from 70s era AS. Grey bulb gasket was originally there. I didn't check to see if it fits without the gasket. Possibly the wrong gasket? There is a slight bend on the frame that is pushing it out some and might require disassembling to get it back into shape. The lock is tight to lock as is. I haven't backed it off to see what results it will bring. I feel disassembling it is gonna be my final solution. As I'm starting to believe that the plastic moulding on the other side has shrunk and hardened to the shape of injury.
The gray bulb gasket was never used after 1965 and then only on the windows.

Take all the gasket off the door and then see how it lines up.

The door frame itself could be broken or bent.

Then go from there as to what to do.

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So after beating the snot out of it with a mallet. I seem to get some fit without gasket. But still tight. It is still alittle warped. What gasket should I use Andy? The bulb must have been put on by one of the PO's. The V gasket will not fit.
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I guess a pic will help.
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So after beating the snot out of it with a mallet. I seem to get some fit without gasket. But still tight. It is still alittle warped. What gasket should I use Andy? The bulb must have been put on by one of the PO's. The V gasket will not fit.
The original gasket had a double flare.

It's been replaced with a "D" shaped gasket that is hollow.

It's 1/2 inch wide and 3/8 inch high.

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