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dclampe 10-06-2012 06:31 AM

Pesky window screw
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I'm replacing windows in my 65 overlander and there's a screw in the top channel right under the gutter that needs to be backed out before the window can slide out. The first one I did I bent the gutter up and got the screw out and was able to bend the gutter back into place without too much trouble, but I'm searching for a better way. I'm guessing the only other way would be to remove the gutter? What have others done?

Also, the screw appears to be steel. Does anyone have a source for a stainless replacement?

RickDavis 10-06-2012 07:02 AM

Needle nosed vise grips clamped on the screw head may work.

Sometimes a really short screwdriver bit like used in drills can be used as a right angle screwdriver by putting a 1/4 inch box wrench on it

Sources of stainless screws can be found on the net but I don't have the info handy right now

StPierre 10-06-2012 07:31 AM

I just finished all the windows in my 65 Safari , and I had to bend the gutter up and used neddle nosed vice grips as Rick stated. I found that was the best way

Silver Goose 10-06-2012 08:00 AM


Originally Posted by dclampe
... Does anyone have a source for a stainless replacement?

Have you checked with Lowe's or Home Depot? They have a fastener aisle that has a variety of screws and bolts packed in small quantities, I've seen some stainless choices the last time I was looking. Also check the yellow pages under fasteners to see if there is a retail distributor nearby. They usually sell by the box.

airstream4 10-06-2012 08:18 AM

I have used vise grips with some success and a grinder and drill another time. I use McMaster Carr for stainless screws. I was afraid of bending the gutter, thought i might destroy!
Good Luck

dclampe 10-06-2012 06:55 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give it a shot the next few days. :bb:

awolff 12-02-2012 12:56 PM

If you have an Ace Hardware or True Value, they usually have stainless screws.

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