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Old 10-08-2021, 04:42 PM   #21
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Does this view help you? Not my rig, but shared with me as part of another discussion.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:54 AM   #22
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Yeeeee haaaaaa! After speaking to an Airstream repair and restoration shop and finding out that the only wat forward was to make the rusted part myself I decided to jump in with both feet. I pulled the glass with tools I got at harbor freight for 50 bucks.The offending part is actually a simple flat panel with one 90 degree brake. But the best part is that the seal actually sits on a cast aluminum bow and the center pillar is another cast aluminum piece that is welded top and bottom. It is super solid. I am going to the fab shop and have them make the panel out of stainless. The original was glued in and riveted ….and screwed. All the screws had rusted off but there was enough glue to make it a bugger to remove.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:56 AM   #23
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That's great news. Post pictures if/when you can, I'd like to see the damage you've been referring too.
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Old 10-12-2021, 01:50 PM   #24
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Beltran, Awesome! Great! Thank you! I just got the piece in the pic that is covered with the dynamat looking stuff out of our AS. From start to finish took about 5 hours including going to harbor freight for the stuff to pull the glass setting up the ladders and taking the old rusty piece to the fab guys. I think the idea of more sound proofing and heat shielding is really good. I am gonna copy that.
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Old 10-13-2021, 05:28 AM   #25
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Sounds like you are talking about the upper dash parts that Bob replaced on his 370? They dont have anything to do with the windshield.

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ml#post2317845

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ml#post2325032
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:18 PM   #26
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Martin, yep! That’s it exactly. Same rusty piece that the defroster vents through. I got the old one out and to the fab shop I use here in town. I told them to make it out of stainless. Compared to the roof hatch project this will be a snap. I did find a concerning anomaly. The firewall plate above and left of the pedal area and behind the steering does not match up with the firewall plate that runs behind the instrument panel. It was bent forward so there was a large gap for engine compartment air to get into the cab in the drivers foot well. It looks like it was originally bolted in tha position. And the upper piece turns a 90 and looks like it was in the original pop riveted position. What’s up with that?
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:59 PM   #27
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No pictures yet?
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:11 PM   #28
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Trying to figure out how to post pictures….
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:21 PM   #29
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Trying to figure out how to post pictures….
use the advanced option below. Then you can add pictures in a separate window function.
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Old 10-14-2021, 05:09 AM   #30
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Trying to figure out how to post pictures….
As Beltran mentioned you need to use the Advanced tab, this is assuming your are using a computer and not your phone. Once you're in the Advanced tab look for the paperclip above the editing window about in the middle.

Once you click the paperclip a Manage Attachment windows will pop up. From there it should be self explanatory. This does mean your pictures need to be on your computer, NOT your phone.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-14-2021, 05:45 AM   #31
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Thank you for the guys for the info on posting picks. I take the picks with my phone and then I log into the forum with my iPad. I have to figure out how to get the iPad to access the google pics so I can select the file I want. I almost have it figured out I think. In the meantime I just take a few picks with the iPad.
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Old 10-14-2021, 05:56 AM   #32
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I have another question about the project. This probably won’t matter in my lifetime but….

There is corrosion on the surface of the aluminum windshield frame. I have removed most of it with a wire brush or sander. The surface that the window sealant will come in contact with has a good “tooth” on it. I don’t think it will have a problem sticking to it. However I come from an auto restoration background working mostly with steel. If this were a steel frame I would use a metal etch like ospho and then some form of coating. Any suggestions for treating the frame before the windshield is installed would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:54 AM   #33
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Well in for a penny, in for a pound….. Has anyone R&Red the stationary glass next to the driver or passenger?
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Old 10-14-2021, 07:50 AM   #34
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I have another question about the project. This probably won’t matter in my lifetime but….

There is corrosion on the surface of the aluminum windshield frame. I have removed most of it with a wire brush or sander. The surface that the window sealant will come in contact with has a good “tooth” on it. I don’t think it will have a problem sticking to it. However I come from an auto restoration background working mostly with steel. If this were a steel frame I would use a metal etch like ospho and then some form of coating. Any suggestions for treating the frame before the windshield is installed would be helpful. Thanks.

The only real Alu protector I know of is sharkhide. I have used on an entire side of a polished trailer once and the protection was outstanding, but the application method left it a bit streaky. But that would not be of concern in your case

https://www.eastwood.com/sharkhide-a...=google&wv=3.1
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:29 AM   #35
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Well in for a penny, in for a pound….. Has anyone R&Red the stationary glass next to the driver or passenger?
If you're referring to the windows right beside the passenger and drivers seats I call those cockpit windows.

Various members have removed and replaced them over the years. It's been a long time since I even looked at one of those windows but from what I remember you will need to drill out all of the rivets around the outside of window, remove the inner trim because it is riveted to the metal frame and I believe there might be some screws holding the window to the front frame member of the cockpit. I'll have to look at one of the windows I have sitting in the shop to verify that last comment.

There is also a drain tube in the bottom of the window frame that will need to be accessed by removing the inner wall skin. The tube connects to a rubber hose that extends down through the floor. It's not a trivial task to remove the aluminum panel on the Classic's. Argosies are somewhat easier in that regard.

Replacement is pretty much repeating the above steps in the reverse order. Unfortunately nothing is easy to work on, especially in the interior.
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:24 AM   #36
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So when I tried to post pics the first time it said that my token had expired……what does that mean? I just have a few minutes to post pics from start to finish?
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Old 10-15-2021, 04:15 AM   #37
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