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Old 04-15-2021, 10:26 AM   #1
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Rear fiberglass endcap won't fit back in. What am I missing? 68 ambassador

For the rear fiberglass end cap in a 68 Ambassador, how does it attach to the frame around the back window? Did it get riveted directly to the top and side flanges of the window frame? Or is there supposed to be a trim piece that ties the end cap to that flange? I can't seem to get the rivet holes by the window to line up. It's really wonky. Thanks! Post pictures if you can.
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:59 AM   #2
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I don't have any practical advice but I want to follow along. In the videos I have seen it is always a ridiculous dance before they seem to go up.
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:59 AM   #3
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I was helping a friend and his son reinstall a rear end cap in his '72 a few years back. We fought with that thing for an hour. Some of the rivet holes lined up perfectly, some no where close. Turns out we had it upside down. So much for marking things as you take them apart, eh?

Try flipping it over.


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Old 04-15-2021, 12:45 PM   #4
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Did you remove the end cap, after first labeling everything carefully? Maybe the structure sagged if you did not shore it up correctly? [especially if you did exterior work on that end, without the end cap in place] Check the exterior seams for signs that the structure has shifted/dropped since the end cap was removed.

Have you checked the Ambassador forums? [Edit -- see your thread therein -- linked below]

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f23/
1966-1969: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f174/

Also maybe check these "Ambassador end cap fit" search results:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Amba...=airforums.com

Also FWIW: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f14...odel-3029.html

1974 Ambassador full restoration -- 127 posts:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/...on-217749.html

Is this earlier thread of yours the same Ambassador?

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f17...on-206001.html



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Old 04-15-2021, 02:20 PM   #5
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Well, maybe the reinstall in our '68 Overlander went better than expected but here it is... My son and I, precut 2x3 to hold up the center at the first rib... lift into position, just lays on the top of the rear window frame, hold up center with board, using small picks begin looking for holes to line up either on top or sides of window and also a the edge at the first rib, begin installing clecos. On ours we didn't have to move it around the window more than a 1/2 inch. Being a ex mechanic I've got probably a dozen small to medium pointy picks, stick them in hole and use pick as a lever to move things around. Maybe we lucked out but didn't take 15 mins.. Oh yeah, would have been great if when removing you marked the holes that needed rivets, otherwise you may need to hold up the trim pieces to decide where the first layer of rivets goes. I'll see if I have any pics...
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:33 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, would have been great if when removing you marked the holes that needed rivets, otherwise you may need to hold up the trim pieces to decide where the first layer of rivets goes. I'll see if I have any pics...

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Ok, so there is a trim piece that holds the endcap to the window flange? That's all I'm really asking. All my other holes align at the rib and the fit is better now that I removed some insulation.
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:44 PM   #7
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Hope this helps, obviously only goes one way...
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Okay, yes there are trim strips around the window. I did not reuse the originals which I seem to remember being plastic as opposed to metal around all the other windows... You got it....
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