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Early model vent window replacement

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  • Early model vent window replacement

    Hey Guys,

    I need to remove the vent windows on my '37 CE for rechroming. My question concerns the little "rivet?" on the top pivot point....when I reinstall the vent, should I use a hardware specific rivet, or just find something that fits? As always, any help is appreciated. Jimmy

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    The parts catalog shows the rivet as p/n 265879W, 9/64" dia x 17/64" long. I'm sure these are NLA. You may find some 5/32" dia tubular rivets in 1/4" length at your local hardware store that will work or you can drop back to 1/8" diameter tubular rivets. As rivet sets for these are hard to find - and even harder to use when you reassemble the vent window - get several 3/16" bearing balls at the hardware store. The ball just needs to be a little bigger than the shaft of the rivet. Put the rivet through the holes in the brackets, slide a washer over the rivet, and use "Crazy Glue" or putty to hold a ball on the tip of the rivet. Squeeze the ball down with ViseGrips with the rivet head against the other jaw of the Visegrips, while you try to push the washer down tight against the bracket, until the end of the rivet starts to spread and will hold the washer. Take the ball off and squeeze the end of the rivet down tight with the ViseGrips. You'll need a couple of balls because the they tend to fly away, never to be seen again, LOL. It works better if you have a helper to hold the vent window and frame while you handle the ball and pliers.

    [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com
    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.

    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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    • #3
      I used 1/8-inch stainless steel "pop" rivits and washers on my M vent windows. I popped the rivits in place, then flattened them further with visegrips. Seems to work fine.

      jj

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      • #4
        Thanks guys. I'm gonna block & copy your responses, and use them as my guidlines. Appreciate you'all sharing your knowledge! Jimmy

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        • #5
          SI catalog lists that rivet #265879W for $1.00 each. I have used brass brake lining rivets. In any event, use stainless or brass, not steel.

          Brad Johnson
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          33 Rockne 10
          51 Commander Starlight
          53 Commander Starlight

          previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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