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  • Body / Glass: Avanti vent windows

    Does anyone know who repairs Avanti vent window? The lower pivots are broken.
    jerry defilippi

  • #2
    Can you elaborate? Broken usually means totally separated. Are your pivots sloppy or fractured at the base? The base pivot shaft fits into a split nylon bushing that has an adjustable clamp to provide the necessary drag to keep the vent window in the open position.

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    • #3
      The bottom rod is broken away from the vent window. The vent windows will not stay open.
      jerry defilippi

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      • #4
        If the bottom rod is broken away from the vent window frame, then the vent window should be removable by pushing outward at the bottom after withdrawing the top pivot screw. Is this the case? Do you have the inner door panel off?

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        • #5
          Yes, the vent window assembly is out of the car. I took the vent window out only to find the pivot broken.
          jerry defilippi

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          • #6
            There are 4 elements to the lower pivot - the shaft, the nylon bushing, the bushing retainer and the fastener to the vent window frame. You have to be more specific as to what is "broken". Provide a picture or better description. Otherwise, I can't help you.

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            • #7
              If the shaft is broken. then you have to remove the glass from the frame. A heat gun will soften the rubber setting tape, but holding the glass and knocking the frame off with a piece of hardwood is tricky. It helps to have a helper either hold or hit....depends on how accurate the hitter as to how you decide who holds.
              Either way, the person holding can achieve a better grip by using rubber gloves.
              One separated, you can dril out the remaining stub, and grind down a stainless bolt s' head and insert it in the hole from the top and welded into place (TIG) using stainless wire.
              Take a cut-off wheel and dress the weld, and polish the vent frame, and get the proper setting tape, and some Marve lMystry Oil, and tap the glass back into the frame with a mallet and a block of balsa (to cushion the blows).
              I've had to do this several times over the years on different Studebakers.
              Bez Auto Alchemy
              573-318-8948
              http://bezautoalchemy.com


              "Don't believe every internet quote" Abe Lincoln

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bezhawk View Post
                If the shaft is broken. then you have to remove the glass from the frame. A heat gun will soften the rubber setting tape, but holding the glass and knocking the frame off with a piece of hardwood is tricky. It helps to have a helper either hold or hit....depends on how accurate the hitter as to how you decide who holds.
                Either way, the person holding can achieve a better grip by using rubber gloves.
                One separated, you can dril out the remaining stub, and grind down a stainless bolt s' head and insert it in the hole from the top and welded into place (TIG) using stainless wire.
                Take a cut-off wheel and dress the weld, and polish the vent frame, and get the proper setting tape, and some Marve lMystry Oil, and tap the glass back into the frame with a mallet and a block of balsa (to cushion the blows).
                I've had to do this several times over the years on different Studebakers.

                Not sure if that would apply to a Avanti, like most Avanti repairs, it's harder than a "steel" Studebaker. (Look at the Avanti vent assembly) I never tried a repair, just replaced the works.

                http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Studeba...508374?vxp=mtr
                Last edited by JDP; 01-09-2012, 05:06 AM.
                JDP Maryland

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                • #9
                  That process will work on any Stude with stainless vent window GLASS frames. Of course the frame that the whole shebang mounts into, is chromed pot-metal.
                  Bez Auto Alchemy
                  573-318-8948
                  http://bezautoalchemy.com


                  "Don't believe every internet quote" Abe Lincoln

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