Post by 1958avionr26 on Jan 27, 2021 13:54:31 GMT -8
I am new to vintage trailer restore but I have something has been kicking my butt for months now. I have a 1958 avion R26 that I found the perfect main tank side non moving window gasket... A friend of mine wanted to see what the end looked like and needless to say I broke the gasket showing him.. I cannot remember were I bought it from and now 6 months later I have spent over a weeks worth of time scowering the internet trying to find it. I have lost all hopes on locating this very unique gasket.
1. does anyone recognize this gasket?
2. If not is there any recommendations on another solution
I am trying to add the link below to show what I have going on, this is my first time doing this hope it works.
Post by John Palmer on Jan 27, 2021 16:16:17 GMT -8
You need to figure out the brand and the model of your window frames first. Then you can begin your search. most trailer manufacturer's bought their windows from component vendors. It will make your search much simpler knowing what your actually seeking.
I cannot tell anything from your photos. Maybe one a little further back showing the window frame, and one close up showing how the gasket is orientated on the glass and frame.
Vintage Trailer Supply, and Vintage Camper .com in Peru, IN. are two more possible sources.
The model of windows on my trailer are Keene. I was able to find the smaller window gaskets just not the large main non moving window gasket.
Keene, Woodlin, and Marvel brand windows are tough to find all the correct gaskets. I don't like to stack universal stick-on seals on top of each other to make something work. But, then you really do not have many choices.
I had a hard time finding the inside U-shaped glass seals on the last two steel Marvel windowed trailers I rebuilt ('48 Spartan and '46 KIT). I ended up having a local rubber seal manufacturer extrude the seals needed. He had a book as thick as a phone book that listed all of the rubber dies he had available. Unfortunately, that company has now retired after 40 years of doing custom glass seals for antique boats.
It looks like the vendors cannot even keep their normal fast moving inventories in stock today. I'm seeing 40% or more of their line items on back order! I think it will be a long time before they get around to sourcing the gaskets needed for the small volume window brands.
Sorry I cannot give you a more optimistic outlook.