Hi, Today I bought a '63 Airflyte with the exterior in very good shape with the exceptions of forward and rear window leaks and almost no paint left at all. My question is I'll be painting her soon, but wanted to know if I should replace and re seal the windows which appear to be leaking first, and if so, I'd like to replace the rusted screws throughout. From reading earlier posts, it sounds like stainless is the rout to go, but what size screws will I need? Thanks.
Well first off, as long as you're taking the windows out, technically speaking (anally speaking) it's better to paint the skin with them still out, since there won't be any skin hidden behind window frames, so you won't leave a messy "joint" in the paint and an inch of unpainted skin. As for the screws, if the wood, and the old screw holes, are in good shape you can use the same size as the old ones, what are they, #6 (I don't know if all campers used the same size originally or not)? But if you want more "bite" in the wood, you can go up a size to a #8, or up to a #10 if the old ones were #8. If you don't know the old size, just bring one to the store with you to compare and buy the same size or bigger as the case requires.
Post by schweetcruisers on Dec 20, 2012 11:53:20 GMT -5
The standard size is #6 x 3/4" stainless steel screws. A lot of us have bypassed the big box store and order them online, I personally found them the cheapest at Boltdepot, here is the link for the screws,
I recommend ordering a lot, I ordered a bag of 1000. You will find that stainless steel is soft, you will strip some of the heads and some will break, plus you'll want to start replacing other screws, as Chris said "one thing leads to another!"