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Old 09-28-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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How Are Rear Windows Held In?

Up until now, I have not taken out the inside panels at the rear of the bus. However, I was starting to get into rust on the floor and it was slightly crawling up the inside back wall. So I cut out the bottom of the panel and then worked a little at a time up to the point that is shown in these pics.

I have been afraid to remove the inside panels because it looks like the rear windows are held in place with these panels. Is that the case? If not, how are they held in? Am I safe to remove the rest of this panel, or is it holding in the window?






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Most of the rear glass (like the windshield) is held in by the rubber mount. On the outside you will likely see a narrow strip down the middle of the rubber. It is a pressure strip that fits into a groove in the main seal. Peel it out and then the rest of the rubber can then be pulled away from the glass.
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Yes, I noticed that strip in the rubber lining. If I pull that out the window can be removed?

I guess my real question is can I take the panels off of the inside of the bus and still have the window be held securely in place?

Or do the inside panels support the window?
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Most of the rigs I am familiar with are affixed only to the outer skin, but there may be other arrangements. In some, the inner and outer skins are stamped together close enough to form a single edge that the rubber fits on to.
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Yes, I noticed that strip in the rubber lining. If I pull that out the window can be removed?

I guess my real question is can I take the panels off of the inside of the bus and still have the window be held securely in place?

Or do the inside panels support the window?
I''ll be removing mine since the rubber seals are popping apart anyhow.
Planning to do it this weekend. I'm not worried about preserving mine, as I'm paneling over em. But I can let you know once I've got em out.
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Worst case scenario, you remove that panel and the window with the rubber comes out all in one piece, then you just set it back in place. Just make sure not to bang the window really hard so it doesn't shatter the safety glass. Although it does take a bit of force to do that.
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I''ll be removing mine since the rubber seals are popping apart anyhow.
Planning to do it this weekend. I'm not worried about preserving mine, as I'm paneling over em. But I can let you know once I've got em out.
That would be great!! Pictures would be wonderful.

Thank you so much!
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Worst case scenario, you remove that panel and the window with the rubber comes out all in one piece, then you just set it back in place. Just make sure not to bang the window really hard so it doesn't shatter the safety glass. Although it does take a bit of force to do that.
If the inner panel is integral in securing the window, the worst case is that I remove the inner panel, the window comes out, and I can't put it back because there is nothing to support it.
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The inner panel is not integral. Took one of mine out today. Came out REAL easy. My seals were all saggy and old. All I had to do was make a straight cut across the seal, peel back one side and cut the seal with a razor knife right where the glass ended behind the rubber.








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