|lower screws, grubby|
frame, rusty rivets
Out Comes the Window
The removal of the jalousie window is actually somewhat well described in the Bentley manual covering the body. The drawing in the Bentley shows a rubber seal on the inside, but my bus didn't have one, and I haven't been able to source one. The window is held to the body by ~20 Phillip's head screws threaded from the inside. You need to remove the curtain and the screen first. The screen is removed by sliding it upwards a few centimeters and then pulling it slightly away from the frame as you pull down. The window is tilted slightly towards the inside of the bus at the top, so you can remove all of the screws without the window naturally falling out. Still, its wise to keep a hand on it from the outside. Once the screws are out, the window should easily lift out of the opening, bringing the grey outer seal with it. Put the screws in a zip-lock baggy and label it. It will be a while before you're back to re-install it.
|window panes held on|
with 2 Phillips
Start with the end of the window that doesn't have the crank. There are 4 Phillips head screws holding the side panel on: 2 from below and 2 from the top. These can get stuck, so you may need some PB Blaster to get them loose. I had all but one come free by hand. That last one I needed to bang on with a rubber mallet to get free. Set the parts down relative to where they were so you don't lose track of them. Screws in a baggy. Label it. Once the sides have been removed, remove the glass frames from the louver mechanism. Each pane is held in with 2 Phillips head bolts on each end. Working one side at a time, remove the one closest to the hinge first. Mark the windows top-middle-bottom in some way and set them aside. We'll get to those later.
from louver mechanism
Removing the Seals
Some of the seals are easy to remove. For example, the seal that runs behind the louver mechanism slides right out. The top-side seal that has a little overhang, however, is a real bugger. Atwell mentions this one too. There's a little nub or bump within the channel at either end that prevents the seal from sliding out. I had to manhandle the channel with a chisel to get the seal free. In retrospect, I should have checked to make sure I took out the nub at the front (front is front) of the window. My thinking is that way simple airflow past the moving bus wouldn't cause sliding of the seal.
Clean and Polish
Thanks about it for today. For those of you in the US, I wish you a Hapy Thanksgiving. To everyone, I wish you a relaxing White Friday; may you spend it playing with your friends and family. More next time..