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Old 03-15-2021, 06:01 PM   #1
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Windows in warped frame

We're working to restore a burro and found the two shell frame components are misaligned. The result is streetside and curbside mounting flanges don't align. I'm concerned that putting new glass across the opening may stress and break it. Has anyone dealt with this type of issue? I tried a forum search, but didn't see anything.
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Old 03-15-2021, 11:19 PM   #2
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Post some pics so we know exactly what you mean
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Old 03-16-2021, 02:05 AM   #3
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This sounds like a kit build issue. Some Burros were sold as DIY kits, and I’ve heard of such misalignment issues before.

I assume it’s either the front or back window, and yes, it would help to see what type of window we’re talking about and how bad the misalignment is.
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:15 AM   #4
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Burro has a two piece inner shell, same as the Uhaul that we owned. I first took it as the inner and outer shells were misaligned at the side windows, but it could be the front and rear windows. That needs to be clarified. I doubt the unfinished kit versions were sold without the inner shell fiberglassed in place. Possibly the inner shell is loose, or was misaligned from day one. I'm not sure if all the windows are the clamp ring type, side windows may not be. Photos will help.
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Old 03-16-2021, 10:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for the follow-up, the issue is with front and back window frame. Because of the two-part frame, there is a twist in the square opening. Pictures attached, but it's subtle enough that it may not show in a photo. The streetside top corner is 1/2 inch further out of plumb than the curbside. My concern is a rigid rectangle of glass may not flex to match that shape. Currently the 3-piece plexiglass setup allows for several flex points.
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Old 03-16-2021, 03:32 PM   #6
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I've had windows broken by hail, happens in the backcountry of the foothills of the Rockies. I always replace with plexiglass (Lexan). It is pretty much unbreakable and can flex so if you can't correct the misalignment this may work for you.
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Old 03-17-2021, 07:17 AM   #7
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Thanks Mike, I may stay with a non glass type window. The current setup allows a draft though the pane connections, and I think the twist is part of the issue. I've been thinking of a single pane to help keep it sealed. If I need air in the summer, I can always open the side windows.
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Old 03-24-2021, 04:03 PM   #8
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I once drove a company car, a station wagon, which had a rear window that flexed a bit when it closed. The rubber seat was about 1/2 inch lower on the right as compared to the left. It eventually shattered. I vote for Lexan!
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Old 03-28-2021, 04:10 PM   #9
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I think I'd lean towards at least trying acrylic/plexiglass over Lexan/polycarbonate. A bit cheaper and more scratch-resistant, and hopefully the extra impact resistance of polycarbonate's not needed in this case.
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