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Old 04-20-2017, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default *56 side window "flippers"

Still being new to the world of the trifive, I noticed the "flippers" on my 56 don't come down, unless I do it by hand...
What do the experts suggest I replace to get them working properly? I went to the Danchuk website, and never realized all the parts involved. Is it best to replace everything, or is there one thing that usually goes bad?
Looking at them, I don't know what's good and what's not.
Thanks if anyone can assist... If pictures are needed, let me know.
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Still being new to the world of the trifive, I noticed the "flippers" on my 56 don't come down, unless I do it by hand...
What do the experts suggest I replace to get them working properly? I went to the Danchuk website, and never realized all the parts involved. Is it best to replace everything, or is there one thing that usually goes bad?
Looking at them, I don't know what's good and what's not.
Thanks if anyone can assist... If pictures are needed, let me know.
Mikey knows more about these than anyone, and a whole bunch more then everyone at DanChuck all added together. I can fix them just like the 100's I have done before yours.

Bring me the car and I can do the whole job in house......just not right away as I have a 56 Nomad that Steve wants finished "soon"
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:50 PM   #3
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Mikey knows more about these than anyone, and a whole bunch more then everyone at DanChuck all added together. I can fix them just like the 100's I have done before yours.

Bring me the car and I can do the whole job in house......just not right away as I have a 56 Nomad that Steve wants finished "soon"
Well that's good Mikey, I'll do that when I have you check out my hood issue I talked to you about earlier.
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Still being new to the world of the trifive, I noticed the "flippers" on my 56 don't come down, unless I do it by hand...
What do the experts suggest I replace to get them working properly? I went to the Danchuk website, and never realized all the parts involved. Is it best to replace everything, or is there one thing that usually goes bad?
Looking at them, I don't know what's good and what's not.
Thanks if anyone can assist... If pictures are needed, let me know.
What's flipper? I remember flipper from the old TV show.
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There are little springs in there that could be rusted/broken/gone or they have just lost their tension. There is a guy who can rebuild them, that is what I did. He's not cheap, but they come back in perfect working order. Then re-install them. Re-install can be tricky. The roof has a curve but the flippers work best flat. So the screw tightening is important. Maybe before you send them off, loosen the inside screws to see if that straightens out the flippers and allows them to work better. Here's a thread https://www.trifive.com/forums/showt...t=99116&page=2
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There are little springs in there that could be rusted/broken/gone or they have just lost their tension. There is a guy who can rebuild them, that is what I did. He's not cheap, but they come back in perfect working order. Then re-install them. Re-install can be tricky. The roof has a curve but the flippers work best flat. So the screw tightening is important. Maybe before you send them off, loosen the inside screws to see if that straightens out the flippers and allows them to work better. Here's a thread https://www.trifive.com/forums/showt...t=99116&page=2
I had Woody do mine and they came back looking great. But getting them restored is just half the battle. Installing them correctly is tricky as pointed out. One of the problems you could have now is that the front door vent window and the rear top of the door window are angled out to far. If this is the case, you will still have problems.

I had all my glass and channels out so when I got the flippers back from Woody, I had to start from scratch. Even the rear quarter window adjustment can come into play. It took me a lot of time and patience.

This is a good reason to let Mikey do it if you do not have the knowledge of the glass adjustments or you do not have the patience.
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Do yourself a favor and drive your car to Mikey's place located in scenic Seymour Wisconsin (The home of the Hamburger).

Mikey has an awesome shop, and the knowledge and experience to make your flippers look and operate as if they were new. And yeah, it is my Nomad that he is currently working on. For examples of his attention to detail and quality workmanship check out my build thread: "Steve Krause's Tropturq 56 Nomad project."
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Thanks for the info guys, appreciate it.
But I think seeing I'm in a chair, this repair is better left to someone in the know, and seeing he (Mikey) volunteered, I'm going to have him do the repair, so it's done right the first time.
I ain't afraid to tackle some pretty nasty repairs, but this one sounds a little more involved, plus he's going to do some of his "magic" to my hood alignment issue...
Thanks again. MAYBE someday I will be worthy enough to carry you alls water, or beverage of choice. Still green, and need to keep learning. You all are a load of information...
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