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Old 12-10-2008, 03:12 PM   #15
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Metal dog house, hard to believe AS would be changing things. You see?,
once the radio housing is removed, home-free; sorta.
Interesting arrangement with that radio housing. I hadn't seen one like that before, but then again I've not seen much at all regarding the diesel versions.

The lower cover looks a lot like the one in our Argosy.

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Old 12-10-2008, 03:17 PM   #16
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No radio or ashtrays in the Argosy?
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:23 PM   #17
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Wrong, my friend. The front half will come out after removal of the radio
connections. It takes a bit of doing, but you should be able to figure it out. It's the
only way to have any work done up front (valves adjusted, etc.). Searching for the
screws is the fun part in the carpet. The alternator is gotten to from the wheel well.
Well I would love to be dead wrong about being able to remove the front half of the dog house. It surely would make things a whole, whole lot easier!!! I'll check it out and let you know.

My doghouse is metal and hinged. Looks a lot like the Argosy pic.

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Old 12-10-2008, 03:25 PM   #18
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Clic on my pic to enlarge; that's the same doghouse..diesel or gas. I've not heard of a fibreglass d.h.
All hoses can be changed, as well as belts from above. About time for a valve job on your 454.
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:43 PM   #19
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No radio or ashtrays in the Argosy?
On the Argosy the radio is in the dash and I don't remember about the ashtray.

On the Classic the radio is in the dash and the ashtrays are in the little consoles located to the left of the driver on the wall, same for passenger side.

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Clic on my pic to enlarge; that's the same doghouse..diesel or gas. I've not heard of a fibreglass d.h.
All hoses can be changed, as well as belts from above. About time for a valve job on your 454.
Th one in your picture isn't anything like the one in our 84 310 Classic. Ours is flberglass and is held down by rubber clamps.

When we got our Argosy I was surprised how different it was in size and shape compared to the Classic.

No valve jobs for me! Our Classic 454 only has 10,000 miles on it and it runs like a top!

And, the 454 in our Argosy is brand new and slated to be installed around Christmas time!

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Hmm, they went cheapo in '84? Does the front of the d.h. come out when the radio is removed, or is it all one-piece? In which case, you guys with '84 and on are screwed. Hard to believe.
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Our Classic 454 only has 10,000 miles on it and it runs like a top!
Get some miles on!
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:36 PM   #23
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Clic on my pic to enlarge; that's the same doghouse..diesel or gas. I've not heard of a fibreglass d.h.
All hoses can be changed, as well as belts from above. About time for a valve job on your 454.
There does appear to be another piece of sheet metal that can be removed along with and attached to the hinged portion of the dog house. I can see it from below from the engine compartment held in place with small bolts from above... underneath the radio deck.

That makes perfect sense. Whodathunkit? Apparently AS did! That extra 12-16 inches of access from above will be HUGE!

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Hmm, they went cheapo in '84? Does the front of the d.h. come out when the radio is removed, or is it all one-piece? In which case, you guys with '84 and on are screwed. Hard to believe.
Working under or in the dash of our 84 really sucks. I can see where having something like you have would make a huge difference.

Now you're making me jealous .

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Get some miles on!
We're hoping to this summer and my fingers are crossed
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There does appear to be another piece of sheet metal that can be removed along with and attached to the hinged portion of the dog house. I can see it from below from the engine compartment held in place with small bolts from above... underneath the radio deck.

That makes perfect sense. Whodathunkit? Apparently AS did! That extra 12-16 inches of access from above will be HUGE!

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Dick,

It sounds like the dog house cover in your 79 is configured like our 74. Do you have the radio stand like Mike has in his 83?

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That makes perfect sense. Whodathunkit? Apparently AS did! That extra 12-16 inches of access from above will be [B]HUGE[
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Bill,

Would you happen to have a picture of the front of your engine with the radiator out? I would like to see the physical arrangement of the serpentine system.

Also, what is the function of the top air pump?

Thanks!

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1.No I didn't take any pics., but with these senior years flying by I'm realizing to start taking pics. of everything. If needed I could send you a verbal description of complete belt arrangement.
2.According to sticker on (stock) air cleaner this vehicle complies to State of California Emmision Regulations which leads me to believe this is where the top air pump gets involved. The hoses that actually come off the rear of the pump go to two rectangular canisters, on the rear of each valve cover, then to pipeing going to each exaust manifold. I think the lower smog hose joins in the right side rectangular canister. I'm guessing that this set-up is probably limited to California mfg. vehicles.
The thing I'm sure of is all of this crap takes up room under the dh that we dont have to begin with.
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