Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
crabbey1's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 22
Pasadena , California
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 523
Images: 33
Send a message via AIM to crabbey1 Send a message via Skype™ to crabbey1
1976 22' Argosy - Restoration (With a touch of Renovation)

Hello all!

I figure that since I am about a month into my restoration I should finally start a thread to track my progress of my 1976 22' Argosy. I am going to host all the photos over on my Facebook page via this link and I will post any relevant photos here in the forums.

1976 22' ARGOSY RESTORATION PHOTOS


Here is a little background of the project. My girlfriend has always dreamed of owning an Airstream so I started looking around and getting the plans together. She is the dreamer while I am the planner. We looked for about 6 months until we came across a great looking Argosy located near Mammoth Lake in California (we live in Pasadena). We decided to take the trip up and see what kind of condition this thing was in. Once we laid eyes on it, we knew that we had to have it. Something happens in the presence of an Airstream or Argosy that cannot be explained by rational thought. Your fictional dream state of the potential takes over while you end up getting stuck with the reality of months of repairs and updates. Either way, I am getting off topic. We ended up negociating a decent deal and drove home that Sunday with the title in hand and the trailer scheduled to be delivered the following weekend. That's right. We don't even own a Tow Vehicle. LOL. Talk about putting the cart before the horse.

The delivery day arrived and the excitement set in. As soon as it pulled into the driveway, it all began to feel real. Problems began before I even began assessing the trailer. Mike (the PO) had a huge truck and could not get the trailer positioned where we had originally intended. Guess where it did fit? Right behind my car, blocking me in. Lucky I work from home and don't need to leave. To this day, I still have not moved the trailer or taken my car for a spin. I consider it motivation to get moving on the restoration.

That night after Haley got home from work, we began taking a look at the state of the trailer. The first things that she noticed were the peeling wall paper and the funky gross carpet (no offense Mike if you are reading this). She picked at the edges of the wall paper to see how bad it was and only a few minutes later it was all laying on the ground. Shreads upon shreads covered the floor. That is how this whole restoration began. Next I began tearing up the carpet and checking to see how the sub floor was looking. We left the trailer that night with a mixture of excitement for the travel to come but also the trepidation of the repair and restoration process. I, by the way, am a designer and animator while she is an interior designer. Neither of us have a background in home of automotive repair. Luckily we are both very quick learners because we don't have time to wait. The summer is upon us...

Anyway, I think that should be quite enough for now. I will update this thread as things happen. I will try to back date some posts as well to document the restoration up to date. Wish us luck, cause we are in for the long haul!

Attached are some photos of the Argosy on the day we purchased it.

Chris
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0002.jpg
Views:	217
Size:	494.6 KB
ID:	188650   Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0004.jpg
Views:	167
Size:	298.7 KB
ID:	188651  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0005.jpg
Views:	142
Size:	388.4 KB
ID:	188652   Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0010.jpg
Views:	206
Size:	499.4 KB
ID:	188653  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0015.jpg
Views:	151
Size:	420.8 KB
ID:	188654   Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0006.jpg
Views:	148
Size:	386.6 KB
ID:	188655  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Argosy_0018.jpg
Views:	144
Size:	373.4 KB
ID:	188656  
__________________

__________________
crabbey1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 06:41 AM   #2
3 Rivet Member
 
crunch27's Avatar
 
1977 Argosy 24
St. Thomas , Ontario
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 102
Congratulations on your find and purchase. That's a nice looking Argosy!
__________________

__________________
crunch27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
Dan S's Avatar
 
1975 Argosy 26
Normandy Park , Washington
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 281
Looks great.
__________________
Dan S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
crabbey1's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 22
Pasadena , California
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 523
Images: 33
Send a message via AIM to crabbey1 Send a message via Skype™ to crabbey1
Thanks! Got a lot of work done this weekend. Will post more photos tomorrow! More stories to tell.
__________________
crabbey1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
New Member
 
Madison , Alabama
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1
Awesome Argosy find! I really like the copper accenting on the exterior. I am totally hooked on your restoration process. Excellent photo log of your work on FB. I am anxious to see future updates and the finished trailer. I am looking to pick up a '74 20' Argosy this summer and will look to your trailer for ideas and inspiration. Best of luck.

Chris D.
__________________
MudyOvl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 03:59 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
crabbey1's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 22
Pasadena , California
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 523
Images: 33
Send a message via AIM to crabbey1 Send a message via Skype™ to crabbey1
Thanks! There has been a ton of progress but I just haven't had time to edit and post all the photos yet... I am gonna try to get to it later today...
__________________
crabbey1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2013, 11:25 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
crabbey1's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 22
Pasadena , California
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 523
Images: 33
Send a message via AIM to crabbey1 Send a message via Skype™ to crabbey1
I wanted to let everyone know that I have updated my Photo Album with a bunch more progress photos. Please take a look and feel free to ask any questions... I am game.

I am nearly done with the full interior an will be posting up the final images in the upcoming weeks. I am just finishing up the cork floor now...

1976 22' Airstream Argosy - Restoration Photos
__________________
crabbey1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
1 Rivet Member
 
nowhere , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 12
hey man, i posted a time lapse vid of me taking out the factory wood the toughest way possible. there are screws holding the wood down around the perimeter correct? i saw that when you installed your new plywood you were throwing screws down on that metal lip, what's the reasoning for that?

-also, why didnt you put any chicken wire, or something to keep the insulation resting directly on the belly pan?

thanks for all the help, your argosy is my role model lol
__________________

__________________
blackbetsy51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.