Denise -- Congratulations on your decision to forge ahead. Some troubling cervical disks halted my Argo work two years ago with only half of the job done. We bought the new Safari to get back on the road without interruption but I've never fallen out of love with the ol' Argosy. I've seen an interesting convergence in this thread. overlander64's post
takes me back to yearnings I had two years ago on seeing Cadillacs driving around town with a color that was similar to but a beautiful advance on the original Argosy paint. I would strongly recommend looking further in that direction!
The plastic piece on the rear that holds taillights is old, old, old and quite fragile. I would recommend looking at the link I gave you for other ideas on rear taillight do-overs. Your Argo is different from current trailers -- it actually has backup lights; current day trailers don't. Do what you want -- but I strongly feel this deserves looking at if you are going to repaint.
Have them take off the Argosy name castings from either end before painting. Do not reinstall until the new paint job is fully cured. I went to my local farm/fleet store and picked up some 4 oz. exterior latex cans and blended yellow and red until I got the Argosy orange color right. I cleaned paint residues out of the letters and repainted those concave areas. I still want to polish the high outline letter areas...
Even an Argosy will
put an SOB to shame!
There is a lot here we haven't discussed; eg, replacing tanks with OPD valved tanks -- a more than fair idea compared to recertifying 30 year old tanks.
Has your repair shop been able to work with the Carefree awning? Here are some manual scans: http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...00&userid=6410
Every time I travel more than a couple hours from home I try to catch up my listening to the podcasts from theVAP - The Vintage Airstream Podcast - Home
. Vintage is wa-a-ay cool and you are well on your way. Tim, Rob & Colin on the VAP note that an absolute complete shell-off and new axle restoration will cost just as much as buying a 2007 new Airstream of similar length. You will be miles ahead of the game and those cursed SOBs -- even if you have a combined $20K or so into this before you're done. These prices are way more than you'll ever get selling it, but consider that 1/4 of the price of a brand new Airstream will be depreciated the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot. The high price is offset by the great camping (and comments) you will get in the coming years. Since you haven't had to do the shell-off restoration, I strongly hope that this job will be well directed and will satisfy you completely!
Driveway camping rocks! But do you have thoughts for a nice local weekend out to test your "new" Argosy? Sending karma your way...