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Old 09-23-2011, 11:42 AM   #211
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Restoration well under way...

Our 7.3 is well under way for her frame on resto. We've repaired the rusty frame, stiffened up the aluminum ribs under the skin and replaced the floor. Refitting the water tanks, updating electrical and plumbing, resealing everything...Floor goes in this week, then insulation and re-installing the inside skins. Feeling we are approaching the top of the hill....
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:10 PM   #212
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New Minuet owner :)

Just purchased a 1979 6.0 Metre Minuet that needs some lovin'
Mentioned to my dad that I was looking for a cheap vintage camper to gut and remodel as a party wagon for me and my gf's - mostly to tailgate at concerts and football games. Wasn't expecting him to locate this diamond in the rough riding around on back roads in SC, but am super excited and looking forward to getting started.
Glad to have such a wealth of knowledge available on this forum and looking forward to researching in depth in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share their stories and pictures. I will do the same.
I named my baby Cosmo!
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:14 PM   #213
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Our 7.3 is well under way for her frame on resto. We've repaired the rusty frame, stiffened up the aluminum ribs under the skin and replaced the floor. Refitting the water tanks, updating electrical and plumbing, resealing everything...Floor goes in this week, then insulation and re-installing the inside skins. Feeling we are approaching the top of the hill....
ok, what makes it a Minuet ..... just bought a 78 Argosy 24 to rework. My current travel rig is a 31 AS Sovereign, but am looking forward to this one, it pulls great.

Also, the wires from the fuse panel in back run up to what look kind of like circuit breakers in the front under the left seat. What to they add to the circuitry and what will replace them if I need to ,,,, they look a little worn.

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Old 09-24-2011, 09:33 PM   #214
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ok, what makes it a Minuet .....

The Argosy Minuet was introduced in 1977 continuing through 1979 as a lighter weight trailer that could be towed by the compact and intermediate cars of the time. It was aimed at first-time buyers looking for an economical entry point. Characteristics unique to the Minuet include:
  • Floor width of 7.0' while the standard Argosy coaches were 7' 8" wide.
  • Vinyl-clad aluminum cabinetry throughout coach.
  • Composite aluminum floors in most (but not all) 6.0 Metre Minuets as well as some (but far from most) 6.7 Metre Minuets . . . 7.3 Metre Minuets had plywood floors.
  • Acrylic side windows with tempered glass rear and front Panoramic windows.
The Minuets also had fewer standard features (to keep dry weight low), but could be optioned to compare favorably with standard model Argosy coaches. The Minuets tended to have a plethora of windows so that the decreased width wasn't obvious at least when comparing the feeling of roominess to pre-wide-body coaches.

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Old 09-25-2011, 08:04 AM   #215
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Thanks for the scoop on the Minuet .... getting the tape measure and checking the width.

So far, new tires to tow it from Pennsylvania, put in a new floor in front, ordered vinyl tile squares for the new floor, ordered a Wave 8 Catalytic Heater, fixed the hot water heater, checking for new curtains, looking at a heat pump ac, new paint and many other things.

Thanks for your info.

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #216
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I bought a '79 Minuet 7.3 mid April. Found it in Rockport TX near Corpus Christi. Towed it 1500 miles home to VA without incident.
Accomplished to date:
New converter new breakaway switch New 7 pin cable
new upholstery for the gauchos Removed carpet and waiting to replace
about half way cleaning out all seams and recaulking Washed interior
completely New waterpump, lines etc removed and cleaned water
tank installed fantastic fan in fwd vent opening new fuse box
new faucet in galley repaired rotten floor near door painted tongue
built new table replaced upper door panels with wood veneer panels
Hope to do some travelling beginning in July. Will attack the exterior this
fall prior (hopefully) to spending some time in Fla over the winter.
Next on the list is the grey and black tanks. Will begin that next Mon with
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:32 PM   #217
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Hey there everyone - I haven't visited this thread for some time, but thought I would add something here I ran across while trying to research the replacement of our side acrylic window. This was posted to the internet by someone who appears to have an original document for the 78 Minuets. It lists all standard equipment to those particular trailers. It was interesting to me as it gave me some insight into the type of acrylic used for those windows on the sides. Anyway, here it is:

http://www.airstream.com/files/library/f12618f9c41c26d3.pdf
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:55 PM   #218
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I'm picking up a 77' 6.0 this weekend. Forgive me if this has already been covered, but my search came up empty. What size ball do I need for the stock hitch?

I swore I read 2 5/16" somewhere, but the lady that I'm buying from says 2".

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Old 08-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #219
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I'm picking up a 77' 6.0 this weekend. Forgive me if this has already been covered, but my search came up empty. What size ball do I need for the stock hitch?

I swore I read 2 5/16" somewhere, but the lady that I'm buying from says 2".

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It's possible that she means the 2" receiver you need to put the hitch on your tow vehicle. My '75 Argosy (not Minuet) uses a 2 5/16 ball, I think that's the norm for Airstreams from sometime in the '60s forward.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:52 AM   #220
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I'm picking up a 77' 6.0 this weekend. Forgive me if this has already been covered, but my search came up empty. What size ball do I need for the stock hitch?

I swore I read 2 5/16" somewhere, but the lady that I'm buying from says 2".

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The standard Marvel Coupler for the Minuet was 2 5/16", but it wouldn't surprise me if a former owner may have changed it out to a 2" coupler to match other Vintage Airstreams that were owned. Both of my coaches have their original couplers so I have four adjustable hitch heads to accommodate towing either trailer with both of my tow vehicles. The only way that this arrangement made sense for me was that one hitch was included with my purchase of the Minuet (2 5'16" OEM coupler) and I already had one for my Overlander (2" OEM coupler). -- I was able to purchase two additional adjustable hitch heads at the WBCCI International Rally flea market to outfit each trailer for its alternate tow vehicle. I could have changed the coupler on either trailer to achieve the same coupler size, but the hitch height and angle still would have been slightly different when comparing the two trailer combinations with each tow vehicle.

You will want to be prepared for the likelihood that the hitch height may be somewhat different from factory specification. When I picked up my Minuet, the hitch height was 17" (due to well worn axle) -- after replacing the axle, the hitch height is close to 20". Also, the Bargman connector on the trailer may be wired differently from the standard for today's tow vehicles. I purchased my Minuet from the original owner and it was still wired to the "unique" Airstream wiring schematic so it was necessary to change the connector and wire to the modern standard to match my tow vehicle.

Good luck with your initial tow!

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Old 08-10-2012, 06:47 AM   #221
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Thanks. I may just buy a couple of extras and keep the receipts. I can always return the ones that don't fit.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:14 PM   #222
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Flooring Question

We just purchased a 1978 Minuet, and are now beginning the restoration process. The previous owner had stripped out the floor covering, all the way down to the aluminum. I would like to install laminated flooring, but the aluminum subflooring has some sagging between the support structure. The flooring I'm looking at is called Quick Step, and is installed over a felt underlayment. The flooring also has a thin felt backing on it. The idea is for the flooring to "float", so it won't be adhered to anything. Is there anything I can put on the surface of the aluminum to make it more level, such as an epoxy resin? The previous owner was going to bolt half inch plywood down to the aluminum....is that a better approach?

Two other questions....I see references on here to the "original" Worthington LP tanks. I was going to simply take the two existing tanks to an LP retailer, and exchange them for two refurbished, filled tanks. Is that a bad idea? Is there anything different about the tanks that came with the trailer?

Finally, I think I'm going to replace the wooden cabinet doors that have been installed overhead where the Tambour doors once were. The channels are still there for tambour, and I've received some good advice on a different Argosy Forum about replacement tambour material. Is there any spring mechanism that the tambour wraps around, like the old window shades? Or does it simply roll up around itself as you raise the door? Is there any place that would have the original door pulls, or should I simply fashion some from whatever material I go with for the doors?

Lots of questions.....I"m new at this, and sure appreciate any advice.
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Hey GLovedahl!

Keep in mind that I haven't actually done this, but I did come close to purchasing a Minuet with the aluminum floor here in Fort Worth early this year. Looking at the shape of the aluminum, I thought the best outcome was likely to be with those commercial-grade carpet squares. It would take a lot of work to build up underlayment to get a flat surface for a stiff laminate, and the underlayment would have to be strong enough to maintain that flat surface.

If you have aluminum tanks, absolutely do NOT exchange them for the rusty grill tanks you'll find available for exchange. If you don't have OPD valves on them yet, you can get them upgraded and recertified right here in Fort Worth, and can get a better deal having them refilled rather than exchanged. (the exchange tanks aren't completely filled anymore, that's how they get around the changing price of propane without having to change the price of all those blue rhino machines.)

Here is a list of Texas vendors who can recertify tanks. There are 8 listed in Fort Worth and a bunch in surrounding cities as well. I don't know if they will all upgrade the valves or not, but surely some will. The aluminum tanks don't rust, they're lighter, and it's nicer to have aluminum tanks on the aluminum trailer, y'know?

I don't think tambours have any sort of spring in them, they just slide through the tracks and use friction to stay put, though the short ones in my end-cap overhead locker have a little notch they fit in to stay open.
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When we had Marmoleum click floating floor installed in our Minuet, we had installed a fairly thick foam sheet underlayment. Some things still telegraphed through, and the seams of the floor opened up a bit with use and temperature changes. I liked it but it wasn't perfect.

I asked Colin Hyde a while back (through the VAP podcast) what he'd suggest. He mentioned installing a thin plywood overlay to prevent rivets and other things from telegraphing through. That doesn't have to be totally stiff or thick for a flexible floor sheet material.

I also had two more crossmembers put under the floor; that removed some sag and did a welcome job of stiffening it up some.

If we did it again (which we won't since the Minuet is sold), we would have used Flor carpet tiles like DKB suggests or would figure out some sheet material over a thin overlay.

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