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Old 05-27-2009, 12:00 PM   #575
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Sergei, I'm still planning on buying you some good New Haven pizza and some beer when you swing through Connecticut!! Keep me posted!
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:30 PM   #576
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Hello again

Hello ya’ll, most especially Marcus, Skip, Bernie, Cameron and the others who’ve been asking after me.

A strange thing happened over the winter: my interest in the Argosy project has almost completely dried up.

Truth be told, the interest probably began to wane in my final months at Port Bruce, more than a year ago. Losing my accommodation there, having to scramble, everything taking three times as long to do as I once thought it would… it just wore me down.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed being back in the city. So much to do. The theatres. The spectacular new architecture. The neighborhoods. The energy of a big place.

I took the Mini down the Mississippi Blues Highway to Louisiana at Christmas and New Years. Places like ‘Nawlins, Memphis, Oxford and Natchez on the Mississippi, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville; they all have their charms and their places of interest but when you get back to TORONTO and walk in this big, pulsating place you say “ My God. We’ve got everything that those fabled cities have and much, MUCH, MORE”.

I’m not feeling as strong as usual but I did take the Argosy out of the barn this week, a month later than predicted.

I won’t be going out on the road anytime soon. A business problem in Toronto will keep me close to the city until it’s solved.

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Meanwhile, my trailer is under some big trees in front of the Cattle Barn at the Fairgrounds in the heart of Aylmer town. It’s a nice, secluded place were Vince will help me make the finishing touches to my rig.

Some people say that I’m more interested in building things than running them. Maybe there’s some truth in that.

There’s probably truth too in these words that Steve Earle sings in his FORT WORTH BLUES:

You used to say the highway was your home
But we both know that ain't true
It's just the only place a man can go
When he don't know where he's travelin' to


All the best,


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Old 05-28-2009, 07:06 PM   #577
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Great to hear from you!!! I understand. Sometimes a project can take you over. I had the same issue when working on my house. Big project!!! Complete kitchen, two baths, Living room, Dining Room. I ran out of gas, and haven't finished it all, but it is all presentable and only I notice the unfinished bits. I still have the upstairs to do.

I'll get to it, just as you will get to the Argy, in our own time. She looks so so sweet!!

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Old 05-28-2009, 09:11 PM   #578
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Hi Sergei, so glad to hear from you. I know exactly what you mean, these major projects require an incredible amount of energy. I'm 6 months into a full frame-up restoration and hoping to finish up the back half of my trailer in the next couple of weeks so I can begin to enjoy it, not that the work itself hasn't been rewarding. Many times, when I've felt my energy lapse or my confidence drain, I've gone back through the Major Renovation threads here on the Forums, and I always find the necessary inspiration there. Your thread, this thread, is among my very favorites, and I have probably read it 6 or 7 times now in its entirety, not to mention the countless times I've gone to a specific post for a bit of reference.

I do hope you manage to get out and about if you still desire, and if you make it down to Austin, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. I'd be delighted to share some margaritas and Tex-Mex and barbeque and beer with you.

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Old 05-28-2009, 10:53 PM   #579
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Thanks for the update Sergei. It sounds as though you are happy, and that's what is important.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:13 AM   #580
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Yo! I've been "sidelined" by reality this last year. I've been wanting to post to "from your door" since moving the Argosy 60' on our property. Lots & lots of things to do that prevent taking her on the road.

Great to hear from you Sergei. whenever you start your trip over to the left coast give a shout!
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:43 AM   #581
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From this thread .... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ale-39559.html

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If BO or anyone else is looking for a beautifully “contemporized” classic trailer, I might offer my whole unit – the completely remade ARGOSY, the Mercedes SPRINTER and the MINI Cooper.

As others are pointing out here, the cost to achieve such craftsmanship and originality exceeds new but I don’t expect to recover everything that’s been poured into this.

Check it out here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...tml#post628818

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OhMyGosh!!! Sergei!! you've lost that much interest in your beautiful project!?!? Will you still make it to New Haven so I can buy you some pizza?

Good luck with your sale, although I have to say it's a tough market for good units like mine so trying to sell a Really good unit like yours might be harder. Everyone wants a deal. Will you please pm me what you think you're going to ask for yours? I think I am asking a very fair price for mine, perhaps I'm to high. Many other's so I'm not though.

Cheers!
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:14 PM   #582
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Lanny sold his invention to Thetford

This week I learned that the Sani-Con Waste Management System that I installed in the trailer a couple years ago (see posts 526 and 529 above) has become a division of the Thetford Corporation.


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So, my Dometic toilet is now being managed by the competition.

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Old 07-25-2009, 03:38 PM   #583
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Need some from 70's trailer owners-

I suspect that a second fold down step is missing on my old ARGOSY.

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I can’t figure out how to configure a new one.

Can somebody please post a photo so that I can figure out how to build it?

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Old 07-28-2009, 07:16 PM   #584
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Cottage Industry, Part 2

In March ’08 I posted a photo of the sub structure for the galley exhaust and shelving that Vince had helped me build on my kitchen table out at Port Bruce. (post #416, page 30 above)

Now, SIXTEEN MONTHS later, we are finishing up the unit at my make shift shop at the Aylmer fairgrounds.

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Boatdoc once said on these pages that it helps to have a proper shop.

Here’s my tool shed just inside the Cattle Barn:

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Oh well, Wiltsie Truck Bodies is just a few minutes away and always willing to cut or bend a piece of metal.

We got the shelf up in the trailer today. It looks pretty sharp.

I’ll post a photo soon.


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Old 07-28-2009, 07:53 PM   #585
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Sergei, I was surprised and a bit saddened by the announcement of your intention to sell your beautiful rig. I hope that you are able to finish it up, and take it out for at least a short tour, before making a final decision on it.

If you do manage to make it to Austin, I will "up" my offer to include both Tex-Mex and BBQ, with margaritas and beer to accompany of course. I'll even thrown in a Keep Austin Weird t-shirt for you if you like, just for the chance to visit with you.


Hope all is well with you and yours.

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Old 07-30-2009, 09:53 PM   #586
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I suspect that a second fold down step is missing on my old ARGOSY.
Can somebody please post a photo so that I can figure out how to build it?
I need to make one for my Sovereign too, and would also appreciate a few good photos so I can see how it's supposed to go.
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:11 PM   #587
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No picture, how about a drawing with instructions?

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I suspect that a second fold down step is missing on my old ARGOSY.

I can’t figure out how to configure a new one.

Can somebody please post a photo so that I can figure out how to build it?

Many thanks,

Sergei
Well, here's a shot from the 1977 Airstream Service Manual. The steps appear to be quite similar to yours. They call the first (lowest) step an "Auxilliary (Optional)" one.



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Old 08-01-2009, 03:38 PM   #588
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Grant,

The good information Aage submitted will probably allow us to rehabilitate our steps without trouble.

When we didn't get replies here on the main thread, I started another here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f475...ase-54371.html

There's good information there too.

The shelf and table are both up and your work looks terrific. I'll post photos soon.

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