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Old 04-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #15
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You can see it in the pictures I already posted. Its the big plastic thing surounding the tail lights. I did a search and I see you can not buy it new and some remove it and replace the tale lights with ones from newer airstreams. I see others take it off and repair it but the one on this trailer looks pretty far gone to repair.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:16 AM   #16
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I have been looking for that bezel for about 6mos with no luck.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:01 PM   #17
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I bought it ... a diamond in the rough very rough

Well the Argosy is now mine. I looked it over got scared made a low offer and they took it. I see someone has decided to use it as a fort or hide out. They drug a wood stove out of one of the sheds and ran a stove pipe out the center vent. They taped black plastic over the windows and have stashed an odd assortment of food in the fridge. They have bread, peanut butter, chocolate chips, dry beans and water in the trailer. The owner said it was not them. Looks like local kids to me. The scary part is the wood stove had been used there were fairy fresh ashes in it. It is very wet and muddy right now so I will not be able to get it for a week or two. I hope it is not burned down by then. I pulled the pipe down and closed the vent and pull off some of the plastic. The owner is going to take the stove out and then I will go and lock it up. I did get a clear title and a bunch of the original paper work like the owner’s manual and the books for the stove, furnace, toilet ect. Here is a link to the pics. It is pretty nasty inside. I did get it dirt cheap so we will see. The local shop to me said they will bring it home on a flatbed for me for 120 bucks so that’s how I am going to bring it home.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #18
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Well, what happened to "My 59 Avion needs a lot of work and I am thinking if I can find something that is almost ready to go I could buy it and get it ready to use while I took my time working on the 59. "?

Now you have two projects, and nothing to camp in. Sounds like a bad case of aluminitis!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:27 PM   #19
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Well, what happened to "My 59 Avion needs a lot of work and I am thinking if I can find something that is almost ready to go I could buy it and get it ready to use while I took my time working on the 59. "?

Now you have two projects, and nothing to camp in. Sounds like a bad case of aluminitis!
I think even though it looks rough I can get it so we can do some glorified tent camping this fall and I will take my time with the 59. That is unless someone else wants it more than I do in which case then I would be back down to one.It was too cheap to pass up! Ya I know there is no such thing as a free puppy.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:29 PM   #20
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cleaned and hooked up the power

I scrubed the moss and dirt off the out side this weekend and started the cleaning on the inside, I also hooked up a battery and was happy so see all the lights, the vent fan the water pump and furnace blower seemed to be working. When I plugged in the power cord the charging system took over and the ligths got brighter the fan blew harder so I think thats working alright. I don't have the key for the door to work on the frig but I have one ordered and I hope to be able to check out the frig on electric this week. I will be doing some research on the lp system this week so maybe by next week end I can check out the furnace, water heater and frig on lp.
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Oh my, doesn't she clean up good!

Nice job.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #22
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Some good news and a little progress

Good news the original 1973 Dometic refrigerator is up and running in my Argosy. I had plugged it in earlier and though it was not working since I could not hear anything. I was talking to my father in law and he informed my that they did not make any noise and I should leave it plugged in for awhile. He was right the refrigerator is cold and the ice box is now frosty! Time to buy some Spotted cow and put it in the and share it with Ralph.
I also decided to get to work on replacing the rotten front floor area. I was able to pull out the seats and water tank and pull up the first section of floor. Next I want to get some POR-15 on the frame. I think I will investigate how to seal up the front windows before I replace the floor as well as the door and rest of the windows. I am also going to replace at least part of the belly pan as I work on the floor. My new axles should be here soon as well. I wish I had more time to work on it I am enjoying it a lot.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #23
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Are Those 1x4...

Hi Sprouty,

Are those 1x4 lumber that are under your front floor?

I'm currently working on the back portion of my 28' Argosy and like yours the edges have rotted away in places.

Looking at your pictures, my front plywood is in the same condition, so I'm interested in seeing more as you progress through the front repair.

Please let me know if those pieces of, what looks to be 1x4 planks, we put there by you or are original.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:46 AM   #24
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Hi Sprouty,

Are those 1x4 lumber that are under your front floor?

I'm currently working on the back portion of my 28' Argosy and like yours the edges have rotted away in places.

Looking at your pictures, my front plywood is in the same condition, so I'm interested in seeing more as you progress through the front repair.

Please let me know if those pieces of, what looks to be 1x4 planks, we put there by you or are original.

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They are 2X4 and there is also some 15" X 4" pieces of the same martial the floor is made out of running side to side as a bridge under the plywood for added support.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:52 AM   #25
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Update rear end rot discoverd

I am slowly working on the Argosy and pulled the rear area belly pan off Sunday to find a good amount of rotten flooring and a rusted cross member. I already have plywood and POR-15 ready to go. I have my own welder so it looks like I will try my hand at replacing the cross member if I need to. I started pulling apart the bathroom and will just keep plugging along as I have time. I really have to resist the temptation to redo every thing. I have been thinking about Pecs tubing, changing the layout of the trailer, and thinking about a cool new paint scheme. This is going to be a minimal fixer upper so we can use it this fall darn it!
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Jeepers, as far as i'm concerned you already passed by the 'minimal fixer upper' stage. and wow, did it clean up beautifully and look at that cool oven color, love it!

In any case, it sure looks like a great find and i'm glad to see it being brought back to use. keep the posts coming
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Jeepers, as far as i'm concerned you already passed by the 'minimal fixer upper' stage. and wow, did it clean up beautifully and look at that cool oven color, love it!

In any case, it sure looks like a great find and i'm glad to see it being brought back to use. keep the posts coming
I don't think there are many "minimal fixer upper" trailers to be had in this area now that I know a little bit more about them and how they are put together. Its turned into a project that's for sure but since I got it for $400.00 I think I am OK. If I get it on the road as just a glorified tent this fall I will be happy. I want to take my time and do things right as I go. I really enjoy working on it and figuring out what to do. Its great practice for my next project which will be the 1959 Avion Rover single axle I have. That one will get the full frame off luxury treatment.
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I think I forgot to post I have the new axles and tires installed as well.
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