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Old 08-09-2013, 05:21 PM   #29
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Here we go .....rear end rebuild

I have been plugging away on the Argosy and thought I would put an update on the thread. The rear cross member was pretty rusted as well as the hold down plate. I removed both of them and had new ones made at the local metal shop. Last week end I welded in the new rear cross member in after some initial problems with the welder got fixed and positioned the new hold down plate. I also cut about 12" of the rear panel off since the area that was against the hold down plate was corroded pretty bad. I plan to paint the new cross member this weekend and POR-15 the rest of the rear frame area. I have new L.E.D. tail lights here to wire up and have new L.E.D. clearance lights, back up lights , a new 7 pin trailer cable , junction box and break away switch ordered so I can get it all wired up before I start replacing the floor and inner panels. I will try to post some pictures of what I have been dealing with below. Wish me luck! I love tinkering on the thing but I need to have it road ready by Sept 12th for a vintage trailer rally . I plan to just have it as a shell at first and keep working on it. After I get the front and rear floor replaced I plan to pull the rest of the floor up and replace it as well as the insulation.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:21 PM   #30
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Wow, she is turning into a real beauty! I have a 72 22", same inside color scheme. I love seeing your trailer come around. I did so much work on my little trailer, and now think I need to tear it all back out and replace the insulation. Why didn't I do that when it was all torn out the first time? Thanks for these updates, they are great, good luck with your Sept. 12th rally!
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:32 PM   #31
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Thanks for the comments. I did get the cross member painted and POR-15 on the rest of the rear frame. I have removed almost all of the rotted plywood and I have been taking out pretty much any plywood area that was discolored as well. I have one small area to remove and I will be done. What I have left should be very solid. I plan to seal all the old and new plywood with poly to help it stay nice. I ordered a new converter today after I realized if I was going to get all the wiring set up before I finished the floor replacement I better get one on the way soon.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:37 PM   #32
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Wow, she is turning into a real beauty! I have a 72 22", same inside color scheme. I love seeing your trailer come around. I did so much work on my little trailer, and now think I need to tear it all back out and replace the insulation. Why didn't I do that when it was all torn out the first time? Thanks for these updates, they are great, good luck with your Sept. 12th rally!
The insulation I have seen in my trailer as I was taking apart was pretty nasty so I just removed it and plan to replace it with new closed cell sheet insulation . The stuff on the upper part of the trailer seems good so I am not taking the inner panels out above the mid line of the trailer.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:09 PM   #33
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New LED Taillights In

I got the wiring figured out and made cover plates to cover the old holes left by the original taillights and my wife and I buck rvivted them in place and sealed them up.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #34
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I used your idea as inspiration.

Just finished removing ugly broken plastic light housing off the rear of mine and fabricated aluminum cover plates, then installed new LED lights.

It turned out great and is much brighter than before. I know its not original anymore, but lights are for safety, and I always hated the way that plastic piece looked.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:36 PM   #35
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LED Lights hooked up

Man those things are bright. That's just the running lights. I still need to install the rear corners and front clearance lights.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:00 AM   #36
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Wow...your Argosy is turning out great. The rear taillight fabrication looks terrific! Thanks for keeping us updated.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #37
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Front lights on a working.

Some day time pictures
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:05 AM   #38
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Update!

The bad spots in the floor have all been replaced and all the plywood old and new was sealed with poly. The insulation was replaced where we had interior panels off. We sealed up the areas/seams in the spots I replaced the exterior skin and tail lights from the inside. All the wiring is done and that includes an new inverter/charger, fuse panel and wiring for the brakes ect. We have started to put the interior back in and are looking forward to some camping this summer. The black tank was no good so we tossed it along with the toilet. Since the trailer never had grey tank we came up with a plan to make the reconstruction simpler. We are going to just get a blue tote for the gray water and buy a nice porta potty and not worry about installing a black or gray tank for now. I bought the tools for installing pecs plumbing upgrade and some fittings. I bought new washers and O rings for the faucets since I hope to clean them up and reuse them. I cleaned the water tank and checked it for leaks and at least that is in good shape. I need to buy a new water pump and I might upgrade the water heater to a new tankless set up. I am still researching that. here are a few pictures and I will update as more gets done.

You might notice that I changed the design of the rear end trunk area set up. I made a panel that slips up under the skin on the back of the trailer and seals it off so water will no longer be able to migrate off the trunk lid and under the trailer skin soaking the plywood. I have replaced the rear bumper and trunk but did not take a picture as of yet.
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