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Old 01-28-2007, 07:31 PM   #1
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The six Metre has been delivered. The fun has already begun. I will post photos as progress dictates. This morning I removed and reworked the lock, cleaned and straightned the roll pin. It works now. Was able to rebend the door per instructions on this site. Thanks folks for all the help with that one. Can't decide exactly what to do next there is so much. Cleaning first I guess that will make the rest more enjoyable.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:12 PM   #2
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Good luck on your project! I have been working on my 6.7 minuet off and on for about four months now. New water lines, new water heater, sewer dump valves and removing the original carpet. I installed a bamboo floor, looks pretty nice.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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The Minuets are so unique and desirable. Lucky you to find one to make your own! ~G
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:36 PM   #4
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Congrats on your new Baby! I wish you lot's of luck with making her your own, I checked your Gallery page, you make beautiful canoes! And they look like they're very light! Also your turned wood bowls...exquisite!
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Good luck with that new project. It will be rewarding. I too looked at your link and very impressed with the workmanship of the canoes. I love quality woodworking. To me that is the heart of industrial arts.
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The six Metre has been delivered. The fun has already begun. I will post photos as progress dictates. This morning I removed and reworked the lock, cleaned and straightned the roll pin. It works now. Was able to rebend the door per instructions on this site. Thanks folks for all the help with that one. Can't decide exactly what to do next there is so much. Cleaning first I guess that will make the rest more enjoyable.
First and best project to attack, is to make the trailer weather proof. Everything else can wait.

If the gaskets are all original, then most likely they are all shot.

Check the entrance door gasket, the window gaskets, the access compartment gaskets, and, the sewer vent pipe gaskets. You will need to remove one of the sewer vent pipe covers that is held in place with 4 screws. You will most likely find those gaskets very bad.

Then, when you have a chance, check the condition of the axle. If it's bad, you will need to make plans for it's future replacement.

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Welcome

I'm sure like the rest of us here, once you get started you just can't stop. Good luck and post some pics.
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Congrats Royce! The Minuet is ultra cool!
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You will need to remove one of the sewer vent pipe covers that is held in place with 4 screws.
If it has the original plastic vent covers (post 1 & 2), two things: the plastic Argosy covers will fall apart in your hands and if they are original the gaskets will need replacing as a matter of course. So prepare yourself with a gasket kit (part 45701 here) and a new cover. The covers at the same link (part 83595) are polished aluminum -- that's a high price if you're going to scuff them up and epoxy spray paint like I did. You might talk to Oasis RV and see what they have -- their parts dept is very capable of understanding what you want by phone. Be sure and seal under the gasket and around the pipe with some Sikaflex 221.

Get yourself plenty of Sikaflex 221 for other jobs too (instead of Vulkem) and have at it! The gray color works best IMO.

[on edit: found another source but you'd maybe want to cut it down. I wouldn't proceed without checking Oasis 1st -- very quick & inexpensive shipping.]
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A new Argosy - very cool! Seriously consider adding rock guards to your project list to protect the front wrap windows. They are no loner available and almost impossible to find if you should break one (road rocks..)

And ....

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I'm Argosy challenged soooo...

Janet, Bob and others, This may sound ignorant and I don't really want it to appear that way but... What is it with Argosies that there are some listed as 24 foot and 26 foot etc. and some are listed as 6 metre and 6.7 metre? Are these all different builds or were some built on the metric scale or what? What is the 6 metre = 19.5 feet in length? If so... is the 6.7 metre then = to 21.775 feet? I really want to know! In all my stupidity I want this info so I will know lengths for Argosies that I may want to look at.... Perhaps buy! Thanks, Ed
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Worth looking at

Hello Royce

Was thinking about how your are new and knowing how addictive our hobbies are, thought you might enjoy this link.

The Polishing Guru Past Projects

Enjoy your project and keep us posted.
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The Argosy and the Minuet

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Janet, Bob and others, This may sound ignorant and I don't really want it to appear that way but... What is it with Argosies that there are some listed as 24 foot and 26 foot etc. and some are listed as 6 metre and 6.7 metre? Are these all different builds or were some built on the metric scale or what? What is the 6 metre = 19.5 feet in length? If so... is the 6.7 metre then = to 21.775 feet? I really want to know! In all my stupidity I want this info so I will know lengths for Argosies that I may want to look at.... Perhaps buy! Thanks, Ed
Kevin Allen is very well versed on the many differences of the Argosy trailer and also the Argosy Minuet. If you search the threads, I am sure you can find the information.
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What is it with Argosies that there are some listed as 24 foot and 26 foot etc. and some are listed as 6 metre and 6.7 metre?Thanks, Ed
I think that the Argosys with metric Idendtifiers are all Minuets. Minuets are narrower than standard Argosys; they are 7'6"

Standard argosys (with measurments in feet) are the same width as Airstreams of the same period.
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A new Argosy - very cool! Seriously consider adding rock guards to your project list to protect the front wrap windows. They are no loner available and almost impossible to find if you should break one (road rocks..)
And Janet? Just how would we know how to do a rock guard installation ... if it weren't for you and member Janet's Husband. Links are here -- html or pdf.

My experience? Do some trial positioning of the wing window guards and the middle guard so you can place the hinges wisely. Aim to leave enough room for the middle guard. Get some helpers.

Of course the above links are for the narrower metric Minuets. The steps for narrowing the middle window guard do not need to be done for non-Minuets!
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