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Old 07-16-2010, 10:58 AM   #57
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Shower pan attempt pics

Here are a couple of pics of my attempt to fiberglass a shower pan will keep trying to get the pan right.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:03 AM   #58
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#1 wood from under old shower pan
#2 new wood for new shower
#3 plastic lining shower pan space
#4 first attempt at fiberglassing (not enough epoxy mixed up)
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:51 PM   #59
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I've read every post now in this forum and have a few questions if you will allow me to pick all the brains present. Talking about painting the end caps...has anyone heard about a vinegar wash prior to painting galvanized steel? I heard something but can't confirm. Next summer was the scheduled time for addressing the outside of our beast we're not sure yet if it's back to original colors or maybe we force the 14 yr. old into the shining arena with me for a couple hundred hours of bonding time and just paint the endcaps. Any way we go those endcaps will have to be dealt with. This will occur if we can handle the issue of the beast vomiting oil. We took an 8 hr trip and all the oil was gone after 6 hrs. If anyone has any ideas on that I'm all ears also. Then the beast attempted to shut down on 95 going thru Jacksonville, did you know you can't throw her into nuetral and restart. I think my sweet innocent moho is hiding a malevolent smile >:-(
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:53 PM   #60
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There is a thread on here nwith pics of a polished Argosy with painted silver endcaps its in the trailer section(I think).
Don't know anything about the vinegar wash There is a thread here on painting Argosy also I think I can find that one.
Need more info on the oil loss.Is it coming out of the engine somewhere?
Argosy MH seem to require a lot of love and attention.
Not to mention the $$
Here are the paint threads; Painting Argosy made affordable, Painting Argosy made affordable.Part Two
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:43 AM   #61
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I'll try to find those two threads. I haven't gotten too far into the trailer threads since the motorhome has required all my time this summer. The oil is coming out the exhaust in the form of smoke. It's not leaking much onto the ground. I haven't quite figured out the search engine on the forum yet so I haven't had alot of luck with researching items. Your thread has been really helpful because it's covering multiple issues.So thanks for that.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:59 AM   #62
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Oil coming out the exhaust says it's time for a compression test. Worst case, it's coming around worn-out piston rings. Compression will be very low, in that case.

If compression is OK, a possible alternate is that it's bad oil seals at the valve stems.

Best of luck.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:10 AM   #63
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How many miles. What engine?
I don't know if my '78 has 14,000 or 114,000 miles. Runs great but.need a muffler
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:15 PM   #64
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You might try jumping over to the engine section and post there about your oil problems. I am not very good at the search thing yet either.Keep trying you will eventualy get something useful .I mentioned the trailer threads because I think that was where the polished Argosy is at.
The reason it covers so much is mine has multiple issues.
Actualy after reading some of the threads my MH is not in to bad of shape the inside is just old and a couple of bad spots on the floor. I don't know about the generator yet.old . Engine and transmission are being replaced ,rebuilt .Soon as it cools off enough to touch the tools will get back on that.
I've got the engine & tranny out of the Argosy. Now need to get the engine out of sob mh original tranny rebuilt ,redo the radiator and whatever else I find as I go along.Lot of work but I think in the end it will be worth it.At least with Airstream ,Argosy there is something to work with.

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I got to say I am alittle jealous of you mh owners who get in and drive off with them.As long as its running doesn't really make a difference on the miles I'd say more like 114,000 14,000 would be great though.

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:39 PM   #65
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I've read every post now in this forum and have a few questions if you will allow me to pick all the brains present. Talking about painting the end caps...has anyone heard about a vinegar wash prior to painting galvanized steel? I heard something but can't confirm. Next summer was the scheduled time for addressing the outside of our beast we're not sure yet if it's back to original colors or maybe we force the 14 yr. old into the shining arena with me for a couple hundred hours of bonding time and just paint the endcaps. Any way we go those endcaps will have to be dealt with. This will occur if we can handle the issue of the beast vomiting oil. We took an 8 hr trip and all the oil was gone after 6 hrs. If anyone has any ideas on that I'm all ears also. Then the beast attempted to shut down on 95 going thru Jacksonville, did you know you can't throw her into nuetral and restart. I think my sweet innocent moho is hiding a malevolent smile >:-(
We will be covering our front end cap this summer with appropriately colored vinyl , like a wrap. We will post photos on how that comes out
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Thanks Mimiandrews we will look itto that first.
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I can't wait to see how the vinyl wrap looks. Never thought of that. The Moho turned over to 80,000 on our trip. So she does have some age and it's a 545 or 454 whichever is right. Gypsy- I've refered my husband to your responce. He just doesn't work that well with computers, he's a gearhead. So I play secretary, but we appreciate the info you provide.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:20 PM   #68
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Those dogs are great.

The transmission is the TH400, (made for mohos, straight cut gears, very strong)

Vinegar is a mild acid. So I would bet it would bond with the iron oxide (rust) and prevent further oxidation.

Polishing is a b///tch. Since you have to paint the ends I would just paint it all.

Does the engine smoke? Leak? Where is oil going?
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #69
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Moved In

Well had the whole story written out once then lost it will try again.

Have moved into my Argosy. Was hoping to have it a little more finished but sob mh was falling apart . So I figured it would be better to move in then I can concentrate all my energy on the Argosy.
Still have a long way to go on the inside and outside.

Motor and tranny are sitting on the ground beside the Argosy. Will be rebuilding the original tranny and using the engine out of sob mh.Am in the process of getting motor ready to pull . Maybe will get it out this weekend.
Have pics of engine removal but was waiting to post until I have pics of engine and tranny going back in.

Inside is Ok.No flooring yet I have two bad spots by the door I need to fix before I do flooring .Have throw rugs down on plywood which is working ok for now.I got a great deal on a 100% cotton 5'x8' rug at Ross fits perfect in the front room going up the step to the cockpit.
No shower yet. can shower at my friends house so I am not stinky.
A little scared to try the shower pan again. Will cost about $350 for the right supplies. I will get tired of not having a shower and will attempt it again soon.
Good news is
NO LEAKS
water system works
water heater works
furnace works
12v and 110 work
fridge works on 110 haven't tried lpg yet

Have installed a new china toilet. Small issue with it . I was so excited by the great deal at cw,$100, that I didn't pay attention to the measurements the toilet fits fine.Except If I wasn't tall I would need a stool to get to the stool.
The bed is very comfortable . Says a lot for 30+ year old foam.It even fits all three dogs and me.A little extra work to put up and down but as I alter my bedding to fit it will get easier.Also the small piece that goes against the wall I need to make some new ones I threw out the original ones because they were moldy . The correct fitting piece will make it a lot easier. Right now am using some round pillows and a scrap piece of wood.

I've got to admit there are times when I think I can't do this its to much work .But then that passes and I get back to work.I feel a connection to this mh. I have looked at others on the internet but I can't bring myself to give up on this one.I figure if I put the money into this one that I would spend to get another one, Airstream or Argosy of course,I should have a nice mh and I will know it from one end to the other.
I would be lost without Airforums.I really appreciate the time and energy people have taken to document there work and experiences.
Time to get back to work.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:09 AM   #70
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Got the bathroom sink in this weekend. Went well except for the kink I still have in my neck.
Engine work . The guy that is going to help pull engine out of sob mh.,he helped pull the one out of Argosy, has not been available .Am just waiting for him to get some time. If not this weekend Thanksgiving weekend for sure. Or I will figure out some way to do it by my self.
Also working on new curtains.
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