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Old 06-05-2018, 08:26 AM   #1
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1978 Argosy 28 New To Me

I ended up purchasing another Argosy last night, a 1978 28' rear bed model. It is in really great shape and only minor things were wrong with it. Looking forward to picking it up Monday! Some of you may recognize it, I believe the owner is a member in here.

As for my 76 Argosy, I put it up for sale officially last night and had it sold in about an hour. My good friend and neighbor bought it, so I'll still get to see it!
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:34 AM   #2
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Very nice Matt....and hopefully a later VIN than my parts donor, so I can stop feeling bad about cutting up the last known Argosy motorhome!!!!!!
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:41 AM   #3
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Very nice Matt....and hopefully a later VIN than my parts donor, so I can stop feeling bad about cutting up the last known Argosy motorhome!!!!!!
If I'm reading his handwriting correctly, the VIN is MS8B855308. who's is older?
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Old 06-05-2018, 09:30 AM   #4
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Looks good Matt. Was your other a 24'? More space for your boxer pups!
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Old 06-05-2018, 09:42 AM   #5
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Looks good Matt. Was your other a 24'? More space for your boxer pups!
Yes, my 76 was only 24' long. It was fine for the two of us but when we had others camping it for cramped. This one is a similar layout to mine but having the couch up front will be much nicer
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:28 PM   #6
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If I'm reading his handwriting correctly, the VIN is MS8B855308. who's is older?
Matt,

I bet the vin is actually M28D8S5308. So that means Martin still holds the honors with his M28D8V5329
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:24 AM   #7
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Matt,

I bet the vin is actually M28D8S5308. So that means Martin still holds the honors with his M28D8V5329
Brad, you are right. Martin wins this one, but only by 21!
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:13 AM   #8
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Very nice! When I grow up, I may want to be YOU!
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:14 AM   #9
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What power train do these have?
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What power train do these have?
Argosies typically had a 454 with a Turbo 400/475 automatic transmission. The Classic models, 1981 and later, may or may not have an Isuzu diesel engine installed.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:07 AM   #11
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Argosies typically had a 454 with a Turbo 400/475 automatic transmission. The Classic models, 1981 and later, may or may not have an Isuzu diesel engine installed.
The plan with my 78 is to put in a turbo charged 6.0l v8 with a six speed automatic. The person buying my 76 Argosy is doing the conversion on his first and then we'll do mine.

Why, you may ask? Because.
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How cool! Why not an 8.1 with an Allison 7 speed? I am a uhaul dealer,. and was always amazed by the power and fuel mileage that power plant made in there 26 ft trucks. I own a '07 GMC pickup, 4X4, with a 8.1 and an Allison 6 speed that averages 11 mpg empty (although my go camping truck is never really empty), 6 to 7 mpg pulling my Airstream and have always wonder why the U-haul trucks got 12-13 mpg? A conundrum in my mind. Of course, my pickup has 3:73 gears and the trucks have 5:14's (a guess)?????
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:54 AM   #13
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I have access to the LS stuff which is the reason why I was thinking of going that route. Plus, the person that is buying my 1976 Argosy is also my mechanic and he is very knowledgeable when it comes to anything LS. We believe with the right turbo and valve train that I should be able to pull anything behind it.

Another option has crossed my mind and that is doing the Cummins swap. I know it has been done before but the real reason is that I might be able to get some inexpensive parts. I am waiting to see how it plays out. The swap wouldn't happen till winter anyway, I want to enjoy it this summer.
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Can't wait for the updates. thanks
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The renovations have begun! I pulled out all of the old and smelly carpet, getting ready for laminate plank to be installed. I'm considering adding electric heated floors, mainly for comfort and not to replace the furnace. What she your thoughts on that?

Second, I'm sure you all noticed the stains on the floor. Well there's also a smell as well, I think it's coming from under the couch where I think a litter box was stored and from under the sink where there's a leaky hot water tank. Any tricks to get rid of the smell? Someone here told me to use vinegar and let it dry out. Then maybe coat it with polyurethane to seal it.Click image for larger version

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The renovations have begun! I pulled out all of the old and smelly carpet, getting ready for laminate plank to be installed. I'm considering adding electric heated floors, mainly for comfort and not to replace the furnace. What she your thoughts on that?

Second, I'm sure you all noticed the stains on the floor. Well there's also a smell as well, I think it's coming from under the couch where I think a litter box was stored and from under the sink where there's a leaky hot water tank. Any tricks to get rid of the smell? Someone here told me to use vinegar and let it dry out. Then maybe coat it with polyurethane to seal it.Attachment 317493Attachment 317494Attachment 317495
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I'm guessing the smell is in the wood and the only way to eliminate it is to replace the wood. You might want to check out the trailer side in the floor repair section. There are a lot of posts regarding odors, etc.

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Old 07-23-2018, 05:35 AM   #17
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I will definitely look around on there. After some of my own research and talking with our local RV dealer, I am going to try some stuff call Kilz. It has really good reviews against sealing in odors plus the RV dealer uses has also used it to do the same. My plan is to get at as much of the floor as I possibly can so I have the water heater pulled and tonight I will pull out the fridge.
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So I have been hard at work since my last post. I ended up using Killz on the floor in order to seal in the smell, it worked great! No more odors, except for the smell of fresh paint for a few days.

I decided to pull up the carpet around the captains chairs and replace it since I had the rest of the floor out. Guess what I found, rot! I'm surprised that the drivers chair was as secure as it felt. I ended up pulling out my battery box and the drivers chair in order to replace everything. About half of the floor I sucked out with a vacuum.Click image for larger version

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New floors went in and then I put down some thick carpet padding and some new carpet. What a difference the padding made! Not only is it softer, I can barely hear the engine. I also added an air ride chair frame from a Peterbilt, can't wait to try it outClick image for larger version

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As you can see I'm the picture, there are red wires on the floor. Since I had everything torn apart, I installed an electric radiant heating system. I do not plan on using it for my main heat source but if it does a good job I just might! I threw down some underlayment and started to lay the vinyl plank. My buddy Jon got me a nice deal on flooring and he offered to help install it. I'm glad he did because this tiny floor ended up being more difficult than imagined. The biggest obstacle was all the trim work around the brackets and cabinets. On top of that, nothing is perfectly square! Click image for larger version

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After two long days of work from Jon and myself, plus another day of odd ball jobs, I'm finally done with my remodel (for now). On top of the new flooring, I've also added a new water heater, new toilet, and converted the dash ac to R134a. It still needs some cleaning but here's the finished product!
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That's quiet a transformation Matt, congrats!
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Definitely looking good!

Your front cockpit floors were in the same shape Peanut's wood floors were in. I attributed the leaks to three different sources. One is the windshields leaking. Two was the cockpit window seals. The third was the battery box. On Peanut the original box was cracked and broken. It wasn't sealed well on the outside wall and any water that got near that area dripped down onto the floor boards.

I ended up having a custom aluminum battery box fabricated that is totally sealed after it was fastened to the outer cast aluminum frame. Since we've sealed the windshield, replaced the windows seals and installed the aluminum battery box I've not noticed any more water on the floorboards.

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