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Old 07-04-2015, 12:28 AM   #1
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24' Argosy performance modernization

Hello everyone. My wife and I have benefited from posters taking the time to show how they are doing a project. The group knowledge is amazing and a valuable resource. So we are going to do our part. My hope is that my effort here will be a benefit. We have decided to upgrade a 1977 24' Argosy, rather than buy a new motorhome we will probably pay to much for, and ultimately be dis satisfied. Our goal is to be able get to mountain bike trail heads, with our kids. We are putting the shell on a Chevy Silverado Duramax/Allison 4x4 chassis. We started in the fall of 2014 with the purchase of an Argosy from Seattle, and had it shipped home to Spokane. We recently purchased a wrecked 2006 truck that fit almost perfectly. Long bed would have been better, but we were tired of waiting. We can stretch the frame without too much trouble. So here we are, demo is complete and it's tome to start the assembly. I look forward to sharing and receiving support from y'all as we proceed.
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:58 AM   #2
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Sounds an interesting idea, please share more as work progresses, especially around the chassis mods to fit the Argosy frame/body.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:07 PM   #3
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Sounds like an interesting project!

Just remember, it didn't happen unless you have pictures to prove it

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Old 07-05-2015, 11:08 AM   #4
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Here is the vehicle we started with and the beginning process of demo. We took out the interior down to the aluminum body and rails and removed the flooring
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While you are planning things for your new interior, be sure to relocate the batteries. The original location next to the driver's seat will not hold any decent sized battery for powering the house 12 volt load. It may be OK still for the engine battery.
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:53 AM   #6
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We are fully gutted and lifting the body off the chassis.
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Very impressive!

I especially like the rigging you used to lift the shell off the frame. Definitely keep posting pictures.

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Old 07-11-2015, 07:41 PM   #8
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Awesome!!!
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I just purchased an 1978 Argosy 24 Two days ago. I just dropped it off with the mechanic to get the brakes/exhaust/tune up/ electrical/etc looked at. It starts fine and runs well. The brakes are mushy. The inside was empty. We are looking for all the interior parts. Will you be using the new Truck Interior? (I am not looking to get your old parts, more curious on your plan)
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I switched my batteries like idroba suggested and it is definitely the way to go. Can't wait to see your progress. Keep the pics coming!
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Wow! Diving right in!
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:45 AM   #12
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Hi ted2020, I am waiting for wheels and tires (hopefully they arrive today) in order to nail down the wheel well dimensions. Then I should be able to layout the cockpit. The Silverado dash is way too narrow, I could split it, add something custom to the middle to get it wider, but I don't have any really good ideas on how to make that work properly. My thoughts are kind of the opposite of modern dashes. Visible hardware, access to everything. Aluminum and cherry hardwood. Attached are pics of the gantry I built being weight tested at our shop, and the donor truck. The wreck managed to ruin nearly every piece of sheetmetal, but did not damage any radiators, the frame, or any running gear. It was a good find. Next I will be going thru the engine and replacing front suspension bushings. Shift rear axle using a custom 5 bar rear end. Then a new subframe for the body. Then mount the body to the truck. Steering column will be an issue...
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Is there some reason the original Argosy dash won't work? Or is that not in line with the styling you're after?

Nice job on the gantry. There are times I wish I had one like that.
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What are your plans to cope with the chassis kick up for the rear suspension.....the original P30 is pretty flat allowing the flat floor? Just box it in?

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