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Old 08-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #197
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Have you verified that you have voltage at the solenoid when you push the pedal to the floor? If I understand things correctly when you step on the gas pedal the switch energizes a solenoid inside the transmission which causes it to downshift. You could have a bad connection in the firewall connector, or at the connector on the transmission. You might also check for voltage at the switch itself to make sure the problem isn't between the fuse block and the kickdown switch.

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Not yet but I'll give that a try, thx. Hey did you se my posts on towing my Spartan trailer with the Argosy?
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:20 AM   #198
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Early saturday afternoon I prepped the windshield so I could seal it with SIKA Tack MoveIT. You can read all about the adventure here

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Now that the windshield is sealed properly I'll now start getting a little more aggressive towards sealing the roof so I can eliminate the water leaks once and for all.

I have been fighting a leak in the drivers cockpit window that I thought was coming from the glazing on the fixed pane. However yesterday while taping off the edge of the window in preparation for sealing the windshield I noticed that one of the two screws I had used to plug a couple of holes put in the window frame by some PO was loose. These screws were used to hold some mirrors that a PO had installed, presumably to improve his side vision.

The screw is a lose fit in the threads and I'm beginning to think the water was coming in through this hole.

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I'm going to use some stainless pan head screws with copious amounts of vulkem to seal the holes. Hopefully that will solve one of the leaks.

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Old 08-17-2013, 09:39 AM   #199
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Can you see those holes from the inside? Do the go all the way through? If not some olympic rivets would be nice and clean
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:56 PM   #200
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Can you see those holes from the inside? Do the go all the way through? If not some olympic rivets would be nice and clean
Unfortunately the 1/4" holes are wallowed out enough that the head of an Olympic rivet just barely covers the hole. Also the rivet bottoms out against the middle ridge of the window track.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:34 PM   #201
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Maybe some black domed rubber plugs. Try McMaster Carr
http://www.mcmaster.com/#sundry-plugs/=o3y8c9
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #202
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I thought about using some kind of plug but rubber deteriorates and these would be in direct sunlight. I decide to go ahead and use the stainless pan head screws and if something better comes along I can always change.

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I need to finish up the interior step installation on both the Argosy and the 310 as well as reseal the 310 windshields so I decided it was time to park them side by side

Did you notice the resemblance...

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Old 08-17-2013, 07:25 PM   #203
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Your as bad as me! My count is 2 air streams, 1 Argosy and 1 spartan
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:19 AM   #204
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Your as bad as me! My count is 2 air streams, 1 Argosy and 1 spartan
Maybe worse Did you notice the nose of the Excella trailer sticking out from behind the shop? Current count is an Argosy, 310 and Excella trailer. A year ago at this time there was a 345 added into the mix.

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #205
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If you've read my last few posts you'll know that I've been fighting a leak in the left cockpit window. I thought I had found the source yesterday when I plugged two screw holes that a PO had used for mounting a side view mirror.

Well, it's drizzling out right now so I went and checked out the window to see if the window was leak free. Nope, leak was still there

I started looking closer at where the water seemed to be appearing in the window track and after looking real close I realized the water wasn't coming from above

I went back outside and was looking at the frame and then it hit me, the drivers side window frame didn't have any drain slots The factory's failure to put the drain slots in the window frame has kept me looking for months for a possible source for the persistent leak.

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Here's the LH side, notice there AREN'T any drain slots

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I have two choices, one I can figure out a way to route four slots into the window frame or I can replace the whole assembly with a spare frame that I have available. Replacing the frame is a whole lot of work but it's something I will likely want to do one of these days anyway as the fixed pane is scratched really bad on the inside.

My problem is I didn't want to replace the window frame at this time. I was hoping to replace it this winter once I pull the Argosy into the shop for some exterior renovation. I guess another option would be to drill a series of holes to allow the water to drain to the outside which is exactly how it works on the RH window.

Decisions, decisions
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #206
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I willing to bet that your windshields are water tight now.
IMHO, the driver and passenger window assembly are one of the weakest link in the classic design. Not just the (lack of) smooth operation, no matter how new the seals are, but also the seemingly fruitless efforts to get them 100% sealed. I got so desperate on my 79 about my failure to locate a leak on the passenger side, that I mounted a small funnel inside the wall with a hose leading to the outside. Now I think that it was a cracked or broken weld of the window frame on the forward lower end of the fixed pane.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #207
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Peter,

You're right, no leaks from the windshield!

I was starting to curse you there for a few minutes when I first started trying to squeeze the handle of the caulk gun. I couldn't believe that stuff could be that hard to get out of the tube and I was surprised you didn't warn me about it. Then the light bulb went off and I thought it might be the caulk gun that was the problem. Fortunately I had a new caulk gun that apparently has a slightly smaller piston which made all the difference in the world

I agree, these cockpit windows are a real nightmare to work with. I have yet to have any working cockpit windows in either the Argosy or the 310. Have all the seals, just haven't had time to install them. One of these days....

This afternoon I spent a little time removing the remaining cabinets and counter top on the right side of the coach. It's nice and roomy inside now

There was one layer of carpet and two layers of tile. The bottom most layer of tile has a checker board pattern. I wonder if it's original?

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Here's a couple of views with me sitting on the dog house looking towards the rear.

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Next step is to tear up the wood flooring, reinforce the framework by adding more 1"x2" steel tubing and then laying down 3/4" plywood. Original was 1/2" plywood and it was sagging all over the place. One thing I really hate is spongy floors.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:38 AM   #208
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Roomy is right!
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Finally got around to cutting the weep holes in the drivers side cockpit window that Airstream conveniently left out

The first step was to locate where the slots needed to go and then drill 3/16" holes at each end.

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I used a dremel tool with a cutoff wheel installed. The first slot went just fine...

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...but I must have gotten in a hurry on the 2nd one

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Are the slots perfect? No. Are they functional? Yes.

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I don't think they look to bad. They aren't perfect but they'll work. Once the window trim gets painted black again they won't be near as noticeable. Now on to the next project...
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:31 PM   #210
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Brad,

Do you have the little weep hole covers to keep the bugs out? Looks like progress!
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