I figure it's time to start a thread dedicated to overall restoration of my Argosy 20. Some of you already know that I've been working on the Argosy off and on over the last four years or so. A variety of things have kept me from making a lot of progress but over the last few months I've actually made some
Unfortunately progress moving forward will still be hit and miss but I hope to keep adding to this thread on a fairly regular basis.
Currently the Argosy is sitting without the motor, interior partially gutted, there are lots of water leaks, needs wheels and tires, all major appliances and in general it just needs a LOT of tender loving care.
The long term goal is to do the following:
1) Remove the interior so I can remove the wood floor to repair the bad spots.
2) Make new cabinets
3) Replace all appliances (stove, fridge, water heater, furnace, microwave)
4) Install the new motor that is currently sitting on an engine stand
5) Replace the Generac generator with an Onan 6.5 and mount it on drawer slides
6) Add larger more modern outside mirrors
7) Install a new Inteli-power Converter PD9245
8) New electric steps
9) Replace the TH400 transmission with a nice 4L80E
10) Replace the exterior door (mostly complete)
11) Make a more modern looking instrument cluster for the dash
12) All new upholstery
13) All new brakes
14) All new suspension & steering components
15) Zipdee awning
16) And lots more
I want to make it into a nice dependable motorhome suitable for long trips.
I have completed the mechanical installation of the new Kiwkee electric double steps, argosy mh double entry step addition
but since it will be quite a while before a battery will be installed I will skip the step wiring for the time being.
I have a different thread 74 argosy engine build
started that covers the rebuilt and start up of the 454 engine.
I recently replaced the original mangled door with the door from our 310 motorhome (the 310 got a new door from a 345 motorhome). The door needs to be re-curved at the bottom as there is about a 1/4" gap that lets moisture in. I've found several threads that explain how to do this repair and hope to perform the work over the Christmas holidays.
Here is a picture as it sits right now.
You can see the awning sitting in the foreground. The awning is originally from a 345. Smartstream has explained in detail how to shorten the tube and I hope to get that job done this coming spring.
The following pictures show the mouse super highway that was hiding behind the aluminum panel between the door frame and the passenger cockpit window. I removed the panel in preparation for upgrading the exterior mirrors.
As much as I would like to pull the headliner down to see where the highway goes I'm going to pass on that effort, out of sight out of mind, right?