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Old 10-23-2006, 11:08 AM   #71
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There is a 350 emblem on the front fenders. Does anyone know of owners manuals for this unit? Bob,
I picked up a Chilton Repair Manual for my engine and running gear info.

Found one on Ebay for cheap $. It was a big help.


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http://www.balrgn.com/Argosy/20/Argosy_20.htm
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:19 AM   #72
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Hi, All.
On my way home today I spotted this Argosy in the just delivered section of a local junkyard. This was the 1st bad sign. I stopped and wandered back to it. I checked the door it was unlocked. Went in and saw that the dash was scorched very badly. 2nd bad sign. I checked with the owner of the yard and found out that this units time is very very short. This Argosy could be a very good project for someone with the time and knowledge, and money. I would hate to think that this old unit could meet its end for the price of scrap.
Overall the body looked pretty good. The dash is wasted, both sides of the windshield are broken but there. It has a Coleman AC on top, the generator looks clean. The interior has smoke damage but really is'nt all that bad considering.
I just feel that this old thing needs another chance. I would never be able to forget it if I did not at least get the word out about it.
Again this would be a major project with a diamond in the rough outcome for the right person.
I've been following this thread with great interest as I'm looking for a vintage Airstream motorhome to restore. This one is a little bit out of my league with regards to the work skills needed but I commend you for what you have done to save it.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:48 AM   #73
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You could always name it "Smokey", it works on a couple levels.
If you can get to it, you can take a breaker bar and socket, and try turning the motor over by turning the bolt on the end of the crankshaft. It's possible the motor is still good, but equally possible it is hydrolocked from the water used to put the fire out. If it won't turn, take out the spark plugs, and try again. If it still won't turn, start calling around for a reman engine, 350 Chevy engines are plentiful, and inexpensive.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:58 AM   #74
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You could always name it "Smokey", it works on a couple levels.
If you can get to it, you can take a breaker bar and socket, and try turning the motor over by turning the bolt on the end of the crankshaft. It's possible the motor is still good, but equally possible it is hydrolocked from the water used to put the fire out. If it won't turn, take out the spark plugs, and try again. If it still won't turn, start calling around for a reman engine, 350 Chevy engines are plentiful, and inexpensive.
Here is a pretty good source. good for FYI $$$

Look @ GMC 1 Ton, step Van, 1976

http://www.chevy350engines.com/crate.html
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:45 PM   #75
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Post Save Lots of Time and Effort

Instead of spending all that time and effort, not to mention the frustration, why not take a good look at this unit?

http://www.airforums.com/class...ct=2699&cat=12

I can personally vouch for it.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:49 PM   #76
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Arrow Not serious, of course

Not serious about this unit being any kind of substitute for a rebuild on the Argosy, of course. Hope everyone understands that. I know there is a real need to save as many of these magnificent vehicles as possible, and fully support efforts to do that.
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:10 PM   #77
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I am missing my "Shorty Fix"! Anything new?

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Old 10-30-2006, 04:50 PM   #78
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Hey Steve,
I,ve been cleaning, until my arms fall off. Then I pick them up put em back on and clean some more. I figure if I'm gonna spend time in there it should be comfortable. Have'nt done anything mechanical, do'nt know when that may start. It will probably be a while to get my ducks in a row, to figure out where to start. I did find a 1976 Chilton's in my garage, do'nt know if that will help at all. I think there will be a lot of mining of info here on the forums.
I have found that 12 ounce curls helps a lot with the arm strength issue. So on a couple nights I have sat inside Shorty and built up my arms some. There will be pics, I'm filling a card with before and after cleaning shots. Thanks for asking, Bob
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:03 PM   #79
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Good for you, we're all pulling for ya! Talk about Shorty was being bandied about at the rally this weekend. I can't wait to see how it goes. Slow and steady wins the race, so keep your cool and keep doing those curls
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:09 PM   #80
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Tim has a point about the rig for sale. Nothing to do but find a very large parking lot, city block, or a real arm workout just to turn that 370 around.
The 20' Argo would make me look like I'm driving a semi! I've seen longer SUV's on the road today!
Lot's of luck with Shorty...er Smokey, or whatever you end up calling it....hummmm "Money PIT"??
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:36 PM   #81
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Silverhawk,

Now you're talking, those curls must be done, or the porject will never get finished.

Don't know if this will help, but I hear that the folks that deal with fire damage use an Ozone generator to remove odors. If you are having a problem, perhaps you could rent, or even get a company to do it for you. You might ask a friendly fireman about it. I do know that the little ones they sell would be a waste of money, you would need a commercial machine.

Anyway, I have my fix and am happy. I await more updates.

Tim, I think this forum would always have a place for such a class act as yourself. Besides, you might need an Argosy to pull your new trailer!

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Old 12-18-2006, 10:13 AM   #82
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What gives with Shorty? It has been over a month now, and I am really jonesing.

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Old 12-24-2006, 09:25 AM   #83
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Spotted a new 20' Argosy project on eBay today. Item # 330066037315 looks like a complete rebuild required but should go cheap as a roller.
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hello all!

I just got a wild hair about this 20 footer! The one on e-bay is available again and I'm very interested (I live real close).

I can do the work to restore it, but need my RV to be able to tow. Can this baby tow a 5-6,000 trailer???

Am I looking at tens of thousands to restore???

I'd love to see "smokey" saved too, I could follow the restoration and do the same to this one?!?

thanks in advance,

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