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Old 12-14-2015, 05:34 PM   #155
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No kidding! I was there for less than 10 minutes before Peter and his buddy Joe showed up with a truck and full compliment of tools! We had the new pump on in about 30 minutes thanks to their help and expertise. Before I knew it the motorhome was back in business and up at out campsite under its own power. What a pleasure to meet you in person Peter. The help was greatly appreciated.

Now, I've got the beast sitting in the driveway ready for some winter projects. Steering, heater/defrost/headlights.. Pretty much all the maintenance I've deferred from this summer when we were too busy camping to do. Blanco was worth the trip, I highly recommend this rally for anyone considering it. Great people, great location.

Brad, interesting point on the electric pump. I honestly don't plan to ever install one to test your theory. I will, however, go to the auto store and have another mechanical pump in the spare parts bin again.
Ben, always great to meet someone as dedicated and hands on as you are!
When I owned a 28' very similar to your Argosy, I added a switched rear fuel pump. It saved me on a trip to Colorado on my first 9k pass in NM just outside of Taos. If you plan on doing any Mountain driving , I highly recommend adding that rather inexpensive item. Yes, I know, just another item for the list...
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:29 AM   #156
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Good morning gang. I need a recommendation for an inline fuel filter. My plastic one, although reletively new (!) is starting to weep! I would normally purchase a glass filter as I like seeing inside the screen, but I think Peter told me a while back that these filters don't have a small enough screen to catch all the particulates. So, any recommendations? I'll probably make my order through Amazon this week.
oh- 3/8" line.

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Old 01-17-2016, 07:51 AM   #157
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Hi Ben,
I made the big mistake to install one of those glass fuel filters first in line after the fuel tank, thinking how smart I was to be able to keep an eye on it.
Well, when it clogged up, on a 1 lane construction mountain pass road at the CO/NM border, I realized how stupid that was.
They are great filters if placed closed to the carburetor, away from any heat source, as a secondary filter only.
I always carry a spare filter element.
Amazon.com : Moeller Universal Inline Glass View Fuel Filter (3/8", 5/16", & 1/4" Barb In Kit) : Boat Fuel Filters : Sports & Outdoors
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:24 PM   #158
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77 & 78 Argosy heater and air conditioning

Ben,
I am learning how to respond to these forums, being new to this.

I have a 1977 Argosy 20 that I purchased when it was 1 year old back in 1978. We used it extensively until 1995 and then with some health problems and work schedule it sat until March 2014. I am now retired and am in the process of getting it road worthy again. I live in the DFW area and make regular trips to Austin to visit relatives.

Last summer I reworked the dash air conditioning and heater. If you are interested, I can start writing up some of the details. For the 1977 and 1978 Argosy's, the dash air system is made by GM and the separate heater is a school bus/delivery truck type unit made by Hupp. In the process, I converted the air over to refrigerant 134a and sitting in my drive with fast idle I can get 35 degree air out of the registers during the summer. For the heater I changed the water control valve from the original on - off to a bypass type of control valve for a more stable temperature control.

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Old 01-21-2016, 05:10 AM   #159
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Sounds like you may have the most 'original' (or at least complete history) or any of the 20ft Argosy, Gregg, so I for one would love to read about any work you have done.

Most of us take over these 'things' after several PO have added their own 'improvements' and the original documentation is at the best ambiguous, so any first hand knowledge is great.

You can start a new thread in the Argosy motorhome forum but with a low number of posts I believe the moderators check it out before it is published - don't let that put you offing doing so it just tales a little time.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:12 PM   #160
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Ben,
I am learning how to respond to these forums, being new to this.

I have a 1977 Argosy 20 that I purchased when it was 1 year old back in 1978. We used it extensively until 1995 and then with some health problems and work schedule it sat until March 2014. I am now retired and am in the process of getting it road worthy again. I live in the DFW area and make regular trips to Austin to visit relatives.

Last summer I reworked the dash air conditioning and heater. If you are interested, I can start writing up some of the details. For the 1977 and 1978 Argosy's, the dash air system is made by GM and the separate heater is a school bus/delivery truck type unit made by Hupp. In the process, I converted the air over to refrigerant 134a and sitting in my drive with fast idle I can get 35 degree air out of the registers during the summer. For the heater I changed the water control valve from the original on - off to a bypass type of control valve for a more stable temperature control.

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Gregg, thanks for chiming in. Welcome aboard the forum! PLEASE, start a thread detailing your Argosy. At this point in my journey I'm not sure what specific info I might need in the HVAC system. (not currently digging into the system. A few other projects to finish prior to re-starting motorhome work) If you have an open thread, I"ll just post up any specific questions for you there, or post them here and you can chime in.

also, can't believe you're seeing such cold AC temps.. NICE
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:31 PM   #161
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Welcome aboard! I am all ears if you want to elaborate on your A/C upgrade. That is one of the items on my 'list'.
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:39 AM   #162
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https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/pts/5401929256.html'

Just for fun.. and I'm not going to be purchasing THIS powertrain, but it would look good in my motorhome. Great combo, and the price is fair.
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Wow! That would be a nice power train for our coaches!

I would imagine that transmission has overdrive which would make it even more desirable.
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Do you think it would fit in a little 20ft'er Brad?
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Yeah, this would be killer and the combo I'll be swapping in if/when either my tranny or engine needs to come out.
I have a hard time justifying rebuilding my carb'd 454 or replacing the 3 spd tranny when combos like these are available so cheap. But, with most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And, to each is own of course. If my coach were more original/nicer etc. I'd probably keep it stock for resale. But this does everything you could possibly want for essentially the same cost or potentially FAR less than rebuilding an engine and trans.
OK, back to work with me..
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Do you think it would fit in a little 20ft'er Brad?
It should be pretty much a bolt in other than transmission mount rework. The motor mounts look to be the same as the 350/454. The height might be an issue but I don't think so as I think the distributor is shorter which makes the intake seem taller.

Thinking about upgrading?
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Brad, its a 3.5" outlet from the muffler. I actually looked at m inlaws F-350 last night with the 7.3L Diesel. Looked to me to have about the same setup with a 2 into 1 exhaust. Looked to be 3.5" also. I'm surprised that there may be a restriction here causing a slight loss of power. I'm not planning on changing the setup right now. It still runs well, has enough (marginal!) power and cruises at 60mph. Good enough for now.
Carb is and Edelbrock 750cfm. I believe its a 1407 or 1411. Manual choke. I love this carb. Super easy to swap out metering rods and jets. Easy to tune and gives great throttle response.
Ben, I've still not been able to find the muffler with 3-1/2" outlet. I've found ones with the 3" outlet and 2-1/2" dual inlets.
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Yeah, this would be killer and the combo I'll be swapping in if/when either my tranny or engine needs to come out.
I have a hard time justifying rebuilding my carb'd 454 or replacing the 3 spd tranny when combos like these are available so cheap. But, with most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And, to each is own of course. If my coach were more original/nicer etc. I'd probably keep it stock for resale. But this does everything you could possibly want for essentially the same cost or potentially FAR less than rebuilding an engine and trans.
OK, back to work with me..
I would think cost would be less for sure. I spent $1400 rebuilding the 4L80e that I'm installing in the Argosy. I can't remember just how much I spent on the engine rebuild but I'm sure it's north of $2000. Add in the TBI upgrade I'm just starting and that low mileage $2500 combo looks better and better
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