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Old 07-13-2016, 07:32 AM   #253
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Yep, success! Yet another 3000 mile round trip to MN and back in the Argosy completed. The old girl just keeps chugging along in triple digit temps without missing a beat. The only 'casualty' was having to replace the original steering box in my folks driveway up in Duluth. Not too shabby for a 38 year old motorhome.
Brad, after installing the new steering column I assume I disrupted the system just a bit and started leaking fluid out the top seal of the box. No big deal, had to top off with fluid a couple times on the drive up. 4 hours later and a bit of a headache sourcing a new steering coupler and the job was done.
Oddly enough, my original box had a 16 spline output shaft which has long since been superseded by a 31 spline shaft. Sourcing out the new coupler was difficult, but ended with a happy ending. 3 cheers for vintage iron.
Outstanding! It's nice to see these old rigs keep on rolling

My guess is just wiggling the steering gear input shaft was enough to disturb the old shaft seal. When I replaced my steering gearbox I purchased a Dorman 31015 steering coupler and it worked. This is also the same coupling that is spec'd for the 84 310 although I have not verified that it fits the 310.

The mounting bolts for the gearbox were a bear to get to weren't they!


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Old 07-13-2016, 07:37 AM   #254
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Yep, that's the exact coupler I ended up with after a redicoulous search of every auto store in MN. I was 3 hours away from the nearest store that carried one!! I had to re-bolt up my OLD stuff and drive to Minneapolis to do the swap in my in-laws driveway. Pretty comical really.

Yeah, those 4 bolts were a pain since I had to remove the front bumper first. But.. the 2nd time I pulled the old box I did the whole works in under 2 hours. No complaints if that's the only thing I had to do the entire trip.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:43 AM   #255
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Yep, that's the exact coupler I ended up with after a redicoulous search of every auto store in MN. I was 3 hours away from the nearest store that carried one!! I had to re-bolt up my OLD stuff and drive to Minneapolis to do the swap in my in-laws driveway. Pretty comical really.
Your idea and my idea of comedy are definitely different!

What's interesting is after the new steering gearbox was installed in my Argosy I was still able to use the original coupler. It wasn't until I decided to swap in the 345 steering column that I decided to replace the coupling while I had things apart.

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Yeah, those 4 bolts were a pain since I had to remove the front bumper first. But.. the 2nd time I pulled the old box I did the whole works in under 2 hours. No complaints if that's the only thing I had to do the entire trip.
Like the old saying goes....practice makes perfect
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:33 PM   #256
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Is this your Argosy up for sale Ben?

http://austin.craigslist.org/rvs/5699528565.html
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:59 AM   #257
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Martin, it is. Lots of change down here for the Genovese family in Central Texas and its all happening very quickly. We're embracing this new direction but it sadly doesn't include our motohome. Our teniture has been all too brief but hopefully we're leaving the coach just a bit better than we found it for the next owner to enjoy. Man, we enjoyed EVERY single trip we took the old beast on. It was most certainly used in the way it was meant to be.
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Martin, it is. Lots of change down here for the Genovese family in Central Texas and its all happening very quickly. We're embracing this new direction but it sadly doesn't include our motohome. Our teniture has been all too brief but hopefully we're leaving the coach just a bit better than we found it for the next owner to enjoy. Man, we enjoyed EVERY single trip we took the old beast on. It was most certainly used in the way it was meant to be.
I wish you all the best Ben, and hope you get every cent you are asking because it is worth it!
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:00 AM   #259
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Air compressor Check Valve Location

Hey gang, I've been pretty quiet here lately. Lots going on in the Genovese household.
I have a question regarding my air suspension compressor. I had experienced a lack of pressure from my old (original?) air compressor. I purchased a new Viair unit and it sure purrs like a kitten. However, my problem still exists and I have a leading suspect. The new compressor had a flexible line attached with a check valve at the end. I wasn't able to use it since I needed to hardline my pressure regulator in. I suspect, with lack of check valve, that the new unit is bleeding air out at the same pace as its pumping it in, thus not inflating my bags whatsovever. I can't hear any air escaping from the system and I don't have any major leaks. I suspect, without the check valve, the air is simply purging out the compressor and not building any real pressure. I believe the old unit had an integraded check valve in the head that got clogged.
I have a couple options for a new check valve..
So, my question is: Do I need to install the valve before the pressure regulator, or can I splice my 1/4" line after the regulator but before the pressure tank? One solution requires me to purchase a metal valve, the other allows me to use a quick connect plastic valve.
Thoughts?

THANKS as usual.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:12 AM   #260
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Ben, I think with any compressor system you need a check valve somewhere in the pump outlet piping. I know my two shop compressors have a check valve and I added one to the 310 when I redid it's compressed air system. It was my understanding there should have been a check valve there but some PO removed it.

The check valve can be anywhere in the line between the compressor and where it branches off to other devices.

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Awesome, thanks Brad. Lets hope this does the trick.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:25 PM   #262
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This thread could go on if anyone is interested, I bought bpg Austin Argosy, and I knew when I bought it that it was a work in progrest, It has moves up north to Waco Tx. ( 100 mi ) I have spent the last mo. or so doing body repair, large dent in right rear conor next to rear window, had to disasmable shower to get at it. Is all back togather and painted, lots of electric work and still more to go.Got electric steps working (part of electric problem ) Am know doing window channel and seals as its going to rain here soon. After the windows I intend to do more electric work installing two 6v batterys where the converter is ( as there is a outside vent there ) then installing a heart 2000 combined inverter charger and transfer switch under the right bunk, this should make her more than capable of being a good boondocking rig. I did take 2 of my grandkids on a week end camping trip so I could check everything out in use, and it did OK for a 38 yr old MH. I bought this more as a project than to use ( I will take my grandkids camping ) am close to 80 an needed a project and have had a few MH in my day ( diesel ) but I have allways liked the airstream
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Great to see it has gone to a good home zus95937, and welcome to the forum.

Sounds like you have got of to a great start already.
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Congrats on your new toy and welcome to the forums! As an Argosy thread stalker, that sounds bad , I would love for you to continue in this thread or one of your own. It is always inspiring to see others work/progress.

Either way I am glad to hear someone has continue to restore one of these amazing campers.

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Old 11-07-2016, 09:03 AM   #265
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I was wondering if Ben's Argosy was going to resurface on Airforums. I know Ben did a lot of work on the Argosy and I'm glad to hear it's going to continue to be improved.

It's nice to hear that someone who is almost 80 years young is going to continue the job!

Welcome to Airforums.

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Well have all the windows on the right side redone with new channel and rubber sliddings, replaced air compressor for air bags ( old one not up to the job ) repaired leakes in system. Replaced the mirrors with bigger one that set up higher, much easyer to see know. I will get to the left side windows when it stops raining.
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