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Old 11-03-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
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Doing complete overhaul on 77 argosy motor home . Can somebody tell me where to get a parts manual, or track that slideing windows fit in.
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:03 AM   #2
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Doing complete overhaul on 77 argosy motor home . Can somebody tell me where to get a parts manual, or track that slideing windows fit in.
Very NIce! I have a '77 Argosy 20!

I use a Chiltons for the Chassis info. 77 - 84 Repair manual. Cheap money from E-bay. Have seen the MH manuals on there as well.

I have a manual, if you need specific info, let me know?

Good luck, post pics when you can.
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Donald 43 -- Welcome to the Forums! If you are looking for manuals, you might see if you can get reproductions from Airstream. Try Helen Davis at Secretarial Services, PO Box 484, Sidney, OH 45365 (937) 492-8885. I don't think they come cheap but it might be one source.

balrgn's recommendation about the Chilton manual for the chassis sounds very good and I couldn't imagine Airstream's manual covering this area as well.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:11 AM   #4
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My 77 Manual has no information on the chassis. Good stuff in there and if you can get one you should!
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Old 11-06-2006, 01:39 PM   #5
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Check out E-bay, Item number: 260047965712
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Old 11-06-2006, 04:30 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forums! It is amazing what you can find at the local hardware store to repair some items in your MH. We have ordered special parts on-line only to see them later at Home Depot. Also check your local RV shop. Other resources for Airstream specific parts are Inland RV and Vintage Trailer Supply. Both sell parts via the internet. Happy Restoration!

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Old 11-28-2006, 09:32 PM   #7
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Thanks I will keep that in mind. also I am looking for the cover for the two battery on the out side of driver. it is a hinged drop down. havn;t had any luck at most used parts shops.
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Welcome to the forums. I look forward to seeing your progress as you bring another one of these beauties back to life. Sometimes there simply are no replacements for the parts we need unless you can find a "donor" vehicle. I have ended up having made or making them myself or in the case of my dashboard completely rebuilding it to replace the heater control switch. Good luck to you and keep us posted.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:35 PM   #9
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Question a few questions

My husband and I have a chance to buy a 1978 28' Argosy with a rebuilt 454 (40,000 since rebuild), rebuilt transmission (1500 since rebuild) everything is original but working, some minor dings, for $5500 would this be a good buy?
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My husband and I have a chance to buy a 1978 28' Argosy with a rebuilt 454 (40,000 since rebuild), rebuilt transmission (1500 since rebuild) everything is original but working, some minor dings, for $5500 would this be a good buy?
Sounds like a deal, (not seeing it anyway)!
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:46 AM   #11
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It does sound good, do a search for buying checklists and review it. If the tires are over 5 years old they will need to be replaced. Do you have any pictures?
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Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, although be prepared to spend a little more on "the not so obvious". I purchased a 1978 28' Argosy (58,000 miles)at what I thought (and guess I still do) was a pretty good price. However, my standards for "the rig is ready to go anywhere" statement made by the PO is apparently a little higher than his. Body, motor, tranny and interior appear to be in pretty good shape. Since purchase, however, I have had to replace starter, the furnace, worked over burner assembly in the frig, new carrier bearing on drive shaft, pinion seal on rear end and replaced both wheel seals. Oh yeah, a new toilet and fix a few leaks in gas line. My next project is to find source of a pesky small leak under the kitchen sink that may be running down from somewhere outside that needs a little sealant. I realize I may now have more in unit that what market might support for resale (my total investment to date is about $13,500). I could have got by on less than this if my work schedule would allow time to have done more of the work myself. However, I feel it now ready to "go about anywhere" by my standards, and I still can't look at it without a great sense of pride and thinking what a neat/unique unit it is. Not saying I won't consider re-selling at some time, but I'm going to enjoy fruits of my labors for a while (besides I just can't bring myself to admit to my wife that I really didn't know what I may have gotten into with the purchase). I mention the detail only to make you aware of some potential issues in an older unit. Would I do it again? Yes. My wife still thinks I need to sell the Argosy or our '87 Excella, which was the subject of one of my first posts. Good luck on your decision, and welcome to the forum.
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