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Old 02-05-2011, 12:55 PM   #15
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That manual would be a good start. GM has many individual manuals for trans, carbs, electrical, etc. That one should cover series 10 through 30 trucks. You may later add info fot the air suspention and other mods but start with the base manual. You can also get a manual for the coach if you do a search on this site.

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Thanks for the info Dan !
I do have a manual for the coach,
well in fact I have two: the original one is in the MH
( which is 5000 miles plus away from me right now )
and I have a reprint I bought on Ebay, right here.


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The dash looks like an ABS plastic or similar molded item. Repair would involve finding a paint stripping method that won't melt the plastic, like you mentioned, then using a heat gun to soften and remold the warped plastic back to an acceptable shape, and finally using a plastic welding gun to fix the crack. I've used strips of abs plastic cut from black ABS plumbing pipe and a large soldering iron to do the same on motorcycle fairings, and the result was actually pretty good, but you have to make sure it's the same type of plastic.
Thanks. I'll give it a go

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As an option, I'd call a few of the larger RV wrecking yards on the west coast ((Colaws?) Anybody have a list?) and have them put out the word that you are looking for a dashboard for a mid 70's Argosy motorhome. Might be a lot less labor and they may be reasonable on the price.
I'll give it a try, but judging from all the pics I've been checking
here at the forum and elsewhere it seams they changed the design ever
so often , so there's probable only a VERY slim chance I'll
find one like mine


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In the meantime, pretty much any upholstery shop could whip up a nice carpeted cover for the dash.
That might be a really good idea !

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I don't think you'll have any problems rebuilding the carb, whichever it is, if you have the tools. Their are some tricks for getting the Rochester fixed up, the one I remember in particular is applying a thick coating of epoxy glue to the middle of the underside of the body to stop porosity leaks of fuel. You'll know what I mean when you take a look at it. Let me know what you've got, and I'll see if I have a manual for it. The main thing about the Rochesters was they were specifically tuned for the application using some hard to find needles and jets with 3 stages of needle taper in the low speed jets. The replacements usually have a generic 2 stage taper, and the 4 barrel opening rate can be way off, causing mid throttle tip-in to be really flat. Really, really flat. Your luck may vary, but it's quite possible someone already tossed the factory carb and put on a generic replacement. As an option, the Edelbrock company bought the rights to the Rochester Quadrajet, and made a very good improved replacement for it for years, but I think it has been discontinued. They can still be found used on ebay, etc, for good prices. Here's a link to a guy that has some tips on rebuilding, tuning, etc. that line up with what I remember being good information for the Rochester quadrajet carb.

My Quadrajet Tips
Again THANKS a lot for your very informative reply.
Highly appreciated !

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P.S. I like your XL500! I'm pretty happy with my 600, though I am very tempted by the newer KTM 690 Enduro (no vibration 70 HP!). I may have to upgrade to a used one in a few years...
Naaaa; keep the XL as well....one can never have too many bikes
.-)
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:00 PM   #16
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Don't bother with colaws, tried them recently and was told they have only 1980 and newer parts. Lars have you seen my thread on the $120 argosy? Ive been through much of what your asking about
I have indeed read your thread and I've just re-read the whole thing.
Brilliant !
Love what you did to the interior.

You have got me started thinking that I want to go to that
BurningMan thing.
Looks kind'a nuts...in a good way !


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Also not sure when your passing through but your more than welcome to stop by and see our 75 argosy Moho, I can also put you in touch with a 30 year gm motorhome mechanic! T
He's invaluable
Well, thanks a lot !!!
I'm not sure where and when I'll my journey will take me
but I might take you up on your kind offer.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:06 PM   #17
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Wonder if anyone here could give me some advise on this thing:

I'm planning to tare out the bed on the left side of the MH
and build a work/office table and a couple of shelves
in that position:



It'll look something like this:






Not being able to check the MH right now,
could you please tell me if the water equipment/taps
and the wheel-well



...will be in the way so that there
won't be room under the table for my feet.

Thanks
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:22 AM   #18
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Made this TO-DO list this morning...auuurgh !

Mechanics / engine:
Install headers
Install thermo-controlled electric cooling fan(s)


Complete service/tune-up of engine including
..engine oil
..transmission oil
..power steering system;
oil and Power Booster reservoir / lines
..coolant
..oil-filter
..fuel filter(s)
( plus probably a lot more, that I'll know about when I
get the engine manual )


check all hoses
check all belts


Check carb and fuel-pump including
..throttle linkage and throttle return control system
..choke
..idle-stop solenoid
..air-cleaner
( build big-hose system to front of engine
for cool-air supply to carb )
..vacuum lines (?)
..idle and other adjustments
..check fuel-lines
( Rebuild carb (?) depending on the state it's in
and if worst comes to worst: replace it with a Holly (?)
and electric fuel-pump(?))


Check:
PCV Positive Crankcase Ventilation system / valve
ECS Evaporation Control System (?)




Check ignition system including
..spark plugs
..distributor ( replace for electronic High performance distributor ?)
..HT leads ( spark plug wires )
Check ignition timing


Other mechanics / brakes / drive-train:
check brakes including parking brake
check/replace brake fluid
check master cylinder etc.


check diff. oil
check wheel bearings/lubrication
check all chassis/suspension/steering lubrication points
check/lubricate UJ's


Check (replace (?)) suspension air-bags


If I win the lottery:
Install Gear Vendor overdrive




Miss. Mechanics:
Check/repair dash air-con system
Check/repair Onan 110 volt generator


Install cruise control








Electrics:


Check functionality of all electric equipment including
..12 and 120 volt distributor panels
..solid state control panel
..Univolt system
..junction box


Install new fuse-boxes in engine compartment
Install interior LED lights
Install new courtesy interior lights
Install 2 new batteries. Two different types for
engine battery and auxiliary battery
(+ reserve (?)). ”Modern” type like Odyssey


Upgrade stereo / loudspeakers (?)
Install wireless rear-view video system


Install ext. antenna for cell-phone signal


Exterior:
buff / polish / wax
rust-proof undercarriage
check for leaks
check window/door/storage compartment gaskets/sealings
Fix/clean/lubricate storage compartments/doors and locks
( and paint inside with POR-15(?))


make x 2 , BIG 'decal' to cover air-brush ”art”


Install ZipDee awning
Spray-paint metallic-brown mid-stripe/lower areas




Install rear-platform for two small motorcycles




Interior:


Fix dash-board
New/better/improved sound/heat insulation
inside ”dog-house”/engine cover


Check (/repair (?)) complete water system/tanks/taps
Check LPG-system/water heater/furnace/range and oven, etc.


Replace ugly chair and make new fold-out table
with non-slip surface


Remove bed on left side and build table and shelves


Make new curtains and
new covers for sofa/lounge and front-seats






Upon completion of all of the above:
fill tank, fill fridge with plenty of food and good wine,
put Neil Young's "Harvest" in CD-player, turn UP volume.

Start engine....GO.....have a good time !!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:54 AM   #19
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One item mentioned above is the engine oil which is now sold here in the States is now lead free. Older engines were designed to use the lead added to oil as part of the lubricant, and without it wear dramatically increases especially on cam lobes. There are additives readily available to compensate for this. I use a product called Zddplus which is readily available to auto parts stores and speed shops. It comes in a small bottle with one bottle per oil change usage. I don't know the size of the oil pan on a 454, but the one bottle per change rule works well for my 351W in my '68 Mustang. (For any purists on the forum it is a '69 engine which was a new engine for '69, the car originally had the new for '68 302. However, the 351W was in it when I bought it and it is hard to beat more cubes )
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Well Octane your list is pretty scary, I'm not sure I would live long enough to get all of that work done.

About removing the bed, on my coach the water pump, heater and filter is under the galley sink. The only water under the bed is a couple of plastic lines running to the bath and the park water supply fitting. There are 2 plastic storage bins under the bed also.

Speaking of the water lines they are old and plastic, if original, and ready to fail. They used non reuse-able crimped fittings so plan on ripping the whole system out and installing new.

Again my coach is an AS but the layout is the same as yours.

Good luck, Dan
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:56 PM   #21
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I also have a 77 Argosy 28' MH On mine I have a bed on the drivers side and the other side is 2 closets and drawers. Under my bed the hot water heater and water pump also part of the water tank also the wheel well extends to about mid window. and on the the other side the generator box is within about 9" of the wheel well.if your set up is like mine They look very similar except for the bunk beds .
Lots of luck.
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I also have a 77 Argosy 28' MH On mine I have a bed on the drivers side and the other side is 2 closets and drawers. Under my bed the hot water heater and water pump also part of the water tank also the wheel well extends to about mid window. and on the the other side the generator box is within about 9" of the wheel well.if your set up is like mine They look very similar except for the bunk beds .
Lots of luck.
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I went back and looked at your pictures and Gypsy Jo is correct, you can see the water heater door aft of the rear tires. Apparently the interior layouts stayed the same over the years while the out of sight utilities got moved around.

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Thank you Aviator, Dan and Jo
for your information !
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Was searching the net for some Argosy related information
and happened to bump into this movie



featuring a rather weird
looking Argosy:





Apparently it's one of the worst movies ever made: Reviews



But HEEY: it's your chance to get an ARGOSY TeeShirt

Ha ha
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I have seen that mh for sale.An ad somewhere It's been quite a while ago.
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Thing I'm planning to do when I get over there early summer:
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..LED lights inside and outside
Check this out:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...urn-73602.html
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #27
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Thanks Audiv

....og tak for dine sjove historie om Himmelbjerget i min into-tråd.
( Secret language )

I see you're up in washington.
Maybe I'll bump into you if my planned trip up to Sequim Washington,
to see a friend up there, materializes....dunno yet.

Got this in the mail the other day, so now I can do my homework:








I just luuuuuuuve these old-style manuals.
So well set up, full of useful information
both specific and general.
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Well Octane your list is pretty scary..

Naaaa, it's not too bad.
You wanna' see 'scary amount of work on an Argosy MH' ?
Look no further:

CLICK


Goodness !
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