Hi there, all you good folks of this friendly forum !
My name is
Lars. I'm from Denmark.
I made my 'formal introduction' here:
I'm setting up this thread, hoping that all you
'been there, done that'-folks will chip in and help me along.
I've searched and read the forum to a point where my eyes
felt like popping out their sockets, so hopefully
I've got the mere basics of Argosy ownership.
I will post all my questions in this thread
as the thought of posting them in 32 different
sub-forums would make my head spin.
Better re-post some pics, so you know what we're talking about here
1977 28 feet Argosy
At some point in the past the MH has been refurbished
and a few interior things was removed and others added
..The former owner toured USA in it last year, going from
Illinois down to Florida and over to New Mexico.
..before and during the trip they replaced the fridge
cooler unit, the starter, the water-pump and brakes were
..as part of my deal with the former owner the MH was taken
to a garage in New Mexico to be thoroughly checked
and fixed on his expenses (!)
The garage has now fixed a few things , and the radiator
has been removed..recored..and put back in.
Part of the deal was that I had to fix myself:
Thing I'm planning to do when I get over there early summer:
..fix the instrument panel
..extra sound insulation inside dog-house
..'exterior' air-intake for carb
..replace carb (maybe)
..'bigger' , better batteries ( maybe Odyssey )
..LED lights inside and outside
..check / replace airbags (?)
Will check/replace all fluids, check wiring system/fuse box,
wheel bearings and u-joints.
Redo the interior in 'New Mexico style' with lots
of warn colors on 'sofa', seats, curtains etc.
Remove bunk-beds and build a "work-shop"/"office" table
so I have a place to fix MH things and work on parts
for my Bonneville Land Speed bike.
If I win the lottery:
How's that for a plan ?
What do I forget here ?
I know it's quite impossible to find
(Hey ; if you don't try, you can be sure nothing happens)
but I'm looking for an original set of chairs/folding table.
Something like this, for instance
Yep: I want to get it back to the seventies style.
One thing I plan on doing is to cover the "walls"
between the 'compartments' with this wonderful
original seventies wall-paper I have.
Did a test on the doors on my mother-of-all-cheapness
I've never worked with wall-paper before, but it went quite well
..glued it on wrapping it around the edges
..and gave it two coats of clear-coat
I love it !
it's not to everybody's taste, but there's an explanation for that:
I don't make this for everybody
...I make it for my self
Oh yeah; and finding an original awning would be great.
There's always hope....or maybe not.
I should mention that I flew over, all the way from Denmark,
just before Christmas to check it out.
Went up to Taos, from Santa Fe where I stayed with a friend,
while they still worked on the radiator at the garage.
Had little time to check it, as we wanted to head back to Santa Fe
early because of the snow.
Then the snow came BIG time and I never got a chance to return to the garage.
Never mind: I had a GOOD time in Santa Fe.
So it's still up there at the garage:
...and will be driven down to Santa Fe to be stored
when the roads clear up ( it's quite horrific right now )
1..read about the dash-board here,
and understand that replacements are out of the question
but never quite got if they were used in other vehicles ?
( hoping to find a second hand one)
2..read about someone here who had installed
an "outside" carb air-intake. ( Can't seam to find it again )
which to me make a lot of sense , understanding that
a lot of heat accumulates up that dog-house.
Anyone else done that ? ...did it make a difference ?
3..need to install a 'double' motorcycle platform at the rear of the MH.
One bike will be my INDIAN weighing less than 300 pounds
and another will be a small, even lighter, bike
I intend to buy, as a round-about bike.
Any recommendations ?
4..need a work-shop manual for the 454 engine.
Being unfamiliar with big V-8's:
What am I looking for exactly
I take it there are several sub-types of 454's ?!
Which 'brand' of manual do you recommend,
Clymer, Haynes, Clinton ...?
Did GM make one ?....any good ?
5..I read about the problems with the original exhaust manifolds.
Where will I find a set of headers?
Around how much are they ?
Do you heat-wrap them as a precaution to transfer
the heat away from the engine compartment/dog-house ?
6..anyone have a simple idea about how to keep
the moisture out while storing the MH ?
Need to keep it simple as I'll have to ask my friend in Santa Fe
to do it for me.
Any, and all, assistance is highly
THANK YOU !
Happy New Year !