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Old 01-11-2010, 11:37 PM   #43
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Glad she made it to you.Now the fun begins!!
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:39 PM   #44
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We picked-up a new battery for the Argosy today, plugged-in, added 10 gallons of fresh fuel. With a little coaxing, the 454 fired right up! The other nice thing is that most everything else seemed to work, once fired-up: generator, lights, command center guages, and basically all electrical. Stay tuned for updates!
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:53 PM   #45
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Wow - that's great to hear! Can't wait for the next update. Good luck!

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:10 AM   #46
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You are so lucky and I am soo jealous.
Congrats on the running.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:50 PM   #47
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Ok heres the latest.

Got a locksmith to come out and now all doors etc open with the exception of the refrig door. For some reason that one just wont budge.

Upon opening all those lower compartments most of them had lots of road junk in them like jacks, wood blocks, chain etc. All of it has clearly been there a while so when it gets dry into the trash it goes! Nice thing is that all the locks work.

The generac generator was interesting when that door opened. Very little oil in generator so I filled it up and amazingly it turned right over. Unfortunatly it wont start. The small hours gauge next to it has all zeros indicating that it has NEVER been used or the gauge isnt working. I will check the spark plug next, any other thoughts on would be much appreciated.

Next was stopping a few nasty leaks up on the dash board. Determined that most of them were coming from the upper running lights which have no gaskets. Quick fix was some foil tape. this worked great and stopped 95% of the leaks. Still a small one there but I think thats from the window gasket, time will tell. Anyone know if inland rv carries the running light gaskets?

Next I looked at the main and Aux holding tanks. Main was empty but the aux was 1/4 full. Went out and easily opened the Aux tank and water came spilling out, nothing nasty. Then I tried the Main valve and its stuck shut. Any thoughts on how to free it up or gain access to it?

Next was the water pump. Tank had a bit of water in it. Activated pump and heard the sink gurgle for a while. then like magic the water came out of the faucet at every location except toilet. The flow was slow but steady. I noticed that after doing this test there was alot of water on the ground in the rear. The city water connection gasket was disintegrated clearly creating a big pressure loss. Hopefully thats why the flow wasn't stellar. The toilet has 2 foot pedals, large and small. I know the large is the dump and I assume the small is the flush. The small one is extremely stiff and no matter how many times I forced it down and up no water. I also made sure the valve was open under sink but still no luck. Any thoughts?

Lastly today I noticed that near the gas pedal there was an Edelbrock Vari-jection box hooked up. Thi sis an old school water injection system. Funky, wonder if it works.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:41 PM   #48
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WOW ! what a find, looks great.

Good luck on the drive train you could have the buy of the year.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:56 PM   #49
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The main tank valve is jammed? If it's the black tank, it's probably glued shut with some nasty crusty stuff around the blade and the rubber lined slot it fits into. About 5 gallons of really hot water will help loosen it up if the tank is dry. If it's still partially full though, it could be ugly. Somebody on the forum may have posted a magic mixture for dissolving the stuff glued to the blade, but I don't know of any personally. Maybe a gallon of hot Wesson Oil or similar?

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Old 01-20-2010, 09:06 PM   #50
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The main tank valve is jammed? If it's the black tank, it's probably glued shut with some nasty crusty stuff around the blade and the rubber lined slot it fits into. About 5 gallons of really hot water will help loosen it up if the tank is dry. If it's still partially full though, it could be ugly. Somebody on the forum may have posted a magic mixture for dissolving the stuff glued to the blade, but I don't know of any personally. Maybe a gallon of hot Wesson Oil or similar?

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Good idea! now that I know the propane works, forgot to mention that, I will boil some water and dump it in there. Luckily the tank gauge says is empty but who knows. Hey do you 2 have any pictures of your Argosy?
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:13 AM   #51
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Glad the propane works! One more system you can cross off the list. Let us know if the hot water takes care of the stuck valve. Hopefully that will be all it needs.

We do have some pictures posted here - underneath our profile info on the left hand side of the post you'll see "Images: 11" and beneath that "Blog entries: 1", with the numbers in blue. Click on those blue numbers and it will take you to our pictures. We also have some in the "Airstream Registry" section.

Can't wait to see your new toy!
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:24 AM   #52
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Update!! Started to tear into the Argosy. Carpet is out! What nasty dank stuff that was. My wife worked on that while my friend and I removed the radiator. Now that was a chore! Had to take it out through the bottom which meant we had to jack up the front of the trailer super high. Now its off to the radiator shop for a recore. Next I will be testing the engine compression before I start replacing things like the PS pump and water pump, etc. Also water heater works! and so does the gas for the fridge. The suburban furnace fan spins right up but wont light. Will be checking to see if there is a gas valve behind it somewhere that is not turned on.
Will post pictures later today
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Heres the latest photos. Carpet is out and so are the cushions... New foam will be ready next week.
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Electrical problem solved!

Solved my shore power electrical problem! It was a faulty plug on the shore power end. Simply replaced and now shore power works for everything!!

Hooray!!
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:41 PM   #55
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Orange Plaid

So are you taking out that orange formica? Guess there's not much you can do about the plaid fabric on the Captain's chairs?
Also would love to hear the story on how you settled on $120 as a purchase price? M]We ALL want to acquire those negotiiating skills!
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:29 PM   #56
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Why the heck would he take out the orange Formica? It looks beee-yooo-tee-ful! (really!) And they do not make it that strudy anymore, either...

And if you do, gmehal, there's an airforum user that is dying for a piece of it to compete her kitchen...
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