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Old 06-04-2015, 11:23 AM   #169
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Short update whilst trying to contain my excitement.

Piccolo Bella ('Bella' for short) passed her State inspection yesterday, and is back on the road. The guys at the shop have been road testing and they report everything is working great.

Unfortunately this week is crazy busy at work, so I haven't been able to get to the shop and take her for a test drive yet, but I have managed to get the day off tomorrow and will take her out for the first time.......

Typical; I fly to Puerto Rico for work on Saturday so it will be a couple of weeks before the first proper camping trip.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:32 AM   #170
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Congrats on the milestone!
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:59 AM   #171
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Good on ya Martin...its been a long journey and now the fun journey begins. Congratulations!
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:02 PM   #172
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Typical; I fly to Puerto Rico for work on Saturday so it will be a couple of weeks before the first proper camping trip.
Two weeks where you have to sit and cool your heels...ouch!
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:47 PM   #173
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Well let's start this update with the most important photo....the State Inspection sticker to get Bella back on the road.



But follow that up with the most striking before and after photos



There are still a small snag list (eg tied up under the dash and fit the demister vent trims) and the window trims are still at the fab shop (more on that later), but everything is back together enough for Bella to be back on the round, operational and ready to camp.

We drove her around a little today just to get used to the feel, new things we added to the snag list were; the hydroboost is leaking air so the brakes fade away under pressure, the new petrol tank needs an additional vent as it was nearly impossible to get more than 20 gallons of fuel on-board and the gauges on the instrument cluster went out (despite them being repaired) so need replacing.

So some photos from inside (with the mattresses still to be added).







But also a couple from after the test drive with Bella lined up beside some of her younger cousins.





Hopefully by the time I get back from Puerto Rico these will be installed and the snag list will be cleared.



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Old 06-05-2015, 02:08 PM   #174
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Wow, its sooooooo tiny! Looks like it will be a blast to drive. Have you decided on your exterior color scheme?
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Old 06-05-2015, 04:19 PM   #176
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Its really coming together and looking great!
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you've done a fantastic job, now you need to enjoy it. still so ever change
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..... Have you decided on your exterior color scheme?
Nearly certain it will be Willow Green (Ditzler PPG 43391) as used on the mid to late sixties GM models. However before we jump in, the paint shop is doing some checking (they are a PPG shop) as the same color code seems to result in quite a range of finishes, dependent on how it is applied



Either way we will keep the center-line the original Argosy main body (off white) color.
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Love the finish on the Chevelle, very deep and rich looking.
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Very sage (get it, sage) colour choice Martin. I bought a similar colour on my 07 Altima 3.5 SE 6 sp as it doesn't show dust, scuffs or scratches near to the same extent as darker colours do. It will reflect quite a bit of light and a rain will be enough to wash it.

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Looking good Martin! Can't wait to hear about your first camping trip. Can you let us know how you ended up updating the dash AC?
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Wow. Just.. wow Martin. What an amazing build. Who on earth would want a new AS when you could be driving around in Bella instead. Congratulations for setting the bar so high.
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