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Old 06-29-2015, 11:30 AM   #211
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Gas filling issue.

Having just purchased my second 1974 20' Argosy I drove it straight from Missouri to San Diego. Roughly 1800 miles in two days. At 10 miles per gallon we stopped every 200 miles for a fill up. ALWAYS a slow painful fill up with an early overflow issue if it was filled to full. Upon getting it home and having work done to it I discovered that the hose connecting from the filler to the tank was old cracked and it had shrunk. Though my sending unit had worked it failed while R/R the tank. Had to fabricate a new one to work properly. They were able to double vent the unit and put a proper flexible hose from connector to tank and all is fine. My first 20'er was gutted and I had the exact same issue filling it as you are having. The hose between filler and tank was bent exactly like yours looks in the picture. A little fabrication of a slight bend in a thin and short metal pipe allowed a radius enabling two pieces of hose to be connected to the filler pipe and tank allowing un obstructed flow. All went well. Irritating but minor set backs in the scheme of things.
Now if I could just find a Passenger side windshield to replace my cracked one!
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:59 PM   #212
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Now if I could just find a Passenger side windshield to replace my cracked one!
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The screens are available from Airstream (via any Airstream shop)....I just had two new ones installed. Although they order from Coach Glass

I am getting a small collection of them though as the pair installed when I bought it were good but the driver side cracked during delivery, the pair in the donor are good but starting to cloud along the lower edge, and I couldn't buy just the drivers side with the same color tint along the top so ended up biting the bullet and getting two new ones.
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:40 PM   #213
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As we are still waiting on news of the carb from Dick Paterson, my focus has moved to getting ready for 'body and paint'. New front curb side and road side banana wraps on order from Airstream Supply but also I have struck lucky on another of my failed ideas. Those following along may remember mention of installation of a porthole in the main door. The first attempt to bend a curve into the cast aluminum resulted in it snapping. The second attempt involved placing the window lower on a flatter section but when we measured up it would mean the porthole would be at chest height from inside. Means I have been watching out for a door window to be available, or a replacement door. Well a couple of doors have come and because of crazy pricing been allowed to go. Late last week a new eBay seller popped up called chrometwinkieparts. The seller (named Chris) is in the process of setting up a company (called Vintage Trailer Parts) selling.....well vintage trailer parts. The shop isn't up and running yet but the one item he has for sale (a window), included the usual "have lots of other parts - just ask" statement, so I did. He has a whole bunch of doors, one of which is very 'crunched' (far left in the image).



A very reasonable price has been agreed for just the top part of the door, including the blind and trim etc (bottom half being cut off to save shipping)

Certainly worth following the seller has the photos he sent me showing other motorhome and trailer parts is significant.
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:51 AM   #214
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Wonder if hes got any Keeler lock sets?
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:32 PM   #215
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Wonder if hes got any Keeler lock sets?
From the looks of the doors he's either sold them all or removed them because they are worth almost as much as the door itself. If not more.
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The top of the door including the window, trim and blind (although that needs work!) arrived from Vintage Trailer Parts - I'm very happy. I sent Chris an email asking about the availability of locks and will sure what he says.

In other updates, the carb is on its way back from Dick Paterson (well recommend, very fast turn around), there is even a slim chance of being back on the road for this weekend.
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Still waiting for the carb to arrive back from Dick Patterson (was posted Wednesday so en route), however, went over to the shop to install the new black out curtains.





The photos were taken at around 2pm, in direct sunlight so they work pretty well.
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Aggghhhhh! How difficult can it be get a carb returned without incident after a rebuild? Somehow the carb itself has made it but the refurbished throttle cable clip and linkage hasn't. Dick Paterson says he put it in the box, the techs at Airstream are saying it had vanished, either way I now have a nice shiny carb and no way to connect the throttle cable. Apparently the one on the Quadrajet in the donor is a different shape, so I now have to call around local salvage yards trying to find a used Quadrajet just to steal the linkage off of it!!!!!
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Martin,

I have one or two quadrajets sitting on the shelf (I think). Can you point me to some document or website that would show how to identify the missing parts so I can see if I have them?

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I'm searching for the same Brad. Apparently the throttle linkage is different for carb model to carb model, and although they have it running by taking the linkage off the donor, it was a different 'shape' (by which I think they mean different bend in the rod), and wasn't letting the accelerator shut. They have bent the donor part to fit and although the techs report it is running great, they are worried it isn't correct and should only be used for 'testing' (whatever that means).
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Seems I need the same type as used in a 75-78 L82 (350) Chevy and of course none of the supply houses have one.


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I don't want to get your hopes up but I know I've seen one of those or one similar to it in my parts boxes. The real test will be trying to find it

Stay tuned.....
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I'll take anything you have (even similar), Brad.

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I'll take anything you have (even similar), Brad.

Thanks!
Well one way or another I think we got you covered

The following four pictures show what I have available. It came from an 86 345 with a 454 engine. The fourth picture shows an adapter plate that is bolted to the main bracket. It was probably for the cruise control cable.
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Here's the one that is hanging from my Argosy throttle cable. If push came to shove and nothing else would work I would probably let this one go.
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Here is the one I installed on the Edelbrock 1406 carburetor on my 454. The motor is currently sitting on the test stand that I built.
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And last but not least here are a few that I found on ebay that would likely work as well.

73-86 chevy big block throttle cable bracket

73-86 chevy small block throttle cable bracket

73-86 chevy small block throttle cable bracket

If you want the one from the 345 I could probably get it in the mail tomorrow.

Let me know if I can help out.

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