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Old 07-21-2013, 04:44 PM   #29
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Window and door gaskets.

While I was working on the air bags I got my wife started on the window and door seals. We replaced all the seals. I ordered everything from Andy at inland RV. They were able to tell me exactly what I needed and how much. I probably have 3 to 4 feet extra of each of the three seals/gaskets.

The first window took a while, but once we figured it out it went pretty fast. We did all 9 windows and the door in about 10 hours.

My dogs love the orange corduroy.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:47 PM   #30
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I installed a fantastic fan in place of the old cent fan that was not working. Until I get the AC working this will have to do. It moves some serious air. I have not installed the interior trim piece since I had to order the correct airstream specific part and don't have it yet. I didn't take any pictures of the install. It was pretty straight forward, but a huge pain to remove the old fan that had 50 plus rivets and Cullen on the inside ( between the panels) and outside.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:53 PM   #31
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Dash.

I removed the dash because I am going to replace it and I needed to work on some electrical and dash AC. I found some great rust that I posted about in another thread.

I'm pretty sure airstream trained monkeys to wire the argosy dash. There is no rhyme or reason to the wiring. I have been hunting for another fuse panel with no luck. I found it so far under the dash that the only way to get to it was to remove the entire dash.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:03 PM   #32
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Rusty Panel

I managed to remove the rusty panel from below the windshield, but I'm not sure exactly how to go about creating a new one out of aluminum.

The old piece is so rusted that it can't really be used for a template. I can use parts of it, and I can probably figure out the rest with cardboard.

First, I need to remove the remainder of the rusted steel from the gap between the windshield rubber seal and the frame. This is held in place with vulkem and is extremely difficult to remove.

I'll try and get some pictures that show what I am talking about, but I am looking for suggestions to break up the vulkem. Can anyone recommend a solvent? Heat gun? because of the close proximity to the windshield rubber seal I need to be careful here.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #33
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Charlee,

I still have the aluminum dash plate out of my Argosy as I'm not quite ready to re-install. I'm sure I could get a fairly accurate tracing of mine if that would help. I would just need to find a long enough sheet of brown kraft paper to make the tracing with.

As far as removing the vulkem I used this Multi-Tool with a scraper blade on it. It's amazing how well it removes vulkem without really damaging anything else. The one thing you can do to help with the scraping process is to make sure all of the screws and rivets are removed.

There are many other brands out the with Fein probably being the best but I have several Porter Cable tools and since purchasing this one I've used it quite a bit working on my Argosy. It's done everything from scraping vulkem, cutting wood, removing rivet heads and cutting square holes in aluminum skin.

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I'm still here

It has been slow going on the Ronald Lee. It seems like I am moving backwards, but I am getting very close to the point that I can't take anything else out and will have to start putting back in.

Mechanically everything seems great except for a transmission fluid leak coming from under the radiator. I suspect a busted hose or loose connection, but I have been struggling to get the front grill off to locate it.

The interior is moving backwards. I have re-wired almost the entire under-dash electrical, installed a new heater blower motor, replaced the old inverter with a modern one, removed all the old silicone sealant from around the windshield so I can re-seal.

I managed to fabricate a new plate out of aluminum to replace the rusty panel under my dash. I took a picture, but can't find it.

I have pulled out the entire galley, refrigerator, and closet on the driver side. There is one wall remaining that I may or may not remove. I have started rebuilding the walls and shelves to put back in. I have been waiting on finding a replacement refrigerator to go further, and I found a 5 year old Dometic that has been sitting in a storage room and never used. I paid $300 for it. and can move forward.

I had already replaced all the plumbing north of the water pump, but when I got started figuring out how the new fridge would fit I decided to pull the rest of the plumbing out. I pulled out the water tank too. I'm glad I did because in addition to the rat skeletons, rat nests, and snake skeleton I found a section of rotten floor under the tank. The inlet for filling the water tank is cracked and leaks down between tank and floor when filling. The wiring for the tank is also chewed up.

I'm going to post some pics.
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