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Old 12-04-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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My 10,000lb. Airstream Project

The MH as it rolled in.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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And the fun begins!!!! Excessive corrosion on the untreated steel on the underside and pockets everywhere to collect debris (mud and water) to start corrosion. May have to do some re-engineering..... Hummmmm!
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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Gee...You don't believe in starting small do you? Love the 70's fabric print on the gaucho and chair. Let us know what your plans are.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:54 PM   #4
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And the teardown continues. Here's the grease I found on the inside of the outer skin under the insulation presumably to stop leaks during the infamous "water test"! Grease is everywhere!!!
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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And the donor chassis has arrived. A 1992 Oshkosh forward control chassis with an intercooled 5.9 Cummins 12V 190hp. and a non-lockup 4 speed Allison. Already bought a MD3060 six speed for it and will yield 80MPH @ 2000RPM in 6th. Just about right...

I hate to junk the 32 passenger bus that's on the chassis but oh well. Anyone need seats or windows? All in excellent shape and free.
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:35 PM   #6
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And the teardown continues noting structural integrity issues and more corrosion. I'm going to have to make some structural repairs on the shell before I lift it and I'm kind of debating wheather or not to leave the windshields in. Anyone have any input? The weather is getting cold outside and I probably won't do much to it until spring anyway so I'll have some time to prepare.

Note real estate signs and muffler tubing on driver seat post. It was just jammed on there and probably would have split on a collision and dumped the driver on the gaucho or through the windshield if he didn't have his belt on! Glad I'm looking at it.
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All I can say is wow.....
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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Outstanding!!!!

Can't wait to see more pics as your project progresses.
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I'm planning to re-design the very poorly designed and constructed floor structure that supports the whole shell. It is topped with 1/2" plywood and I'm going to look at putting 3/4" marine grade.

I'm also going to eliminate the louver on the fridge access panel and install one in the floor like my Overlander had. This is a source for major water collection driving in the rain. My fridge compartment had some drain holes drilled in the floor to correct the problem..... Note the road grime.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:32 PM   #10
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After seeing the pictures of the corrosion I'm beginning to wonder what our 1974 20' Argosy motorhome is like. It spent most of its life in Maine and I can't imagine that was overly healthy for any exposed steel.

Good luck on your project and keep the pictures coming.

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seems like a great project.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:02 PM   #12
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After seeing the pictures of the corrosion I'm beginning to wonder what our 1974 20' Argosy motorhome is like. It spent most of its life in Maine and I can't imagine that was overly healthy for any exposed steel.

I'd at least look at the roadside rear frame if you are planning to do any towing if yours is a rear bath like mine. There was very little left holding that side of the bumper after all of the holes cut in the frame for drain lines to the grey tank. Here's a pic from that area.
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:25 AM   #13
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I'd at least look at the roadside rear frame if you are planning to do any towing if yours is a rear bath like mine. There was very little left holding that side of the bumper after all of the holes cut in the frame for drain lines to the grey tank. Here's a pic from that area.
Ours is a center (right behind the drivers seat) bath and 8' shorter than yours. I'm 1,700 miles from the motorhome right now but I have a bunch of pictures of the underside. I'll have to dig them out and see if anything is evident.

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Old 12-05-2008, 05:30 PM   #14
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I looked at some of your pictures. The ones with the grill missing and your frame isn't nearly as rusty as mine is. My worst spots were around the rear wheelwells and under the plywood cover on the aft edge of the upper floor. If you have some time, that area is worth looking at. Anyway good luck, hope yours is better than mine.
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