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Old 06-01-2018, 10:01 AM   #57
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Man, this is a tough crowd

If a deal for this Argosy ever goes through I'll save the guzzling honors for Tony
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:03 AM   #58
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Man, this is a tough crowd

If a deal for this Argosy ever goes through I'll save the guzzling honors for Tony
Pretty sure whatever is left, is solid or dust by now. I'll pass though.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:03 AM   #59
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I had an online chat with the conversion fella; yes, he has a forklift and has never had an occasion to need a foam mock up, BUT, in my case does think it could be of value, especially since the real engine could only be installed without the head being on. The foam core would allow us to mount the exhaust, inlet manifolds, and accessories with turbo attached to check for clearances.

Pricey, but fixing something later on because we guessed wrong would be pricey too. Plus working underneath a 1100 pound engine suspended over your head would have a pucker factor involved.

https://www.redlinestands.com/catalo...2-valve-p-1230

He stated I could always sell it afterwards. I may keep it for the Cummins install into the 310.

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There's no doubt it would save time and easily allow for multiple insert and remove sessions to ensure everything is going to fit the way you want.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the swap process.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:56 PM   #60
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Made a little headway today in tracking down the owner. Turns out one side of the road is in Estill county and the other side is in Powell county. Unfortunately neither county seems to think it's in their jurisdiction! I started in Estill county, went to Powell county and ended up back in Estill county. However I think in the end I'll be back in Powell county. I did get to see a lot of the back roads around here

I did manage to get the name of the last registered owner of the Argosy and a 26 year old address. If what I've been able to find on Google is accurate she's about 81 years old now.

I have a couple of old addresses and a couple of phone numbers. This weekend I'll see if the numbers are any good.

It appears I might also have transport arranged, 24' gooseneck with a winch.

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Old 01-13-2019, 05:53 AM   #61
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Well....after 7+ months the mountain Argosy has a new owner.....

More info to follow possibly as early as next weekend.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:32 AM   #62
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Hokey smokes Bullwinkle! Iíve been a lurker in this thread - you are one tenacious human being!!! Canít wait to learn more about the history (did you ever talk to the lady you thought would be about 81 by now)? Did you learn how it came to be abandoned there? Did you drink the milk/cheese???

Congrats. Man you have way more sticktuitiveness than I do! Enjoy!!
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His name is Ernie, he's looking for a 12 valve Cummins/Allison, and he's not going to polish it, but paint it a nice Seafoam Blue, with a white roof and white middle strip; then flip it for big bucks, give Brad the one finger salute and retire in the Turks and Caicos.

I was close?

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Old 01-13-2019, 07:27 AM   #64
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His name is Ernie, he's looking for a 12 valve Cummins/Allison, and he's not going to polish it, but paint it a nice Seafoam Blue, with a white roof and white middle strip; then flip it for big bucks, give Brad the one finger salute and retire in the Turks and Caicos.

I was close?
Nope, not even

You might be right about Ernie liking Cummins engines but that's about it. He's smart, unlike the rest of us and has no interest in owning an Argosy or Airstream.

There is still one very large fly in the ointment....getting it down off the mountain. The person I had lined up is now indisposed for the next two or three months due to his daughter having a brain tumor

So at the moment I'm looking at other options. I've got a nice shiny new (to me!) 2001 F250 Super Duty diesel crew cab pickup that's just itching to give it a try. The problem is trying to find the right trailer. I've located one that might work but I'm not sure if it has trailer brakes. Brakes are kinda important in this endeavor because no matter which direction I go to get it out of mountains the first 3 miles are pretty much straight down hill

I'm not thrilled about the idea of having 10,000+ lbs of weight trying to push me down hill with just truck brakes and engine compression to slow me down. I'm not like you Tony with nerves of steel......

Needless to say the search is on to find a workable solution.

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Hokey smokes Bullwinkle! Iíve been a lurker in this thread - you are one tenacious human being!!! Canít wait to learn more about the history (did you ever talk to the lady you thought would be about 81 by now)? Did you learn how it came to be abandoned there? Did you drink the milk/cheese???

Congrats. Man you have way more sticktuitiveness than I do! Enjoy!!
Nope, didn't partake of the milk, or whatever it might have evolved into by now! I figured it might give me gas.....

Actually I ran out of steam back in late August. I ended up having heart surgery and that kinda slowed me down for a while. Now that things are looking up I seem to have more energy than I know what to do with, so......

As I mentioned to Tony I actually turned the information over to Ernie to see if he could track down the owner. He's more tenacious, or as I prefer to call it, bullheaded than me

The back story is the current owner purchased the Argosy 10 or 15 years ago to park on his mountain property for use as a guest house. He never put it in his name and doesn't know how to contact the original owners. My guess is he answered an ad in the newspaper, bought it and drove it up the mountain and parked it. About four years ago for some unknown reason he pulled it back out of the woods and parked it on the side of the road which is where I found it.

The rest is history.....

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His name is Ernie, he's looking for a 12 valve Cummins/Allison, and he's not going to polish it, but paint it a nice Seafoam Blue, with a white roof and white middle strip; then flip it for big bucks, give Brad the one finger salute and retire in the Turks and Caicos.

I was close?

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His name could possibly be Ernie....and we maybe finding out if this much talked about body swap is possible.
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The back story is the current owner purchased the Argosy 10 or 15 years ago to park on his mountain property for use as a guest house. He never put it in his name and doesn't know how to contact the original owners.

The rest is history.....

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Martin; back away from the Argosy slowly.

He never put it into his name, could be a problem for anyone trying to put it into their's; especially if trying to export the beast to a foriegn country.
Could be some big hoops to jump through.

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Martin; back away from the Argosy slowly.

He never put it into his name, could be a problem for anyone trying to put it into their's; especially if trying to export the beast to a foriegn country.
Could be some big hoops to jump through.

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There is a (possible) plan Tony!
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Nope, not even

There is still one very large fly in the ointment....getting it down off the mountain. The person I had lined up is now indisposed for the next two or three months due to his daughter having a brain tumor

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All the best prayers from me are directed at her and hopefully her best possible speedy recovery. Hopefully her family has good medical coverage. I'd hate for her family to have to make any sort of tough decision due to finances.

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Old 01-14-2019, 06:31 AM   #70
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All the best prayers from me are directed at her and hopefully her best possible speedy recovery. Hopefully her family has good medical coverage. I'd hate for her family to have to make any sort of tough decision due to finances.

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What I do know of the situation is he's self employed and operates a small one man trash service that collects trash in the neighborhood. It's possible his wife works and has health insurance but if she doesn't then they would likely be on whatever passes for ACA/Obamacare here in Kentucky. That is if he signed up for it.

He did mention something about having to travel to Washington for weeks at a time. I'm assuming he meant Washington DC and the Bethesda Cancer Clinic. Needless to say it's a sad situation. I plan on making a small donation, I'm just not sure yet how best to approach that subject with him. As you can imagine it's rather difficult to even contact him right now.

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