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Old 02-11-2010, 12:09 AM   #1
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1984 310 Refurbish to former Glory

I just drove my 1984 AS 310 from Amarillo to Lubbock to start the refurbish on this unit. I'll need some advice from some of you guys that have been around the block doing refurbs. In 1981 I updated a 1963 International 26 footer and learned a lot, but a trailer is simple compared to a motorhome. Since 1969, this is # 13 in my escuderia of RV's and may be my last. I have already pulled the furnace and the refrigerator out. Many rusty compartments, much neglect on my 310 will no doubt keep me busy for a while. I will post pics and updates on the project as we go.
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I just drove my 1984 AS 310 from Amarillo to Lubbock to start the refurbish on this unit. I'll need some advice from some of you guys that have been around the block doing refurbs. In 1981 I updated a 1963 International 26 footer and learned a lot, but a trailer is simple compared to a motorhome. Since 1969, this is # 13 in my escuderia of RV's and may be my last. I have already pulled the furnace and the refrigerator out. Many rusty compartments, much neglect on my 310 will no doubt keep me busy for a while. I will post pics and updates on the project as we go.
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Mike.

The first order of business when starting a dedicated rehab, is to make sure the coach is water tight.

Unless all the exterior gaskets have been replaced, they ar all past due, especially the sewer vent pipe covers, which only last 2 to 3 years.

Then you can continue with the rehab, as your time and budget permit.

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Mike, I will be in Lubbock in about 3 weeks with my "ongoing" refurbished 84 310 and will come see you if you like.

The key to a good refurbish is simply to have plenty of money!

What is your plan with the furnace?

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Old 02-11-2010, 09:47 PM   #4
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PD I hear you on the plenty of money. I have already pulled the furnace and the refrigerator for replacement. I don't want to take a chance on carbon monoxide from a 25 yr old furnace that the board is up in smoke anyway. The refer was inop on gas or electricity and looked like crap inside, so it went to be a large paperweight. Ordered these from Palomino and should have them in next week. Be sure and come by when you are in Lubbock, as my wife and I would like to see your coach. We have decided to bring our 310 up to a level of usability first and forget the restoration to original for a while. We had the top of the line in our 40' diesel Pusher we just sold.
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We have decided to bring our 310 up to a level of usability first and forget the restoration to original for a while.
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This is the same approach we've been taking on our 310. We've been doing the safety things first like steering, suspension, brakes and now its the battery box. After that we'll move to the interior for a freshening.

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Does anyone know whether the front privacy curtain on the windsheild is available from AS only or is it available from aftermarket?
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Andy I appreciate your advice on the D&P front windows and W/Ss. I will order those from Inland Monday.
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Does anyone know whether the front privacy curtain on the windsheild is available from AS only or is it available from aftermarket?
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Last I knew, Airstream still had that drape available.

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Does anyone know whether the front privacy curtain on the windsheild is available from AS only or is it available from aftermarket?
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There are various places to buy the little plastic slides. We had our curtains made by a forum member. If you're interested in going that route I can ask my wife who made ours. We're quite pleased with the quality of the curtains and we were able to design them to our needs.

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It would be nice to see photos of where you started..... just for the record.

I think I purchased the T track from Andy for the front drape. I purchased the actual curtain from Camping World and stitched on the sliding tabs. It's been A.O.K. for about 4 years of almost daily / nightly work.
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ohh do take lots of pictures and post them here. I wish i had taken pics of the whole transformation. Do you plan on keeping everything original, or updating the whole interior as i have.
i noticed that the original AS factory white linen-y drapes were not helping to keep the sun out and parked in full sun for just one month i noticed a new crack on the dash plastic
go to a local tailor or anyone handy with a sewing machine and get some heavy lined curtains
i noticed some nicer sewing shops have small metal sew on holders that fit on AS curtian track...much better than those flimsy plastic ones AS uses
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Well, weather was warm enough to get under the Silver Queen today. I wish I had not done that. FO apparently thought tailpipes and mufflers should be suspended by bailing wire rather than rubber insulated hangers. P-trap under shower is history as well. Oil leak on engine, source not yet determined. Leaks in exhaust manifolds and mufflers. The beat goes on. I will probably need a dump truck of money to fix all the woes, but I knew it wasn't perfect when I bought it. I figure a set of headers and pipes leading to a free flowing muffler and a tailpipe with decent hangers would be a good start.
It's going to take some time this time to get the Silver Queen off her knees.
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Mary,
As soon as I can, I will post pics of the Silver Queen. There is so much to do it is hard to know where to start. Our original thought was to restore the old girl completely, but now that's been revised to get her back in shape to be comfortable and start enjoying the use of her ASAP! We have RVd since 1969, so we know that traveling and using a motorhome is more fun than working on it. This coach just needs lots of TLC to be usable. The FO did not repair many things properly, consequently I will have to redo his poor fixes as well as enact solid repairs to problems. I hate "fixit" guys that half do repairs when with little more effort it could be done right.

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Much headway on the Silver Queen today. After a half day chasing parts the Original Thetford Galaxy is back in operation. Replaced the mechanism on it and it works like a champ! Oil leak up front found to be cooler lines from transmission, so the fix there may not be as difficult as I once thought. Ordered D&P window seals and weatherstrips along with vent screens and gaskets from Inland RV. Progress is slow at best it seems.

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