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Old 03-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #15
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I had a 1973 24ft Argosy also. My wife did not like 2 campers in the driveway. So I recycled it and got all the useable parts I needed. Hard to do it, but promises had to kept. Thanks for the info on pics. I may need to look at them to get everything back together.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:35 PM   #16
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progress again

Frame is coming home soon. I tried bending metal with a brake- no so easy!
So I scraped the idea of making my own outriggers but I did make 2. Instead, I bought 2x5 tubing and had it cut to length for new outriggers. This was faster and cheaper- $40 bucks. A friend of mine welded them to the frame. He replaced all but 2 of the outriggers.

Frame blasted and ready for paint.

Also purchased more Por-15, my other 2 pints are missing. No big deal, a local paint supply company had what I needed and it was cheaper than online-$26 a pint.

I will post pics soon.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:50 PM   #17
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Thumbs up Now I'm a welder

Got the frame back. It was not done. So I started welding it myself. I don't know why I was so stumped about welding. I love it.
This is what I've learned.

1. University of Youtube- awesome
2. I can't stick weld
3. Flux core welding is great- I bought the cheap Harbor Freight welder (if it didn't work out I figured I could take it back).
4. New found hobby- Anyone can weld with a flux core welder.

I'm placing new metal mostly on the bottom. Also a few of the cross members are rusted out. I'm using 1/8 x 2 x 2 angle iron for repairs. I will also box in the frame at the fulcrum points. Ready to order new tanks also. I don't like them (black and grey) in the very back. Plus they are too small. I will put the black tank under the flooring. It will give it a clean look. Planning on putting bigger grey tank or tanks close to axles. I'll post pics soon.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:15 AM   #18
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You get better welds with a MIG and gas purge. It is still easy. Stick welding it hard to do on thin metal.

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Old 10-01-2013, 10:39 PM   #19
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welding

Good advice. My plan is to sell my stick welder and bring back the cheapo harbor freight welder then by a good mig welder. 3 month warranty on HF welder, not sure its gonna last. My son is picking it up pretty quick, he's 10. I believe he will be better at it than me. It's never to early to teach your kids good skills.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #20
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Thumbs up Made New Stair Outrigger

Tonight was very productive. My son and I made a new stair outrigger. The old one was rusted out. It came out pretty good.

Here are the pics.

I bent the metal first. Then used the old outrigger as a template. Next I drilled some holes. Then jigsawed the rest out. And finally welded it in place on the trailer.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:28 PM   #21
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my new floor plan

Welding is coming along great. I'm almost done in the frame fab department.My wife and I didn't like the old floor plan (who likes to keep things simple, right I am at a critical point in the project- deciding what goes where. So after a week of drawing a dozen layouts, this is what we had decided on. Now I can order tanks, finish welding and por-15 before it gets to cold. My goal is an aluminum
tent by spring.

I'm putting in bigger tanks. Valterra 8x16x54. Relocating them closer to the axles.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:14 PM   #22
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Spent two days pouring over darkspeed's tread, a must read for all.

So here is what I have come up with the eliminate airstream design flaws.

1.5 tubing band welded to outside of outriggers. Then stubs welded to band then bolted to ribs, just like darkspeed's. It takes care of the belly pan overlapping the shell. That way everything sheds water the proper way. Plus subfloor can be installed when ever and in the future replacing bad spots (if any) won"t be an issue. No taking shell off or removal of belly pan.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:18 AM   #23
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I am glad that you are saving her, big thumbs up!!!!!!

Where are you putting the furnace and duct work?

I am looking to relocate a heating duct, because it is aimed at the dinette side, that is about 5 inches away. The heat damaged the covering.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:05 PM   #24
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The camper was gutted when I got, so I'm not real sure where it was located. I may not put one back in. I'm thinking of a dual unit on the a/c.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:50 PM   #25
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Making curves and banding the outer edge.
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Great news, my other 2 quarts of por-15 are no longer lost. With the extra metal it will come in handy.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:19 PM   #27
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Outside 1.5 steel tubing band and curves ...done.

Now I have to come up with a solution to the dreaded rear storage compartment. Suggestions anyone?
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #28
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Made new steel hold down plate for the rear. Made the same size as the front.
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