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Old 06-20-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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new member, argocy 20 remodel

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Automotive street rodder, After attending a vintage RV gathering in one of my vintage cars I have decided to branch out to a vintage RV. After months of looking I have ended up with an Argocy 20 motor home. It is in terrible condition. It will need a complete overhaul.

Other vehicles and interest: 1956 Chevrolet Nomad, 1956 Pontiac Station Wagon, and a 1969 Honda z50.

I attend car vintage car and tractor events around the southeast.

I am just beginning my research.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Conway.

Please visit the Argosy motorhome specific forum, and start a new thread to share your journey. Several of us have already done/are doing so, and there is lots of information of working on these old motorhome.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f310/
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Old 06-21-2017, 05:00 AM   #3
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Super! Another 74 Argosy 20' owner

Like Martin said, visit the Argosy motorhome section of the forums and start a thread detailing your adventures.

Welcome to Airforums!

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Old 06-21-2017, 05:04 AM   #4
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Just curious, you didn't happen to buy this 74 Argosy 20' Motorhome did you?

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recent purchase.

Yes, this is the one, do you know anything about it ? All I have done is clean it up, Actually the rear cabinets cleaned up fairly well. I have not decided what to do with it yet. I have several options. I am mainly into street rods.(older cars where you maintained the stock appears, and put later model running gear in them).

If this starts to get too expensive. I may just turn it into a travel van and eliminate all the plumbing etc. ,too early to tell.

Part of the creativity with street rods is using what you have. I have several motor/ trans available. 350 carb/ 700r overdrive, 472 Cadillac/ 400 trans., 5.3 lS vortex fuel injected. I could even trade one for a 454. I am doing my research now. I am not getting in any hurry.
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Yes, this is the one, do you know anything about it ? All I have done is clean it up, Actually the rear cabinets cleaned up fairly well.
I know nothing about it personally. Back when it was listed on ebay there were several discussions about it in the Classic MoHos For Sale thread starting at post #1908

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I have not decided what to do with it yet. I have several options. I am mainly into street rods.(older cars where you maintained the stock appears, and put later model running gear in them).
That's similar to the approach I'm taking with my 74 20'.

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If this starts to get too expensive. I may just turn it into a travel van and eliminate all the plumbing etc. ,too early to tell.
Concentrate on getting it running and driving. That will give you plenty of time to evaluate just what condition the rest of the coach is in. Then you'll be able to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

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Part of the creativity with street rods is using what you have. I have several motor/ trans available. 350 carb/ 700r overdrive, 472 Cadillac/ 400 trans., 5.3 lS vortex fuel injected. I could even trade one for a 454. I am doing my research now. I am not getting in any hurry.
Mine originally had a 454 and the PO put a rebuilt 350 in it. I opted to pull the 350 and go back with a 454 with 4L80e transmission and TBI fuel injection. I'm days away from starting the engine up in the coach for the first time.

If you haven't checked out Martin's 75 Argosy rebuild or my 74 Argosy rebuild you might take the time to do so. You might find some ideas that you like.

By the way, your 74 20' is identical in layout to my 74 20'. If you wouldn't mind I'd like to know what the Airstream vin number is, or at least the last 4 digits.


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Conway,

Congratulations on your new 20' Argosy MH!! We just sold our 1975 20' Argosy MH. We installed a Chevrolet 350 high performance engine with 330 horsepower & 380 lb-ft of torque in ours. It had an original 350 Chevy engine in it. We also installed a 400TH transmission, like the original. I wish I gone with an overdrive transmission. Here's the link to our thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...-mh-42788.html


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When I first inspected it I decided it was too far gone for the price. But after doing an inventory of the parts, it was all there down to all the molding etc. Body is in good shape, surface rust only on frame. My wife reviewed photos and said " it was cute", (so what could I do). I slept on it and made the owner and offer. Ended up coming to an agreement. He had the title, and I found where it was sold new etc.
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