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Old 11-30-2002, 02:47 AM   #1
 
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Thumbs up unusual AS pics "jrnymnJay"

Don't miss them in the owners photo section

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Old 11-30-2002, 07:24 AM   #2
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Never a dull moment. As if there is not enough things to do an Airstream Restoration.


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Old 11-30-2002, 08:07 AM   #3
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Does that look familiar. I used a back hoe to lift the body off my motorhome. The motorhome floors are attached to the body, I built a stand and had a channel to screw the body down while I rebuilt the motor, sandblasted the chassis, etc. I hope the damage wasn't bad.

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Old 11-30-2002, 01:20 PM   #4
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The engine in any Argosy or classic Airstream motorhome, can be removed through the grill area. Much easier than removing the shell.

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Old 11-30-2002, 01:42 PM   #5
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Agreed, but my floor was gone in a 4 places, I also sand blasted the chassis and cowl, cleaned up the fuel tank, holding tank compartment, etc. Some of the floor and body supports had rusted and I replaced them, a frame off restoration. This had spent it's whole life in Michigan and winter had taken a toll. The motor was a breeze to pull and set without the body though.

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Old 11-30-2002, 01:50 PM   #6
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John.
You took on a major project. Not many owners would dare go that far. Glad you made your Argosy "happy" again.
I often wondered why motorhome chassis were not "undercoated" like we once did for cars. Seems to me that would almost be a "got to" in Michigan.


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Old 11-30-2002, 06:22 PM   #7
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John- I put together a book of favorite Airstream Motorhome photos, and ads. with pricing, etc.
When freinds ask me about "all the work" I have done to mine, I show them photos of yours, and Peter's.
It sure makes my many little projects look even smaller. Luckily I bought one in generally good shape so it only needed the things that I wanted to redo, plus the ongoing maintenance and of course, occasional repair.
I have had it one year today, and enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.
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The chassis is undercoated now, the bottom of the skin is white, reflects light and makes it easier to work down there. I imagine they weren't undercoated from GM or Ford because of the work that had to be done on the chassis by upfitters. You really shouldn't, but you can weld through chassis paint. Airstream probably didn't do it because it was assumed it was a warm weather vehicle, it would cover wiring, brake lines and cables, etc. that were warranty items for the manufacturer. They would need a pit or lift and have to deal with overspray and fumes, a lot for a relatively small manufacturer.

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