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1978 Argosy 30
Kensington , Gauteng
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1976 Ville Tow Car 500c.i.V8/TH400 Trans.

Contact:- This 2nd. Owner, no accident Cadillac, was bought from Sewall Village Cadillac in Dallas on a G.M. lease and has done 119K. Just 4K ago, John Geraghty, former Motor Consultant of Trailer Life magazine from Glendale CA, had primarily fitted Stellite valve seats for alternative fuels. Preparing to ship my rig to my home in Johannesburg, South Africa, I also had his workshop replace and renew with G.M. parts only, those wearing surfaces throughout that would bring the motor up to 'like new' standard. No reboring was necessary. Cost was $5,529 (SEE P.of A photo.) The only non-standard feature was his recommendation to fit a new 3" Catalytic convertor with same size single exhaust and free-flow muffler. Not long before this I had, had the Transmission rebuilt in like manner because of signs of slipping in reverse under heavy load with TT. The Starter and power steering pump were replaced with G.M. rebuilt units and a higher output alternator fitted. Since purchase in TX at 63K from original owner's estate in '88, have had one HEI module and trans. mount failure only. Noting a crack on the radiator filler neck, way back, replaced it with a new G.M. unit at Harrod-Early Chevrolet Olds, in Winchester KY. The Early's were old friends after buying our first new 31' Airstream Sovereign nearby and a new '75 Caprice Classic Cpe. 400c.i. from them. Shipped the TT back to RSA for our Earth Moving business and used the Chevy, towing the Argosy initially, until it too was sent home from Houston in '87 at 32K miles. The Cadillac's steering joints were replaced and the drive shaft overhauled and balanced. High intensity low beam lights fitted and big door hinge bushes replaced. It has a self-seeking radio/cassette and good A/C, but interior selector needs some work. With Dove Grey leather driver's seat showing cracks, had the doors and front seats re-covered with good quality vinyl in '91. After running in the motor for 1000 miles without towing I replaced Geraghty's special oil with Mobil ONE synthetic and the filter already was using his magnetic base. On leaving the rig parked at Ken Ruttmans sister-in-law's home in A.J. in '03 I had the Caddy serviced and new Mobil One and filter fitted the day before. This was a habit with me as I never was sure how long the vehicle would be parked ! The engine has the original 'Q Jet' 4 barrel Rochester carburetor. On changing the colour from Silver to White in '91 I replaced the plastic joint covers on the cushioned rear bumper and removed the half roof Landau covering.
In '03 on arrival from CA storage at Riverside CA, I replaced the hood in Phoenix due to peripheral rust at AA National Auto Parts, 3410 W. Washington PH 602 272 5331, as they specialised in Cadillacs only. Cost was $100 + 25 for labour ! Driver's door lock vandalised and had another lock barrel changed to fit original key, but door should be changed as more economical and car will have to be re-sprayed due to other rust having to be treated. Black sidewall tyres have good tread but sun rot may be a problem as when car was uplifted by AAA to present storage,in '08, they never brought the tyre coverings along with them !
The hitch is a H.D. bolt-on Reese weight-equalising one with 1000lb torsion bars and extra Ease-Lift friction sway control. The rear coil springs are variable rate with air bags, with pump points behind gas tank flap. The Kelsey Hayes trailer brake controller has extra selective brake resistor under hood. There are, quick ON/OFF McKesh towing door mirrors. This Tow Car has plenty of Torque and the 500 c.i. V8 USA specialists are based in Albuquerque NM, (Cad. Company 505 823 9340 Chris.) who say that the Rochester carburetor will give you 17 mpg. solo, at legal speeds with their re-build ! This should improve the 9 mpg. when towing a loaded 30' travel trailer, too.

Ken Ruttman of A.J. who has just restored a '59 T Bird, can show car to serious buyers after they have contacted me by P.C. and I can call them at a set time as we are 9 Hrs. ahead of AZ time, for any questions.
This old pilot volunteer veteran of the USAF 18th Ftr. Bmr. Wing at K55 - Osan _during '53 U.N. Korean War, attached in SAAF 2 Squadron 'Flying CHEETAHS', only selling due to illness. Sincerely, Robin. WILL ACCEPT BEST OFFER!
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