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Old 09-29-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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1977 Argosy help needed

Hello, I am new Airstream owner.Brand new to this site. I have to learn everything!!! I don't know the first thing about owning this. I am looking for HELP!! I have bought a 1977 Argosy 24 motorhome it is in Mass.(with Family willing to help) and I am in Florida. It needs work to get it running. Any one out there with a lead in the area of Dighton MA.(40 miles south of Boston MA) of a trustworthy person to take a look at it? Walk me thought this.Thanks so much. TAE
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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Hi, keep in mind that most of the mechanical parts are readily available at local discount auto parts stores. I've had better luck with NAPA. The motorhome is built on a Chevy P30 chassis, motorhome version. The P30 chassis is just a straight frame 1 ton truck chassis and parts stores and mechanics are usually very familiar with them. It's also known as the "bread box chassis" as it was used for decades under delivery trucks. Some original part numbers cross over to new parts that don't quite fit but are close enough to be used with slight modification. Chevy/GMC truck dealers proved to be useless. 1970's is just to old for GM to care about and thier parts books don't cross over to aftermarket. They just show "no longer available"! If your Argosy is complete, it shouldn't take much to get her running. The P30 is a pretty simple and tough chassis.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:01 PM   #3
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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This looks to be a very nice original Argo with a rear bath setup.

Do you know if it's a big block or a 350 chevy. I would guess the former.

You'll want to drop all fluids and replace with new prior to going very far.

Change out all the filters.

Tune up with new plugs and wires....

Above all check the tire dates!!!

How long has this been sitting?

It is nice to find one in the kind of shape represented by the photos.

Good luck and please let us know how you make out.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:22 AM   #5
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no help 4 u in mass, my 78 had sat 4 some time and had running problems, 90% was the rochester carb, replaced with new holly 4 under $200 if u need help here in fl I might be of some assistance
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:17 AM   #6
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77' Argosy

Congrats on your brave purchase. I recently(July 08') bought 1976 24' at a distance, flew to pick it up and drove it 1,200 miles from Raleight, NC to Detroit, MI. It had sat for some time(3 years) so I had the owner take it to his mechanic and go through the DOT certification. I ended up buying 6 new tires, replaced all belts and some hoses, bulbs, fluids, starter, and some other incidentary items. I was lucky it did not need major work and drove like a dream on the way home. Let me know if there is anything I can help with.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:38 AM   #7
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Congratulations on your find. I hope to see you on the road.

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