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Old 04-09-2016, 06:25 PM   #561
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No I haven't forgotten about my Argosy!

Yesterday I cleaned and scraped the front chassis area and this afternoon I started applying paint.
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I would estimate that I have about 30% of the painting completed. I still need to do part of the engine compartment and the frame from the front saddle back. Tomorrow I'll apply more paint. I'd really like to get the painting completed in the next few weeks. Paint, or lack thereof has probably been my biggest hold up towards reassembly everything up front.

I've got a lot of parts prepped and ready to install so once the painting is complete I just might be able to make so noticeable progress for a change


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All the prep work is paying off Brad, looking good!
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:48 PM   #563
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I have not been looking forward to painting this stuff but now that I've started it doesn't seem to be to bad. Of course once I have to lay underneath to paint the bottom areas I'm sure it will start to get rather messy

I bought some Tyvek suits to wear so hopefully that will keep the mess to a minimum. But then again I'm just a messy person anyway so I doubt if it helps!
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:23 PM   #564
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I got the rest of the engine compartment painted and most of the painting done in the two front wheel wells. I've got a few small areas that I couldn't get to due to wet paint so once this current coat dries I'll tackle the remaining spots. Once those spots are done there's nothing stopping me from starting to reassemble the front suspension and everything that attaches to the firewall. It's going to be a weird feeling to be installing something rather than tearing more stuff off!

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I do have the chassis from the back of the engine compartment all the way to the rear to paint still but that shouldn't take near as long as what I've painted so far.
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Looks good, Can't wait to see parts going on!
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:39 PM   #566
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Looks good, Can't wait to see parts going on!
Been waiting for close to 9 years to really be able to start putting it back together. Other than pulling things apart most of the other work has been repairing things that were damaged.

The goal is to have it to the point it can move under it's own power before this coming winter. Who knows, I might even make it!
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:33 PM   #568
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If anyone has a chance to do it, you do!!
You apparently don't know me very well
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:19 PM   #569
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Here's a better view of the freshly applied black paint to the firewall area and engine compartment.

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I'm going to try and complete the rest of the chassis painting in the next couple of days. It shouldn't be near as difficult as the prep and painting that I've done so far


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It's amazing how simple these rigs underneath; just square or rectangle tube framework on a Chevy chassis and some flat sheet metal for wheel wells.........I'm just taking a shot in the dark that no one crash tested any of these puppies......

The great thing is you will be able to put it together fair better than the original builders, using modern parts (silicone hoses etc) available today.

Great work Brad.

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Old 04-18-2016, 07:17 PM   #571
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Tony, you're absolutely right. Mechanically the chassis is about as simple as it gets. What complicates things is how everything is shoe horned together.

Watching a crash test video of one these rigs would probably make me sick inside!

Thanks!

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I try not to think about that, though I must admit it has crossed my mind.
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I spent a good part of Friday underneath the motorhome prepping the center area of the chassis for paint and about a half day Saturday painting. That's all the painting I will do until I get the front end re-assembled. Once the front end is back on wheels I'll raise the back end and remove the differential and paint the last third of the chassis.

Still moving forward
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I spent a good part of Friday underneath the motorhome prepping the center area of the chassis for paint and about a half day Saturday painting. That's all the painting I will do until I get the front end re-assembled. Once the front end is back on wheels I'll raise the back end and remove the differential and paint the last third of the chassis.

Still moving forward
you have my admiration for sticking with it. That is a dirty and unrewarding job to say the least. I think putting the front end back together will be a lot more fun
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:02 AM   #575
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Thanks Peter

When there's something I don't want to do I generally procrastinate but at some point it HAS to get done so I finally bit the bullet and crawled under there. The back third of the chassis should be a lot easier than the front two thirds!

I have to throw a quick coat of paint on the steering knuckles and the coil springs and once that's done all of the suspension components will be ready for assembly. Parts should be painted this week so in the next week or so it ought to be sitting on it's front wheels.

It's kinda nice having Peanut around for a visual reference which should make thing easier to piece back together
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I finished painting the front steering knuckles this morning so I now have everything prepped and painted ready to be installed. I'm taking Monday off and plan to spend as much time as I can getting the front suspension reassembled.

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Even better is once I start assembling I'll have more room in my shop as I have painted parts scattered all over the place!
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Since its been raining out off and on all day i decided to install the front suspension on my Argosy instead of laying in the rain to work on Peanut

First step was to install the saddle and its braces.
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And finally the springs. I used the John Warden method of putting the air bags inside the springs before installing the springs. Much easier that way!
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Next up is the rotors, front brakes and shocks.
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Looking good Brad, does this signify the start of reconstruction???
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Looking good Brad, does this signify the start of reconstruction???
"Re-start of reconstruction" might be a more appropriate term! There were times in the past where I thought I was in the moving forward phase but always ended up having to take more stuff out. Considering under the floor is pretty much a bare chassis from the differential forward there isn't anything else that could have been removed!

The plan is to get it back on it's front wheels and then put the back of the frame on jack stands so I can remove the differential and rear springs for replacement with new.

It was a nice feeling today to be able to see concrete progress for a change. I was starting to get to many new or newly painted part piled up all over the place!
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Looks like its coming along nicely! Can't wait to see her all finished!!!

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