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Old 04-08-2017, 02:14 PM   #901
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I'm thinking that someone is a little sheepish for drawing the attention of the Airstream Gods upon our esteemed leader and is doing anything in his power to help rectify the situation.

Don't worry Mike, Brad won't hold it against you as the Gods do seem to have an affinity for plucking wings off Argosy owners.

I'll keep an eye out as well as there once was a 76 being parted out somewhere up here.

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Quiet Tony! I'm doin my best here!
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:25 PM   #902
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Its pretty amazing how many RVs there are in Colorado. Every block it seems there are at least a couple parked in driveways near my sons house in Fort Collins. There is a 310 just two blocks away. So who knows what might be found. Ill bring my sawz all.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:33 PM   #903
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I seem to remember Roquefort has a 1977 24ft Argosy that he uses for spares in Germany?
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Brad,
While fabricating isn't like re-assembling parts in hand,it appears that this task may not be too bad. A small aluminum block that fits inside of the channel could be bolted at each end of the existing channel and extending out beyond the channel about three inches. Then a new piece of heavy gauge extruded aluminum channel bent with the correct curvature could be bolted to the protruded portion of the aluminum blocks. With the bolted arrangement, removal can be done for future access.

Looking at my 77, there is one larger bolt installed vertically through the cross bar and a protruding "tab" from the lower cab structure. Then there are two smaller bolts through the end of the cross bar into the cast headlamp housing.

Of course these parts were sort of fitted together at the factory and match drilled at assembly such that re-assembly has a definite sequence and nothing is tightened until all fasteners are place for the cross bar.

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Old 04-08-2017, 03:45 PM   #905
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I seem to remember Roquefort has a 1977 24ft Argosy that he uses for spares in Germany?
Hmm, I wonder what it would cost to ship something that is 5' long in a box that would have to be about 4" square?
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Here is a picture showing the two smaller bolts through the end of the cross bar into the headlamp housing. The nut on the bottom of the larger verticle bolt is also visible in this picture.

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Brad,
While fabricating isn't like re-assembling parts in hand,it appears that this task may not be too bad. A small aluminum block that fits inside of the channel could be bolted at each end of the existing channel and extending out beyond the channel about three inches. Then a new piece of heavy gauge extruded aluminum channel bent with the correct curvature could be bolted to the protruded portion of the aluminum blocks. With the bolted arrangement, removal can be done for future access.

Looking at my 77, there is one larger bolt installed vertically through the cross bar and a protruding "tab" from the lower cab structure. Then there are two smaller bolts through the end of the cross bar into the cast headlamp housing.

Of course these parts were sort of fitted together at the factory and match drilled at assembly such that re-assembly has a definite sequence and nothing is tightened until all fasteners are place for the cross bar.

Gregg
Hi Gregg, I don't think I'll have any trouble getting something bolted to the existing structure, it's getting the curve in whatever piece of material that I use that's going to be the difficult part.

Once I realized it was missing I went and looked at Peanut to see what the differences were. Martin, I promise not to take a hacksaw to Peanut

I think I'll check with the seller on ebay that just recently listed some windows from an Argosy and I need to check with John Warden to see if he might still have that piece from the Argosy he scrapped.

I suppose the good news is I don't need the cross piece for a while yet. I've got plenty of other things to do in the mean time!

Thanks!

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Hello Brad
If you have patience I can disarm my argosy and make a new one for you, you do not forget that my clients make aluminum smelters, and I send them a lot of my own private things and they do it without charge.
I'll send it to the USA later
There you have a good option to solve your problem
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Remember you have the short, vertical sections (which include the 'hinge') in the parts that I bought down with the replacement front access panel, maybe worth seeing if you could change totally to the new design (the extensions and bolted front section) if you can find the parts????
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If you have patience I can disarm my argosy and make a new one for you, you do not forget that my clients make aluminum smelters, and I send them a lot of my own private things and they do it without charge.
I'll send it to the USA later
There you have a good option to solve your problem
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Herman, I will definitely keep you in mind if I can't find any thing locally.

The piece I'm looking for doesn't have to be new, it can be a used part that you remove from your Argosy.

Thanks!

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Old 04-09-2017, 05:17 AM   #911
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Remember you have the short, vertical sections (which include the 'hinge') in the parts that I bought down with the replacement front access panel, maybe worth seeing if you could change totally to the new design (the extensions and bolted front section) if you can find the parts????
Martin, I've been thinking about that idea. You brought the donor front grille assembly to Kentucky, if I could buy the grille from you I could remove the top bar (which is the part I really need) and then either make the two bars that support the top bar or source those two pieces from someone who is parting out an Argosy or Classic. The parts needed are circled in red in the picture below.

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Old 04-09-2017, 06:19 AM   #912
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Well, it's time to call off the dogs.....

I went down to the shop this morning to take pictures of Peanut's front grille support bars and decided I needed to look at my front grille to see how much overlap the grille would need when fastened to the top bar.

The grille, engine access cover and all of the trim for the front have been stored above my paint booth since mid 2009 and I've never really looked at the stuff since then.....
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After I pulled the grille down you'll never guess what I found....The original support bar!
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It was behind the engine access cover which was behind the grille.

My only excuse for not knowing I had the bar is it's been almost 8 years since I put those parts up there. I really appreciate all of the offers of assistance but I'm happy to say that your help will no longer be needed

Now if I could just remember why I was looking for it in the first place....
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:23 AM   #913
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Now if I could just remember why I was looking for it in the first place....
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....Mike breaths a huge sigh of relief and Illinois looses a couple more virgins.

Carry on.
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:26 AM   #916
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....Mike breaths a huge sigh of relief and Illinois looses a couple more virgins.

Carry on.
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (I'm still bringing my sawz-all)
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....Mike breaths a huge sigh of relief and Illinois looses a couple more virgins.

Carry on.
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There's virgins in Illinois?
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There's virgins in Illinois?
The definition of virgin for sacrificial offerings to the Airstream Gods for percieved slights (saying "that went well" out loud) or out and out poking the bear so to speak, like Mike did, are pretty broad. Technically just asking anyone on the street if they have ever gone camping in an AS, or licked a 9 volt battery could get you a virgin right quick.

This is good in Mike's case as those that meet the old definition of virgin are getting younger, fewer and far more difficult to catch. Mike doesn't run too well these days.

Got it? Carry on.
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The definition of virgin for sacrificial offerings to the Airstream Gods for percieved slights (saying "that went well" out loud) or out and out poking the bear so to speak, like Mike did, are pretty broad. Technically just asking anyone on the street if they have ever gone camping in an AS, or licked a 9 volt battery could get you a virgin right quick.

This is good in Mike's case as those that meet the old definition of virgin are getting younger, fewer and far more difficult to catch. Mike doesn't run too well these days.

Got it? Carry on.
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I think Tony has to much time on his hands
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Yup, waiting to start my new this week, the two plus inches of snow we got Friday morning has also melted and the temp today actually went above 50 F sooooo.........I started cutting out the floor to my rear electrical compartment and halway into it had a cut off wheel shattered and put a hole in my head........

Yup, those pesky Gods.

Anybody have any ideas on how to cut the 1/4" thick L channel that is welded to the sides of the box; the box bottom sits on this piece of L metal. I'm thinking a plasma torch maybe necessary.

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PS, yes there is a bit of snow under that tarp.
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