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Old 09-21-2021, 07:16 PM   #101
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Yes, Dean, but you are cheating, because you have the model with the metal plate you can remove.

I do and I LOVE it!
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Old 09-22-2021, 08:14 AM   #102
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I do and I LOVE it!
That is until it comes to Plug #1...
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Old 09-22-2021, 10:02 AM   #103
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That is until it comes to Plug #1...

Exactly! But it was really nice that time I had to replace the fan clutch three times in a row; AutoZone to Napa to ACDelco!
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Exactly! But it was really nice that time I had to replace the fan clutch three times in a row; AutoZone to Napa to ACDelco!
Yep.

Do you know if the way the cover is installed on your coach is how it came from the factory or has it been modified to make the front section easy to remove?

Peanut had the same style of doghouse cover as yours and it was as mess to deal with as far as gaining access to the front half of the engine.
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It’s stock but now a bit easier. Originally one would have to remove the old entertainment center then remove the carpeted wood section that fits over it and down the left and right side. Have to find one screw each side buried in the carpet.

My new “entertainment center/instrument panel” is very easy to remove and then I lift off the “new” vinyl covered wood cover. Then metal plate under that has about 10 bolts. Zip zip zip and it’s off. I had it all off in about 5 min yesterday.
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Old 09-23-2021, 09:46 AM   #106
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It’s stock but now a bit easier. Originally one would have to remove the old entertainment center then remove the carpeted wood section that fits over it and down the left and right side. Have to find one screw each side buried in the carpet.

My new “entertainment center/instrument panel” is very easy to remove and then I lift off the “new” vinyl covered wood cover. Then metal plate under that has about 10 bolts. Zip zip zip and it’s off. I had it all off in about 5 min yesterday.
Yeah, that sounds a lot more convenient.
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Old 09-26-2021, 12:41 PM   #107
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Yesterday I posted these pictures to my build thread but actually meant to post them here. So I'm adding them to this thread as well for continuity of what I'm doing with the metal doghouse cover.


Got some more work done on the second doghouse cover. On Friday I picked up the new larger rolled corners and tack welded a pair to the second cover.

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Next I started trying to figure out how to make the triangular cover that includes a curve on the bottom and is flat on the sides. I used one of curved panels that were to short just to see what I could accomplish. I started by flattening out the panel because the curve was to sharp. That got it close so I then cut the tapered sides and after some grinding, hammering and flattening I came up with something that is close to fitting.

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Old 10-05-2021, 10:07 AM   #108
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A couple of updates. First I was able to borrow the original doghouse cover for my old 310 and test fit it on my Argosy and also the new steel cover has now been test fit on the 310. The fit on my Argosy was actually pretty good although it does seem that the 310 doghouse cover might be about 1/4" longer than the doghouse cover for the 345 that I used as a model for fabricating the steel covers and almost 1/4" wider as well. My guess is that's just variance in the manufacturing process of the plastic covers.

What makes that interesting is when the new steel cover that I fabricated was test fit on the 310 it seemed that the new cover was a little bit too long. In other words it doesn't fit up under the glove box door like the original cover does.

Here's a picture of the new steel cover trying to fit the 310 opening. You can see where the lip of the cover is up against the rubber seal.

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This is what the leading edge of the 310 doghouse opening currently looks like.

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Right now the original cover fits by tucking it in between the glovebox opening and the top of the rubber seal. You can see in the picture the rubber seal is in poor shape and sort of bunched up on the top.

The way I think it's supposed to fit is the rubber seal is supposed to be wider and somewhat flatter (not bunched up like it is) and the cover is supposed to lay on top of the rubber seal and there should be a small gap between the cover and the glovebox door. That's pretty much how I configured my Argosy, the cover is setup to lay on top of the rubber seal all the way around.


Here's a few pictures of the 310 doghouse cover sitting on the Argosy opening.

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I weighed the 310 cover and it came in at just under 30 lbs. So with carpet and insulation it's 2 lbs. heavier than the bare steel version. I don't know if the insulation on the engine side of the cover is original or added by some PO. Regardless it weighs 30 lbs.

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What would really help me is if I could get a few of you to post some pictures of how your doghouse cover fits, especially in the glove box area.

Thanks!

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your gasket is fine in the middle, but all bunched up on the sides. This keeps the cover lip from sliding completely in its location. The lip should be ending up on top of the gasket and not pushing against it.
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your gasket is fine in the middle, but all bunched up on the sides. This keeps the cover lip from sliding completely in its location. The lip should be ending up on top of the gasket and not pushing against it.
Your pictures show what I was expecting to see for the gasket at the top of the opening. It would appear the gasket on the 310 is just bunched up too much in the middle, not allowing the steel cover to fit effectively.

Thanks for posting the pictures.
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