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Old 03-28-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Hi I just paid 3,000 for a '78 28 ft argosy. It is pretty cruddy inside but the engine, brakes, body is all good according to my mechanic. I am going to roll up my sleeves and gut it and then put in all shiny new. I am giving myself 4 years of weekends and about 6,000 dollars. I wonder if I am dreaming? Any input is appreciated. Are any of the interior parts worth salvaging or selling? I really do not like the 78 look but I wonder if someone else is looking for restoring rather than ripping. thoughts?
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums and the delightfully challenging world of old Airstreams!

Depending on how many of those weekends you're planning to work on the Argosy, and how many hours per weekend, I think you may be conservative on the time and perhaps a bit optimistic on the money.

Before you trash out the entire interior, think a bit about what you can do to change the way some of the existing stuff looks. If you're not into the 70s thing, you'll probably want to get rid of all the upholstery, but depending on how your interior was done there may be some updates you could do for a more modern look without having to build custom cabinetry. The PO of my Argosy (trailer) put some very nice wallpaper in place of some of the woodgrain plastic veneer, but left enough to get the woodgrain feel without it being overwhelming. I'm pretty happy with the results of that, and especially with the fact that he changed the formica to something a bit less "avocado" than the original color.
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