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Old 08-06-2021, 09:34 AM   #1
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Question Where To Order New Interior Skins (Specifically front and back curved sections)

So I have a 1976 Argosy that I fully gutted. The interior skins are not a complete loss, but I've decided to replace everything with new aluminum. The plastic front and back rounded (molded) sections are a total loss (cracked, and missing chunks).

Does anyone know where/who I can contact to order new ones? I have searched the internet and have found nothing. Looks like everyone is doing triangle shaped cutouts that connect together... which I do not want to do.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-06-2021, 11:06 AM   #2
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There might be some fiberglass interior end caps for sale somewhere. Check out some of the postings in Tin Can Tourist for for Argosy information. Also Overlander 64 (here) is stated to be very knowledgeable in Argosy's.

Don't know how you could do aluminum or wood without the segments. Could and English wheel do a curve that big.
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Old 08-06-2021, 12:27 PM   #3
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We owned a '76 Argosy 24, didn't do really anything to the interior skins except R&R a few for floor repairs. At the very least keep what you have to use as patterns or possible under supports, they do provide part of the shell's strength. I do not believe you will find a new interior endcap, most either repair or replace. I considered using parts of mine for a hybrid kind of repair but never got there. I think most repairs require removal which is needless to say a major job. In my '68 Overlander I had good success with fiberglass repair kits and spot putty and paint, very automotive and still looks great after 2+ years.
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Old 08-06-2021, 12:46 PM   #4
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Thank you! I am guessing I will have to be creative as well. Blows my mind this isnt a piece that can be replaced with an aftermarket part. My endcaps were in such bad shape that rehab'ing them would have been next to impossible...
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Old 08-06-2021, 03:52 PM   #5
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The single-piece interior endcaps can't be purchased new, and anything you might find used is likely to be in just as bad of shape as what you have (especially after removal, shipping, reinstallation). The trailers back in the 50's or so had aluminum endcaps made of multiple segments. Several Forums participants have made their own patterns and built their own aluminum replacements. You might do a search for "aluminum endcap pattern," and find some hits, maybe even a pattern. Colin Hyde had spoken on The Vintage Airstream Podcast years ago about having interior endcap kits manufactured, but I am unaware whether those ever came to be or not.

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Old 08-06-2021, 04:10 PM   #6
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Thats great information! Thank you!!!
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Old 08-07-2021, 11:21 AM   #7
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On our '74 Overlander I re-installed the front interior end cap and then cut out most of the molded shelf and used what was left as a pattern and support for wood.
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Old 08-07-2021, 03:19 PM   #8
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Our 58 had fiberglass end caps and I replaced with aluminum. It is a labor intensive process to do from scratch, but worthwhile when finished. Details on mine our on page 2 of our thread (listed below).

Look forward to seeing some photos of your progress.
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You might try and find a fiberglass company, they could repair or use the old one to follow for a pattern.
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Are the end caps fiberglass in the '76 Argosy, or ABS? I have the end caps out of my Avion truck camper and they are fiberglass and very tough and flexible. I'm not saying they're unbreakable, but I've moved them around a number of times since I removed them and have never felt like they were in danger of breaking. I'm pretty sure the end caps in our '74 Sovereign were ABS or some similar plastic. That's not to say they couldn't be repaired with fiberglass.
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:32 PM   #11
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Thats a great picture! I love that the only curve is the long skinny section at the bottom! Totally doable on mine!!! Preciate the response!
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