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Old 04-24-2003, 09:30 PM   #1
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A newbie gets an Argosy MH-and a lesson

I went and got the 77 Argosy that was advertized on the forum. I also got a lesson in what types of people there are that join the forum. Most of the membership are not like the two I dealt with in Las Vegas and I will post the story about that later. I now own an original 24ft Argosy with a thrown rod laid up in Texas while I am back in New York. I am hoping to get her fixed by the end of summer, bring her back and start changing the interior to suite my taste. any ideas on 454 engines?
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Old 04-24-2003, 10:45 PM   #2
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Uhhhhmm Thats horrible!
Not to defend the PO but this may have been one of those things.
How long has that vehicle sat up? It may have had very stale gas and caused problems with the engine.

From GM you can buy factory built engines that come with a 3 year 50,000 mile warranty.
That's a hopped up one but you can buy one in the stock range also. What I have heard that a lot of people will do is find the best price on the net and get the local dealer to match the price and save shipping.

Put "GM Crate engine" or "GM replacment engines" in and you will pull up dozens of sites. Pace is showing the same engine that is in my 88 454 burb for $2k and change. It would be hard to get your current motor rebuilt for that price IF it's rebuildable, the block may be damaged.
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Old 04-24-2003, 11:03 PM   #3
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I am very sorry to hear that. I know it will all work out in the end. Just think of all the fun times you will have and not think to much on what happend.

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Old 04-25-2003, 08:21 AM   #4
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I don't think it was the gas as I had her fill up before I started off. I think it was a number of things:
1. It had sat for a long time but it was not mentioned, the frig
having mildew starting should have told me that.
2. All of the previews on the forum and no bites should have sold
sooner, after all it is an AS and original.
3. Having the transmission line come apart before they brought it
for me to inspect should have warned me about future
problems, but they were so nice (didn't take the advice posted
4. I knew I would upgrade but not so soon, I need to get the
cash together, so I hope it is safe down in TX.
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Old 04-25-2003, 08:34 AM   #5
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only one comment - the fridge would get mildewed in a real short time if the door is left closed. I forgot, left mine closed a week and it was nasty inside.
Not to excuse anyone, but it might have been the rods time to go.
I sweated my first drive home 9+ hours alone after buying my 280, only because you never know....
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Old 04-25-2003, 08:45 AM   #6
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Sounds like the Bemmer my husband brought from a little old lady who only drove it to church. Low miles, excellent report from her certified mechanic and the transmission went as her backed it down the driveway after picking it up! Bad luck, time for it happen.

And the mildew thing - they probably cleaned the refrigerator and then shut the door. You need to leave that door slightly ajar. I know this one from experience.

Good luck. I hope everything works out for you.
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