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Forum: Airstream Classifieds 05-26-2014, 07:11 PM
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Posted By abridges01
1975 Airstream Argosy 26 - California

Title: 1975 Airstream Argosy 26 - California
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

PRICE REDUCED

LAST WEEK, SHE GETS SCRAPPED AFTER THIS WEEKEND, LAST CHANCE TO OWN A TRUE...
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 08-11-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 32
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Posted By abridges01
Yes, my old steering wheel was not that bad, mine...

Yes, my old steering wheel was not that bad, mine was just unpleasantly sticky to the touch. FYI, you can see the slip ring below the boss in the attached.
Thanks again Brad.

192917
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 08-11-2013, 11:18 AM
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Posted By abridges01
Actually brad, I think the slip ring disk is...

Actually brad, I think the slip ring disk is above the turn signal assembly, it may be on the bottom of the steering wheel boss you have already removed
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 08-11-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 32
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Posted By abridges01
That's great news thank you Brad. The part/s I'm...

That's great news thank you Brad. The part/s I'm after is the copper/black plastic slip ring that the little metal rod and spring horn actuator contact when the horn boss is pressed.
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 07-30-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,631
Posted By abridges01
That would be wonderful it you can Brad as, to...

That would be wonderful it you can Brad as, to date, I have been unable to locate a spare. I just hope you enjoy better success removing the steering wheel than I did!
Cheers,
Andrew
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 07-21-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,631
Posted By abridges01
191392 Oh yes, liberal application of heat...

191392

Oh yes, liberal application of heat with blow torch and persuasion from club hammer finally persuaded first steering wheel, then boss to let go of splined shaft! Thanks to all for helpful...
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 07-09-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,631
Posted By abridges01
Missing photo

https://www.flickr.com/photos/familybridges/9249370515/
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Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 07-09-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By abridges01
Thanks y'all (can you hear my English accent? ;-)...

Thanks y'all (can you hear my English accent? ;-)
The puller - actually the second puller as the first ('wonderful piece of Chinese engineering!) broke when we applied tension! - has been on, under...
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 07-06-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,631
Posted By abridges01
Stuck steering wheel

For reasons I will not go in to here, I elected to swap out the old (now sticky in hot weather) steering wheel for something a bit nicer. The trouble is, I cannot budge the old steering wheel, which...
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 04-08-2012, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,695
Posted By abridges01
That would explain a great deal! Cheers Andy

That would explain a great deal!
Cheers Andy
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 04-08-2012, 01:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,695
Posted By abridges01
Many thanks Andy (and other contributors), you...

Many thanks Andy (and other contributors), you were, of course correct; the 'G' is in fact a 6 - just checking you all were paying attention :-) Cheers
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 04-07-2012, 12:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,695
Posted By abridges01
Thanks 3Dog. I did provide that information but...

Thanks 3Dog.
I did provide that information but unfortunately there is more than one caliper repair kit for the '75 P30 and I was advised by NAPA personnel the that VIN # is the only clear indicator...
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 04-06-2012, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,695
Posted By abridges01
Decoding Argosy 24' RV VIN

Sorry if this is revisiting an old topic, but I need to decode my 24 foot Argosy motor home VIN's so that I get the correct break caliper repair kits and other parts.
VIN's are;
Chassis. ...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-29-2008, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,551
Posted By abridges01
Which headers?

Thanks for the input, I guess sticking with a stock mechanical fan is the better route.

Any recommendations for headers type or source?
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-26-2008, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,551
Posted By abridges01
Electric cooling fans - worth the investment?

Hi folks.

I have a 1975 26' Argosy MH with Chevy 454 engine reinstall underway and was wondering if anyone has experience of switching out the standard viscous mechanical belt driven fan with a...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-26-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
At my current pace, I would guess by around 2017!...

At my current pace, I would guess by around 2017! But then my good lady wife has us booked for a short trip in mid-August.

We got the transmission in today, following a day of rest (and too much...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-24-2008, 10:06 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Keep the faith...

A picture is worth a thousand words... but this one is closer to $5,000!

https://photron.com/products/AB/Ethyl_re-engined.jpg

Cheers to all who kept the faith - that number, thankfully, includes...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 12-21-2007, 07:43 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Yes, we are still alive in Fallbrook. Sorry...

Yes, we are still alive in Fallbrook.

Sorry for such a total lack of news, it is, sadly, reflected in the progress made. But hopefully, things have begun to move forward once more.

I was...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 05-25-2007, 03:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,635
Posted By abridges01
454, 496 or 502?

Thanks guys.

Given the difficulty I've had in removing the damaged 454, I am really anxious not to repeat this procedure, so would rather spend the extra cash and get a new/remanufactured engine...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 05-24-2007, 03:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,635
Posted By abridges01
502 to replace knackered 454 engine

G'day folks.

Although I appreciate my engine replacement saga has gone on way longer than can really be considered respectable, I feel I am moving toward ending the sorry saga at last.

I had a...
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 05-23-2007, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,967
Posted By abridges01
Josh. As crazy as it sounds, on my 26'...

Josh.

As crazy as it sounds, on my 26' Argosy the drivers wiper motor is contrlled by the wiper switch, the passenger one by the washer switch!

Do please let us know if you find a good source....
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-07-2007, 09:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Never say Never!

It's done! Finally, it's out.

Thanks to a good friend, two engine hoists (the first, rented, was to large to fit under and into the engine compartment, the second purchased - look for future eBay...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 04-06-2007, 03:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
So nearly there...

Well, finally got to spend a day working on Ethyl, and I am delighted to report that we are oh so nearly there. The gearbox is out and we are going to attempt to slide the block (with heads still...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 03-06-2007, 04:04 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Thanks Stray, it's good to see that Ethyl and I...

Thanks Stray, it's good to see that Ethyl and I have not been forgotten. Now if I can just get that lump out of there...

Cheers,

Andrew
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 03-02-2007, 06:44 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Pathetic of Fallbrook

We're still alive here, but I am afraid to report there has been very little progress with Ethyl. This is partly due to family obligations and commitments, a lack of funds, work, weather and my being...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 12-29-2006, 07:25 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Still alive & kicking

G'day and Merry Christmas:

Finally found some time to get back under Ethyl today and was rewarded with removal of the front end - by this I mean front bumper and plastic surround, which somehoe...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 12-03-2006, 04:49 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Thanks Gearhead: Your suggestions make a lot...

Thanks Gearhead:

Your suggestions make a lot of sense and I will see about implementing them.

No work this weekend due to many Christmas functions and commitments. If I don't get a chance...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 12-01-2006, 10:02 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Thanks to Stray and others for your continued...

Thanks to Stray and others for your continued support. A bad cold and cough (waa, waa, waa!) has prevented any recent adventures (being subject to each and every cold, bug and minor ailments is one...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 11-19-2006, 10:19 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Just a little late!

Hi folks:

Oh no this is what I feared most - I took a final look at this post before going to work with the angle grinder - and have now cut one stay pretty much entirely from the front horizontal...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 11-17-2006, 05:51 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Hey Bibbs: I made this pics large to help in...

Hey Bibbs:

I made this pics large to help in their identification, let me know when you're doen with them and I'll take themn down.

Also, let me know if you need pictures of anything else, I am...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 11-17-2006, 05:48 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Argosy AC Compressor

G'day Bibbs:

Yes, you are correct, that's the AC compressor - now removed. I am in two minds about reinstalling it, given it's non-operational condition, weight and potential engine drag/power...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 11-17-2006, 03:13 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
I have the grinder ready!

OK, I have purchased a grinder as I can see this is the only way of extracting the lump ghiven my lack of psycho-levitational abilities. I will plan finding a local welder who can confirm they have...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-24-2006, 05:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
No way to remove front end!

Hi folks:

Well I finally got to spend some quality time under Ethyl on Sunday, and I am now more confused than ever. From what I can see, there is no way to remove the front end as the box section...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-16-2006, 10:38 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Is the 502 HT a straight swap for a 454 lump?

Thanks folks:

So the local engine rebuilder (though I don't think there's anyway to confuse him with a hotrodder, more like an original 70's NASCAR mechanic!) is perhaps not my best option, and I...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-15-2006, 08:22 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
The battle has been joined... well almost

Greetings grapple fans.

Well, I have made a start, sort of. I have sourced a local shop here in town who can rebuild my engine for around the same cost as a crate (your thought on this plan...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-14-2006, 08:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Compomise is the order of the day

Hi friends:

After much soul searching and balance checking, I (think I) have decoded to get my existing engine rebuilt by a local guy here in town. this way I (currently) feel I have a little more...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-14-2006, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Thank you AZtraveler, I am holding off...

Thank you AZtraveler, I am holding off researching the mystery current drain right now, while I look into pulling out the blown engine. Once the engine is off being rebuilt, I will turn my attention...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-10-2006, 10:17 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Thank you Rick in Naples (and Glen, Marc, Bob,...

Thank you Rick in Naples (and Glen, Marc, Bob, Steve, Alan, and I'd like to give a shout out to anyone else I've missed) I will check out the recommended site right now.

As is typical, I am away...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-10-2006, 04:25 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
G'day Marc: I purchased Ethyl from a guy...

G'day Marc:

I purchased Ethyl from a guy named Clay who has a very young son around the same age as mine (2) and is a CTO for a company up in LA some place so I suspect it must be another silver...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-09-2006, 10:24 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
You guys ROCK!

Thanks so much to everyone sharing my pain here, it's true what they say; misery loves company :)

Having recently shelled out close to $2K with a local mechanic for engine work and an alleaged...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-09-2006, 12:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Post Thanks everyone. To maximize the confusion,...

Thanks everyone.

To maximize the confusion, I am runnig this same thread in two locations, in the other I wrote:

Thanks Bob:

I am unsure if this is something I can do or not. The expense...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-09-2006, 10:18 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Engine transplant on 26' Argosy motorhome

Thanks Bob:

I am unsure if this is something I can do or not. The expense indicates it is something I have to do, while the equipment needed, and the fact my driveway is not level, suggest the...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-08-2006, 11:07 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Thanks Glen: I appreciate the advice -...

Thanks Glen:

I appreciate the advice - anything positive is very gratefully received right now. Honestly though, in some perverted way I kind of relish the idea of pulling the lump out and...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 10-08-2006, 11:32 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 22,744
Posted By abridges01
Engine kaput so has to come out now

Hi again folks:

Well it is definitely a requirement now asd enroute to our second trip yesterday the bottom end let go in spectacular style!

I now have four main questions, namely:

1. What...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-08-2006, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Thanks everyone: the 'good' news is that the...

Thanks everyone:

the 'good' news is that the current drain has dropped in priority - given the death rattle exploding form the lower end of the engine while traveling on the i15 on our second...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-06-2006, 12:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Thank you Bernie: I am not sure the...

Thank you Bernie:


I am not sure the Argosy's circuit breakers are related as they appear on the AC side of the business - regardless, as mentioned they were off during my tests.

On the DC...
Forum: Airstream Motorhome Forums 10-06-2006, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,252
Posted By abridges01
Update?

Greetings Hayseed.

Did you ever get the wiring diagram for the '75 Argosy 26' motorhome? I am in need of the same and was wondering if you might, pretty please :o, provide a short cut?

I have...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-06-2006, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Thanks you all. I will perform the recommended...

Thanks you all. I will perform the recommended searches and let you know of my, I remain confident, imminent success.

I also fear I am confusing my own issue here by include two, possibly...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 10-05-2006, 06:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,398
Posted By abridges01
Mystery current drain on coach battery

Well, I think it fair to say that our maiden outing in Ethyl was not quite the roaring success I had hoped for. No disasters to report, but my having to spend a day plus under the hood was,...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-27-2006, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,312
Posted By abridges01
Hello Pat: If you still need the diagrams...

Hello Pat:

If you still need the diagrams visit Hayseed's website at https://www.originalhayseed.com/1975Argosy/diagrams/, he was kind enough to scan and upload them so the confused, like you and...
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