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74/74 23' Restoration project potential?
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Hello Barthfolk:

Joined the forum a few moths back looking across North America for a project and turns out a neighbour a few miles away has the exact floor plan/size I want, will sell it to me but there's a few things that are out of my league for Q+A, which brings me to you guys!
I'll start by saying that I have a couple years budgeted for the project, space and ±10k to spend, plus a LOT of tinkering/elbow grease potential, with boat/aircraft in my history. Plan to go mostly polished aluminum for final finish with some accent/stripe painting. Photos to be included of suspect areas:
-Drivers side damage: Difficult to get fixed?
-Drivers side windshield: Some threads here say impossible to find, others say stock part (DW730 or DW731) anybody know which is the truth?
-Not worried about replacing headliner, but with water damage in toilet/shower room: Anything else I should consider for damage behind the scenes?
-Roof sealing issues anything I should know/fear?
Any other restorers who would like to offer guidance? (I am a very patient man, so got that advice already Smiler
Thanks.

 
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It looks like you have the later, larger windows, ie DW730 and 731.

The front damage doesn't look structural you can likely fix it. Get some aluminum airplane guys to show you how.

When working around leaking areas be sure to remove all old insulation, check all wiring and plumbing for integrity.

Quite a project there but it has good bones. Good luck. Mechanic


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Nice to see you have chosen to resurrect this fine old Barth!

Could you send us a picture of the Data Tag? It is found behind the driver curtain. The Data Tag will tell us more about your Barth. We will then give you a folder to send the pictures to on the forum's Photobucket account.

Good luck with your resurrection project.
 
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Here's the ID tag, and here comes a few more newbie questions:
So, it looks like it's a 73?
I found a serial number on the passenger side windscreen with a guardian number: 730-OM(than a 2?) So i'm thinking this is an available part when I go looking to replace the drivers side due to the crack?
Are brakes, steering, exhaust anything troubling to find? I'll be wanting to replace most/all of it so I'm not terrified of the expense, I just want to be sure that I'm not going to be stuck with a shed for some obscure part.
Any thoughts?
 
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The serial number indicates it was completed in August of '73 (7308), the 1406th Barth, motorhome 23'.


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Ironboy, Thumbs Up Thanks for the Data Tag. Thumbs Up You have a cool project going. I thought I might suggest ROTFLMAO with you working on an aluminum Barth you might like to change your name to "Aluminum Boy" ROTFLMAO

Cheers and thanks for sharing. You will find plenty of information you can use if you try the "Advanced Search."
 
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Misquoting the model T song, don't forget to get out and get under. Lots of good documentation of chassis and frame work here. Be a shame to fix the topsides and have a spring shackle give out underway.
Pics and updates please and best luck.


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Deal went through, delivered this weekend.....what have I done....

 
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Ahh, we've got you now. Bitten by the Barth bug!

Windshields should be available, engine, trans and front end parts are pretty easy to find. Most brake parts are common, except depending on size the rear drums may be hard to find.

Exhaust system is unique but an old fashioned muffler shop can make pipes to fit. (I replaced mine myself with dual exhaust made from stock mufflers, straight sections and elbows. Use stainless if you can find it to fit, will last much longer.)

The roof can be resealed and recoated, see the threads on this site for good example.

Good luck with your projects! Mechanic Thumbs Up


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400 hp fuel injected-------6 spd Allison, Spartan MM
 
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