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Old 06-18-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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Dismantling a 1979 Midas 26' Class A with questions

I recently acquired a 79 Midas 26' Class A motorhome. I will be taking it apart piece by piece and saving the parts to sell. so far i have the front bumper & fiberglass removed, the windshield and 1 side window. i was going to take the cabinetry apart but was wondering if it's worth it.
My questions...
1. should I just take the cabinet doors off, hold them and toss the rest?
2. there is the fiberglass around the front windshield should I save that?
3. Basically, what should I take off and save.

The rear is a floating 14 bolt with new axles.
A/C works well
I plan to put the 454 and turbo 400 upgraded to pull 30k lbs in my 77 class B.
your suggestions will be appreciated.
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After doing a remodel on an older Hardside Poptop (a very cool Mesa Apache), I recommend saving ('cuz someone will want) anything that cannot be reproduced with easy to find pieces...don't worry about saving the appliances (unless they great condition and are working well) or the wood, plastic, or glass parts that can be found at a hardware store or RV supply.

Save any molded parts like fixtures, facia's, and bezels. Also save any logo's or emblems, even if they are not perfect. These items are hard to find and expesive to reproduce.

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Scarab0088, What do you mean when you say "facia's, and bezels" not really sure what they are . I know what a facia is on a house.
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Yes, just like the facia on a house...any parts that covers-up an edge of something or joins 2 pieces of something. Like the framing around the inside of a windshield.

A bezel is much the same - like the edging of a built-in clock, switch, or control panel.

But, it has to be in good condition.

I would save any part that looks like it is more than just a piece of molding that you could replace with something from home depot.

RV's of 30 years ago had much less "manufactured" treatments than now, so there might not be that much that is custom and needing saving. But it should be mostly on the surface - once you tear out the cabinets, it will be just a lot of demo.

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sorry to hear of that being parted out

I have a1977. 31 footer that looks just like that one, it still runs great, geating ready to head out on a 2000 mile trip with it in a couple of weeks. I think the midas class A is a pretty rare bread. Yours makes 4 that I know of. Don't know if you'll have valuable parts or a bunch of stuff that will set around for a while. As for the cabiñets, if they are like the ones in mine they are way better than the stuff in the new ones.
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Scarab0088, Thanks for that info. Once I get back at it i'll take a better look.

rdy2trvl, unfortunately there is gonna be one less. I will be using the motor and trans for my class B. I kinda like the layout in the itasca anyway.
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