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Old 07-22-2004, 10:06 AM   #21
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The '64 Bambi II is probably one of the most sought after Airstreams in existence.
Why is that? I thought the 16' Bambi's/Bubbles from the 50's and early 60's were the most desireable.
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Old 07-22-2004, 10:49 AM   #22
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Why is that? I thought the 16' Bambi's/Bubbles from the 50's and early 60's were the most desireable.
Pardon me..
Isn't that what he said??
I think you both agree..lmao~!~
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:01 AM   #23
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Pardon me..
Isn't that what he said??
I think you both agree..lmao~!~
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The Bambi II is a 17' model and is different from the 16' models. I suppose they could all be grouped together but, given a choice, I personally would have preferred a 16' Bubble.
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:05 AM   #24
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It's just a danged cute little coach and many people think the Bambi was the only little AS ever built.
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careful what you wish for!

"given a choice, I personally would have preferred a 16' Bubble."

oooh, watch out! The wheels might fall off your II!
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Yuki, I meant the post as a compliment. Properly restored, your '64 Bambi will have almost as much resale value as your '02.
I'm still jealous.
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Custom made battery compartment door

We've been searching to no avail for a replacement battery compartment door as our trailer was missing the door. Our neighbor volunteered to build one for us out of a scrap piece of 1/8" aluminum stock he had lying around. So, for the price of a lock ($3) and a case of Rolling rock beer, we now have a door for our battery compartment!

The first photo below is what the new door looks like in place. The second photo is of the electrical hook-up door which is located a couple of feet from the battery compartment. Hopefully, we will be able to buff the new door such that it blends in with the rest of the buffed trailer.
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Old 08-02-2004, 07:07 PM   #28
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First cut buffing completed!

Here's an update on the exterior restoration work:

1) The first cut buffing on the shell is complete
2) Two new 20# propane tanks buffed
3) Tongue, hitch assembly and rear bumper have two coats of POR-15
4) Rear dent pulled out
5) Spare tire cover dents removed and cover buffed
6) Three new tires
7) New baby moon hubcaps
8) Custom built battery compartment door
9) Door and vents sealed with vulkem
10) Repacked wheel bearings
11) Replaced gaskets on all lights
12) Replaced rusting hardware with stainless steel hardware
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Old 08-02-2004, 07:26 PM   #29
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Dang, that's starting to look really nice. Keep it up.
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Plumbing snafu's

We spent quite a bit of time over the holiday weekend replacing all the damaged plumbing. We ended up just cutting out the damaged copper piping and then replacing it with new copper piping. Everything went smoothly until we tested it with water and discovered the water heater has a leak. Our next steps are to figure out how to remove the damaged water heater and where to find a suitable replacement unless someone thinks the original water heater can be repaired.
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Where'd you get the moon hubcaps? The ones on my dad's '64 Bambi II are rusted pretty badly.
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Where'd you get the moon hubcaps? The ones on my dad's '64 Bambi II are rusted pretty badly.
Believe it or not, we stumbled across them at our local hardware store! We were quite pleased with their quality.
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New hot water heater

We spent all day Sunday pulling out the old water heater along with measuring and prepping for the new water heater.

The first photograph shows the original water heater half hanging out the access door -- what a beast! We were never able to get the heater out the access door. We ended up cutting off all the protruding parts and pipes and then we flipped it on its side and pulled it out through the closet.

The second photograph shows what the new 6-gallon Suburban hot water heater looks like in place. What a size difference!

The third photograph shows the original access door and vent on the trailer which we wanted to keep to preserve the original look of the trailer. Luckily we were able to find a new replacement water heater with venting that lined up perfectly with the venting location in the access door.

Question: In the first and second photos, you can see remnants of what looks like plumbers putty on the skin of the Airstream where the border for the access door goes. The border is made out of aluminum too. My question is what should we use between the Airstream and the door border when we go to put it all back together again?
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geez, with all that extra space, maybe you shoulda gone for the 10-gallon!

so, does this mean you'll be camping with it next weekend????
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geez, with all that extra space, maybe you shoulda gone for the 10-gallon!
The 10-gallon was too deep for the base of the closet.

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so, does this mean you'll be camping with it next weekend????
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Gauchos reupholstered

I just picked up my newly reupholstered gauchos. I chose a celery-based upholstery with round swirls of blue, turquoise and green circles.
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Question: In the first and second photos, you can see remnants of what looks like plumbers putty on the skin of the Airstream where the border for the access door goes. The border is made out of aluminum too. My question is what should we use between the Airstream and the door border when we go to put it all back together again?
I think you're going to find that it is butyl tape, just like on the old AC pan I just pulled off. As for how to seal a new panel, which you're going to do, when you put that border in, see this thread post and I recommend using the steps for sealing the roof panel.

Replacing a panel

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New hot water heater framing

Here is a good example of how nothing is as simple as it seems in the world of "Airstream renovation"! We spent a good 8 hours last weekend fashioning a frame in the Bambi II to hold the new hot water heater. The only requirement we had was that we wanted to re-use the original hot water heater access panels and chimney so the Bambi II would look unchanged from the outside. After multiple trips to Home Depot and lots of trial and error measuring, cutting, and dry fitting, we finally finished the frame work.
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Tile removal

I spent the weekend removing the old tiles in preparation for laying new Marmoleum tiles. As usual, the chore took longer than I had anticipated. The good news is the plywood floor is intact without any punky sections. I ended up removing the two gaucho's and part of the bathroom walls in order to remove the tiles that were previously laid underneath the furniture. Additionally, having the furniture removed will help with laying the new tile as I will have to do less cuts (i.e., the tiles will be laid so the furniture sits on top of the tiles. I was also able to remove the tiles from underneath the refrigerator and the kitchen sink cabinet without removing anything. There is just enough room to slip the new tile underneath those items because the new tile is the same height as the original tile.

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1) Does anyone know if the linoleum used in the '64 Bambi II's contain asbestos?

2) What is the best means to remove the old black asphalt-like adhesive from the floor?

3) How smooth does the surface need to be for laying new tile? Does the adhesive help to fill any small nooks and crannies?
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