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Old 04-01-2011, 08:22 AM   #99
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Yes they should fit as the Bambi II frame width is the same as other Airstream's of the era. I am assuming of course that the frame height is 4" though. These tanks were designed to fit the narrower 13 panel models of the 50's, however they still fit the 60's & 70's era trailers. Linking two together is wonderful too!
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I just went out & measured the frame. It's 3"......
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:54 PM   #100
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Yesterday, my husband & I lifted the shell from the frame. My son climbed the tree & put a chain & pulley up there & it was run through the vent. A 2" x 6" x 8' board was used along with another screwed to it on edge in the middle to hold the top level & put the weight of the shell on. After a lot of Vulkem prying & a few stray rivets, the top came off. She was lowered down & shimmed on some wood and then tied down. Today we checked over the frame. It's toast. There are holes in the front where the belly pan was touching it (and the rat nest was there). My son is going to make me a new frame & add some of his own touches to it so it's beefier. It will be 4" instead of 3" so the Vintage RV Supply grey tanks can fit nicely. Next step is getting my subfloor & tracing the old plywood shape to it. Then I'll have to get the belly pan & old floor off so it will be easier for the boys to see what they have to remake for the frame. Glad I have some help, or I'd never be able to do it within financial reason!
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:59 PM   #101
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Awesome, Becky. You're making excellent progress. Are you going to be able to use anything from the old frame?
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:04 PM   #102
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Awesome, Becky. You're making excellent progress. Are you going to be able to use anything from the old frame?
I don't think so....
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I am assuming of course that the frame height is 4" though. These tanks were designed to fit the narrower 13 panel models of the 50's, however they still fit the 60's & 70's era trailers.
I believe Becky said the Bambi II frame is 3" (which is correct). Does this mean then that this particular gray water tank won't fit? I am kind of planning on using my inherited "blue" tank from Dad. Not sure the budget will allow the gray tank addition- and not sure we would use it all that much.

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:22 PM   #104
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I believe Becky said the Bambi II frame is 3" (which is correct). Does this mean then that this particular gray water tank won't fit? I am kind of planning on using my inherited "blue" tank from Dad. Not sure the budget will allow the gray tank addition- and not sure we would use it all that much.

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Yes it will fit however it'll stick down an inch below the bellypan requiring some additional bellypan mods. I'm doing a major job on a 55 Flying Cloud at the moment & plan to run a 1 X 1 square tube along the full length of the chassis, allowing these tanks to be used without a bump in the bottom of the bellypan, plus adding some structure.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:23 PM   #105
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Yesterday, my husband & I lifted the shell from the frame. My son climbed the tree & put a chain & pulley up there & it was run through the vent. A 2" x 6" x 8' board was used along with another screwed to it on edge in the middle to hold the top level & put the weight of the shell on. After a lot of Vulkem prying & a few stray rivets, the top came off. She was lowered down & shimmed on some wood and then tied down. Today we checked over the frame. It's toast. There are holes in the front where the belly pan was touching it (and the rat nest was there). My son is going to make me a new frame & add some of his own touches to it so it's beefier. It will be 4" instead of 3" so the Vintage RV Supply grey tanks can fit nicely. Next step is getting my subfloor & tracing the old plywood shape to it. Then I'll have to get the belly pan & old floor off so it will be easier for the boys to see what they have to remake for the frame. Glad I have some help, or I'd never be able to do it within financial reason!
Nice job Becky!
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:28 PM   #106
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The holes you are looking at are "Vermin access hatches"..............
I wouldn't bother cutting them into your new floor.
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PS Your new axle is scheduled to be built 4/7/11 YEAH!

Is the hole that's cut in the floor under the refrigerator a vermin access hatch too? The vermin whiz actually ate the c channel across part of the front. Don't want any more holes than we need! Is the vent behind & out the top enough, or is the floor "vent" needed too?
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:48 PM   #107
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My first two Airstreams were restorations....a 65 Caravel (kick myself daily for selling it!) and a 76 Globe Trotter...such a sweet trailer. Seeing your project stirs the "find one and fix it" bug in me. I think it's awesome you're giving new life to an Airstream that's been forgotten. Good job!
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:34 AM   #108
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I really appreciate your step-by-step pictures. This is a great thread. I'm so glad you found this lonely trailer.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:13 AM   #109
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Made some progress...

This week will be a big week in the Bambi II's new life. Last week, my husband & I traced & cut the new subfloor (don't beat me up--we chose Advantech for lots of reasons). Sadly, I screwed up one piece & had to get another (Bill was glad it wasn't HIM!). Get a load of all the nasty stuff in the belly pan in the picture. All the nasty nasty work is done. Only some insulation left in the upper panels of the shell, which sits in our back yard now, will need to be removed when the shell goes back on. The frame was interesting. The factory just cut some of the crossmembers to fit the drain for the shower & some plumbing for the toilet area. We're going to avoid doing that with the new frame. My son has a pal with an iron works shop that is allowing him to use the shop this Saturday. Yesterday, I picked up the steel for the frame rails & ordered custom outriggers and a bumper. Total cost for the steel was $718 including labor for cuts. This will save my son, Paul, a lot of time fabricating the outriggers. We hoped to pick up the axles by the time the frame is made, but it's looking grim in that area. The factory is backed up & I'm not sure when I'll get them. Hopefully, something will happen before Saturday & I can go trekk the 2 hour drive to get them. There's an RV Surplus store a few miles from there that I want to go to for sinks, etc., so the trip won't be wasted on just picking up axles.

I've cleaned up the black tank, which also was full of mouse house. Has anyone else changed the toilet on a Bambi II? Do you know if you can change the flange on the top to a modern one? I'll post a picture of what it looks like now & see if anyone can give me advise on that. I probably should order a toilet before we start to plumb so we can dry fit everything first.
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Whow real progress. Of course Im old and would have never tackled the "gitten it out of the woods" thing. LOOKIN GOOD. I watch with anticipation.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:58 AM   #111
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Lots of progress happened yesterday. My sons & husband were a great help to me! I'm glad they humor me with these parts of the project that I'm really incapable of doing! The black tank flange was ground down to accept a standard flange, so that delema is over. The other HUGE thing was the new frame. I picked up all the pieces from the fabricators. They were all perfect. My husband drew out a plan for the new frame, taking into account the two gray tanks & larger fridge. He moved a couple of the cross members over to account for those things. We beefed up the frame to 4" from 3". Below are some pictures of our day. It took about 6 hours to lay it out & weld it. A few cuts had to be made, but the use of my son's friends shop made the task of cutting a piece of cake! I think I need to learn how to weld---it looks easy & like a satisfying skill to know! Here are some pictures of our day. Still waiting on the axles, so she's strapped on the back of our flatbed pick-up right now awaiting those & Por-15!
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Awesome!

Thats just awesome how everyone is pitching in to do a part! When I started my project everyone I know disappeared. Only help I had was from Mrs. S (wife).

Must be a good feeling having lots of help. It will make the trailer that much more special when its finished. Good for ya'll!
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