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Old 04-17-2011, 09:18 AM   #113
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Great looking frame, much stronger then the original using the rectangle tube for the main rails
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:53 AM   #114
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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.
Much as I am inspired by your job here to tackle a frame off restoration, I am afraid budgeting will not allow that. I am wondering, however, where to place a jack to change a tire and/or remove the axle for replacement? Is there a notable spot on the frame to do this, or would I just want to line up with the front-to-back frame rails?

Final gutting, sub floor replacement, and axle replacement are the names of the game for this Summer.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:40 PM   #115
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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!
This is amazing! Your son is wonderful! Hope mine grows up and be so helpful and generous with his time to his mother. Way to go to raising your son to be so loving, helpful and generous to his mother. Wish I could send mine to yours to learn. Lol
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:18 PM   #116
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Wow! That is some awesome work you have going on there. Seeing a Ford tractor towing a Bambi out of the woods would make my day for sure. Great thread!
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:04 PM   #117
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Much as I am inspired by your job here to tackle a frame off restoration, I am afraid budgeting will not allow that. I am wondering, however, where to place a jack to change a tire and/or remove the axle for replacement? Is there a notable spot on the frame to do this, or would I just want to line up with the front-to-back frame rails?

Final gutting, sub floor replacement, and axle replacement are the names of the game for this Summer.
You have to stay on the frame rails. There isn't a marking on the trailer like on some of the newer ones. We're still waiting for the axles. There's some kind of back up at the factory. I went shopping today in a po dunk town about 1 hour from my house. There is a big store that has lots of surplus stuff there. I came home with oak cabinet doors--all made but not stained for 99 cents each! I bought 46 of them to use for styles, cabinet doors, gaucho fronts, etc. I'm thrilled! I also found Vulkem for 99 cents a tube. Bought it all for putting the c channel on & other places where it won't show (it's bronze in color). But, while I was out there, I also saw what's pictured below! I'm keeping it in the recesses of my mind...! Too many projects now, but maybe someday....? I think it's a '60 something Trade Wind, but I'm sure I'm wrong. I had a great day of shopping for the Bambi II & lining all the ducks up. I won't get to cabinets probably till winter, but the bargain screamed my name!

Thanks for the compliments about my sons. They're great young men! Maybe they have the ulterior motive of one day getting the AS! Na...they just love their mama!
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #118
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WOW!! that's great Becky. I have a '58 Custom needing a total rebuild. in my travels for work, i find little bargains like you did. i take them home and put them in the trailer. one day i will have all my pieces and will start. keep up the good work!! watching your progress is inspiring.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:33 PM   #119
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Found two Airstreams

I found these two Airstreams parked on the side of the road last fall. I passed again yesterday and they are still there. I stopped last fall but I could not find the owner, just that they where parked there 15 to 20 years ago.

They are about one hour drive from my home.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:21 PM   #120
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Disaster Averted!

I looked out the window this afternoon & almost threw up! I thought this log landed on the Bambi II, but thankfully it torpedoed in the ground 3 ft away from it. Whew! I haven't insured it, since I have a frame in one place, a shell in another, and axles still who knows where! She's still partially hanging from the tree & can't be put down until she's on the chassis. Could be a while...! I can't even Por-15 the frame because it's so stinking cold here. We open our greenhouses Friday & it's only 43 degrees. Who's gonna buy flowers??!!
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Whew! Where are you it was bad here last night. We were scared to! We've been getting prices on ins. So I understand it was scary!
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:29 PM   #122
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You lucked out on that limb.

I am located in Sanford, N.C. where a tornado went through the south side of town last Saturday. We never lost power but have many friends that lost their entire houses. Did have a small tree fall on the roof of the shop at my parents home where my Bambi is blocked up waiting for me to put the new axle on.

Your frame looks great. That is a lucky Bambi II.

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Old 05-03-2011, 07:34 PM   #123
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Some progress

The Por-15 job is complete. The axles are on as well as the new shocks (thanks, Colin and Bill!) My hubby made me this nice spare tire holder & now I'm putting the aluminum on top of it & will put a layer of Prodex over that before the floor goes down. We put the belly pan under the axle before so it won't be such a task to get it in later. Still waiting on the grey tank I screwed up to be repaired & returned. I'll probably cut the pieces for the belly pan when I have the time so they're ready to go when the time comes. It's so cold here that I'm putzing in the garage! What's up with that!?
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Nice looking frame. Great work!
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:56 PM   #125
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We put the deck on the trailer a while ago after receiving the gray tanks back. My husband drilled a hole in the deck for the hoses from the fresh water to go over to the streetside of the trailer from under the gaucho on the curbside. We temporarily attached the new c channel for dry fitting the chassis to the shell. We wanted to do this because the rear of the floor was so rotted that we had to wing it on the shape of the floor. I'm wondering if everyone puts Tempro under the c channel when they attach it? I've read some threads that do, but wonder if it's necessary?

I also temporarily attached one thickness of aluminum around the curved edges to act as a shim in place of the banana wrap that will be there when the final attachment takes place.

We took the chassis into the back yard this afternoon for a dry fit. All in all it fit pretty well. My hubby had to make one cut in the rear (where we winged it), but it wasn't bad. I was in charge of keeping the shell from hitting the tree that it's hung from. It was WINDY! Our boys helped us out putting it on--the extra hands were great!

The chassis is back in the garage for the banana wrap & belly pan before it goes back on.
Colin Hyde strongly suggests doing it upside down. Not sure if I can manage to get there, but I may get it tipped sideways. I'm not looking forward to making the banana wrap, but I'll do my best!
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #126
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