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Old 11-04-2013, 09:17 AM   #71
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I FINALLY got back to the Bambi II after a major yard remodel that I was not expecting. It is nice working in education to have Summer days to do major projects. And so, amidst other major projects, I am back to it!
Sounds like we are on the same page. I too am in the middle of a major yard remodel, and have put off the trailer until finished. What I find funny is that I get more motivated as the weather gets worse. Maybe we are just glutons for punishment (LOL).

Looking good. I am at the floor stage, getting ready to pull my first front section. I will keep an eye on your wiring, as I should be one step right behind you.

Keep up the good work!

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:00 PM   #72
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Back at it!

I waited all Winter after not getting as far as I would have liked in the Fall. Now I am back at it. The weather is breaking here in PA, but every time I get time to work on the old camper, I waste too much time gathering tools or trying to find squirreled-away parts from last season and by the time I actually start working, it gets dark, or more often, the rain starts falling!

One afternoon I attached the safety chains. Another I installed a backup light (lost the foam seal for the other one and spent a whole evening looking or it!). Tonight I installed one side marker light...then...rain.

The good news is that I plan to tow the trailer in to work on Monday where the automotive collision repair teacher plans to help me paint the INSIDE of the OUTER panels to seal the rivet lines with old automotive paint (it likes to seep into cracks and harden to a seal) and also make a lower plate for the tongue jack and also a new bumper.

Lots to do on Saturday afternoon to prepare for the first tow. It is supposed to be warm- and not raining. We'll see!

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Old 05-04-2014, 08:20 PM   #73
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My name is Stephen
We just got a 1964 Bambi 2
I pulled the 50 year old Bowen water heater today.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #74
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My name is Stephen
We just got a 1964 Bambi 2
I pulled the 50 year old Bowen water heater today.
A fun project...how did it go? How is the rest of your trailer?

Please start a thread so we can follow your progress!

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Old 05-30-2014, 09:45 AM   #75
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A fun project...how did it go? How is the rest of your trailer?

Please start a thread so we can follow your progress!

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Well I pulled the Water heater back out.
And ordered a new Atwood Gas/ Elec.
It would not fit right , to where I could use my vintage sheet metal
. So I took it back and ordered a Suburban
SW6DE. gas/electric .
It is fitting in ok to where the
Old sheet metal will work .
I put In a new Norcold refrigerator
N300R , 2-Way AC/LPG
Now we have all of the furniture out of
The camper . Rewireing putting in a new
9100 Series Inteli-Power Converter / Charger ,
AC 100A breaker box. And 12V DC fuse block .
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:18 PM   #76
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Well I pulled the Water heater back out.
And ordered a new Atwood Gas/ Elec.
It would not fit right , to where I could use my vintage sheet metal
. So I took it back and ordered a Suburban
SW6DE. gas/electric .
It is fitting in ok to where the
Old sheet metal will work .
I put In a new Norcold refrigerator
N300R , 2-Way AC/LPG
Now we have all of the furniture out of
The camper . Rewireing putting in a new
9100 Series Inteli-Power Converter / Charger ,
AC 100A breaker box. And 12V DC fuse block .
I wonder if the gas/electric has different dimensions than the gas only. I replaced my Bowen with a 6 gallon gas only (DSI) Atwood and was able to reuse the old sheet metal. I did cut a hole for the Atwood chimney but other than that the original metal is still in place.
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:24 PM   #77
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Sheet Metal with Atwood Chimney

Still looks pretty vintage
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:30 PM   #78
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Ben, I don't want to hijack your thread....but I'll add my two cents about the water heater....I used a Suburban gas heater, and the chimney vent was in the correct place. I followed the directions on morphing the original door that was on the Vintage Airstream website.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:37 PM   #79
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I wonder if the gas/electric has different dimensions than the gas only. I replaced my Bowen with a 6 gallon gas only (DSI) Atwood and was able to reuse the old sheet metal. I did cut a hole for the Atwood chimney but other than that the original metal is still in place.
The dimensions are the same .
I put in the Gas/ Elec . And it fit good .
I used all of the old vintage sheet metal.
All I had to do was pull a 120v AC . Wire
To run the Elec. Element . I put it on a detacated
Service . I had to pull a 12v service also to go to the on and
Off switch & the reset light .
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:24 PM   #80
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Early summer progress

The Bambi spent a horrid winter here in PA- I could not bring myself to get to work on it! The weather has broken and I am once again making progress. Even better, after four years of reconstruction, Lynn and I finally got to work on the trailer TOGETHER! A true blessing.

The trailer spent a few weeks in the shop at school where the students sprayed/sealed the inner seams and the teacher and I fabricated a lower tongue jack plate. The trailer doesn't rock back and forth so much now!

We also added some cross braces to the front frame to better support the bellypan and drilled and tapped some critical holes in the front of the trailer. Now that it is home...INSULATION! We have the first layer of Prodex in and partially taped (more taping to come...much more!) Then I need to cut 1 1/4" blocks of styrofoam to install the second layer of Prodex after wiring which I hope to start in the next day or two...hoping to be camping in the Bambi II by the end of the summer!
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #81
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More progress!

Wiring for 12 volt and 120 volt has been run...tail and marker lights tested...everything works!!

Second layer of Prodex has been started and rear end cap has been installed!

Yesterday Lynn (with help from Emma) scrubbed all of the interior skins with Bon-Ami cleaner and the garden hose. The pictures tell the story of the absolute filth!! We wish we had scrubbed the rear end cap before hanging it, but I was too caught up in the process of actually reinstalling the interior that I overlooked it.

After several touch ups on wiring runs and some last minute details, tomorrow's plan is to cut a few more strips of styrofoam and then hang the front end cap and both main ceiling panels.

The pictures tell the story...one that is getting more captivating each day!
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It's a great feeling when it starts to come together, isn't it?

Just a reminder -- now is the time to really, really document your wiring behind the panels. I've found the best method is to slowly make a film with your smartphone. With commentary, it's an invaluable resource later in the project.

Highly recommended for those of us older than you. My iPhone has a much better memory than me these days!
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:05 PM   #83
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It's a great feeling when it starts to come together, isn't it?

Just a reminder -- now is the time to really, really document your wiring behind the panels. I've found the best method is to slowly make a film with your smartphone. With commentary, it's an invaluable resource later in the project.

Highly recommended for those of us older than you. My iPhone has a much better memory than me these days!-
On point 1: YES!!!!!
On point 2: PICTURES, LOTS OF PICTURES...NO FILM, NO SMARTPHONE
On point 3: IN ORDER TO STAY SMART, I DO NOT OWN A SMARTPHONE... Just a personal thing
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:39 PM   #84
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More and more progress!

All of the interior wiring has been run, tested, and finally covered with the second layer of Prodex. All of the inner skins are riveted in place. The aluminum refrigerator vent chimney has been hung. I also finished a section of subflooring that had been neglected and ordered tires and bellypan skin!!

The wheel well covers are installed and the trailer is beginning to feel "finished" again! Talk about a long four year process just to get back to a usable shell!!

Lynn spent the past two days prepping for paint and we would have had the primer painted on this evening had we not gotten torrential storms in our area!

Tomorrow is another day and we hope to have the primer and first coat of aluminum paint applied before the end of the day.

As the trailer is so clean right now, my little inspectors came to check things out! I think they are saying "let's go camping!!"
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