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Old 06-26-2010, 09:34 AM   #29
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Hey, I have the first Ca Bambi. Needs both front couches. Does anyone know of any available? I have seen drawings of how to make them but thought it might be easier to find existing ones. Replaced the door handle with a rare new one-Bargman 77-broken handle thing. My door is a suicide one and had to use old parts to convert the new handle to open from the right to left side.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:58 PM   #30
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According to the info below, the Ohio Bambi's started at 101 so abased on this you would have #4:

I don't have a complete serial number range (beginning or ending serial numbers) for 1962 Ohio built Bambis. Nevertheless, it appears Ohio built 1962 Bambi serial numbers began at or near 162T401 and went up from there, to at least 162T467. Your 162T419 falls comfortably within that range.

The 250 1961 Ohio built Bambis appear to have serial numbers starting at 161T101 and ending near 161T350. Known low and high 1961 Ohio built Bambi serial numbers are 161T124 and 161T346, thus suggesting the above estimated range of 250 sequential numbers.

The 350 ending sequential number for 1961 Ohio built Bambis leaves open the possibiliy that 1962 Ohio built Bambi serial numbers may have begun 351, but to date no numbers under 401 have been discovered for 1962 Bambis.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:51 PM   #31
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I have the oldest, 01 California 1961 Bambi.
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:40 PM   #32
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So I gather I've got the oldest Ohio Bambi, so far. unless # 1,2,& 3 turn up.

Thanks for the information everyone.

When I pulled this baby home, the packrat nests had grown to 3' deep inside with all of the expected fluid & deposits included. But the trailer was 100% intact & original. The aluminum was all in good shape, and covered by a coat of camouflage paint that has been awful to remove. The rodent tenants had moved in under the floor and inside the walls, necessating all floor and wall insulation replacement. All kinds of strange things were growing in the appliances, water & gas lines, and the inside paint, cabinets & upholstry were saturated with their wonderfully fragrant nectar.

So needless to say, I'm in the middle of a complete ground up restoration. Belly skin, floor, insulation, interior skin removal, stripping & reinstallation, wiring replacement, all are done. Now ready for the Zolatone interior paint, and just finished reglazing & polishing the window frames today. I'll post some photos (when I get time?)

One question if anyone knows, this trailer has the original axel with a 4 lug wheel. The 14" wheels & tires on it now seem large, & have very little clearance. Were the original wheels 13"?

Also all of the appliances work and are being resrored to original condition. One of the few things I am missing are the interior plastic removable door shelves from the Dometic M16 refrigerator. I suspect a difficult thing to come by. Any lines on possible source would be greatly appriciated.

I hope to have a full photo essay of the restoration. and thank those who have preceeded me for their documenting of the processes. Your information has been extremely helpful.

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Old 07-15-2010, 12:44 AM   #33
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Hi, just acquired 16TDSS1639, 39th built in Santa Fe, Ca. Found her on the Central Coast of Ca., she had been sitting for the past 25 years. Surprisingly good shape, all orginal except for some carpet. Pulled her home (10 miles) with no problems, think she would like to hit the road soon. Cleaned up real nice, old Ca. license plate and all. Got lucky.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:35 AM   #34
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Congratulations!! She sounds like a beauty. Post some pictures and welcome to the forums.

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Old 09-10-2010, 06:13 PM   #35
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Thought you all might like to see some photos of Ohio #4 as found literally FULL of varment nests.
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hello everyone just got my bambi 1962 and was reading this forum and according to my serial number on the side on the trailer I have number 162T472 this is a higher number than what is posted earlier can you help.Puggzilla or anyone.
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:18 PM   #37
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just noticed i messed up on my user name should of been 62
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:34 PM   #38
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I proudly possess a California Bambi with serial number 16tdss1601
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:49 PM   #39
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Hey busboy
I think mine is the youngest its a California #1942
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Busboy has the oldest California-made 1961 Bambi with 1601. Congratulations!

How is Novus1 & Neonguy doing with their "fixin' up" their Bambi finds?
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:18 AM   #41
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just noticed i messed up on my user name should of been 62
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:18 PM   #42
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Well I just found out that my 61 Bambi needs a new axle and that the earlier ones had the axle welded to the frame...SO I have to cut it off and fabricate a new mounting plate for a new axle. Also interested to find out if my inner upper shell ends are made of aluminum or fiberglass. Rear bumper is basic angle iron type that is part of frame extension.
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