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Old 05-05-2012, 12:36 AM   #29
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Good luck on the project. Looking forward to seeing the completed Bambi.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:50 PM   #30
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Looks like your moving along at a good clip. ..............
What year is your Bambi? Put more info in your signature, helps when searching.

I just love that little rear window, it's so cool.

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My Bambi is 1962, Built in California in July 1962. Number 16TSS1881. This VIN # is supposedly a 1963 built trailer per the VIN # Directory most often referenced by vintage airstreamers. However, as can clearly be seen on the VIN ID plate, the production date is 07/62.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:00 PM   #31
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Minor Setback

I've had a little minor setback. My motor on my tow vehicle finally tanked after about 200,000 miles. The little V6 in my 59 Rambler Super Wagon just finally pooped out, so now I'm doing my research for an upgrade to a small block Chevy V8.

Unfortunately, It will be necessary to defer my attention away for the Bambi for a few weeks to complete the engine replacement in my tow vehicle. Here are a few pictures.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:06 AM   #32
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I'm in search of my dream Bambi so your thread has been helpful in what to expect! I love the " cheap and trashy" ! She's lovely!best of luck , I'll continue to follow your progress !
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:50 AM   #33
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She's a fine looking specimen. How's the floor and chassis frame. Looks like a great project!
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:39 AM   #34
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The bambi will look great behind your tow vehicle!
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #35
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Neat looking tow vehicle. I am a car guy and I have always had a soft spot for old Ramblers and Studebakers, although I mostly like German stuff.

I am curious about your design plans for a "hidden AC". I have recently bought a 5k AC so I can install it in the rear window of my TW and operate it with my 1,000 watt Honda genny. I am only going to cool the back half of the TW. I will remove it before I tow, and will store it in the bottom of the bathroom closet- it is only 16x12x15D and weighs 39 lbs.

I am going to the Delfest Music festival this weekend, and I may try out my AC as it is suppose to be 98 on Sat and I am dry camping.

I like all your plans for your new Bambi and I am looking forward to following your progress.

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Old 05-22-2012, 03:14 PM   #36
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My Bambi is 1962, Built in California in July 1962. Number 16TSS1881. This VIN # is supposedly a 1963 built trailer per the VIN # Directory most often referenced by vintage airstreamers. However, as can clearly be seen on the VIN ID plate, the production date is 07/62.
I believe the Directory is referring to the model year not the build year.

Heck a big difference between build and model year was the 1997 F150s, to be competitive in the Nascar Truck series they rushed the 1997 out and had them on the road in December 1995.
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Great looking setup

Should be a great looking setup with the Rambler.
Yeah, sometimes other projects take precedence

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Old 05-26-2012, 12:16 PM   #38
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Neat looking tow vehicle. I am a car guy and I have always had a soft spot for old Ramblers and Studebakers, although I mostly like German stuff.
Dan

This is my current "German" project. It is going to the cabinet guy next month for installation of a birch interior in the rear passenger area.
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This is my current "German" project. It is going to the cabinet guy next month for installation a birch interior in the rear passenger area.
LOVE the Vdub!!!!!
Like the beach chairs in the back of the wagon. READY TO GO!!!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:23 PM   #40
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She's a fine looking specimen. How's the floor and chassis frame. Looks like a great project!
The floor is as soft as pudding. The frame is rusted. It will need to be blasted and additional framing support will need to be welded in place to ensure it is supportive. As I mentioned, this Bambi is rough. Needs a lot.

I am piddling around with the windows and doors right now. Once I have bumped out the dents in the shell and I am satisfied that I can make the doors and windows all operate and seal satisfactorily, I will be lifting the shell off of the frame and transporting the frame for refurbishing.

I think the axle, with its old leaf spring design, will not need replacement. However, I am leaning toward electric brakes, so I might just replace the whole axle assembly. Not sure yet.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:36 PM   #41
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I am curious about your design plans for a "hidden AC". I have recently bought a 5k AC so I can install it in the rear window of my TW and operate it with my 1,000 watt Honda genny. I am only going to cool the back half of the TW. I will remove it before I tow, and will store it in the bottom of the bathroom closet- it is only 16x12x15D and weighs 39 lbs.

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I have been carefully reviewing all the airforum posts on hidden A/C units. It appears a few guys have had problems with cooling the units and have experienced condensation problems at the vents. Given this observation, I tried an experiment with a portable rolling A/C unit that I had used to cool my garage at home. The unit stands about 2-1/2 feet high and is about 16 inches wide and 12 inches deep. It blows really cold, has wheels, and can be rolled or lifted easily and stored away.

I vented the portable A/C unit with a dryer style duct (removable) that can vent through the old furnace vent on the side of the Bambi, or even through the floor. I ran a condensation drain line (about the diameter of a garden hose, and removable) from the unit through the floor. Plugged in the A/C unit and it worked great. The Bambi got really cold inside.

Its usually hot in Florida for 6 to 8 months of the year. I'd only need the the A/C unit during those months. Because the unit is totally portable, I can remove it during cooler weather. On trips during hotter weather It could easily roll into a wardrobe cabinet within the Bambi, out of eyeshot. I think this might be a better alternative to always hauling around a heavy fixed/stationary through-wall unit permanently mounted in the trailer or compromising with a roof unit.
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I have been carefully reviewing all the airforum posts on hidden A/C units. It appears a few guys have had problems with cooling the units and have experienced condensation problems at the vents. Given this observation, I tried an experiment with a portable rolling A/C unit that I had used to cool my garage at home. The unit stands about 2-1/2 feet high and is about 16 inches wide and 12 inches deep. It blows really cold, has wheels, and can be rolled or lifted easily and stored away.

I vented the portable A/C unit with a dryer style duct (removable) that can vent through the old furnace vent on the side of the Bambi, or even through the floor. I ran a condensation drain line (about the diameter of a garden hose, and removable) from the unit through the floor. Plugged in the A/C unit and it worked great. The Bambi got really cold inside.

Its usually hot in Florida for 6 to 8 months of the year. I'd only need the the A/C unit during those months. Because the unit is totally portable, I can remove it during cooler weather. On trips during hotter weather It could easily roll into a wardrobe cabinet within the Bambi, out of eyeshot. I think this might be a better alternative to always hauling around a heavy fixed/stationary through-wall unit permanently mounted in the trailer or compromising with a roof unit.
I've been debating using a portable A/C unit like the one you describe.
Takes a little time to setup (minimal), but very easy to use, functional,
and can be stored away.
I think that is a great idea, and will be trying that also.

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