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Old 05-30-2012, 12:20 AM   #43
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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.
Hi Bambified,
Love the bus. That year looks very desirable. I renovated a 77 VW convertible for my brother and am finishing up a 1956 Isetta. More important, I love the surfboards in the pic. Do I see an HPD In the Pink in the stack? One of the main reasons for my AS purchase is to use it in searching for surf. Looking forward to traveling the east coast for surf trips.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:22 PM   #44
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Hi Bambified,
Love the bus.......I love the surfboards in the pic. Do I see an HPD In the Pink in the stack? One of the main reasons for my AS purchase is to use it in searching for surf. Looking forward to traveling the east coast for surf trips.
Nope, no Takayama "In The Pink" in my stack. The closest thing I have to a Pink is a Robert August Noserider. What you see in the stack are mostly vintage, including a Gordie, a Hobie, a Surfboards Hawaii, a Duke Kahanamoku Pop-Out, a Micky Munez Super Glide, a Daytona Beach Tandem, a Bear, and a Corky Carrol Egg.

I too had "Surfari's" in mind when I purchased my Airstream Bambi. However, after my shark attack at the south jetty at Ponce Inlet, I limit my surf sessions to only perfect days anymore.
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Old 05-27-2016, 11:24 AM   #45
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It took a while

Well, We've been up to our eyeballs in "other" projects, but finally started on the Bambi (after 4 years). This one is the worst we've seen, but I really like the shell's "patina" and we intend to replace as little alclad as possible so as not to ruin her well-weathered character. The frame is badly rusted and is missing some ribs. We have decided to weld-up a new all-aluminum frame. Here's she is, stripped naked.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:01 PM   #46
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Hey,
Good to hear that the project is back on. It will be nice to see another Bambi on the road.
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:35 AM   #47
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Weird wheels, Common Brakes?

Well we pulled the wheels and looked at the brakes on the Bambi. Oddly, there are 2 different types of 13" wheels on this Bambi. One of the wheels looks like a one-piece rim from an early 60's Ford Falcon or Mustang. The other wheel has several slots in it and I have no clue what it is. They are both 4-bolt rims. I was able to get online and find a used Ford Falcon 13" rim for sale for $65, so I bought it. At least my wheels will look the same now.

Once we receive the purchased wheel, we will sand blast both rims, coat with POR 15, prime with Tie-Coat, and paint them.

I was also lucky to find a guy who sells reproduction Baby Moon hubcaps for the early Ford 13" rims, but he would only sell me 4 at a time. That's another $65. So now our expenditures on this Bambi project total over $3,000 as follows:

$900 - Purchase of Bambi Trailer
$1,250 - Transport of Trailer to Florida from Texas
$750 - A used "Door in a Door" (we are reducing it down to fit the Bambi)
$65 - Early 13" Ford Rim
$65 - 4 Baby Moon Hubcaps

$3,030 - Total costs to date

This Bambi had a solid door with a jalousie window, which I don't like. So I am reducing down a "Door in a Door" from a larger Airstream to fit the Bambi.
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:53 PM   #48
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Hey Bambified,
I went down the same road with the rims and hubcaps and brakes. Then I realized that the axle needed to be replaced too. This solved the brake problems but changed the wheel bolt pattern.
There goes another $500.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:31 AM   #49
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Coil over springs may work

The trailing torsion arms are nearly horizontal in angle, so 2 other forum members advised me to replace the axle, even though we get about 2" of horizontal travel if we stand on the frame and bounce up and down. However, I don't want to spend $500 on an axle, buy new wheels, new tires, and another set of hubcaps. That could cost me $700 or so. So, I am going to try something novel. The stock airstream shocks are 10" in length when compressed and 15" when extended. I am going to fit up a pair of cheap ($73) adjustable VW coil-over shocks in place of conventional shocks. They are about the same length (11" compressed, 17" extended) and diameter (2-1/4") as the stock shocks, and they can be adjusted. If the old axle is too old & tired to maintain proper ride height and travel, the shock springs on the new VW shocks should provide the extra boost needed. Plus, I can adjust the ride height somewhat. If it doesn't work, I'm only out $73.
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:08 PM   #50
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Hey Bambified,
If it doesn't work, I could use a set on my 72 Super.
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:12 PM   #51
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Hey Bambified,
Might want to check with forum members Top or Colin H, they both experts on axles and their replacement.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:16 AM   #52
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Frame is underway

Shell is off and aluminum frame construction is underway. When we removed the old steel frame, it literally broke in half. We have decided the floor will be aluminum plate rather than plywood. Lighter and waterproof and no need for a belly pan. We will be adding alclad around the entire bottom perimeter of the trailer due to disintegration of the old alclad. Also, somebody at some time took a grinder to the oxidation of the alclad beneath the tail lights, so we are also rebuilding that area and adding some custom vintage beehive style tail lights.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:11 PM   #53
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3 weeks of sanding and polishing

Well, the shell is off and we have wet-sanded, polished, wet-sanded, polished, and polished some more to remove 55 years of filth and oxidation. We didn't polish the bottom 2 feet of the shell because we are replacing it all with new alclad. It took us 3 weeks of 8-hour days to get it to this point. This little trailer has a lot of "character" (patina). Lots of little trail wounds, but oh so charming it will eventually be.
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Frame construction continues

Construction of the new aluminum frame and aluminum floor is gradually progressing. The floor is 1/4" aluminum alloy plate. We want to go as super lightweight as possible, as I will be pulling this Bambi with a small 1985 General Motors 6-cylinder wagon.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:32 PM   #55
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Great find! I'm interested in your comment about 'hidden a/c'. What are you thinking there? How would you do that? I agree, the roof top units are ugly, but how else would you do it? Thanks and good luck with your resto!
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3/4" plywood is about 70 pounds per 4x8, 1/4" aluminum is about 116 pounds?

I agree it's gonna last forever, but how did you calc the weight? What am i missing.....

Isn't that stuff about $350 per 4x8? Wow wee!
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