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Old 02-15-2006, 09:33 PM   #181
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cool! i'll be attempting the same thing this weekend, weather permitting! did you pollish the window frames before you did all this? that's where i am at the moment.

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No I didn't polish the frames. I thought about it and decided not to because the rest of the trailer is unpolished. I want to use the trailer this spring and summer. So for now I'm just trying to do the rebuild and concentrate on safety items. I talked with Steve today. Part of my problem may be that I have a trailer that has an odd ball type of window frame. With all the material he has sold to Airstream people I am just the 4th who has had some problem. He is working with me to try and figure out where the problem lies. His current thoughts are on the depth of the channel. It also seems that the odd balls are on the 61 to 63 Bambi trailers. When I find out more details I will post the information. I did get it to work and will continue to do the rest of the windows. It's just going to be more work than normal. There are always those people who like to do things the hard way!
Let me know how it works out for you.
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My window frames seem to be anodised (sp) I don't think they will polish successfully.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:31 AM   #182
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ah, San Felipe temps frequently top 100F, which by your explanation would be a perfect temperature to install the glazing bead on the rest of your windows, and while you're at it, on mine too....how about it? We've got a Rally planned for March!
It's 20 degrees here this morning. Your offer sounds real good at this moment.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:58 AM   #183
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My window frames seem to be anodised (sp) I don't think they will polish successfully.
are you sure they don't just have clear-coat on them? mine were REALLY rough looking, but a little elbow grease and man, what a difference! i opted to polish mine off the trailer, since that's where they were, and my work bench was a lot warmer than the outside! ha! once it's all together, i'll probably polish the whole thing again anyway, just getting the really bad spots cleaned up first.

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Old 02-17-2006, 08:55 AM   #184
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are you sure they don't just have clear-coat on them? mine were REALLY rough looking, but a little elbow grease and man, what a difference! i opted to polish mine off the trailer, since that's where they were, and my work bench was a lot warmer than the outside! ha! once it's all together, i'll probably polish the whole thing again anyway, just getting the really bad spots cleaned up first.

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Good thought, I'll try some stripper on a section and see what happens. There is a considerable amount of clear-coat on my trailer. So it's a good thought.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:26 PM   #185
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Road test

"On the road again. Oh it's good to be on the road again." Road test today, Main test was for breaks, How it pulled, in town and on the Highway 55. All went well. Though I'd share a couple of pictures.
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Old 02-17-2006, 09:49 PM   #186
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Don,
Congratulations on your maiden test run. I did the same thing, basically, took my Overlander on a nice long run up the coast to make sure all mechanical systems are go.
Now, what's next?
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Old 02-19-2006, 09:43 AM   #187
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Big test this weekend

The big test is coming this week end. We are going to the Mini Rally in Newport OR. We'll be sleeping on the floor. No interior yet!
Wish us luck.
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:55 PM   #188
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Hi Don
I have been reading your work, what an undertaking! I am a fairly new ASer, and have a "minor overhaul" under my belt already. New AC on my safari(thought I was gooing to die when I first cut into the top of my AS) , New counter and top, and I made new cushions all in the first year of ownership. My wife loves camping, but after we were all but swept away by a THUNDERSTORM in Arkansas, she said no more tenting . She wanted a pop up, but my grandpa convinced "us" to look into an AS. We love our Safari!
I have recently purchased his 63 ohio bambi. I am looking forward to some "minor renovations" on it. I think the floor is solid, so I mainly am going to focus on other safety issues and appliances...
I did notice on both my safari and bambi that all the glass has been replaced with plexiglass. Yuck! I am wondering where you get your replacement glass. The bambi I believe is all flat glass, but the safari has alot of curved glass. I understand that cornung made the original glass and is no longer available.
This forum is great, and I am looking forward to learning more about this great American tradition! Chris
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:00 PM   #189
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I did notice on both my safari and bambi that all the glass has been replaced with plexiglass. Yuck! I am wondering where you get your replacement glass. The bambi I believe is all flat glass, but the safari has alot of curved glass. I understand that cornung made the original glass and is no longer available.
Chris,

Curved, Corning style glass has been made available again by Steve at www.vintagetrailersupply.com.
He will have the bulb seal and galzing bead for your 63 Bambi as well. Make sure and check your window style first, though. the 63 Airstream models had flat glass. Easy to replace.
You have a nice collection of trailers, both very desirable and valuable!
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:28 PM   #190
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The big test is coming this week end. We are going to the Mini Rally in Newport OR. We'll be sleeping on the floor. No interior yet!
Wish us luck.
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Don,
That's great you're able to bring up your Bambi for the mini-rally. We're all anxious to see what you've been able to finish in real life! Reminds me of Chris bringing his Caravel to the Trout Lake rally last July and sleeping on the floor before he was all done! You and Claudia are welcome to sleep in our pull-out sofa-bed if you want! We've got plenty of room! Do you have a way to connect an electrical heater inside your Bambi? If not, it could be several cool nights sleeping in your Bambi!
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:32 AM   #191
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Hi Don
I have been reading your work, what an undertaking! I am a fairly new ASer, and have a "minor overhaul" under my belt already. New AC on my safari(thought I was gooing to die when I first cut into the top of my AS) , New counter and top, and I made new cushions all in the first year of ownership. My wife loves camping, but after we were all but swept away by a THUNDERSTORM in Arkansas, she said no more tenting . She wanted a pop up, but my grandpa convinced "us" to look into an AS. We love our Safari!
I have recently purchased his 63 ohio bambi. I am looking forward to some "minor renovations" on it. I think the floor is solid, so I mainly am going to focus on other safety issues and appliances...
I did notice on both my safari and bambi that all the glass has been replaced with plexiglass. Yuck! I am wondering where you get your replacement glass. The bambi I believe is all flat glass, but the safari has alot of curved glass. I understand that cornung made the original glass and is no longer available.
This forum is great, and I am looking forward to learning more about this great American tradition! Chris
Your Airstreams look really great. As Uwe said, nice collection. If you haven't looked at Uwes thread yet, it is a must. Without a doubt some of the nicest work on this forum. When you get a chance I'd like to see some pictures of the inside of your Bambi. In the picture it looks almost perfect. Just a note of interest my Mom and Dad were both form Omaha and we were back there this last summer doing some family tree work. For the Bambe glass it is 3/32 and you can get it from your local glass person.
Once again Welcome Aboard.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:39 AM   #192
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That's great you're able to bring up your Bambi for the mini-rally. We're all anxious to see what you've been able to finish in real life! Reminds me of Chris bringing his Caravel to the Trout Lake rally last July and sleeping on the floor before he was all done! You and Claudia are welcome to sleep in our pull-out sofa-bed if you want! We've got plenty of room! Do you have a way to connect an electrical heater inside your Bambi? If not, it could be several cool nights sleeping in your Bambi!
Chris is the one who inspired us to come with a hallow shell. We had such a good time at the last Rally, we just wanted to make it to this one. In fact the Rally target date helped me get twice as much work done. Thanks for the sofa-bed offer. It sound good. I don't know if I can get Claudia out of her Bambi though. We'll see you there and make a decision then. I will be connecting 110 to the trailer today. Claudia bought a small electric heater just the other day, so we should be good and warm. It's finally clear but cold here in Yreka, 20 this a.m.
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Great job

Wow you did a great job! I am planning on a shell off next year and read all the posts about this. I copy and paste tidbits that I know I will never remember. Are you going to the International this summer? Would love to see your Bambi in person.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:00 PM   #194
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Wow you did a great job! I am planning on a shell off next year and read all the posts about this. I copy and paste tidbits that I know I will never remember. Are you going to the International this summer? Would love to see your Bambi in person.
Cory, thanks for the positive comments. I hope you create a thread on your shell off. It's great to watch other work in progress. I don't know if we will make it to the international yet.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:40 PM   #195
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Your Airstreams look really great. As Uwe said, nice collection. If you haven't looked at Uwes thread yet, it is a must. Without a doubt some of the nicest work on this forum. When you get a chance I'd like to see some pictures of the inside of your Bambi. In the picture it looks almost perfect. Just a note of interest my Mom and Dad were both form Omaha and we were back there this last summer doing some family tree work. For the Bambe glass it is 3/32 and you can get it from your local glass person.
Once again Welcome Aboard.
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Don, here are a couple of pictures of the interior. I will get some more taken when I pull my bambi out of storage and open it up. Is there anything in particular you are interested in?
Thanks for the information on the glass Uwe. That is GREAT news. We love our safari. I just dont like the window design on the curved pieces. There is no frame around the glass or anything. Probably why they are all plexyglass. I cant wait to get some new pieces ordered. Chris
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:49 AM   #196
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cnssanders, Your Bambi looks like its in great condition. When ever you feel like posting more pictures, I'll be looking. Is the trailer all original or have there been updates? Would be interested in lighting in the kitchen area. What does the fabric look like?
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:28 AM   #197
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Surprise on the way to the South Beach Rally. At 55 mph in the slow lane my wife hollered, "the door is open". What I saw when I looked in the side mirror is mocked up in the photo below. I'm sharing these pictures with everyone in case someone out there has the same type hinge I have. When I inspected the top hinge that separated from the trailer, I found that the rivets were about 50% corroded away. This was in no way evident from the outside of the hinge. So if you have the same type hinge, I strongly suggest that you replace the rivets.
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Dang, Don - did you actually almost loose the door? Any collateral damage?
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i feel for ya, man...

the door blew open on my tradewind on teh way home, be cause the previous owner didn't have the keys for the dead-bolt, and the straps i used didn't hold... :-( very disheartening, i know. the doors are relatively easy to get back into shape, though. i had to brace the frame with a piece of scrap aluminum. the crack in teh frame is noticeable to me... but what are ya gonna do?

as for teh rivets, i replaced all mine in the little trailer, when i put them back on. did your door blow open, or was it hinge failure? my hinges got tweaked pretty good when the door blew open. that would have been enough to blow your hinge rivets... especially if they were already weakened.

these things are never-ending projects, aren't they?

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Bummer...Thanks for the tip on the rivets. I'm getting ready to replace the Vulkem in that area.

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