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Old 08-12-2006, 01:39 AM   #441
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Congrats Dear!

You have achieved the grand status of "Rivet Master" ~ Way to go!

Folks, my dear husband has always been one of those: "Jack of all trades, master of none..." But now, I must say "Jack of all trades, Master of rivets"!

Job well done. Back to your regular programming... don't want to hijack your thread here.... We were talking about axles???? I will attest to the fact our Bambi must tow much better with the new axle, he has not complained about it and said positive things about the towing!

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Old 08-17-2006, 10:14 PM   #442
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This is the 3D graphic I'm working on of the original Hens hen axle that came in my 1963 Bambi. My original had a 10 1/2 Degree down angle. This image has a 22 degree down angle. Question does anyone know if Airstream made any custom 50s Flying Clouds with a dual axle?
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:16 PM   #443
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This is the 3D graphic I'm working on of the original Hens hen axle that came in my 1963 Bambi. My original had a 10 1/2 Degree down angle. This image has a 22 degree down angle. Question does anyone know if Airstream made any custom 50s Flying Clouds with a dual axle?
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I do not know if they were called FLying Clouds, but there were older short trailers with twin axles. You might find one at the archives at www.vintageairstream.com
Wally had some made for the long overseas caravans, due to their increased safety.
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:19 PM   #444
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This is the 3D graphic I'm working on of the original Hens hen axle that came in my 1963 Bambi.
Reminds me of an Escher painting...the brake bracket at least. What are you doing making 3D graphics? Don't you have a Flying Cloud to restore?
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:28 PM   #445
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My oldest motto which applies to the Flying Cloud. Never rush the planning stage.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:16 AM   #446
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We've used our Bambi at Silver Falls, Indian Scotty, and Hat Creek. I really enjoyed restoring the trailer. However using it has been much better. I hope all the restorers out there who are now on the road are enjoying as much as we are. With the new axle, shocks and the addition of power steering in our 1968 Ford 4X4 F100 driving and pulling is a dream. I'd thought I'd include a camping picture.
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Old 08-23-2006, 02:51 PM   #447
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congrats! i'm taking our "camping" camper this weekend to kentucky. the "project" camper's falling behind! gotta fix that!

camping in one is motivating me to work on the other. i think i would have really lost steam with out the trade wind. wish i had a bambi, though. i love the tiny rear window!

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Old 08-24-2006, 01:10 AM   #448
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We've used our Bambi at Silver Falls, Indian Scotty, and Hat Creek. I really enjoyed restoring the trailer. However using it has been much better. Don
I have to chime in here! I think camping is better too! Besides, I even think it is less expensive than the restoration part!

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Old 08-31-2006, 10:37 AM   #449
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I walked by the finished Bambi on the way to the 55FC project yesterday. And I'd swore it was purring.
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so, you're liking 2, have you thinght about 3? i'm kinda at that crossroads now... these things really ARE addictive! i've got a friend wanting to make me a deal i can't refuse on a '61 Trotter, or my parent's neighbor wanting me to take his '59 overlander... man, i'm glad i don't live in a neighborhood! i'd get ALL kinds of complaints by now! ha!

if either one was a 13 panel, i think i'd be in trouble...

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Old 09-01-2006, 08:11 PM   #451
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JP, My wife has a 1948 Cadillac Sedanette that I've been working off and on for 25 years now. Wouldn't a 48 Airstream be perfect. Just need to find someone who will feel sorry for my wife that it's taken so long to finish the Caddy and give her a in need of restoration trailer.
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JP, My wife has a 1948 Cadillac Sedanette that I've been working off and on for 25 years now. Wouldn't a 48 Airstream be perfect. Just need to find someone who will feel sorry for my wife that it's taken so long to finish the Caddy and give her a in need of restoration trailer.
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That's funny that you should mention that... I've been thinking of getting a '58 or '59 Cadillac to tow my '58 Airstream with I'm just wondering if Cadillac purists would be upset with me if I put a new diesel engine into the Caddy....
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Old 09-03-2006, 03:12 PM   #453
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That's funny that you should mention that... I've been thinking of getting a '58 or '59 Cadillac to tow my '58 Airstream with I'm just wondering if Cadillac purists would be upset with me if I put a new diesel engine into the Caddy....
I don't think you would upset anyone with an engine swap. I am in the process of putting a Chevy 350 in the 48. With gas prices etc going up and up, we have to do something to keep things going. Also reliability when pulling a trailer is very important. I've kept the original 48 flathead motor and all other equipment. Also I have kept my changes in a way that original items could be put back with little work. Maybe it's just my way of justifying what I'm doing.
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P.S. older Cads were ment to pull Airstreams.
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:24 PM   #454
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That's funny that you should mention that... I've been thinking of getting a '58 or '59 Cadillac to tow my '58 Airstream with I'm just wondering if Cadillac purists would be upset with me if I put a new diesel engine into the Caddy....
I think there were a few Caddies with diesels, I remember 1.

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I think there were a few Caddies with diesels, I remember 1.

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I checked online and found that Cadillac made a diesel in 1978. My grand parents had a diesel Chevy Caprice Classic that was about that year. I think that was all related to the high gas prices in the late 70's, but that was before my time.
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I don't think you would upset anyone with an engine swap. I am in the process of putting a Chevy 350 in the 48. With gas prices etc going up and up, we have to do something to keep things going. Also reliability when pulling a trailer is very important. I've kept the original 48 flathead motor and all other equipment. Also I have kept my changes in a way that original items could be put back with little work. Maybe it's just my way of justifying what I'm doing.
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P.S. older Cads were ment to pull Airstreams.
At the end of the day, I guess I don't really care if I upset anyone, so long as i'm happy with it I think a '58 or '59 Coupe Deville will look beautiful pulling my Airstream.

The 1948 Cadilac Sedanet is absolutely incredible looking! That's the one with a sort of fast back, right? I'm sure the 350 will be great in that car.
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Hi,

I wouldn't be too upset with an engine swap... as long as my '48 gets on the road again! It would look cool pulling my Bambi!

Kinda great, I think.... my car, my Bambi.... hubby does all the work!

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Old 09-17-2006, 12:14 AM   #458
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The original trim around the sink in the Bambi was a white rubber material. I didn't like the original because it had become all deformed. I also don't think it did a good job of sealing the water out. When I removed the sink during the restoration process, there was water marks all down the wall behind the sink. I caulked behind the counter top and the wall and then placed the two strips of Aluminum. They are held inplace with Olympic rivets. I think the results is a much cleaner look. I believe it will also creat a bettet seal.
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An it looks great to boot!
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That looks great Don - two strips of aluminum overlapped so that it is thicker at the bottom?

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