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The '63 Bambi looked so rough after sitting unwashed for 27 years that I'm embarassed to post photos of it, but you can see one at this post on my blog:
Airborne Combat Engineer: 1963 Airstream Bambi in Museum of Modern Art
If you see any errors in that, pls. correct me.
I stopped by the young lady's VW shop yesterday evening, and she'd already washed off one side of it, and it looked much better. It's amazing what a wash every 27 years can do. ;-)
The rims and tires are on order, and might get in today. Then, we'll see if there are any axle problems.
I also have to establish ownership and get a tag for it, which is going to be tricky, as I don't have the title my dad had -- only the tags he last renewed in 1980. But, there must be a way.
I am puzzled by one thing, which I've seen on other photos here. One place where she'd washed had large darker (almost blue-hued) areas. What causes that, and can it be compounded/buffed out?
The exposed steel portions of the tongue and rear bumper are rusted and rather badley pitted. Guess I'll just scratch off the rust with a drill attachment, apply a rust preventative, then paint silver, for now.
Thanks again for the welcomes. I can see this will be a great resource as I gradually bring this 44-year old baby back to full functionality.
I see the "Basecamp" model of the Bambi sells for a base MSRP of $23K, so that kinda puts an upper limit on how much I can justify putting into this thing, even given the sentimental attachment (since it was my Dad's). It also limits what I could charge the young lady for it, given what she'd have to spend fixing it up.
But, a bird in the hand, as they say. If I gradually spend $ on it, and don't keep good records, I'll probably never notice how much I've spent on it.
Have a good day!