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Old 01-13-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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Thumbs up New to airstream redoing 63 bambi

Hi all, hope I can use all of your smarts in the next few months!! Any words befor I start work tomorrow??
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:12 PM   #2
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take a big deeeeeep breath.....get the check book out.....let your S.O. know that you will be less noticeable around the house...that you will lay awake in the middle of the night thinking of rivets, rust, rain, (repeat 10*), let them know that you will be interested in holding indepth conversations on the proper drop angles for both black and grey water tanks, ask them if they know a guy named andy from inland in california....ask if they think a shell on or off is the better method........ooooo life will change.. smile it only gets better....
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Air Forums.

Post pictures Before, During and After.

It will take you 6 to 10 times longer than you think.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:18 PM   #4
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Welcome, You are in the right place for any info you need for your refurbish job on your bambi. I'm sure many will be more than willing to answer your questions. Robert
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:47 PM   #5
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Hi Big Tuna and Welcome to the forums. If you havent tried the search button in the blue bar, it is full of great info on just about any subject you can think of. Also a great bunch of people here eager and willing to help. Good Luck and keep us posted!
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:52 PM   #6
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Welcome. I don't know what condition yours is in (Pictures, we want pictures!), but definitely acquaint yourself with the search function above, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Meanwhile here's a good link for another '63 Bambi.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...mbi-17925.html

and another '63 (not a Bambi)

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ect-16692.html

Both will give you some great reading and ideas for your new-to-you Airstream.
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great replys, I feel really welcome to this new world of airstreams!!
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:17 AM   #8
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Welcome. I joined couple weeks ago with 1965 Safari. Mine is in pretty good condition and after replacing plastic vent covers and cleaning the brakes everything seems to work after cleaning and lubricating.
The only bad things I found so far is dripping water pump and the biggest worry, the aluminum part of the build-in toilet turned into dust.
Have fun and good luck.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:32 PM   #9
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Welcome BigTuna

One thing to consider in your rebuild is the replacement of your axle. There are several threads on the forum that discuss this but it boils down to the Bambi and Caravel models in the sixties using a lightweight axle that is prone to breakage now that they are 40 plus years old.

Have fun with your resto. It is a great way to pass the time with thoughts of spending many nights and days out using it once you are done.

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Old 01-15-2008, 12:54 PM   #10
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Thanks so much for the tid bit Barry....Is a axle hard to come by...or...Can I buy or make one??
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:58 PM   #11
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Im from the boating world, we tend to use a lot of vac u flush heads.......has anyone tried putting one in a bambi that you know of friends???
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Thanks so much for the tid bit Barry....Is a axle hard to come by...or...Can I buy or make one??
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Check out this thread and there's one included from Andy at Inland RV.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ure-38944.html

Andy is a great source for the axle, and he's one of several if you search the various axle threads. Andy posts here, is very helpful, and has a lot of experience at swapping the axles out so a great resource.

Also, if you go to the bottom of the thread noted above you will see other threads that also have similar but expanded information

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