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Old 11-04-2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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64 Bambi II Wheels & Tires

I am buying a 64 Bambi II next week that has not moved in 36 years. I am driving from Arkansas to Kentucky to pick it up and pull it home. I need to buy new rims and tires before I go. How do I know the correct lug nut pattern (and tire size)? Thanks for the help!!!

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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I am buying a 64 Bambi II next week that has not moved in 36 years. I am driving from Arkansas to Kentucky to pick it up and pull it home. I need to buy new rims and tires before I go. How do I know the correct lug nut pattern (and tire size)? Thanks for the help!!!

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It could have 13 or 14 inch wheels.

If it's 13 inch, the wheels will be 4 lugs.

If it's 14 inch wheels, it should be 5 lug, but, some people do strange things to Airstreams, and in that case, the 14 inch wheel could be 4 lugs as well.

Also, be advised of the very large failure rate of the axle spindles.

Additionally, you will also find the torsion axle will be shot, since the rubber rods have failed due to age as well as non usage.

With the bad axle, the trailer will easily bottom out when hitting bumps, which also leads to the spindles shearing off.

New axles have a much larger spindle, but as with all torsion axles, they must be used in a reasonable manner, or they too will fail in time.

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Old 11-04-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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Has not moved in 36 years? I think I would tow it home on a flatbed trailer. I have all kinds of horrible visions of wheels and axels coming apart or freezing up. Yikes. But by the way, and I mean this, what a great purchase! I think '64 was a great year myself.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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Congrats on the 64. BTY we love pic's got any??
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thanks!

To all - thanks for the help! I think I will take your recommendation and bring it back on my flat bed trailer. I don't know how I will get it up there, but I will figure that out (any recommendation). Thanks again for the advise.

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not a bad price too - FREE!
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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Don't discuss prices on here. It will make it more difficult to sell if you ever DO.
But seriously Jim, That IS a great deal. I hope it will be a great find. Do post pics when you get a chance and welcome to the forums.
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I took your recommendation - I packed the bearings - put cheap 12" walmart tires/rims on it (ok, my idea) - and pulled it 700 miles back to Arkansas. Life is good! Thanks for the help!!!
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Congrats on the successful "rescue" op... and now the fun begins.
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