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Old 04-04-2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Trying to decide - Deal or No Deal

Can someone give me an idea about how big an issue a 4"-5" vertical tear in the skin above the curbside wheel might be?? (Might have been a dent with a deep crease gone bad). Oh, yeah.....this is for a Vintage Bambi.

1) a deal breaker?
2) a money pit - like replacing an entire panel?
3) an easy, rivited, creative patch "arching" over the wheel (maybe streetside, too so it would match?
Thanks so much.
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Never pass up a vintage Bambi if you can afford it and the refurb won't bust your college fund. If you pass, let me know--I'll be there with my checkbook.

A small, nicely polished patch wouldn't kill you and ought to get you $500 off the asking price, minimum. Maybe more. I'd start off with a small triangle (so what if others figure out that there was damage) patch and then make a final decision after you've contemplated other fixes, removal of interiors, etc.

I'm coming to Seattle in June, anyway. Show me, show me! Heck, I need a reason to come sooner.
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hi cynthia in seattle

got a picture?

does the opening lead into the wheel well cavity....or to the inner wall...

assuming no damage inside as a result of the hole......
i've seen fully riveted patches, small fake doors and so on.....
one could do a moon/crescent shaped patch....
or an airstream profile shaped patch
or a simple circle or square...and so on....

since you're in seattle how about a fish or clam shell?

or how about a beer tap nozzle, or espresso spout, or pez dispenser.....
or parking meter face....

wouldn't be a deal breaker.....
it would become yet another conversation piece on the conversation piece......

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Old 04-04-2006, 11:22 PM   #4
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Never pass up a vintage Bambi if you can afford it and the refurb won't bust your college fund. If you pass, let me know--I'll be there with my checkbook.

A small, nicely polished patch wouldn't kill you and ought to get you $500 off the asking price, minimum. Maybe more. I'd start off with a small triangle (so what if others figure out that there was damage) patch and then make a final decision after you've contemplated other fixes, removal of interiors, etc.

I'm coming to Seattle in June, anyway. Show me, show me! Heck, I need a reason to come sooner.
Thanks so much for such quick a reply and .... the encouragement regarding my desire for this little trailer. One more thing - I am finding trailers listed for sale on various websites, especially vintage trailers, that don't have titles. Is that unusual? How many and/or what kind of loops would a person have to jump thru to register a small vintage trailer like this in State "A" (where a title is a requirement) when the seller is in State "B" with no title and the trailer itself still has a license plate from State "C"? Any gotcha's there? Or just time spent researching after the fact? Would appreciate your thoughts.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:28 PM   #5
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hi cynthia in seattle

got a picture?

does the opening lead into the wheel well cavity....or to the inner wall...

assuming no damage inside as a result of the hole......
i've seen fully riveted patches, small fake doors and so on.....
one could do a moon/crescent shaped patch....
or an airstream profile shaped patch
or a simple circle or square...and so on....

since you're in seattle how about a fish or clam shell?

or how about a beer tap nozzle, or espresso spout, or pez dispenser.....
or parking meter face....

wouldn't be a deal breaker.....
it would become yet another conversation piece on the conversation piece......

cheers
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Thanks, 2air.......
I may just do this thing!! This will be my first trailer and a retirement present to myself. It is so great to have this forum and group of like minded souls. I could just spend hours reading EVERYTHING. Thanks again.
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hi cynthia in seattle......

take pix and come back, we wanna see!!

are you planning to tow with a kia sportage?

i think there's still an opening here this week to discuss tow vehicle options....

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Old 04-05-2006, 12:08 AM   #7
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Hi 2air,
Yes re the Kia. It is a 6 cylinder, 4X4. Is that going to work?
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:11 AM   #8
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One more thing - I am finding trailers listed for sale on various websites, especially vintage trailers, that don't have titles. Is that unusual? How many and/or what kind of loops would a person have to jump thru to register a small vintage trailer like this
A wormy question, for sure. Some states seem negotiable, like Texas and North Carolina (another thread implies that they don't follow the serial numbers on old vehicles very carefully). California is unreasonable, like nazis. I would like to see a thread authored and commented by legal pros regarding their advice (oops, not advice, guys/gals), err, their musings, on the subject. There are just too many AS out there where the owners have vaporized and no one can find the paperwork.

If you do have a license plate from "state C", you could start a title search. I don't know how strict WA state is, maybe you could get an "assigned Vehicle VIN" and start from scratch, like a trailer built from parts.
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:23 AM   #9
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So Zeppelinium,
I just realized you are in Colorado. I am retiring the end of April and moving back to Colorado - the western slope - mid May. If I get this trailer, my plan is to take it to the RMVAC Rally in Creede in August. So if you see a little Bambi II with brand new patches over the wheels and a lady with a glazed look in her eyes....................
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Old 04-05-2006, 12:40 AM   #10
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I would not let a small tear in the skin keep me from buying a Bambi. Other things are much bigger deals, like the interior condition, the floor condition, and how comfortable you are working on it yourself or paying someone to do it for you. Bambis are rare. I had a 62, and when I sold it I got interest from all over the country, and Japan! Bambis don't stay on the market long, so if you have a good feeling about it, don't let it slip away

I would insist on a title myself, though you can get one to replace a lost title. I would prefer it if the seller had already done that, because you will need signatures from the last registered owners to get it, I believe. You should call the DMV to get the facts before you spend money on a vehcile without a title. For me, no title would be more of a deal breaker than a small tear in the skin!
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Hi 2air,
Yes re the Kia. It is a 6 cylinder, 4X4. Is that going to work?
well you might post another thread asking the question....'using a kia sportage to tow a bambi' or some such title....

i've not searched here to find threads on kia towing....you might try that too...just to read if anyone is towing with a kia.....

you will get some answers both ways.....and lots of info is useful...

i see there are a couple of vintage bambis on ebay right now...might want to look these over to see the potential for your prospect...

the kia sorento is rated at 5k while the sportage which you have is only rated at 2k...

once you get a little further along, you may learn those figures don't reveal the full story...and that the 2000lb bambi, may be a bit heavier than than too.

so my thought is the kia sportage isn't up to this task, for several reasons....but again post the question tomorrow and watch the info roll in...

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Old 04-05-2006, 02:00 AM   #12
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Can someone give me an idea about how big an issue a 4"-5" vertical tear in the skin above the curbside wheel might be?? (Might have been a dent with a deep crease gone bad). Oh, yeah.....this is for a Vintage Bambi.

1) a deal breaker?
2) a money pit - like replacing an entire panel?
3) an easy, rivited, creative patch "arching" over the wheel (maybe streetside, too so it would match?
Thanks so much.
Had a 3.5 inch dent, almost like a golfball ahd hit the street side of my Caravel when I bought her. Thought the same thing, "do I want this problem?". Well my solution was to look for ways to make the repair. I have no other skin issues on the trailer and this was the only real damage. How to make it look OK for now until I do a COMPLETE rebuild? I purchased a "scare light" or white porch light that was 4.5 inches around and used a hole saw to drill out the offending dent. Then wired it in and use it whenever I go camping and arrive at night to make the hookups in the dark. Works for me.

Don't let a little age spot spoil the deal, if you want perfection get one that was restored already.
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:53 AM   #13
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Checked out the "no title" with the Oklahoma DMV and it is fairly easy to get a new title with a notarized Bill of Sale and a few dozen forms. I'm waiting for a duplicate title from California (they say it takes them 6 to 8 weeks to process it); however, I can get a new Oklahoma title in 10 to 14 days. I checked with California DMV and the seller is the legal owner of the trailer, but it still takes them 6 to 8 weeks to process. I am waiting for a little longer and then going for a new Oklahoma title. Your state may have the same process for using a Bill of Sale. Call DMV and ask.
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Hi 2air,
Yes re the Kia. It is a 6 cylinder, 4X4. Is that going to work?
Hi Cynthia,

I'm with 2air' on this. I originally towed my 1961 Bambi with a Ranger. 207 Horsepower, similar torque, towing capacity 4000 or so. It did very well except that I blew out the U-joint and I think I am doing the same with my Sportrac. I have never had any problems with speed. I can maintain a good 60 mph except over the steepest grades. So who knows if it is just a flaw in the truck or too much trailer. I recommend something a little more powerful than what you have. Just from experience. I am currently considering a Nissan Frontier. They have stepped it up a notch from previous years.

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