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Originally Posted by JBob
Sorry for this total newbie question, but I'm having trouble finding original color photos of the different color schemes for my 61 Bambi. I'd like to keep it as original as possible. Does that mean I have to replicate the patterns and colors on the interior? Any help would be appreciated.
Restorers of Vintage Airstreams tend to be less dedicated to maintaining an absolute adherence to the original colors and fabrics than is the case with Vintage automobile restorers. Typically, the goal is to select fabric and colors that are in keeping with the era of the coach rather than exact duplicates. A Vintage Bambi can be somewhat different in that they tend to be in high demand with relatively short supply where the originality of the restoration can play a significant role in the value of the coach. I would think that you could approach your Bambi in a similar method to the one that I followed with my '64 Overlander. My Overlander was a very well-preserved original coach, and I preserved all of the original appointments to the greatest degree possible. I did, however, choose fabrics and colors that were my preference that included switch from sculptured carpeting to seamless vinyl floor covering . . . and I did have the original bathroom fixtures refinished to change the color from Avacado Green to Antique Pewter. Also, as a general rule, the unseen mechanicals are upgraded to modern components to insure reliability when traveling.
Good luck with your project!