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Old 02-06-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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Our '61 Bambi Project: 1st, remove the pan

After about 2 years of ownership we're going to rebuild the Bambi. She needs a floor, the original water heater looks scary and will go.. we will also try to outfit her with some modern conveniences if that doesn’t compromise her old bones. Right now our biggest problem is the removal of the belly pan. With all the rivets and screws out.. (We think..) she's holding tight. Any suggestions?.
As this may be a 6 month project and this is only the first of many issues, how should I 'thread' this? I've been away from the site for about a year and it seemed to get harder to navigate. Or am I just getting too old for change? I read somewhere that a Bambi is built for 6 at Happy Hour, 4 for Dinner and 2 for Bed. We will stick with this plan during our restoration.

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Old 02-06-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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hi mark,

welcome back. do a search for member "norcal bambi" and look for his thread about a complete shell off renovation of his 63 bambi.

post pics too, they're always appreciated.

good luck!
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Old 02-07-2007, 02:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for the lead. I just spent 3 hours looking at NB's project. Wonder what he charges for Project Management? I hope to avoid a full shell off restoration ... I'll know soon. Right now I'm trying to remove the pan to see the extent of the project. Looks like the inner lower metal has to come off to get to the c channel.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:43 AM   #4
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I just spent 3 hours looking at NB's project.
ah, you'll fit right in here as time seems to get sucked away quite easily .

i would say there's a 99.9% chance you'll have to pull the shell. the floor will be in bad shape around the bathroom and entry way at the very least.

there have been a few people who have replaced the floor and did a rehab with the shell on, but it's not easy (nor is the shell off). check out member "malconium" as i think he did a shell on renovation (i'm not 100% sure) and also search for "shell on" in the threads. there's one or two that are titled "shell on vs. shell off" or something along those lines.

i have a 56' flying cloud and orignally planned to do a shell on restoration but once i got into it, there was no way to leave the shell on and replace the floor. part of it will be determined by how the shell attaches to the subfloor attaches to the frame as there are a few different methods. i'm getting ready to pull the shell as it's loose and about 1 1/2 above the floor, i just need to get a couple of guys to help pull it off.
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