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1964 Bambi II purchase

Posted 05-27-2012 at 01:54 PM by motrbungalow

My parents called me one evening and told me that a small Airstream was for sale just down the road from them. They asked if I wanted it. I said I was certainly interested and would call them back after talking it over with my wife. The next day my mother called and asked, "Well do you want this thing or not?!" I told her we did. I called the owner and told him I would take it. I agreed to pay his asking price and he agreed to tow it 1,000 miles north for me to pick up.

We picked up the trailer two weeks ago. She was very easy to tow. Since then I have been inspecting components and begun repairs. The camper is road-ready, but there are several things I will be working on before taking our first trip at the beginning of July. A few of the first priorities are:

1) Replace the axle. The brakes were disconnected a decade ago, the suspension arms are at 0 degrees unloaded, and I don't even want to think about the spindle shear issue I've read about. Will likely order an Axis axle from Colin Hyde.

2) Seal leaks. The main leak is in the rear which has caused the floor to dry-rot at the perimeter. I've already started sealing gaps with Sikaflex.

3) Repair the rusted, leaking tail lights.

3) Strip the plasticoat and begin the polishing process.

I think that's enough to work on for this month! Here are some "before" pictures to start. I will post updates as progress is made.

You can find pictures in my Flickr photostream https://www.flickr.com/photos/7440590...7629921825244/
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    AWCHIEF's Avatar
    Welcome, nice purchase. You will not be sorry buying your axle thru Colin. I got mine thru him for my Bambi II.
    Posted 05-27-2012 at 05:09 PM by AWCHIEF AWCHIEF is offline
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    Becky B.'s Avatar
    Glad to see another Bambi II in the group! Mine has only two windows on the street side and doesn't have a vent for the stove. Weird! Mine was the third one off the line, so maybe they made some changes later.
    Posted 03-23-2013 at 05:05 PM by Becky B. Becky B. is offline
 
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