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Old 04-04-2021, 07:47 PM   #61
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I put a few hours in grinding and welding on the frame. Got one cross member replaced, and the front tank support in. Took the inner wheel covers off and struck gold! Iíve never seen this before, but they put the original build/order sheet and the quality control checklist in a plastic folder and taped it to the top of the outer wheel well. Itís in perfect shape, and so cool to find.

The delivery date is the day my wife and I met (July 1st) and she was built in mid June, so the name Junebug is incredibly apt. Given her delivery to West Virginia I strolled on over to FleaBay and found a 1963 license plate from West Virginia to have for her.
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Old 04-04-2021, 07:59 PM   #62
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That is a very cool find!
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Old 04-05-2021, 07:27 AM   #63
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Very cool finds. Was it attached to the galvanized fender or the under side of the plastic fender cover? Now you know you don't have clear coat to strip to polish if you opt for that.
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Old 04-05-2021, 06:27 PM   #64
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You just added a bunch of bucks to the value of your 63 Globe Trotter. To say you have the original build sheet and a proper license plate will be very attractive to vintage Airstream history buffs.

The 63 floor layout looks pretty good. Has a full rear bath and a hanging wardrobe. I'm not a fan of the "travel lounges", or pull out beds. But they work okay, and offer seating for the family.

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Old 04-05-2021, 07:53 PM   #65
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The papers were in a plastic folder taped to the top of the galvanized piece. I pulled the plastic inner, peeled back the insulation and there it was.

I’m not sure on the value thing. It’s definitely very cool to have, but since the interior cabinetry is toast, it will not be original any more, and that’s where the most value might be?

I think we will leave the layout more or less original since there really isn’t much else we can do with it based on door and window locations. I could move windows around etc, but don’t think it’s worth the trouble.
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Old 04-09-2021, 11:22 PM   #66
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Did a little welding on the frame. Started the new cross members, and gray tank supports. Tank fits in beautifully right behind the axle. Then I got sidetracked and put a new 3 hp motor and all wiring, switch and air lines on my 60 gallon compressor. I did one full pressure outlet and one regulated. I’ve been battling with two smaller compressors for awhile. It’s nice to have lots of air again.
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Now you will have almost as much hot air as politicians in the USA.

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If you have your original cabinetry for a pattern, I think if you make it out of Ash, Walnut, White Oak or Mahogany, which the factory used, your value is preserved. I think if your trailer was gutted, you can look on your interior skins and figure out where the F-channels were for you bulkheads, lockers and wardrobes and honor the original floor plan, and your value will be just fine. Jerry
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:07 AM   #69
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Took the inner wheel covers off and struck gold! Iíve never seen this before, but they put the original build/order sheet and the quality control checklist in a plastic folder and taped it to the top of the outer wheel well. Itís in perfect shape, and so cool to find.

The delivery date is the day my wife and I met (July 1st) and she was built in mid June, so the name Junebug is incredibly apt. Given her delivery to West Virginia I strolled on over to FleaBay and found a 1963 license plate from West Virginia to have for her.
Dog gone it...I had not removed my inner wheel tubs to remove the insulation between them and the outers yet, so after seeing your post I did so and hoped to strike gold as well! I found nothing but crusty, filthy, dusty yellow fiberglass. Well, the yellow fiberglass was kind of gold in color. Not quite as satisfying, though. Congrats!!
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Is it a keeper or fix to sell?

If it’s for a couple sleeping together.. My rough thought is influenced by what I already know works very well for the two of us. These strait sketched lines might be reinterpreted with curves. The permanent front bed platform is all storage.

Our trailer is too small for two couches, and a nice dining/seating/workspace for two is more useful. With oppositional, face to face seating, each has window view, or sit back to wall with feet in aisle flexibility. Drop down dinette could sleep one interloper. Translucent Pocket door projects bath window light.

Restore bathroom similar to original configuration. On floor toilet over large single/combined waste tank with bumperbox drain.

The adjusted ergonomic scale:
kitchen countertop height 34”, depth 24”
dinette tabletop 27”
seating/bed platform without cushion 14”

So everything’s a couple inches lower/narrower than the residential spec. usually found in RVs.

Two-butt kitchen. Window view centered, corner drain sink allows knee-hole sinkbase, expanded floor width with base cabinet atop wheelhouse. Wheelhouse to wheelhouse flooring dimension in kitchen is 60”. Plenty of room for Bigfoot to get around Godzilla when she’s merrily pirouetting about the kitchen.

Isotherm uses 275W/24hr. Cozy Cabin heater uses no electrical. Less need for electricity, permits fewer batteries and simpler management.


Oh, and from your 63GT floorplan, I learned new design nomenclature. I researched “Lavanette”.

Can’t Glamp without one!
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:18 PM   #71
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If you have your original cabinetry for a pattern, I think if you make it out of Ash, Walnut, White Oak or Mahogany, which the factory used, your value is preserved. I think if your trailer was gutted, you can look on your interior skins and figure out where the F-channels were for you bulkheads, lockers and wardrobes and honor the original floor plan, and your value will be just fine. Jerry
I kept the bathroom cabinetry, but the kitchen I tossed. The plan is to more or less keep the same floor plan with a few tweaks and modernizations. It will have a fixed lounge across the front, with storage and fresh water under, and then a side couch that slides out to a double bed. Basically original. We will use the original sinks and tub.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:22 PM   #72
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Dog gone it...I had not removed my inner wheel tubs to remove the insulation between them and the outers yet, so after seeing your post I did so and hoped to strike gold as well! I found nothing but crusty, filthy, dusty yellow fiberglass. Well, the yellow fiberglass was kind of gold in color. Not quite as satisfying, though. Congrats!!
Bummer! Was yours a California or Ohio build? Ours was Jackson Center. Might have been one of the many different procedures between the two factories.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:38 PM   #73
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Is it a keeper or fix to sell?

My rough thought is influenced by what I already know works very well for the two of us.
At this point, itís a keeper, but so was our 29í until I saw the cashiers check for $90,000...

Weíve done lots of trailers ourselves, and we have different needs than a lot of people. We have zero use for a dinette for example, so the 2 lounge layout works for us. Below is a couple of pics of others we have completed for your viewing pleasure...
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:35 AM   #74
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My guess about your build sheet, is that the trailer was ordered by a customer, and not a dealer allotment. I didn't have a sticker on my '68, but will look for one on my '67 Safari when I get caught up. Kind of like the very desirable '67 Corvette tank sticker. -Jerry
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:45 AM   #75
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Bummer! Was yours a California or Ohio build? Ours was Jackson Center. Might have been one of the many different procedures between the two factories.
It was made in Jackson Center...and it is the second Bambi II made there (last 4 digits are 0002). I have found several instances of build/design mind-changing midstream, like double panels covering holes for the furnace, etc. that were evidently changed in the middle of the build.

I really think they were still figuring out the Bambi II model with my trailer. I do have the original owner's manual. It lists the first owner, etc.
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:10 PM   #76
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Got a few things ticked off the list these past weeks. Frame sand blasted and painted, OEM steel wheels blasted and painted, with new rubber mounted. I also measured for the new axle. VTS finally got their new shipment of teardrop lights in, so I ordered them up too. Counter top material ordered and Sunbrella fabric for couches arrived. The fabric is a nicer color than the photo shows, and looks a bit vintage, but is a super tight weave and very high quality.

Pics below with the old tire for comparison. I actually towed the trailer to the sand blasting bay on them! I went slooooowly though!
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Nice fabric choice.
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Old 05-22-2021, 08:07 AM   #78
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Thanks Hit. My designer has great taste. The iPhone photo is off on color. Below is Sunbrellas website image. Itís not quite that yellow in person, but a bit more subdued.
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Hi Redtheis: I'll bet Junebug likes her new shoes and painted wheels. She is moving up in the world. I had a set of early Airstream slotted aluminum wheels from the 3 axle Limited 34'. I put 4 of them on the 66 Trade Wind and the other two on my son's Globe Trotter, which has remained nameless, poor thing. The wheels are period correct but I liked them better than the hub caps that were on the trailer originally.

Don't work too hard...

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Iíve got a set of those on the Argosy. I love them, and would love a set that would fit my dune buggy, but June is going to wear hubcaps. I think they are more ďcorrectĒ with the 1963 trailer. Well, that and I donít have any more
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