OTB-Bombi! Let the Jury Begin

OTB

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Hey Guys! So I am one of the new guys here and I will be reaching out to y'all over the course on my restoration for help. A lot of knowledge on here and it make this jury a little less nerve racking! I bought my Bombi from a fella that made me a hell of a deal, but My Bombi is going to need a lot of TLC. The tub looks like swish cheese with all the rust holes, but at least when I am done, it will be brand new, LOL!

These are all the photo I have right now, but I will get you guys some more photos after this weekend.

My plan is to turn my Bombi into one of the 5 passenger models. So I my be asking for some in depth photos of the 5 passenger cab and some ideas from you guys. Should be fun!

Let the Jury Begin!
 

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HillBilt

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Awesome! Ill be following along for sure. Just looking at your track tires, the two fronts on the "drivers side" are they solid wheels or air?
 
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Awesome! Ill be following along for sure. Just looking at your track tires, the two fronts on the "drivers side" are they solid wheels or air?
So, I called Alpine Guide about it (the manufacture of the tires). The fella I spoke to (super nice guy!) told me there are no marks to distinguish between their foam filled and solid rubber tires.

He did say the solid rubber ones should weight about 40 lbs, while the Urethane Foam ones should weight around 26 lbs.

I had to do some tire repair, so I took those two off and moved them to the rear left and right and they felt closer to 40 lbs. So I am thinking they are the solid rubber ones.
 

HillBilt

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So, I called Alpine Guide about it (the manufacture of the tires). The fella I spoke to (super nice guy!) told me there are no marks to distinguish between their foam filled and solid rubber tires.

He did say the solid rubber ones should weight about 40 lbs, while the Urethane Foam ones should weight around 26 lbs.

I had to do some tire repair, so I took those two off and moved them to the rear left and right and they felt closer to 40 lbs. So I am thinking they are the solid rubber ones.
Sweet, I didn't know you could get a solid rubber tire for the bombi
 
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Hello there my fellow bombardiers!

So I began my journey today into this mess and I came across something that may have been a diamond in the rough!

I have attached a bunch of pictures to this post, but I want you guys to look at the last ones of the differential. I don't know what the hell I'm looking at because I've never dealt with anything like this, but I have looked at pictures of other people who have posted pictures of their differentials and the soup of water and oil that they have.

The first thing that I noticed was how damn shiny everything was, then I noticed how 1 sides shaft appears to have red silicone and a new race or whatever that is while the other side has what appears to be the factory race and seal. Then I noticed the brake bands! These damn things look like maybe they're new? Again, I don't know what I'm looking at but they certainly look like they're new.
 

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PJL

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Not a diff expert but it does look like its been either worked on or is in very good shape.
 
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Not a diff expert but it does look like its been either worked on or is in very good shape.
I know! I about shipped my pants when I saw it! I thought it was going to look like the rest of the machine!
 

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Bobcatbob

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Looks like the Bombi had a refresh at some point time. A little elbow grease and paint, she’ll be like new! How are the tracks? Engine?

Bob
 
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Looks like the Bombi had a refresh at some point time. A little elbow grease and paint, she’ll be like new! How are the tracks? Engine?

Bob
Oh, there will be alot of elbow grease! There is a ton of rust in the tub. Alot of the welds are separated from axles. But, when it's done I guess it will all be new!

You can kind of see it in this photo.
 

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Oh, there will be alot of elbow grease! There is a ton of rust in the tub. Alot of the welds are separated from axles. But, when it's done I guess it will all be new!

You can kind of see it in this photo.
Excellent! I did the same on the engine......ran ok, but figured why not, rebuild it so I know it’s good! The tracks take time, but are straightforward (lots of great info on our site about your machine). Have fun, it’s a great project.

Bob
 
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Looking for some advice guys. So I posted this on Facebook asking where people were picking up at the rebuild kits for the 1.6 L industrial Ford motor and I've had several people return a comment saying instead of rebuilding the 1.6 L industrial motor that I should make the transition to a 2.3 l with an automatic.

Just trying to get some feedback from you fellows as well. My motor seemed strong when I removed it and I figured I would just refresh the thing and be good to go, but now I'm rethinking it.

I know I was doing research on the 2.3 l and it kind of looks like maybe everyone is using the 2.3 l that came out of the Ford Ranger from about 1985 to 1997.

Thoughts?


Also, if you have made this transition, I'd love to see some pictures of your power plants mounted into your bombies.
 

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An automatic would be nice. Shifting into 3rd and 4th requires a lot of RPM (Unlike a car, you shift from a standstill).
 
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