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Wooden Bombardiers / Re: WASCANA'S 48 'WOODY' REBUILD
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:48:43 pm »
Hey there Wascana, obviously I haven't been on the website for a while.  I got a good chuckle when I caught a glimpse of the Fergus 400 in one of your pics.  How is the rebuild going now?


Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Plywood and stain questions
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:34:44 pm »
Hey Vic,
Look at reply #5 under Houlio's Pictures to see the stain we used.  As for the plywood, we didn't steam it or use hot water, just TLC and kept the screws close together.

Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Houlio's Pictures
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:28:38 pm »
Thanks OT, how are things?  I was cleaning up some computer files and thought I would share this video. I'll try to get back online this winter with more updates etc.  Bombardiers aren't a real "hot" topic in July  lol 

You can't plan adventure!!

Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Houlio's Pictures
« on: June 27, 2012, 05:46:29 pm »
This spring I took a video of the last ride before we put the old girl away for the summer.  If your interested, go to youtube and search "Bombardier Breaking Trail" 

7:40 by H0ULI0


Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Houlio's Pictures
« on: December 17, 2008, 08:47:56 pm »
Hey there OT - actually I just watched the videos 2 nights ago - they were really good I enjoyed them.  ;D  Thanks alot - lately work has been getting in the way of my bombardiering habit - but hopefully that will change in the next month 

OT - both videos were really good

Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Houlio's Pictures
« on: December 16, 2008, 11:40:10 pm »
Hey there OT - Do you know some one in specific that would be inteested in appraising these units? 

By the way I found someone that could read the date codes on the tires.  The tires on our unit are from 1945.

General Discussion / Re: How to identify a bombardier
« on: December 16, 2008, 11:19:12 pm »
Thanks for helping me post the info Swamp Dawg.

General Discussion / Re: How to identify a bombardier
« on: December 15, 2008, 09:51:29 pm »
Trying to attach some specs on 12 passenger & 15 passenger units from a brochure I have from the early 1950's.  Files are a bit too large, will try one more thing but may need to send them to Swamp Dawg for help.   

General Discussion / Re: How to identify a bombardier
« on: December 15, 2008, 08:26:38 pm »
I just recently found a contact that was able to help me with the date codes on the tires we have on our unit.

Goodyear Date Code
371Y225N = manufactured the 22nd week of 1945
339Z535N = manufactured the 53rd week of 1945

I can hear it already OT - how did I get the 53rd week of 1945 when there are only 52 weeks in a year.  Well ..... The tires were produced and dated with the week starting on Sunday, but because December 31st 1944 was a Sunday (new shift) they counted it as the 1st Sunday of 1945  -  making December 30th, 1945 the 53rd week of the year. 

General Discussion / Re: How to identify a bombardier
« on: November 02, 2008, 09:41:20 pm »
Thanks kmp, I wasn't even aware that they made a C15 or C17.  What do they have for motors in them?

Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Gror's rebuild
« on: October 31, 2008, 05:35:58 pm »
The orginal gasket material had dried up and we didn't find one with the exact measurements.  I found one extremely close through Goodall Canada. 

The small back windows would not fit back, so we built a depth jig with the same arc as the original window and clamped it to a die grinder.  This allowed us to take off the right amount of material to put the window in.   

Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Gror's rebuild
« on: October 30, 2008, 09:00:29 pm »
I agree with you on the size of the window having to be precise.  One thing to remember is the gasket material.  I don't know if the original gasket material is still available.  We went with one that was very similar, but slightly thicker and we had to really work to get the small windows back in.

It's up to you, but we tried to make sure the splice in the gasket material was at "6 o'clock" or straight down to try and reduce moisture damage - and make them look consistant.  Also you may want to cut the gasket material at an angle to compensate for the arc in the window - helps reduce the gap.

General Discussion / Re: How to identify a bombardier
« on: October 28, 2008, 12:22:08 pm »
This could be for any model OT - much like identifying a vehicle.  When you look at two trucks you know what year they are by certain features: Tail lights, head lights, bigger motor, etc  whatever. 

The end result would be a chart of things to look for by year.  Might help to find parts, or even if someone is trying to identify a unit that is for sale.

Would someone be able to answer some of the questions I asked in the original post?

General Discussion / How to identify a bombardier
« on: October 27, 2008, 09:44:02 pm »
I thought we should start a new topic where everyone could combine their knowledge to help identify bombardiers.  This would be to help to correctly identify the units by features.

For example:
   - In which year did they start making the skis interchangeable for a wheel package?
   - Was it just the wooden models before a certain year that had 5 port windows per side?
   - Did any of the wooden models have an escape hatch?     
   - Changes to the instrumentation - Chrysler Motor w/ ford gauges?
   - What year was the first metal body unit produced?
   - Changes in steering mechanism?
   - What year was the first wide gauge produced?
We could also help clarify model numbers such as what was the difference between a B12-C & B12-CS

B-12 C                              B-12 CS   

Chrysler T-112, 85 HP         Chrysler T-120, 100 HP (the special is for engine)            Engine
Center of wheels 38"          Center of wheels 41"                                                   Width
Width 13" 1/4                    Width 17" 1/2                                                            Tracks


The vehicle code number B-12CS represents the following:
     B   = Bombardier
     12 = 12 passengers (capacity of the vehicle)
     C  = powered by a Chrysler motor
     S  = the model is special


We need both questions and answers from the people who have spent countless hours with these units.  If there is enough valuable info added to this post it could be formatted different for all the members to use.

In the mean time .... Keep the slush in your mug and not in your tracks!   

Take Care - Houlio

Wooden Bombardiers / Re: Houlio's Pictures
« on: October 27, 2008, 01:07:44 pm »
Hi there OT,
I never did find a good source for appraising these units.  I did use the information Gror provided regarding putting plates on the Bug.

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