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Celebrating fifteen years!! of full time Amphicar only service
Specializing in metal restoration and manufacturing panels
Specializing in transmission repairs and manufacturing of parts
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Midwest Amphicar 815 910 5502
Another next project. This is a very late 67 from Canada. It will be going back to original red. Car has big tunnels, large rear springs, all black dash, top of doors, trunk and engine compartment. It will receive a 1500 transplant. So it will run as well as it looks.
This 67 is now gutted. Some unexpected problems. First the engine was very hard to pull out. There was rust on input shaft. Then the axle shafts would not come out. After soaking with oil and carb clean. One side was able to be leveraged out. After a long time other side axle came apart. I then was able to pull trans out with axle attached. Car is now on my Amphi roll over rack. Next step will be power washing.
Big trouble. Shaft was rusted solid inside differential. Apparently seal was bad last time in water 20 years ago. Strange part is trans shifted well. Water trans was clean except for bottom.
This is why it all takes time. After removing from car assemblies need to be broken down. Then grease removed in solvent. Then sand blasted. Finally a coat of paint. These brake parts are sent out for rebuilding.
Prop shafts. Its all old stuff. You do not know what you have till you open up. This old goo would last just a little while, then would go bad......very bad. Clean blast and paint. Soon to be like new
The last of horrid blue paint being removed. Rebuilt brake parts get installed with new bearings and Hughs famous double lip front bearing seal. One rear axle had gotten a bit chewed up. After welding and polishing it too is like new.
Prop shafts. Disassemble, degrease, and blast. After paint it is time for new parts and grease. PVC pipe works great as seal and bearing installer. It takes almost a full tube of grease to rebuild one side. Notice brass hammer for tapping parts in place. I preload seals to assure proper lubrication. One messy job.
This is how to pull your axle. One simple tool made from threaded rod and some old Amphi parts. Weld nut on rod and use it to pull axle through bearings. Some just hit the axle hard till it goes through the bearing. At over four hundred dollars for axle and bearings for one side do you really want to smack it!
The beginning of body parts. I need to sand blast rust from back of grills on engine cover without damaging sheet metal. Doors are filled with Amphicar under coating. Bottoms need to be blasted to see what repairs will be needed.
Pictures don't show dents when paint is on. Using paint and blocking high and lows in steel are shown. This area had a handle bolted to it and was bent and rusted. Holes are welded and ground down. Hood was then sand blasted on out side edges and on welded area. Hood after all paint removed. Next step is thin coat of filler and lots of blocking to make better than new.
Interior is nearly done. Seat backs had foam cut to fit like original. Car is now red with assembly underway. Front suspension and steering is installed. So is trans and rear suspension. And the clock ticks on!
Hit the key and wait 30 seconds for bilge blower to kick out. Then Broooom the giant 1500 with Weber carb roars to life. A quick look at tach near steering wheel and your ready to roll. Close but not close enough. Swim it must!