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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
Specializing in customer service
These are the reasons that people travel long distance to come here
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Midwest Amphicar 815 910 5502
Proof My restorations are "Award" winning
The barrett odessy.
The tale starts over a year ago when a sad Amphi
arrived. I don't normally buy a car unless I have a buyer. But this car
was destined to be different. It used up a lot of My parts , time and
money. As bank loans became due I would try to pre sell car at a low
price. For what ever reason everyone wanted it done first. With full
knowledge that price would go up. Offers as low as 45k to high of 53k.
Then someone mentioned Barrett Jackson auction in Florida. It made
sense. It was nearly same time as Mt. Dora and I needed a "life
experience" . By nature I am a bit "wound up". This no reserve, no
guarantee auction put Me over the edge. First My car was not perfect
enough in My mind, so day after day I redid and upgraded. Always hoping
someone would call with a better offer. But Winter is not the time for
people to think about floating. Then a beater 1994 Olds convertible
showed up. It hit Me that it was close to My 30 year anniversary of
driving down south alone. The adventure was starting to heat up. All the
Olds needed was to fix engine and top and....The whole Family started
to join forces to help Me. Time was running out, Ray and Mike used days
off from school to help work on the Amphicar. Margie helped with
cleaning parts and with dragging Me out of garage. Finally the damned
contract showed up. One last chance to run away. But I signed and mailed
it off. Tightness in chest diminished. Trucker was called. Finally all I
had to do was drive to Florida. It was great. Top went down and did not
go back up for two weeks. Ride down was filled with tunes cranking and
back roads. Some great stops in towns I have no idea where. Finally
arriving in Mt Dora (Amphicar Swim In) where We celebrated Grand Pa
Waves 90th birthday (early). Where The "Wild Ones" separated from group
and headed to every bar with a boat ramp. Nothing but good damage was done.
Next stop was to West Palm Beach Florida. Fatigue and nerves were
weakening Me. The hot sun was beating down. Having to pull over for
water and food, with the constant nagging "Why the hell am I doing
this?" It took more loans to pay for trip. Stomach would get knotted up.
Monday I pull into Florida Expo center. I sign in. I visit car. It looks
great under the big tent. Much relief seeing it unharmed. Then over to
Steve Sells house. Right before leaving Steve calls and makes a deal, I
help work on his car and he gives Me room and board. It worked out very
well for both of us. I was so damned wound up, it was therapy to be in a
garage turning wrenches. Plus sometimes I would drink beer and watch
Steve work. Two weeks earlier it was 10 below and there it was 85.
Sweet! Tuesday was spent between cleaning red car and working on Steves.
Sleep was impossible. Nerves were raw. Wednesday the show begins. Some
people but very slow. Iam concerned. Then Speed Vision crew stops by. I
tell them about My past TV experiences. Then I let loose. Telling
stories of past trips, telling stories of current trip. Some people say
I am loud soon everyone can say I am loud. They enjoyed taping, they
enjoyed My out going personality, I enjoyed letting the spring unwind in
My chest. After taping I asked how My car compared to others they had
seen. With out hesitation He said it was better than the 115k car. That
made Me feel really good. The party had really started. The lack of
sleep was really starting to affect Me. Friday night they let this green
Amphicar go through. It had that Homemade Rover bumper, Wrong hood
light,horn and..... But car looked nice. It was shiny. It sold at 45k.
Barrett really hurt Me having that there. Assumptions are that cars are
to be a certain caliber or quality. So for the untrained the green and
the red were the same. Doom was all I felt. I barely made it back to
house. I hit bed at 7pm and prayed for sleep. I think I got a few hours
of sleep. 5am Saturday I leave the house. I don't feel well. I feel weak
and tired. This not good.I need to be able to sell the car. Over the
last few days I spoke with literally hundreds of people. Saturday at
noon My car crosses the block. Only place open is McDonalds. I force
down a big breakfast. I am weak and shaking. I sit in car and pass out.
Two hours later I wake up. Prayer must of worked. It was the best sleep
I had had in weeks. I felt good. Off to the auction. I was actually
enjoying Myself. It was more of an adventure excitement not a feeling of
doom. I met some really really great fun people. I was now surrounded by
friends. Doug Parsons drove the car during the long line up procedure.
Roger Sallee was answering questions. Steve Sells and Rob Vondracek were
taking pictures and offering help. Shannon and Juliet were helping,
Juliet was handing out brochures. It was great. No fear. Car crossed
block, I was waving to the crowd. Nothing mattered. Just watching the
numbers go up. It stopped at 61k. Far short of the 75k I was hoping for.
With fees and taxes buyer paid nearly 72k. All I could do was smile. I
felt the whole time its not just the car being judged it was Me. I took
a in primer Amphicar with rust and made it into a show car. I guess My
Ego needed to do this. It was at times a brutal and horrible experience.
And others near ecstasy. What really made it a great time was My friends
and Family. Without their support it would have been a big suck. Would I
do it again? I really don't think so. I did meet some new people and
made some new friends. Because of Barrett, Speed Vision may contact Me
for some TV work. I met an owner of a large Ford Dealership and We plan
on doing a fun TV commercial. So did I make as much money as I wanted?
No. Did I lose money? No. Did I have one of the best adventures of My
life? Yes. Does this story continue? Yes. Later Dave the Wave Derer aka
Red 1966 Amphicar. A labor of love. Body was stripped and bead blasted. Any rust was cut out and replaced using steel. Hull has been coated in and out with epoxy primer. Urethane primers with epoxy seal coat. Base coat clear coat in original red. All seams sealed with urethane sealer. All mechanicals have been cleaned, inspected, rebuilt, replaced as needed. Being a 66 it has the heavy duty rear shocks and heavy duty through the hull shocks. New tires. Brakes rebuilt, all rubber lines and parts replaced. Brake system refilled using silicone brake fluid.All cables also. Engine detailed with complete exhaust new including chrome tip. Carb rebuilt, Car restored to mostly original with exception of alternator and negative ground so IPods and cell phones can easily be used. Transmission as new with recent rebuld.Axles are as new also. Interior is top of the line designed by Midwest Amphicar using only the highest quality vynils, foam, and specialized urethane door panels. To insure years of service. This Amphi sports the rare and sought after rear spring seat. And of course all frames were cleaned, repaired if needed and epoxy painted. Bennett Upholstery did the stitching and the custom cut foam for seat backs. New floor mat and hump covers from Gord Souter.The dash is breath taking. All new chrome rosettes with matching knobs. The clock as new with no fade or cracks. The gentle tick of time it emits. Probably one of the best dashes in North America.New speedometer and gauge cluster. With gas gauge expertly reconfigured by John Friese. Restored steering wheel with the best horn button I could find. All new door seals, window channels and fuzzys, New white side mouldings and extraordinary stainless steel splash mouldings from Gordon Imports. Gleeming chrome either new or replated. New original front bumper from Alan Woodcock. Most lenses NOS. Most connectors on wiring harness were replaced, soldered on and heat shrink covered. Windshield and seal are new, as is vent glass,Top frame is nice and straight with out the usual sag found in most. Top is new Gas tank was hot tanked and tested. Cool factory inspection tag comes with along with rare top instruction card, plus correct jack with handle, roll up tool pouch. Many unseen new parts. I used the last of My rare and NOS parts for this car. Much care was taken to restore this car correctly with minor upgrades to make swimming experience better. Dave Derer 815 849 5498 . I believe this car rivals last years Barrett car.