Amazing DA Sander Discoveries


Mike Israel

This weekend I pulled out the DA sander and started
cleaning up some areas of the hull that required
attention. Nothing can turn minor projects into major
ones faster than an orbital sander. It started with
my thinking, "Hmm, I ought to hit that tiny rust spot
on the rear quarter". One thing leads to another and

Pretty soon I was sanding away near the wheel arch.
One thing about my Amphi is that the rear arches are
incorrect as there is no lip as is proper on later
cars ... or so I thought. Eventually I came across
what appeared to be a big chunk of Bondo. The words
of the prior owner rang in my ears, "There is
absolutely no plastic anywhere on the car, my bodyman
was threatened with bodily harm...". Yeah, right.
Turns out that the bondo patch was seperating from the
arch so I figured it has to come off or it will just
trap water. I was now starting to regret that I had
even started on this adventure fearing what I might
yet uncover. The sander gave way to an even more
notorious tool, the air grinder. (BTW, when using a
grinder, do remember to put on a mask and safety
glasses BEFORE you start turning plastic and metal
into a fine powder).

Well, to make a long story short, it turns out that my
Amphi does have the correct wheel arches. Even more
surprising was that there were only a few small spots
of rust-through once I got down to bare metal. For
some strange reason, the previous owner simply filled
in the entire lip to create the impression of an
earlier style quarer panel. All I can figure is that
maybe he felt this would be more watertight. Now the
trick will be to match up the paint. The only info I
received on the color is that it is some sort of frost
white as sprayed on corvettes in the late 60's or
early seventies.

The right side arch received the same bondo treatment
as the left. Since my goal is to get Amphi back in
the water I will resist the urge to hit that side
with my sander until Fall.


Mike Israel
65 Amphi (white)
Amphi Digest Admin


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