Amphi shocks

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Moses Scott Civ 22 LG

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Ok, I give up. I have been searching for a year. There has to be an off
the shelf coil over shock that will fit these cars. I'm tired of being
thrown out of the seat every time I hit a bump.

Thanks,

Scott Moses
Kansas
 
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Eric Mattlin

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Lots of people are looking for that same thing. I have heard that
people have used the old spring with a new shock.

I surrendered and order them from Gordon's. They seem to work well.
You can ask Dave the Wave as he drives the car more than I do.

Eric

--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "Moses Scott Civ 22 LG"
<scott.moses@m...> wrote:
> Ok, I give up. I have been searching for a year. There has to be an
off
> the shelf coil over shock that will fit these cars. I'm tired of
being
> thrown out of the seat every time I hit a bump.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott Moses
> Kansas
 
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Ken Chambers

Guest
Here's a lead on a possible replacement front shock if someone is willing to
try it out. Price is cheap so it's fairly low risk. The catalog lists a
coil-over shock that sounds like it might work as an early Amphicar front shock
replacement (two M12 horizontal mounting bolts). The picture of the shock in
the catalog looks quite similar to that of the original Amphi shocks.

Here's the description listed in the trailer accessories section of their 2001
catalog #274:
Coil-Over Shock Assembly Item 28-1342 $18.99
New MAECO PK22K1. Coil-over shock absorber assembly for small off-road
vehicles. 200 lbs./in. 7/16" ID rubber isolated mounts on both ends. 13-1/8"
extended length. 9-1/2" retracted length. 3-5/8" travel. 2-1/4" OD coil.

Doing the engineering, the front of my Amphicar weights in at 640 lbs. At 320
lbs per side and a spring rate of 200 lbs/in, that's a compression of 1.6
inches. That's just how much my Amphi compresses its front springs.
The extended lengths are identical and the compressed lengths are nearly
(original compresses to almost 9 inches). The original spring diameter is 62mm
(2.44"), this one is 3/16" less. A 12mm drill bit would be needed to enlarge
the bolt holes about 0.035".

Source: Surplus Center, 1015 West "O" Street, Lincoln, NE 68501 800-488-3407
I just called them and they have 113 in stock.

I couldn't find anything on this Maeco brand. Does anyone else know of it?
Would anyone in desperate need of new front shocks like to try this out and
report back?

Ken Chambers, CA
'64 Amphi

>
> Ok, I give up. I have been searching for a year. There has to be an off
> the shelf coil over shock that will fit these cars. I'm tired of being
> thrown out of the seat every time I hit a bump.
 
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Ken ''KD'' Roy

Guest
Is there an easy way to get the springs off of the shocks?
What's the best-bang-for-the-buck for new shocks?

Till later.....
Ken Roy
 
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