Amphicar Guilt

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Amphipoda

Guest
So less than a week away until the BIG
Celina Swim-In. I got my suitcase down
from the rafters and Amphi busted me...
asked where I was going? I couldn't lie
to my Amphi and confessed that Mermaid
and I are going to Celina. Immediately
Amphi's bilge plug shot across the garage
and some rather thick bilge seepage emerged
onto the floor, the right front tire went
low and a tear formed in Amphi's left
headlight. I explained I couldn't bring
him along this time and all the logical
and logistical reasons why... more tears,
some from Amphi, some of my own. Maybe
next year Amphi... Maybe next year...

Be well, swim safe.
Amphicars thrive in 2005!
The voice in your head says, Go to Celina."
The voice in my head is my Amphicar guilt.

Amphipoda
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
Poda,

Tell Amphi not to feel bad as I will be subjecting
mine to an even harsher fate. She will be coming to
Celina but will not be allowed to swim! She will
simply have to sit on her trailer and watch all the
other Amphis frolicking about.

You see, I started tearing apart Amphi's rusty rear
quarters a couple of months ago. (why do I always
start these things during prime swim season). After
debating fiberglass, steel, etc., I decided to go with
steel for reasons of maintaining authenticity. I was
all set with my trusty MIG welder and I ordered up the
rear patch panels from Hugh. Well, those panels are
what one might call very unfinished. Basically a flat
piece of steel with the lip run through a bead roller.
They lack the compound curve which is part of the
panel, and also require quite a bit of hammer and
dolly work to clean up the shrinking and strecthing
deformities from being run through the bead roller.
While the thought of investing in an English Wheel,
planishing hammer, and all sorts of metal fabrication
goodies sounded intriguing, it would also be a costly
proposition for a one time job. I thus turned to
someone who has all those tools and knows how to use
them ... Dave the Wave.

Basically, I have decided to make Celina a stop en
route to Midwest Amphicar. This means that Amphi will
remain on the trailer in the Holiday Inn parking lot.
Hey, if nothing else, folks can see what typical rust
damage looks like with some of the metal cut away. On
Sunday she will continue on to Dave's for her
makeover.

So, when you see my Amphi sitting on her trailer, give
her a kind word of encouragement. Let her know that
she will see many future swim-ins with her nice new
quarters. As for me, I will be standing next to
Amphipoda with my thumb out!

Mike I.



--- Amphipoda <Amphipoda@yahoo.com> wrote:

> So less than a week away until the BIG
> Celina Swim-In. I got my suitcase down
> from the rafters and Amphi busted me...
> asked where I was going? ... I explained
> I couldn't bring him along this time
> ... more tears, some from Amphi, some of my own.
 
A

Amphipoda

Guest
Mike,
That's a mighty sad story but with an eventual
happy ending. Dave will take good care of your
Amphi, regular food & water, even change the
bilge litter box occasionally. Once your
Amphi is returned you & Amphi will be styling
BIG TIME! But be sure to specify the color
in writing... otherwise you might get a YELLOW
Amphicar... or BROWN... or God knows what????
Thumbs out - that'll be us in Celina, but I
might have Mermaid roll up her pants leg too.

Be well, swim safe.
Amphicar thrive in 2005!
The voice in your head says, " Go to Celina."

Amphipoda
'64 Turquoise
San Diego, CA




--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, Mike Israel
<amphicar770@y...> wrote:
> Poda,
>
> Tell Amphi not to feel bad as I will be subjecting
> mine to an even harsher fate. She will be coming to
> Celina but will not be allowed to swim! She will
> simply have to sit on her trailer and watch all the
> other Amphis frolicking about.
>
> You see, I started tearing apart Amphi's rusty rear
> quarters a couple of months ago. (why do I always
> start these things during prime swim season). After
> debating fiberglass, steel, etc., I decided to go with
> steel for reasons of maintaining authenticity. I was
> all set with my trusty MIG welder and I ordered up the
> rear patch panels from Hugh. Well, those panels are
> what one might call very unfinished. Basically a flat
> piece of steel with the lip run through a bead roller.
> They lack the compound curve which is part of the
> panel, and also require quite a bit of hammer and
> dolly work to clean up the shrinking and strecthing
> deformities from being run through the bead roller.
> While the thought of investing in an English Wheel,
> planishing hammer, and all sorts of metal fabrication
> goodies sounded intriguing, it would also be a costly
> proposition for a one time job. I thus turned to
> someone who has all those tools and knows how to use
> them ... Dave the Wave.
>
> Basically, I have decided to make Celina a stop en
> route to Midwest Amphicar. This means that Amphi will
> remain on the trailer in the Holiday Inn parking lot.
> Hey, if nothing else, folks can see what typical rust
> damage looks like with some of the metal cut away. On
> Sunday she will continue on to Dave's for her
> makeover.
>
> So, when you see my Amphi sitting on her trailer, give
> her a kind word of encouragement. Let her know that
> she will see many future swim-ins with her nice new
> quarters. As for me, I will be standing next to
> Amphipoda with my thumb out!
>
> Mike I.
>
>
>
> --- Amphipoda <Amphipoda@y...> wrote:
>
> > So less than a week away until the BIG
> > Celina Swim-In. I got my suitcase down
> > from the rafters and Amphi busted me...
> > asked where I was going? ... I explained
> > I couldn't bring him along this time
> > ... more tears, some from Amphi, some of my own.
 
A

Al Heath

Guest
<table>


>> <tt>You see, I started tearing apart Amphi's rusty rear

quarters a couple of months ago. (why do I always

start these things during prime swim season)....</tt>



<tt>I'm guilty of that too. a week before our Grapevine swim I decided to "touch up" a spot on the rear quarter of ABOAT*2 ... and ended up fabricating some new metal down there and after several frantic week nights... we swam in primer... Then for some reason two weeks ago I decided I should touch up the other side... Well, I should have learned from the 1st example that nothing is as minor as it seems once you start grinding away chasing the bad metal that goes further than it looks from the surface ... So now don't you guys make too much fun as I only had time for a some quick patch work and the just threw some paint on it. Ran out of time... I'll have to readdress the area later. Yes, "why do I always start these things before a swim-in..." At least I'm swimable tho...</tt>



<tt>On the road again... Boy, such a long haul.... but at least the Holiday did have our reservation confirmed and ready. By the way, a couple years ago, the old management even went to the Celina airport to pick us up when they weren't sure our last minute call to Dave & Marc (as we just found a room late thurs night) to make contact for a pickup ride.... and we weren't even staying at the Holiday that time (because that in year for 2003 they were already bookup up full in August of 2002 when we tried to reserve a room two days after the reservations opened up). Anyway, the distance and the lack of rooms is the only thing I find negative about Celina ... well, have to really think twice about that green water... nah, even that is minor...</tt>



<tt>Al</tt>



<tt>PS. On alternate locations, North Texas in the DFW area has a bunch of lakes, plenty of hotels accomodations, major airport for international travel, and plenty of other things to see. While summer can be a little hot for the northerners, spring and fall are real nice. Check out some of our past Texas swim-in pictures... I'll bring a short 5 minute summary DVD our our last "Grapevine Getaway" with the CCCA and WBA that most of ya'll missed... But then again, it wouldn't be that "small town going out of its way" feel.</tt>



<tt>PPS... on the way we've already passed Celina and Sandusky and looped around Pittsburg before getting gas in Miami. Of course these are small towns that ARE actually on the way to the real destination...</tt>
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
Re: Re: Amphicar Guilt

That was my original plan, slap on some fiberglass and
take her swimming at Celina. Time conspired against
me and it was just too much of a mess to make for a
weekend of swimming. But fear not, I shall not laugh,
heck I may be bumming a ride so I may have to start
complementing you bondo-working craftsmanship!!

--- Al Heath <aheath@us.ibm.com> wrote:
>... So now don't you guys make too much
> fun as I only had time
> for a some quick patch work and the just threw some
> paint on it. Ran out
> of time... I'll have to readdress the area later.
> Yes, "why do I always
> start these things before a swim-in..." At least
> I'm swimable tho...
 
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