Amphicar in a swimming pool

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David Chapman

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<font face="Arial" size="2">I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft deep so big enough for Amphicar ! </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just fill it up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch pipe - so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is any straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I can think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it - fill the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and floats - then drain water out when photos have been taken. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Anyone think of a better way ? </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Also, anyone know what the displacement is of an Amphicar ? I think I only need to fill the pool about threequarters full and then as Amphicar is lowered in the level will rise to the top but to be accurate I need to know how much water in gallons or litres the Amphicar displaces, I did have the formula to work this out but can't find it !</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
 
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Tom Jones

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--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@m...>
wrote:
>
> I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft deep
so big enough for Amphicar !
>
> Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but
how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just fill it
up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch pipe -
so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is any
straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I can
think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it - fill
the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and floats -
then drain water out when photos have been taken.
>
> Anyone think of a better way ?@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ David, we do that every
year in Wisconsin!! We just overfill the pool in the fall & when it
freezes we drive in!! Only problem we have is no one knows how to get
them out!! Tom n Cindy "blugill ,Finzilla"
>
>
 
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WB6WSN

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<div class="OutlookMessageHeader" lang="en-us" dir="ltr" align="left"><font face="Tahoma" size="2">From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of David Chapman
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 3:17 AM
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Amphicar in a swimming pool
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<font face="Arial" size="2">I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft deep so big enough for Amphicar ! </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just fill it up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch pipe - so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is any straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I can think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it - fill the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and floats - then drain water out when photos have been taken. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Anyone think of a better way ? </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Also, anyone know what the displacement is of an Amphicar ? I think I only need to fill the pool about threequarters full and then as Amphicar is lowered in the level will rise to the top but to be accurate I need to know how much water in gallons or litres the Amphicar displaces, I did have the formula to work this out but can't find it !</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C<span class="265233711-16012006"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#ff0000" size="4"></font></span></font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2"><span class="265233711-16012006"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4">Since an Amphi weighs about 2600 pounds, to float, it needs to displace that water by weight. 2600 pounds (1120 kg)of water is about 394 gallons (1490 liters), or about 50 cubic feet (1.5 cubic meters).</font></span></font>
<font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4"><span class="265233711-16012006"></span></font>
<font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4"><span class="265233711-16012006">The Amphi will float when the water level matches the waterline (actually, a bit before, as the suspension carries some weight until full extension). But, if you assume the waterline to be the trim strip, then maybe 30" deep. Since your pool is 216 sq ft, then you need about 540 cubic feet, or about 4,000 gallons (15,000 liters). Assuming your hose doesn't have an intentional flow restrictor, it should deliver about 3 gallons per minute. That means you could float your Amphi in about 22 hours.</span></font>
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<div align="left"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4">Ed Price</font>
<div align="left"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4">El Cajon, CA USA</font>
<div align="left"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4">67 Rust Guppy</font>
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Sloat, Gary A

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You've probably considered a ramp? Up and over the side? Having a pool myself I
appreciate the amount of time the dang things take to care for. Great pictures
for sure but beware the costs. A pool has become defined to me as a hole in the
ground into which one pours money. Your Liner needs to be seriously protected
in any case. Good luck and I'll look for those pictures. :)

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Subject: RE: [amphicar-lovers] Amphicar in a swimming pool






From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of David Chapman
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 3:17 AM
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Amphicar in a swimming pool


I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft deep so big
enough for Amphicar !

Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but how ? I could
of course build the pool around the car and just fill it up but the water supply
at my house is not great - just half inch pipe - so pool will take at least a
week to fill. I don't think there is any straightforward way to lift the car
into the pool so only way I can think of is support the car on blocks - build
the pool around it - fill the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops
in and floats - then drain water out when photos have been taken.

Anyone think of a better way ?

Also, anyone know what the displacement is of an Amphicar ? I think I only need
to fill the pool about threequarters full and then as Amphicar is lowered in the
level will rise to the top but to be accurate I need to know how much water in
gallons or litres the Amphicar displaces, I did have the formula to work this
out but can't find it !

David C



Since an Amphi weighs about 2600 pounds, to float, it needs to displace that
water by weight. 2600 pounds (1120 kg) of water is about 394 gallons (1490
liters), or about 50 cubic feet (1.5 cubic meters).

The Amphi will float when the water level matches the waterline (actually, a bit
before, as the suspension carries some weight until full extension). But, if you
assume the waterline to be the trim strip, then maybe 30" deep. Since your pool
is 216 sq ft, then you need about 540 cubic feet, or about 4,000 gallons (15,000
liters). Assuming your hose doesn't have an intentional flow restrictor, it
should deliver about 3 gallons per minute. That means you could float your Amphi
in about 22 hours.

Ed Price
El Cajon, CA USA
67 Rust Guppy



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Bernie Soldate

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RE: Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool

This has already been done, I have a photo of a blue Amphi in a
24' round pool at what looks like a fair ground.

Somewhere I have the origin of this photo. If any one is interested
In a copy, or it's origin, please email me at berniesoldate@pobox.com

Bernie Soldate
136 Stratton Brook Road
Simsbury, Connecticut 06070-2309
860 651-4220 Fax 860 651-7700
E-Mail berniesoldate@pobox.com <mailto:berniesoldate@pobox.com>
Member
The International Amphicar Owners Club
1966 Amphicar Red RubberDucky
1967 Amphicar Red TubToy


-----Original Message-----
From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tom Jones
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 6:34 AM
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@m...>
wrote:
>
> I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft deep
so big enough for Amphicar !
>
> Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but
how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just fill it
up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch pipe -
so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is any
straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I can
think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it - fill
the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and floats -
then drain water out when photos have been taken.
>
> Anyone think of a better way ?@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ David, we do that every
year in Wisconsin!! We just overfill the pool in the fall & when it
freezes we drive in!! Only problem we have is no one knows how to get
them out!! Tom n Cindy "blugill ,Finzilla"
>
>






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David Chapman

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<font face="Arial" size="2">To paraphrase the last line of The Italian Job movie "I have a plan....."</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">I'm going back to the idea of filling the pool slowly with rainwater and then getting the car in. A number of benefits, I can easily divert the house gutter to it and although the water won't be asclean as tap water it will be clean enough and much cheaper (would cost equiv of at least $100 to use the tap). </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">I've gota flatbed trailer, if I put Amphicar on this and using my wifes 4x4 reverse it onto blocks it would be easy the get the back of the trailer level with the top of the pool. Then use the ramps to get the car into the pool - would have to extend them a bit but should be do-able. Will need to be careful as pool is less than 4ft longer than the Amphicar. </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">When I've taken the pictures then just let the water drain out and take the pool apart. </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
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a_colo_native

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Bernie -
That was our own Arnold Hite's car in Texas about 3 years ago I
think, for a car show. They set up the pool liner, drove the car
onto the liner and filled the pool with the car already in the pool.

John

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Bernie Soldate"
<berniesoldate@p...> wrote:
>
> This has already been done, I have a photo of a blue Amphi in a
> 24' round pool at what looks like a fair ground.
>
> Somewhere I have the origin of this photo. If any one is interested
> In a copy, or it's origin, please email me at berniesoldate@p...
>
> Bernie Soldate
> 136 Stratton Brook Road
> Simsbury, Connecticut 06070-2309
> 860 651-4220 Fax 860 651-7700
> E-Mail berniesoldate@p... <mailto:berniesoldate@p...>
> Member
> The International Amphicar Owners Club
> 1966 Amphicar Red RubberDucky
> 1967 Amphicar Red TubToy
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tom Jones
> Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 6:34 AM
> To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool
>
> --- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman"
<david@m...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft
deep
> so big enough for Amphicar !
> >
> > Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but
> how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just
fill it
> up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch
pipe -
> so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is
any
> straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I
can
> think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it -
fill
> the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and
floats -
> then drain water out when photos have been taken.
> >
> > Anyone think of a better way ?@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ David, we do that
every
> year in Wisconsin!! We just overfill the pool in the fall & when
it
> freezes we drive in!! Only problem we have is no one knows how to
get
> them out!! Tom n Cindy "blugill ,Finzilla"
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Bernie Soldate

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RE: Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool

John

I do believe you're right

Bernie

-----Original Message-----
From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of a_colo_native
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 2:09 PM
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool

Bernie -
That was our own Arnold Hite's car in Texas about 3 years ago I
think, for a car show. They set up the pool liner, drove the car
onto the liner and filled the pool with the car already in the pool.

John

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Bernie Soldate"
<berniesoldate@p...> wrote:
>
> This has already been done, I have a photo of a blue Amphi in a
> 24' round pool at what looks like a fair ground.
>
> Somewhere I have the origin of this photo. If any one is interested
> In a copy, or it's origin, please email me at berniesoldate@p...
>
> Bernie Soldate
> 136 Stratton Brook Road
> Simsbury, Connecticut 06070-2309
> 860 651-4220 Fax 860 651-7700
> E-Mail berniesoldate@p... <mailto:berniesoldate@p...>
> Member
> The International Amphicar Owners Club
> 1966 Amphicar Red RubberDucky
> 1967 Amphicar Red TubToy
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tom Jones
> Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 6:34 AM
> To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool
>
> --- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman"
<david@m...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft
deep
> so big enough for Amphicar !
> >
> > Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but
> how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just
fill it
> up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch
pipe -
> so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is
any
> straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I
can
> think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it -
fill
> the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and
floats -
> then drain water out when photos have been taken.
> >
> > Anyone think of a better way ?@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ David, we do that
every
> year in Wisconsin!! We just overfill the pool in the fall & when
it
> freezes we drive in!! Only problem we have is no one knows how to
get
> them out!! Tom n Cindy "blugill ,Finzilla"
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Bill Connelly

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Re: Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool

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<font size="2">Whence comes this sudden intercontinental mania for chlorinating Amphicars in backyard swimming pools, I wonder? Perhaps this isa new variant on the regular winter "cruise blues," that syndrome not unlike cabin fever, whereby the wan and forlorn Amphicar, sporting a frosty pair of long-too-dry props subconsciously alerts its owner to its discomfort...the amphibian's equivalent to a cheerleader's prom date moaning with a really rotten case of "blueballs," only in this casecommunicated by the Amphi at the subsonicunconcious level with its owner.</font>
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<font size="2">Assuming that the alternative, and perhaps more practical,"release" of this discomfort achieved by vigorously applying liberal synthetic lubricants to affected areas of the undercarriage is not chosen by the owner, then might I offer two suggestions:</font>
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<font size="2">1. Take the opportunity of an Amphi's immersion in a such a still-standing body of water to also dump a gallon or soof cheap black molasses (derived from sugar beet, not cane) into the pool. The natural anti-oxidation chelating properties of such molasses is a matter ofrecord on this List and elsewhere. Even this extremely low concentration of such chelating agents can't help but do your Amphi the power of good in its nooks and crannies, especially if liberally treated afterwards withWaxOyl or, better yet,AMSOil Heavy Duty Metal Protectant Spray. For more details on the black molassesphenomenon,you can search Google for "molasses rust" or visit:<</font><font size="2">http://www.answers.com/topic/molasses</font><font size="2">>, <</font><font size="2">http://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/rust/rust_molasses.htm</font><font size="2">> or <</font><font size="2">http://virtualindian.org/projrust.htm#molasses</font><font size="2">></font>
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<font size="2">2. Unless you're keen on the engineering challenge of personally dunking your Amphi like a donut just for its own sake, why not try contacting some area crane operators?One of them might be willing to do the deed just for the quirky publicity it could generate.</font>
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<font size="2">With all that said, buck up there web-toed horde! Very soon now the crocuses will be abloomin', and we'll all be happily scourging the waterways withthosecabin feverish thoughts of pool-bound Amphis forming up in geometrical patterns, likein some 40's Esther Williamsyncronized swim dance film number,just a faint demented memory...</font>
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<font size="2">~Bilgey~</font>

<font size="2">----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Jones
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 6:34 AM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@m...>
wrote:
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> I've just bought an above ground pool - approx 18ft x 12ft x 4ft deep
so big enough for Amphicar !
>
> Well it's got to be tried once as it would make great photos but
how ? I could of course build the pool around the car and just fill it
up but the water supply at my house is not great - just half inch pipe -
so pool will take at least a week to fill. I don't think there is any
straightforward way to lift the car into the pool so only way I can
think of is support the car on blocks - build the pool around it - fill
the pool - somehow remove the blocks so the car drops in and floats -
then drain water out when photos have been taken.
>
> Anyone think of a better way ?@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ David, we do that every
year in Wisconsin!! We just overfill the pool in the fall & when it
freezes we drive in!! Only problem we have is no one knows how to get
them out!! Tom n Cindy "blugill ,Finzilla"
>
>






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David Chapman

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Re: Re: Amphicar in a swimming pool

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<font face="Arial" size="2">> Snip [weird stuff]</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Welcome back Bilgey- we've missed you !</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
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amphi_sc

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This may turn out to be a popular alternative... dunking the car in a
pool... but I think a little bit longer pool is appropriate to make
turning easier. Weather here is warm enough for swiming but finding
water is turning out to be a challenge... only 1 third of an inch of
rain since last October, and we were under budget by 16 inches last
year... getting just over 50% (19 inches) what what we were supposed
to get. I think somebody speculated we might get some rain in March
... or was that April? So to who ever is in charge of the spigot,
open it a crack please!
Al
 
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I know I am way late in adding my comment about the picture of the Amphicar in a Swimming pool in what looks like a fairground, but I haven't seen an e-mail from the Hites,and I am next to certain thatit was Arnold and Sharon Hite's Amphicar in a Swimming Pool at the Charlottle Motor Speedway Fairgrounds a year or two ago as they live fairly close by. It was a done as a "Gimmick" for some event - the car show or fair or something. Arnold could enlighten us unless he already has and my spam filter filteredhis commentout.

Vic ( Capt. Splash ) Nelson with the Aqua 1967 "Split Personality" near Daytona
 
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