Amphicar Universal/Replacement Parts Tips

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Bill Connelly

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Whatever solutions anyone may come up with as a substitution for replacement
of the now-scarce transmission needle bearing described in the List postings
far far below, or for ANY other Amphicar part, please take a moment to
describe it at the "Universal Parts Tips Questionnaire" at
http://www.amphicar.net/partstips.html .

In the meantime, for the record and this List's Archives, here are the
results of that Questionnaire so far. Thanks to everyone who pitched in!
~Bilgey~


AMPHICAR UNIVERSAL PARTS TIPS QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
NOVEMBER 1999 TO NOVEMBER 2003
TO RECORD NEW TIPS OR VIEW THE LATEST ONES, PLEASE VISIT
http://www.amphicar.net/partstips.html

Owner Name: Billy Syx (East Coast Amphicar)
Owner Website: http://www.galloweb.com/~amphicar
Original Amphicar Part Name: PINCH BOLT FOR REAR AXLE OSCILLATING ARM
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Hexagon bolt M 10 x 75 S DIN 931 - 10K
Original Amphicar Part Number: 1.309 15.00 (Amphicar Parts Catalog, 4/1 --
Item 11)
Replacement Part Name: Any manufacturer
Replacement Part Model or Type: 2 1/2 x 3/8" SAE (Minimum Grade 5, but the
higher the grade the better)
Replacement Part Number: Common U.S. hardware
Manufacturer or Source: Any decent U.S. hardware store
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $3
Price from Gordon: n/a
Date: October 26, 1999
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
Also purchase matching washers (2 per bolt) and nut. The original Amphicar
bolt was a much softer steel with a very coarse thread. With this new
stronger grade steel replacement and its finer (SAE) thread, it may be
possible with a little "heave-ho" to tighten down a loose oscillating arm
onto the stub axle, thereby vastly improving handling and safety, to say
nothing of avoiding that $700 bite for a new oscillating arm assembly. The
old original soft-steel bolts will usually snap if one tightens them down
hard. Use of a thread locking compound like Loctite on the nut or
double-nutting (tightening a second nut against the first) is advised.



Owner Name: Bill Connelly
Owner Website: http://www.amphicar.net
Original Amphicar Part Name: WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: (Rubber inserts)
Original Amphicar Part Number: 1.655 25.01 (Amphicar Parts Listing:
10/7--Item 24)
Replacement Part Name: Lexor
Replacement Part Model or Type: "Rubber Inserts for Original Factory Wiper
Blades", Size E-Narrow (11"-28").
Replacement Part Number: None (UPC: 79238 04005)
Manufacturer or Source: Lexor (Pylon Mfg. Corp.) [available from Trak Auto
and other automotive supply outlets]
Source City: Dearfield Beach
Source State: Florida
Source Zipcode: 33442
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $4.99
Price from Gordon: n/a
Date: October 30, 1999
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:

HOW TO REPLACE WORN RUBBER WINDSHIELD WIPER INSERTS:

Remove the wiper blade assembly from the arm by simply sliding it out.

Locate the two squarish retaining clips (about 7 mm in size) at the ends of
the wiper blade (mine are stamped with a tiny "LIFT"). Remove both retaining
clips by sliding each a millimeter or two towards the center of the blade
and lifting. DO NOT DISCARD these retaining clips, as they are very rare and
wonderful.

Slide the metal retaining strip holding the worn rubber insert from the
wiper blade assembly.

Remove the worn rubber insert from its metal retaining strip (a smallish
screwdriver might be helpful in easing it out).

Use the worn rubber insert as a guide to cutting the replacement to
precisely the proper length (too long and it won't fit in, too short and
when you mount it the retaining clips won't hold it properly)

Place the new rubber insert into the metal retaining strip, making sure it
is seated properly.

Replace the small retaining clip at one end only for now.

Slide the metal retaining strip and new rubber insert back into the wiper
blade assembly.

Replace the second small retaining clip.

Click the whole affair back onto the wiper arm and repeat procedure on the
other side.

The whole procedure should take maybe 5 minutes...6 if you do it wearing
welder's mittens, so folks with windshields that get to looking like the
business end of an acne afflicted teen's mirror on Prom Night whenever a
little drizzle sprays up might want to look into it, especially given the
low 5 buck price tag for what is basically a "two-fer".



Owner Name: Al Heath
Owner Website: www.amphicar.net/aboat2
Original Amphicar Part Name: ENGINE MOUNT
Original Amphicar Part Number: 1-01-06
Replacement Part Name: Pioneer 602381
Replacement Part Model or Type: Chevy 76-86, Chevy Truck 82-85, GMC Truck
82-85, Pontiac 81-87
Replacement Part Number: Pioneer 602381
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $20
Price from Gordon: $60.18
Date: December 21, 1999
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
It isn't a perfect fit as some minor modification is needed to the mount
itself. There was also the possibility of a Volvo mount that might have
worked, but the parts store didn't have it in stock but did have these, and
the price for both of these mounts was less than $20 total.

Hugh spec'd the mount as 1 3/4 inch high, 2 inch diameter. The off-the-shelf
mounts I got are basically 2 inch diameter with wider lips at both ends
where the metal is embedded into the rubber, and are just a tad over 2
inches high due to some bubbling of the rubber around the bolts, and they
have molded in bolts at both ends (you'll need metric nuts, so match up the
nuts at the store to make life easier....).

The modifications I did... * slightly enlarged the bolt hole in the car
frame to put the larger bolt down, the existing engine bracket hole size
would work as-was. * turned some of the rubber and just a little of the
metal down on a lathe. Ending up at 1.87 inches high, metal to metal, or in
plain english, just took the bump off the top/bottom around the bolts. Still
plenty of metal molded into the rubber to be fully functional, at least in
my mind. Probably shorted the overall life span of the mount slightly, but
at that point, I'll just do the same thing again. I chucked them up at both
ends with some spare nuts I had tack welded together to keep it all true.
Obviously, the rubber is too flexible to turn down with only one end chucked
up. * ground a slight flat edge (1/4 of an inch or so..) along one side of
the bottom lip of the mount to fit flush with the existing frame ridge.
Didn't do anything scientific here, just took some off till it fit flat
against the rear lip on the frame. The top end is fine clearance wise under
the engine. * lightly covered the new "bare" metal with paint to prevent
rusting.

Results: Now the oil drain is lined up centered in the bilge drain, so I
wouldn't try to turn it all the way down to 1.75 inches. Also, original
mounts had tendency to sag and needed clamps to stiffen them up. These
haven't suffered that symptom yet, but only been in service 6 months. I used
this as Hugh Gordon didn't have any and had no idea of when he might get
some "official" parts.



Owner Name: Marc Schlemmer
Owner Website: http://www.amphicar.net/amphi/
Original Amphicar Part Name: HOOD AND DECK LID WEATHERSTRIP
Original Amphicar Part Number: 11-39-11, 11-34-25, 11-40-13
Replacement Part Name: Replacement Rubber Weatherstripping
Replacement Part Number: 81TB0162P
Manufacturer or Source: JC Whitney
Source Street Address: 1 JC Whitney Way
Source Address2: P.O. Box 3000
Source City: LaSalle
Source State: IL
Source Zipcode: 61301-0300
Source Country: United States
Source Website: www.jcwhitney.com
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: Less than $20.
Price from Gordon: More than $50.
Date: December 27, 1999
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
These seals are not as high of quality as the originals, and may need
replaced more often, but they work and fit fine. They have an adhesive
backing which holds them quite well, but will allow them to be removed
without scrapping off the old glue. To date, mine have seen two full seasons
without any signs of wear or damage. Sold in 10 ft. lengths.



Owner Name: Gerald Okins
Original Amphicar Part Name: REAR WHEEL CYLINDER PISTONS
Original Amphicar Part Number: 6-23-31
Replacement Part Name: Raybestos
Replacement Part Number: WC 4876
Manufacturer or Source: Lincoln Clutch and Brake
Source Street Address: 211 South 20th St.
Source City: Lincoln
Source State: NE
Source Zipcode: 68510
Source Telephone: 1-800-927-2207
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $37
Price from Gordon: Pistons alone are not available from Gordon, just the
whole wheel cylinder kit ($115.39, plus $10 refundable core charge)
Date: December 27, 1999
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
If you need just the piston, this wheel cylinder will provide 2. The
cylinder itself will not work without extensive modifications-for one thing,
it has standard threads, not metric.



Owner Name: Arnold Hite
Original Amphicar Part Name: REAR VIEW MIRROR (INSIDE)
Original Amphicar Part Number: 12-46-28
Replacement Part Name: 1966 Volkswagen Bus
Replacement Part Model or Type: inside mirror
Replacement Part Number: unknown
Actually used the part?: I have NOT used this part
Price: varies
Price from Gordon: $129
Date: January 28, 2000




Owner Name: Arnold Hite
Original Amphicar Part Name: SUN VIZORS
Original Amphicar Part Number: 12-46-36, 37
Replacement Part Name: 1966 Volkswagen bus
Actually used the part?: I have NOT used this part
Price: varies
Date: January 28, 2000




Owner Name: Steve Moore
Original Amphicar Part Name: FUEL PUMP
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type:
Original Amphicar Part Number: 1-06-00 or 1-06-01
Replacement Part Name: Airtex
Replacement Part Model or Type: "Sure Power" fuel pump
Replacement Part Number: Airtex part number 1437
Manufacturer or Source: Airtex Automotive Division
Source Street Address: 407 West Main Street
Source Address2: (618) 842-2111
Source City: Fairfield
Source State: Illinios
Source Zipcode: 62837
Source Country: USA
Source Email: airtexprodsales~AT~airtexproducts.com
Source Website: http://www.airtexproducts.com/
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $46.02
Price from Gordon: $53.90
Date: June 04, 2001
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
I had to slightly bend the gas line going from the fuel pump to the carb -
but only slightly. The angle of the discharge port was different by a few
degrees. All threads were the same. I needed a fuel pump and was able to
located this pump in a few hours. Looks somewhat similar to the original,
but no priming lever and no screen to clean. All else bolted right on and
the pump came with two gaskets. Gordon charges $53.90 +$10.00 core. I paid
$46.02 retail. Although not as correct as the original, this pump got me
going and fixed my torn diaphram problem on a Saturday. I don't know of
anyone that stocks new diaphrams, except Gordon's. Best of luck!



Owner Name: Greg Zinkosky
Original Amphicar Part Name: STARTER
Replacement Part Name: Worldwide, Autolite, Surestart rebuilders
Replacement Part Model or Type:
Replacement Part Number: 16121
Manufacturer or Source: Worldwide, Autolite, Surestart (#16121), AC Delco
(323-10 or 323-1266), Bosch (SR192X)
Source Street Address: Murray's Auto parts or any other national parts store
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $37.99
Price from Gordon: $70+
Date: July 10, 2001
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
I have actually used the Worldwide starter. It was an exact match and
Murray's offers a lifetime warranty so you will never buy another. It is the
same original starter (Lucas still appears on the outside) with the insides
redone. I can only vouch for sure for the Worldwide part number as that's
the only starter I actually bought; but the other manufacturers and numbers
came from the same source so I believe they are valid.



Owner Name: Greg Zinkosky
Original Amphicar Part Name: AIR FILTER ELEMENT
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type:
Original Amphicar Part Number: 1-08-03
Replacement Part Name: Mr. Gasket air filter
Replacement Part Number: Mr. Gasket #1485A
Manufacturer or Source: Advance Auto(franchise) or any other national auto
parts store carrying Mr. Gasket
Source Street Address: 5490 Middlebelt Road
Source Address2: phone: 734-261-6910
Source City: Garden City
Source State: Michigan
Actually used the part?: I have actually used this part
Price: $6.99
Price from Gordon: $19.89
Date: July 12, 2001
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
No modifications needed. Perfect fit. It was not carried in the store but I
ordered it by phone and picked it up the next day. Advance auto is a
national franchise so it can be ordered from any location or from any other
auto parts store that sells Mr. Gasket products.



Owner Name: Darrell Gaddy
Original Amphicar Part Name: UPPER RADIATOR HOSE
Original Amphicar Part Number: 9-30-37
Replacement Part Name: Upper Radiator Hose
Replacement Part Model or Type: 1982 Buick Riveria 5.0L engine
Replacement Part Number: Dayco 71132
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $14.00
Price from Gordon: $23.85
Date: February 06, 2002
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
The 1982 Buick Riveria equiped with a 5.0L engine upper radiator hose will
replace the Amphicar upper radiator hose. The Dayco 71132 hose is too long,
so it will have to be cut to fit. The Dayco hose is not a perfect fit for
the restored Amphicar, but will work until the Gordon's Import hose arrives.



Owner Name: From John Bevins via Bilgemaster
Owner Website: http://www.amphicar.net/minnow
Original Amphicar Part Name: SPARK PLUGS, RADIATOR CAP, POINTS, CONDENSOR,
DISTRIBUTOR CAP & ROTOR AND REAR WHEEL BRAKE CYLINDER REBUILD KIT
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Date: March 22, 2002
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
The following parts have all been found at my local NAPA and they work fine!
I will be trying the front cyl kits as well in the near future. Spark
Plugs - Champion L87YC Rad. Cap - Stant R-28 Points - LU 1617XP Condensor -
LU206 Dist. Cap - LU420 Rotor - LU300 REAR WHEEL CYLINDER REBUILD KIT -
WAGNER F33271 JB [Copied from Amphicar-Lovers List 3/21/02]



Owner Name: Arnold Hite & John Friese (Excerpted from Amphicar-Lovers List)
Original Amphicar Part Name: FAN BELT
Original Amphicar Part Number: 1-04-29
Replacement Part Name: NAPA
Replacement Part Model or Type: Fan Belt
Replacement Part Number: NAPA Premium XL 25-7410
Manufacturer or Source: NAPA Auto Supplies Stores
Source Street Address: (various)
Source Website: http://www.napaonline.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price from Gordon: $8.95
Date: April 01, 2002
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
Amphicar-Lovers List Excerpt: "I just replaced my fan belt. I had to take
two belts back even though they were the correct length. The Amphicar belt
is quiet narrow. The first two belts I bought were too wide and thus
wouldn't fit all the way down into the grooves on the pulleys. The belt I
finally found was a NAPA Premium XL
25-7410." --http://www.escribe.com/automotive/amphicar/m6514.html



Owner Name: Bilgey
Owner Website: http://www.amphicar.net
Original Amphicar Part Name: BILGE PLUG (LATE MODEL)
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Substitution for "O-Ring Type Bilge
Plug"
Original Amphicar Part Number: 11-34-13a
Replacement Part Name: PIK-A-NUT
Replacement Part Model or Type: Quick-Seal Rubber Expansion Plug (also know
as a "bung hole plug"!)
Replacement Part Number: Item No. 24011 (2" / 50mm)
Manufacturer or Source: LBC Autoparts Warehouse
Source Street Address: 135 South Fifth Street
Source Address2: Phone: 888-3DORMAN, 800-382-1322 or 717-567-7711 / Fax:
717-567-7061
Source City: Newport
Source State: PA
Source Zipcode: 17074-1009
Source Country: USA
Source Email: lbcautoparts~AT~tricountyi.net
Source Website: http://www.lbcautoparts.com
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $5-10?
Price from Gordon: $31.77
Date: March 09, 2003
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
I have been using a PIK-A-NUT brand 2-inch rubber expansion plug instead of
the standard "O-Ring Type Bilge Plug with Cross Bolt or Clip" setup since I
got my late model '67 Amphi in '95. Unlike many owners, I almost always pull
the bilge plug after a swim, so my plug has gotten a lot of use. I only just
replaced it in 2002 after the center tightening nut began stripping...The
factory sent me a free replacement! (which explains why no exact price is
given above). Unlike the standard late model type setup, with the plug held
in place with a crosspiece, this expansion plug works by tightening a nut at
its center, which expands the plug itself. For a diagram, see
<http://www.motormitedormancatalog.com/itemimages/QsealRubberExpanPlug.jpg>
while a photo of my old plug can be seen at
<http://www.amphicar.net/library/plug.jpg>. Although my late model Amphi has
the wide-mouth smooth bore bilge plug hole, it occurs to me that folks with
the smaller early model threaded type brass plug might benefit from such an
expansion type plug, albeit a smaller diameter one, as an easy cure for
stripped threads.








Owner Name: Ed Price
Original Amphicar Part Name: TIE ROD END
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Left hand thread
Original Amphicar Part Number: 7-25-24
Replacement Part Name: Tie Rod End
Replacement Part Model or Type: 21-71-4-6c
Manufacturer or Source: SL Auot Haus
Source Street Address: P.O. Box 456
Source City: Saluda
Source State: VA
Source Zipcode: 23149
Source Country: USA
Source Website: http://www.190slparts.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $12.75
Date: November 15, 2003
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
No Zerk fittings (lifetime lubricated), discard plastic shipping caps, comes
with nylon locknut or you can re-use your old castellated nut.



Owner Name: Ed Price
Original Amphicar Part Name: TIE ROD END
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Right hand thread
Original Amphicar Part Number: 7-25-24
Replacement Part Name: Tie Rod End
Replacement Part Model or Type: 21-70-4-6d
Manufacturer or Source: SL Auot Haus
Source Street Address: P.O. Box 456
Source City: Saluda
Source State: VA
Source Zipcode: 23149
Source Country: USA
Source Website: http://www.190slparts.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $12.75
Date: November 15, 2003
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
No Zerk fittings (lifetime lubricated), discard plastic shipping caps, comes
with nylon locknut or you can re-use your old castellated nut.



Owner Name: Ed Price
Original Amphicar Part Name: FRONT INNER WHEEL BEARING
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Taper roller
Original Amphicar Part Number: 5-21-25
Replacement Part Name: Taper Roller Bearing
Replacement Part Model or Type: BR30206
Manufacturer or Source: NAPA
Source Country: USA
Source Website: http://www.napaonline.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $22.77
Date: November 15, 2003



Owner Name: Ed Price
Original Amphicar Part Name: FRONT OUTER WHEEL BEARING
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Taper roller
Original Amphicar Part Number: 5-21-26
Replacement Part Name: Taper Roller Bearing
Replacement Part Model or Type: BR30204
Manufacturer or Source: NAPA
Source Country: USA
Source Website: http://www.napaonline.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $18.77
Date: November 15, 2003




Owner Name: Ed Price
Original Amphicar Part Name: FRONT INNER GREASE SEAL
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Grease Seal
Original Amphicar Part Number: 5-21-20
Replacement Part Name: Grease / Oil Seal
Replacement Part Model or Type: CR25424
Manufacturer or Source: NAPA
Source Country: USA
Source Website: http://www.napaonline.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $12.99
Date: November 15, 2003
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
Parts Manual describes this part as 68mm x 85mm x 10mm, but this part is
65mm x 85mm x 10mm; it still fits OK.



Owner Name: Ed Price
Original Amphicar Part Name: Resilient Leg, Front
Original Amphicar Part Model or Type: Coil-over Shock & Spring
Original Amphicar Part Number: 5-21-58
Replacement Part Name: Maeco PK22K1
Replacement Part Model or Type: Shock Absorber
Replacement Part Number: 28-1342
Manufacturer or Source: Surplus Center
Source Street Address: 1015 West "O" Street
Source City: Lincoln
Source State: NB
Source Country: USA
Source Email: 1-800-488-3407
Source Website: http://www.surpluscenter.com/
Actually used the part: I have actually used this part
Price: $19.99
Date: November 15, 2003
Modifications Needed or Other Comments:
Bolt-in replacement for early, under-the-hull bracket front shock and spring
combination. Need only to drill out the top and bottom eyelets from 7/16" to
12mm.




Subject: Re: Tranny Update


So...has anyone come up with a less costly replacement for the
"special"bearing by the pinion? Seems kinda strange that the race on
that bearing just totally fell apart, and there are no signs of any
damage or wear to any other parts of the tranny.

Dan

Hugh Gordon has tried and i have tried up here in Canada
But those 2 bearinging are special only to Amphicar and are no longer
avalable anywhere.
when he runs out(and I, have 2 of one and none of the other. and must keep
these for my own cars) we will be in very big trouble as bearing companys
will not run small batches.
I have had a machine shop working on a water gear for the trany that is
now
not aval at Hughs or by me.I sent a email out to over 100 owners and No
one
came back with a positive order.
I have over $700 invested so far but will not make a run unless I get
orders...$...
the 1st test gear came out a perfect fit..part # is 02-16-43(with the
small
raised area,)
GORD SOUTER.


I assume that you have been talking about part # 2-16-2, the needle bearing.
This bearing supports the land transmission input shaft, part # 2-16-1,
where it enters the transmission case, and is located immediately behind the
2-16-4 radial oil seal. This bearing runs in transmission oil, and keeps the
relatively long input shaft in alignment. The bearing sees the engine RPM,
but is not radially loaded very much.

So that's what I know, although I haven't seen mine (yet). I do know that my
radial oil seal had hopped out of its seat, and was hanging, like a loose
ring, on the input shaft when I parted the clutch from the land
transmission.

But now I'm going to speculate a bit. It wasn't "like" Amphicar to design a
new part where they could borrow an existing design. And I suppose Hermes
was operating under the same philosophy. I can't see anything unique about
the function or loation of that needle bearing, nothing that would demand a
special design. So it seems out-of-character that the bearing would be
unique to Amphicar. I suspect that there's got to be a commercial
equivalent. If anybody has a bad needle bearing that they would like to send
to me, I'd be glad to spend some time looking for a cross-reference to it.

OK, suppose it really is a unique part. What's unique; the ID, the OD, the
race design, the thickness? Surely 4000 RPM in oil with little loading is
not a tough spec. Maybe the solution is to modify the transmission case!
Could the bearing seat be milled out a bit to take a standard bearing? If
the ID is odd, maybe we could go to a slighty larger standard ID, and put a
steel sleeve on the shaft to fill the gap.

True, these are serious machine shop modifications, and you can't go back.
But moving toward a commercial standard bearing might be necessary, and it's
infinitely preferrable to scrapping the transmission. BTW, one of our
members said he was going to replace his bad needle bearing with a sintered
bronze sleeve bearing. I'm a bit skeptical about how long that will last,
but it just might work!! I'm looking forward to hearing his results.

Ed
El Cajon
67 Rust Guppy


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