> Would anybody happen to know the ID of the nylon bilge exit port on
> the rear panel?
The official description of this part is found as Plate 49, item number 7 in
"Amphicar E : Ersatzteile und Werkzeuge", the official Amphicar parts
listings in dual English-German, where it is called in English 'Connecting
piece complete, Fig. 8562 5/8", Part No. 1.735 05.00'.
Any decent marine goods shop will have a bilge exit port to match the
original Amphicar item, or Gordon may have something in stock. Then again
you could do yourself a HUGE favor if your original is knackered (or even
not), and take a good look at Billy Syx' Bilge Spout Elbow offering near the
bottom of the Amphi-Bazaar at http://www.amphicar.net/bazaar.html. At only
$25 it replaces and improves the whole shebang, insofar as you'll be able to
SEE any water you're sploodging back there, or even more importantly NOT
sploodging back there, without having to lob yourself bodily over the engine
lid. This will keep one from prematurely burning up one's original type
bilge pump impeller, which'll wear out and go bad very very quickly if run
dry. Billy's offering also LOOKS rather nice, with its chrome making a nice
match for most folk's chromed exhaust pipe covers.
> What prep work should occur before winter storage? We do have a
> heated garage.
Please see http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/8389/winterization.html. Written
for users like my own poor self without heated garages, you may nevertheless
find some worthwhile tips there. You might also find the article described
below interesting. The information below comes from the Amphicar.net
Library Catalog (see http://www.amphicar.net/library.html for details).
Published in 1999, you could probably obtain a copy of the whole issue, or
at least the article, from the publisher without much fuss. The phone
number's given below.
Author: Richardson, Jim.
Title: "How to prepare for winter storage", in: Auto Restorer (October 1999)
Magazine: Auto Restorer (P.O. Box 55845, Boulder, CO 80322-5845. Tel.
Volume: v. 11
Issue Number: n. 10
Pages: p. 23-24 : ill. ; 28 cm.
Date: October 1999
Research Note: The only suggestion in the article that might be clearly
subject to debate or criticism where Amphicars are concerned is the author's
recommendation of perhaps replacing DOT 3 type brake fluid with DOT 5
(silicone) type, owing to the silicone type's resistance to water
contamination. On the face of it this might seem an ideal replacement for
Amphicars, but according to some Amphicar experts, conversion to brake fluid
types other than DOT 3 may necessitate substantial retrofitting of the brake
system with suitable brake hoses, rubber cups, gaskets, etc. Before using
any brake fluid other than DOT 3 in an Amphicar, please seek out
knowledgeable advice such as that found in the Archives of the
Amphicar-Lovers Email List Archives at
information on DOT 3 vs. DOT 5 brake fluids and a description of what is
necessary for conversion appears in an article in the same issue on p. 6,
titled "Regular or silicone fluid?". This article was transcribed and
posted to the aformentioned Amphicar-Lovers List on March 17, 2000.--b.
Motor vehicles--Maintenance and repair.
Automobiles--Maintenance and repair.
An informative article describing several useful maintenance tips for winter
preparation or long term storage for any type of vehicle. The article well
complements the "Amphicar Winterization Procedure" checklist found on the
Internet at http://www.geocities.com/soho/8389/winterization.html
Notes: "Winter storage"--Cover title.
> We plan on removing the wheels over the winter for seal and brake
> updating. Is there a recommended way to set the car on jack stands
> without compromising the hull integrity?
> Marty & Caryl
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