Bilge plug question

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by DAVIS,BRIAN R, Feb 10, 2001.

  1. DAVIS,BRIAN R
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    I noticed an interesting comment on Marc's Vin chart:

    "Bilge Plug
    Some Amphis have a large brass bilge plug with a big O-ring around it, while
    others have a small, thread-in type bilge plug."

    What O-ring?

    My '66 has the large brass plug with a large brass washer, but no o-ring.
    (Maybe Marc is referring to this brass washer as the o-ring?)

    Comments?

    Thx, Brian Davis
    Red '66
     
  2. Bill Connelly
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    Later models have a broader steel bilge plug about 3/8 inch thick with a
    rubber o-ring pressed in around its circumference. The plug is pushed home
    into the smooth (ie. unthreaded) bilge plug hole bore and then held in place
    with a long thin bolt (sometimes a clip) that passes through two holes in
    the opposite outboard ends of the bilge plug cylinder bore, passing though a
    arch-shaped loop in the center of the bilge plug to hold it steady.

    I dispensed with this whole affair and went with a simple steel-capped bung
    plug seen at http://www.amphicar.net/library/plug.jpg. Tightening its
    center nut expands its rubber outward, giving a nice firm seal. Mine's been
    in service for 7 years with no sign of weakening. For more details, see:

    http://www.escribe.com/automotive/amphicar/search.html?query=pik

    ~Bilgemaster~


    >
    > "Bilge Plug
    > Some Amphis have a large brass bilge plug with a big O-ring around it,
    while
    > others have a small, thread-in type bilge plug."
    >
    > What O-ring?
    >
    > My '66 has the large brass plug with a large brass washer, but no o-ring.
    > (Maybe Marc is referring to this brass washer as the o-ring?)
    >
    > Comments?
    >
    > Thx, Brian Davis
    > Red '66
     
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