Brake questions, and introducing myself


Alan Wysocki

Hello Listmembers and Amphi Enthusiasts,

This weekend I'm picking my Amphi up at a well-known shop, after having
a considerable amount of bodywork done. It'll then need paint, along
with the usual mechanical work to make it road- and sea-worthy. It will
be a very exciting time for me and for my family, and we are hoping that
all this can get done in time for Celina - we would love to meet and rub
shoulders (er, fins) with all you Amphi-bians and admire your vehicles.

There has been some recent discussion about brake rebuild kits, and I
will likely need to do some brake work myself. I have a couple of questions.

Assuming I need to rebuild the brake cylinders, what is the rationale
for sleeving - is it only necessary when the bores are bad, or does it
offer greatly increased life and be a good idea regardless of the
cylinders' condition? Would I be foolish to simply clean em and rehone
em if the bores look reasonably good?

The other question is regarding linings. Is it an absolute necessity to
use Gordon-supplied linings or are modern linings sufficiently
water-resistant to allow their use on this vehicle? Or, is it possible
to say "Waterproof linings, please" when getting linings made? What are
my options?

Thanks in advance for your comments and opinions. I have been following
this list for years but never had much to say since I didn't get a car
until last fall. But now I want to say, that you folks have been a
continuing source of inspiration for me, and I have saved certain daily
digests for over five years, waiting for the day I could use the
information (just in case the archives disappeared: I'm a
belt-and-suspenders kind of guy). Lately I've been referring to these,
and the knowledge base represented here is truly amazing.

And, partially due to effort the effort expended by many people such as
Mike Israel and all the past and present IAOC board members, and I think
also due to the "fun" nature of the Model 770 Amphicar itself, the tone
of any discussions on this board and that I have had individually with
any of you, has been overwhelmingly civil, positive, helpful,
entertaining, and generally, just plain fun.

Thank you all, and I hope to see you at Celina!

Alan Wysocki, Strafford NH
-primer-grey- '63 (or maybe '62)

Mike Israel


Sleeving the wheel cylinders with stainless or brass will GREATLY enhance their
service life. They are essentially good for decades. If you just clean them
you can almost guarantee that at least one piston will be seized after 2

Pads must be able to handle water. Lots of folks report good luck with the ones
offered by Gord Souter. He uses the same pad material found in the mil spec
Hummer. Amphi brakes are not that great to begin with so do not cut corners in
this vital area.

Hope to see you in Celina.

Mike I.

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