Depth Finder/GPS/Charting

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by chris_skeeles@yahoo.com, Aug 26, 2001.

  1. chris_skeeles@yahoo.com
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    I would like to add a depth finder / GPS charting system to
    my 63. Has anyone done simular and can you share what you
    did?
    (as in where did you mount the sensor and how did you run the wire)

    Chris
     
  2. John Friese
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    Hi Chris,
    I just bought a white 67 Amphicar and the previous owner had installed
    a depth sounder in it. He hung the sensor from a front bumper
    bracket, thus avoiding a hole through the hull, and ran the wire up
    along the front trunk lid, then accross and down into the trunk. The
    whole thing is rather unsightly, however, and I intend to remove it
    when it gets here.

    John Friese

    67 white
    67 red


    --- In amphicar-lovers@y..., chris_skeeles@y... wrote:
    >
    >
    > I would like to add a depth finder / GPS charting system to
    > my 63. Has anyone done simular and can you share what you
    > did?
    > (as in where did you mount the sensor and how did you run the wire)
    >
    > Chris
     
  3. Greg
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    Greg Guest

    Re: Re: Depth Finder/GPS/Charting

    There is a portable unit made by Hummingbird(you can
    find it at Hummingbird.com or numerous retail outlets)
    that my wife just bought me for my birthday. It does
    not have GPS but is a depth finder and fish finder. I
    haven't used it yet but the simulator looks great. The
    nice part, especially if you don't like the look of
    the wires and such permantly mounted is that this one
    has a suction cup transducer that you just need to
    temporarily attach to the hull or bumper. The wire
    runs to a portable case that contains the screen and
    batteries. I like that fact that you just undue the
    suction cup and carry it away so you don't have to
    worry about theft. The Hummingbird also has a speed
    sensor accessory that you can buy. I'm anxious to see
    how fast my car actually goes in the water.
    Chris, if you or anyone else wants the exact model
    name and where we purchased it, contact me offline.

    --- John Friese <jfriese@mindspring.com> wrote:
    > Hi Chris,
    > I just bought a white 67 Amphicar and the previous
    > owner had installed
    > a depth sounder in it. He hung the sensor from a
    > front bumper
    > bracket, thus avoiding a hole through the hull, and
    > ran the wire up
    > along the front trunk lid, then accross and down
    > into the trunk. The
    > whole thing is rather unsightly, however, and I
    > intend to remove it
    > when it gets here.
    >
    > John Friese
    >
    > 67 white
    > 67 red
    >
    >
    > --- In amphicar-lovers@y..., chris_skeeles@y...
    > wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > > I would like to add a depth finder / GPS charting
    > system to
    > > my 63. Has anyone done simular and can you share
    > what you
    > > did?
    > > (as in where did you mount the sensor and how did
    > you run the wire)
    > >
    > > Chris
    >
    >
     
  4. chris_skeeles@yahoo.com
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    Thanks for the info. I considered running the cable out the exauhst
    hole (there seems to be plenty of gap room) as long as the heat
    doesnt get to the cable which I am afraid it might.

    The GPS/Chart is most important to me actually. I can honestly see
    myself getting lost on the water looking for a ramp!


    --- In amphicar-lovers@y..., Greg <G_Zink_us@y...> wrote:
    > There is a portable unit made by Hummingbird(you can
    > find it at Hummingbird.com or numerous retail outlets)
    > that my wife just bought me for my birthday. It does
    > not have GPS but is a depth finder and fish finder. I
    > haven't used it yet but the simulator looks great. The
    > nice part, especially if you don't like the look of
    > the wires and such permantly mounted is that this one
    > has a suction cup transducer that you just need to
    > temporarily attach to the hull or bumper. The wire
    > runs to a portable case that contains the screen and
     
  5. David Chapman
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    Re: Re: Depth Finder/GPS/Charting

    This is what I've done, I have an echo sounder and a "knotometer" or water
    speedo. First I tried just bonding the sensors to the inside of the hull
    using glue, location under the back seat in front of the trannie. Worked
    well for depth guage - it does reduce it's sensitivity a bit - it only works
    to about 50 feet water depth instead of 150 - but that's fine for me as mine
    is mostly a river car.

    For the knotometer, it's a similar type of sensor, works by measuring
    bubbles of air in the water - no moving parts. The sensor cable was
    terminated in an ordinary coax plug, the coax cable is about quarter inch
    diameter. I drilled a quarter inch hole through the hull in the raised area
    in the centre of the car where the steering rods go - just to the left
    (sorry right) of the steering box, I sealed it with a yachting type screw
    down O ring thing. I cut the coax plug off to thread the cable through and
    then refitted it. For the sensor mounting - I drilled a hole in that
    steering gear cover plate the same size as the bottom of the sensor and then
    made a bracket - bolted to the cover plate - to hold it so it's flush with
    the bottom of the plate, works well - doesn't protude and so can't get
    broken off . Been like that for 10 years - works well.

    The actual devices I use are original 1960's - took some finding but I
    didn't want to use the modern digital stuff.

    David Chapman in the UK.
     
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