Fiberglass tops

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amphiguru

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Hi Everyone,

In the 1960's, Dieter Haupt of DWM (Amphicar in Berlin) made a
fiberglass top for his personal Amphicar. While I never drove it
for evaluation purposes, it did look professional. Although, Dieter
did tell me it was hot in warm weather.

Anyway, the USA Coast Guard would not allow any hard tops on the
production Amphicar, due to the same safety concerns mentioned in
the Digest. I don't know what the rules are for private individuals
modifying their tops (or anything else), but we would not be allowed
to distribute it unless the Coast Guard approved.

I have checked with USCG for other improvements to Amphicar, and the
start up government paper cost is over US $1000.00! There is,
unfortunately, the issue of manufacturers product liability
insurance, and personal insurance concerns us. Now if only we could
have our USA congress pass special legislation exempting Amphicar
entrepreneurs from these costly rules . . .

Best regards,

Hugh
 
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WB6WSN

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Anyway, the USA Coast Guard would not allow any hard tops on the
production Amphicar, due to the same safety concerns mentioned in
the Digest.<span class="578133710-18022006"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#ff0000" size="4"></font></span>
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Now if only we could
have our USA congress pass special legislation exempting Amphicar
entrepreneurs from these costly rules . . .
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<span class="578133710-18022006"><font face="Century Schoolbook" color="#0000ff" size="4">We missed our best window of opportunity from 1964 to 1968.</font></span>
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<div align="left"><font color="#0000ff"><font face="Century Schoolbook"><font size="4"><span class="578133710-18022006"></span>Ed Price</font></font></font>
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David Chapman

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<tt>> Anyway, the USA Coast Guard would not allow any hard tops on the
> production Amphicar, due to the same safety concerns mentioned in
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<tt>That's why a targa with the front panels attached using existing over centre catches should work. It wouldmake "means of escape" the same as an Amphicar with the convertible top up. More of a risk with targas is the panels coming loose at high speed - not too much ofa problem withAmphicars but was a real issue here a while back with TVRs - but TVRs are madanyway - basically a race car for the road - up to200mph with no ABS or Airbags or anything else which doesn't make it go faster,probably why they are not sold in the USA where there are more lawyers than petrolheads. </tt>
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<tt>Well, they are not sold in the USA but there are a few new ones there - a computer contractor friend of mine drives one in the San Fransisco area - If you have an American passport you can't have one, even as a personal import, but as he is a Brit working on a temporary visa he is allowed to bring in his own car for up to a year which is what he does. Aftera year he plans to "sell it to a native" for use on the racetrack and bring in another for personal road use - A purple TVR Chimera generates a lot of attention, thisis the same bloke who has a licence tag which is a rude word in British English but means nothing in American English !</tt>
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<tt>Bo, you are right, the TR4 probably was the first targa - I think the Stag is best forgotten !!</tt>
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