This is the first reported flying amphi hood story I have heard of.
I have many times been driving or towing my amphicar down the high-
way only to realize I forgot to latch. At what speed did this hood
become airborn? Robert Wright
When I read that listing about the damaged hood, I cringed. I've
never had it happen but it happened to one of my Amphicars in the
past. When I bought it I noticed that the hinges had been bent and
there was damage to the underlying frame. A rather poor bondo job
had been done to the top surface that masked the damage to that
area. During restoration, I replaced the bent hinges, straightened
the frame and repaired the bent upper surface. Having seen that
damage, I have been "religious" about always latching the hood down
and being sure that the secondary keeper latch is working correctly.
It's a nasty kind of thing to fix and I feel sorry for the
unfortunate owner of the car in this recent episode, especially since
his car was so recently worked on.
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> This is the first reported flying amphi hood story I have heard
> I have many times been driving or towing my amphicar down the high-
> way only to realize I forgot to latch. At what speed did this hood
> become airborn? Robert Wright
The flying hood story is especially terrifying to me. For years I
never latched down my hood unless going for a swim. I didn't worry too
much reasoning that the safety latch would protect me. Then a couple of
years ago, a friend, who though they were being helpful, attempted to
slam down my hood without protecting the safety latch. He broke off and
tore loose its mounting. Since then I've been operating without a
safety latch. I try to always remember to use the water latch even when
on the highway but old habits die hard. I often forget. So far no problem.