Georgia Amphi Restoration

RalphF

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I have Ken Richter's old '65 Amphi. You may have known "Kamikaze Ken". He is doing well and just getting rid of some of his treasures.
I picked it up at the end of May 2020. I figured I would start a thread of some of the things I have been doing to it to prolong its life and give it my personality.
I have been after an Amphicar after seeing one in the late 60's down the street from my home in Marietta Georgia.

I will be adding various posts to this thread as I go...
 

RalphF

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After getting caught in a horrible rainstorm a couple of weeks ago, I adjusted my priorities to put getting the convertible top back on ASAP. I have two brand new tops, one tan and one black. I have elected to put the black one on. But first I have to get that top frame in ship shape.

It needed to be sandblasted and painted and of course the right front corner had separated from the piece that goes over the windshield. In trying to find someone to sandblast it and powder coat it, I stumbled across a character who goes by "Crazy Dave". He has a welding shop and makes cool looking lamps, gates and other stuff. He no longer sandblasts but he invited me over to use his gear free of charge and I took him up on it. He taught me to use it and I spent the afternoon cleaning up the frame. After getting it down to the bare metal, he even MIG welded the broken part for me. Wow, the frame operates so easily now that it is rust free.

So today I noticed a little rust forming already and I didn't have time to get it to the paint shop, and besides, I needed to get all that black sealer off the "brow". I spent a couple hours with the wire brush and got all that clean and got the new rust off as well. Tomorrow morning she goes to get powdered black. The shop says they will charge me $50.00.

Here are some photos of what I have done so far.
 

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Ralph,

Many of us have been where you are now with your top. Looks like you are making good progress!
Keep us posted and keep the pictures coming!

Mark
 

SNOWBIRD

Amphicar Expert
You didn't weld the triangles on like I told you..bottom right in pic.. Now is the time to do it so it won't break again!conv top 003.JPG
 

RalphF

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You didn't weld the triangles on like I told you..bottom right in pic.. Now is the time to do it so it won't break again!View attachment 2703
Gord, to be honest I couldn't figure out what you were talking about. I can't remember if you had a photo before, but I even mentioned it to the welder guy and we kept thinking you meant some sort of triangle on the side or in/on the square or U channels. Didn't realize you meant right across the top. I can see it in these pics though. I don't want to heat it all up again, so maybe I will try riveting them on. Should work if it isn't absolutely essential that they be flush. Thanks for trying to teach me though.
 

RalphF

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Ralph,

Many of us have been where you are now with your top. Looks like you are making good progress!
Keep us posted and keep the pictures coming!

Mark
Thanks Mark.

I have had some good advice from folks on a lot of this stuff. I do like to blab and post pictures so you will see and hear more. What i find is that people blabbing on this forum are the source of SO much valuable information. I can't believe I finally got a car after all these years. And according to people who know the car and have seen it over the years along with recent pictures, I should have a pretty good one. Hopefully she will be painted this winter.

I really want to do the interior upholstery but the prices have skyrocketed so much since I last checked. I have most of the pieces to do the interior in Red/White but the person who made the door panels made them too thick for the bottom of the door to close. If I can get that licked, then maybe I can do that until I can afford a new interior in Gray/White

After I get the top fabric on the frame (awaiting the front seal/weatherstripping to arrive) I hope to tackle wiring up the pole light and marine light. For some reason Ken ripped all that wiring out, but I have the lights plus 2 spare lenses for the marine light. I also need advice on the windshield wiper motor testing and wiring.

I have sourced some sealed LED beehive lights for the front that appear to NOT LEAK. They almost match the factory ones. They have both parking and turn intensities just like the Hella ones.

Feel free to speak up if you have suggestions.

Ralph
 

RalphF

New Member
I have completed repairing the windshield wiper motor and will post what I did, with photos in the main forum section
 
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