Great question how long to restore an Amphicar

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David Derer

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Does anyone have an estimate of how many hours it takes to pull an Amphi

apart for painting inside and out? Assume a rank amateur.

How about putting it back together?

Start first by working in garage with spouses car, bikes, mowers and
other clutter. Then take apart in a random fashion. Put parts in
unmarked boxes and what ever containers you can find. Put parts too big
next to washing machine in basement or in attic, anywhere you want. Then
go inside and place an order for parts. Watch the loving glow on spouses
face as she sees the credit card bill. Defending yourself with It was on
sale! Your back will hurt more than you remember. Then without noticing
a few weeks go by without progress. Then its birthdays, holidays,
vacations, etc. Amphicar is being used as storage with garage sale boxes
that look just like your parts. Finally you get an evening; head to
garage and look for trim to clean up. You get frustrated by not finding
anything and all the while you hear from hallway "I want to park my new
car in the garage!" "When are you going to finish that silly little
car?!". You realize a decade has gone by.
With some planning it does not have to happen that way. Get a spot that
is all yours. Before you take apart take pictures even a video. The more
now will help in the years to come. Take Polaroid's and put notes on.
Put in big zip lock baggies with parts. Separate and label. Do not get
rid of original parts till the end. Never send in core first, unless it
is to be rebuilt. Never go to an unknown clutch rebuilder. For a first
time rookie I would figure on three years. That is if you want to stay
married and see kids do their thing. Now that number changes a lot with
the amount of project you send out to be done. Later Dave the Wave aka
Midwest Amphicar
 
R

Randy Tusone

Guest
Of course all of this counts the car as being in need
of very little metal work! Add in all the cutting and
welding and you'll put another year on that time
frame!

Randy
--- David Derer <dmd@essex1.com> wrote:
> Does anyone have an estimate of how many hours it
> takes to pull an Amphi
>
> apart for painting inside and out? Assume a rank
> amateur.
>
> How about putting it back together?
>
> Start first by working in garage with spouses car,
> bikes, mowers and
> other clutter. Then take apart in a random fashion.
> Put parts in
> unmarked boxes and what ever containers you can
> find. Put parts too big
> next to washing machine in basement or in attic,
> anywhere you want. Then
> go inside and place an order for parts. Watch the
> loving glow on spouses
> face as she sees the credit card bill. Defending
> yourself with It was on
> sale! Your back will hurt more than you remember.
> Then without noticing
> a few weeks go by without progress. Then its
> birthdays, holidays,
> vacations, etc. Amphicar is being used as storage
> with garage sale boxes
> that look just like your parts. Finally you get an
> evening; head to
> garage and look for trim to clean up. You get
> frustrated by not finding
> anything and all the while you hear from hallway "I
> want to park my new
> car in the garage!" "When are you going to finish
> that silly little
> car?!". You realize a decade has gone by.
> With some planning it does not have to happen that
> way. Get a spot that
> is all yours. Before you take apart take pictures
> even a video. The more
> now will help in the years to come. Take Polaroid's
> and put notes on.
> Put in big zip lock baggies with parts. Separate and
> label. Do not get
> rid of original parts till the end. Never send in
> core first, unless it
> is to be rebuilt. Never go to an unknown clutch
> rebuilder. For a first
> time rookie I would figure on three years. That is
> if you want to stay
> married and see kids do their thing. Now that number
> changes a lot with
> the amount of project you send out to be done. Later
> Dave the Wave aka
> Midwest Amphicar
>
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