Instructions

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Robert Vondracek

Guest
I wanted to prepare a handout to give to novices on how to properly lower
and raise a top. Can anyone help me with their maybe "already written"
instructions?

Rob "Still Alive" Vondracek
'64 red SNAPPER


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Amphipoda

Guest
Having a convertible top on Amphi is a mixed blessing. It takes a
team effort to actually raise the roof on an Amphicar. Before you
even consider lifting the top, it has to be a warm day and Amphi will
need an hour to bask in the sun, sort of get the blood flowing (this
may be a latent reptilian trait). You'll need to roll down all the
windows, open the doors, truck, hood, and bilge access panel. Then
you will need to flag down a half dozen neighbors to assist in the
actual convertible top lifting process. Precision supervision is
essential! The raising involves more synchronization and team effort
than most Olympic sports, but is trivial compared to putting the top
down (more on that below). Once the top is semi-erect, it still
needs to be secured by the latches. These latches seem to have tiny
minds of their own and seldom cooperate in any real predictable
manner. At this point, I've found it is best to dismiss the
neighbors, thanking them profusely and thus preventing them from
hearing a torrent of curse words that are sure to ensue. The latches
are sometimes more cooperative after another hour or two of basking
in the warm sun and fiddling with the cross members of the top.
Eventually both latches will comply and you will be overwhelmed with
a sense of accomplishment? that is until you realize it is a
wonderfully sunny day and the top should actually be DOWN.

Before putting the top down again, you marvel at its snug fit and
perky design. Very prestigious indeed. You might even ponder how
incredibly sea-worthy Amphi is with the top up, windows rolled up,
and bilge pump blaring. Waves crashing over the hood, wind whipped
water spray smacking at the side windows. But secure inside your
Amphicar you are perfectly warm, and for the most part dry. Like a
tiny cork in a washing machine? Amphi braves the high seas? well,
maybe not the really HIGH seas.

Okay, it's time to convert from top-up to top-down. At this point I
call the most experienced neighbors I know ? an elderly rocket
scientist, a seasoned structural engineer, and if I'm lucky a fellow
amphibian or two. Then I hold a team meeting and we strategize about
the next series of steps we must undertake. It usually takes about 2
beers (a half-hour) to really get the plan down pat before even
attempting the top lowering ritual. Of course mid way through the
most crucial part I scream "STOP - STOP? I forgot to unzip the damn
zipper flaps!" I humbly admit I'm now on my third new top due to
this persistent oversight. I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one
who has torn a top or two? or three, but I digress. During the top
lowering process no one can ever remember if the main cross bar goes
over or under all the canvas material (my lovely Mermaid wife
remembers, but I always forget to ask her). Eventually the top nests
into its boot, but invariably protrudes higher than desired which
means we got the cross bar in the wrong location again. Yet another
team meeting, more beers, and we are ready to make another attempt.
Another half-hour has past, the top is finally correctly retracted.
Now we must secure it under the incredibly tight fitting, hernia
inducing, boot cover. Ahhh? the prestige of owning a convertible.
 
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Daniel & Kathy Gibson

Guest
Don't forget...the top goes up much easier after you have driven the car
for a while. The engine warms it up and makes it stretchy!

Dan
'64 Das Boot

Robert Vondracek wrote:
>
> I wanted to prepare a handout to give to novices on how to properly lower
> and raise a top. Can anyone help me with their maybe "already written"
> instructions?
>
> Rob "Still Alive" Vondracek
> '64 red SNAPPER
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
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