Missing Marine Light

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by pfgbrian@aol.com, Jul 31, 2001.

  1. pfgbrian@aol.com
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    <font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">I have an old anchor from my boat I will donate to tie to and drown the
    person who took his light.

    Brian in CA</font>
     
  2. Eric Mattlin
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    Eric Mattlin Guest

    I just got off the phone with Dave the Wave. I'm not sure what
    happened at Celina but it appears that the Brand New reproduction
    Marine light that was on my car was replaced with an old crummy one.

    I'd hate to think that anyone in the club would do this. Perhaps
    someone thought they were playing a joke on Dave??? If so please
    return the light as I do not think it is funny.

    If it doesn't turn up I will not be returning to Celina. If the
    trend is to "borrow" parts from other cars at these events then none
    of us is safe. The reproduction light was $169.95 plus shipping for
    a non-blem. Will the light poles start going next? Will we have to
    lock our cars up?

    Eric
     
  3. pfgbrian@aol.com
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    Re: Re: Missing Marine Light

    <font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">JB- no one should EVER touch/remove parts from anyone car without permission.
    You would not like it if someone removed your wifes panties w/o your
    permission would you? It is the same idea- a violation is a violation. 30
    years in car hobby, and I have never touched someone elses car w/o
    permission. No matter how funny the joke might be. Just talked to several
    friends-all agree w/ me. Anyone want to respond?

    Brian in CA</font>
     
  4. Cap''n John
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    Cap''n John Guest

    >>>I'd hate to think that anyone in the club would do this. Perhaps
    someone thought they were playing a joke on Dave??? If so please
    return the light as I do not think it is funny.

    I can't imagine any club member who would do that *unless* it was a
    pratical joke.

    >>>If it doesn't turn up I will not be returning to Celina. If the
    trend is to "borrow" parts from other cars at these events then none
    of us is safe. The reproduction light was $169.95 plus shipping for
    a non-blem. Will the light poles start going next? Will we have to
    lock our cars up?

    Eric, I wouldn't get that upset just yet. I am sure that what
    happened will come out. If you get too upset, they may be too
    embarrased to come forward. So be patient and wait to see what
    happened, then you can go from there. If it goes too long, you may
    even post an address where it can be sent in anonymity (sp?) to help
    them save face and you retrieve your light. Just a thought.

    JB
     
  5. Eric Mattlin
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    Eric Mattlin Guest

    Comment duly noted. If the perp doesn't want to face up to me all
    they need to do is call Dave.

    Considering how upset you were with your old body shop, I'm suprised
    this came from you. If it was your Amphi or better yet, your Harley
    would you be so charitable?
     
  6. posis123@aol.com
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    I sure hope this was a gag but a poor one that some one played on you and
    that the light is returned if not Barb and I will chip in to help defray cost
    and We also may not return to the event,please let us know if it comes back.
    Earl and Barb Shaffer
     
  7. G_Zink_us@yahoo.com
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    At the risk of getting hate mail, I must say that I'm not so na?ve as
    to think that by virtue of being Amphi owners we're somehow immune
    from the possibility of having a thief in our midst. Less likely
    hopefully, but immune? I would love to think we are but wishing don't
    make it so. That doesn't make me any less disappointed. It's a sad
    sign of the times. Teachers, leaders, neighbors, Presidents, now
    Amphicar club members who thoroughly amaze us with their poor
    behavior. Unfortunately, these individuals seem to exist in all walks
    of life. I would like to have a nice new light too as mine's a bit
    cracked and old looking but I would never want it at someone else's
    expense. Unfortunately though, for a small percentage of the
    population, including apparently at least one club member, staring
    through the windshield at someone else's property produces not a
    tinge of guilt. I hate to be a "doom and gloomer" but unless this was
    a practical joke, there's little doubt in my mind that the
    perpetrator was a club member. If the light were simply gone I might
    think otherwise but the fact that someone took the trouble to swap
    them knowing that it would probably not be noticed till everyone was
    safely home and unable to see who suddenly had a nice new light,
    leads me to believe the worst. It doesn't seem likely that some
    spectator was walking around with a light cover in his pocket and for
    what reason? He'd just take the good one. Why take the time to
    replace it with another? I guess the least worst possibility would be
    if some misguided friend of a club member thought he was doing a big
    favor and unbeknownst to the member swapped it. It's a sad fact but
    people just seem to get greedier and more selfish all the time and
    this really puts a damper on an otherwise great weekend and may,
    unfortunately change people's behavior and trust for future get-
    togethers for the 99.9% of members who are fine individuals. Too bad
    for Eric- no, for everyone.
     
  8. Eric Mattlin
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    Eric Mattlin Guest

    I appreciate the various offers to pay for a replacement light for my
    car but I have insurance that will pay the full amount if Hugh can
    find one for me. He's currently out of the non-blem items.

    Hopefully whoever did this will send it to Dave or the Clubs PO box
    soon.
     
  9. pfgbrian@aol.com
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    Re: Re: Missing Marine Light

    <font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">Brad, great idea except the LOSER who took the light and replaced it was a
    CLUB member, not someone with no biz being around the cars. No security is
    going to ask every person if they own that car when they walk up to it. What
    a hassle it would be if we did that. Security is to help protect the cars
    from an outsider, this appears to have been an insider job.

    Brian in CA</font>
     
  10. Brad Kahler
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    Brad Kahler Guest

    Just a comment about Amphi security while at Celina or other swim-
    ins. My past car show experience has been with Triumphs and at
    the 1998 Portland Maine National convention the city of Portland
    blocked off a two block stretch of street in front of the host
    hotel. They had several police officers on duty 24 hours a day
    watching these cars. Only Triumph's were allowed to drive on this
    stretch of the street for the duration of the show. These events
    genrally draw 200 to 300 cars, considerably more than an Amphi
    meet (so far!), but the principle is the same. It might be worth
    the time and effort to request the host hotel and city to provide
    some kind of roving security while the Amphi's are parked in or
    around the host hotel. Just a thought....

    Brad
    just my $0.02....
    64 Amphi
     
  11. Bill Connelly
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    You just gotta hope that the following was some kind of a gag, like last
    year's temporary purloining of Hugh Gordon hubcaps. Of course, there is
    something of a "folksy" precedent for hubcap theft that's totally lacking in
    navigation light swappage. That said, I frankly wouldn't want anyone
    messing with my or anyone else's Amphi in any fashion for whatever motive,
    but I particularly wouldn't want some dipshit messing with any of my lenses,
    joke or no joke, since disturbing them at all could cause the start of a
    nasty nagging leakage problem.

    My first reaction, given the source of the alarm (and knowing of his
    prediliction for pranksterish hijinx) and assuming that you have not
    actually seen the car since, was that Dave might just be pulling your leg
    and that your nav light could very well be just fine and has never moved
    from right where it belongs. I do hope that Dave will confirm the real
    truth of the matter for better or worse to this List as quickly as possible.

    Of course, assuming that the worst IS the case and that some slug actually
    DID take your lens, then I would move as a Board Member to the rest of the
    Board that the Club use its own funds to replace your lost lens if it is not
    returned either to you or anonymously c/o International Amphicar Owners
    Club, P.O. Box 760, Burlington, Kentucky 41005 by August 31st. It might not
    be the legally required course of action for the Club, but I would argue
    that it is still the right thing to do to try to make amends for something
    like this happening "on our watch" at a Club Event. Unfortunately, we would
    then also have to consider secured or patrolled overnight parking for future
    Swim-Ins.

    I really DO hope this is all just a gag...and if so, that it is the LAST
    such gag.

    ~Bilgemaster~


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Eric Mattlin
    To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 2:19 PM
    Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Missing Marine Light


    I just got off the phone with Dave the Wave. I'm not sure what
    happened at Celina but it appears that the Brand New reproduction
    Marine light that was on my car was replaced with an old crummy one.

    I'd hate to think that anyone in the club would do this. Perhaps
    someone thought they were playing a joke on Dave??? If so please
    return the light as I do not think it is funny.

    If it doesn't turn up I will not be returning to Celina. If the
    trend is to "borrow" parts from other cars at these events then none
    of us is safe. The reproduction light was $169.95 plus shipping for
    a non-blem. Will the light poles start going next? Will we have to
    lock our cars up?

    Eric


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