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Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by sullnbob@aol.com, Jan 11, 2001.

  1. sullnbob@aol.com
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    <font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">Hello all amphicar lovers

    IM new on this list But I have a 64 Red Amphicar. Soon to be a swimmer

    What I have heard is that a Trympth Herald engine would work in the amphicat.

    Does anyone know for sure and which one does it take

    thanks

    Sully</font>
     
  2. John Bevins
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    John Bevins Guest

    --- In amphicar-lovers@egroups.com, sullnbob@a... wrote:
    > Hello all amphicar lovers
    > IM new on this list But I have a 64 Red Amphicar. Soon to be a
    swimmer
    > What I have heard is that a Trympth Herald engine would work in the
    amphicat.
    > Does anyone know for sure and which one does it take
    > thanks

    Sully,

    The stock Amphicar engine is from a Herald (1147cc, 43 HP). So I
    would guess that any one will work. I believe that some Spitfire
    engines will work as well. I am certain you will get some more
    professional infor from the likes of the Bildgemaster or Dave
    Chapman, 2 of our many knowledgable guys.

    John
     
  3. ray handloser
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    If you don't already have an engine, I'd go with the Triumph 1500. It
    wouldn't exacly be right....it will fit....but the power from the 1500
    can be built up to be quite awesome. Ray
    In amphicar-lovers@egroups.com, "John Bevins" <minnow@a...> wrote:
    > --- In amphicar-lovers@egroups.com, sullnbob@a... wrote:
    > > Hello all amphicar lovers
    > > IM new on this list But I have a 64 Red Amphicar. Soon to be a
    > swimmer
    > > What I have heard is that a Trympth Herald engine would work in
    the
    > amphicat.
    > > Does anyone know for sure and which one does it take
    > > thanks
    >
    > Sully,
    >
    > The stock Amphicar engine is from a Herald (1147cc, 43 HP). So I
    > would guess that any one will work. I believe that some Spitfire
    > engines will work as well. I am certain you will get some more
    > professional infor from the likes of the Bildgemaster or Dave
    > Chapman, 2 of our many knowledgable guys.
    >
    > John
     
  4. Bill Connelly
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    In response to Sully's message below and subsequent postings by others, I
    would only point out that I am NO authority on Amphicar engines. That
    mantle properly rests on the shoulders of the likes of David Chapman. His
    "Amphicar Engine Information" webpage at http://www.amphicars.com/acteng.htm
    remains the most comprehensive description of the Triumph Herald engine, the
    1147 cc variant of same used in the Amphicar, and modifications needed to
    make other variations on the Herald engine work in an Amphi.

    In addition to the above webpage, for a nice knowledgeable review of the
    whole run of Triumph four-bangers of all sizes, please see "Be a Triumph
    4-cylinder expert" at http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/pracclass/pc2.html.

    In view of their importance, links to both of the abovementioned pages and
    more Amphi-tech stuff can always be found on the Club's "Restoration" page
    at http://www.amphicar.com/restoration.htm.

    On the matter of using the larger Triumph engines such as the 1500cc instead
    of the original 1147cc, having briefly tried a 1500, I can tell you
    firsthand that while it may not push you through the water any quicker
    (owing to some theose pesky laws of physics it'll simply throw up a higher
    water plume), it surely DOES makes one's ride much peppier on land. The
    down side of the larger engines are comparatively atrocious gas mileage
    (Hugh Gordon, who has a 1500 in his car quotes something like 18 mpg in
    "normal" use...slightly better on highways (this versus the 30-34 mpg I get
    with my standard). Overheating, carburation, vapor lock and other gremlins,
    though usually solveable with patience, are another oft-mentioned drawback
    to the bigger engines.

    As a side note, some of the German Club members use some kind of German Opel
    engines to good effect, though I haven't many details on this. Perhaps when
    some of their folks visit Celina in July we'll learn more.

    Later,
    ~Bilgemaster~



    Hello all amphicar lovers
    IM new on this list But I have a 64 Red Amphicar. Soon to be a swimmer
    What I have heard is that a Trympth Herald engine would work in the
    amphicat.
    Does anyone know for sure and which one does it take
    thanks
    Sully
     
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