"On the Road Again" (for the first time)

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Larry & Nancy Solheim, Apr 21, 2001.

  1. Larry & Nancy Solheim
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    <font color="#000080">As part of a serious lifestyle change, Nancy & I are selling our half of the shop, selling the house and most possessions, selling "MetalBeast" (newly& fully restored Blue '64 - due to be [finally] completedbymid-June), purchasing a used motorhome &visitsun-sparkling lakes across the countryfor a year. </font>
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    <font color="#000080">Our initial plan was to put "Amphi" ( '66 White) on a car trailer behind the motorhome, but that adds some complexity, ie: space in parks, what to do w/ the trailer when swimming or at the store, etc). Has anyone looked into rear hub & axle modifications for the installation of locking hubs, as in typical 4WD front ends? I really don't want to stress that transmission w/ many thousands of miles. </font>
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    <font color="#000080">Thanks,</font>
    <font color="#000080"> --Larry & Nancy</font>
     
  2. TOMMYS2TOYS@cs.com
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    --Back in the 70's I was drag racing a 55 Chevy. I made some towing
    hubs from a Rambler front hub. You would un-bolt the wheel, bolt on
    the modifed hub & different wheel. ,put the emergency brake on & tow
    it with just the hub turning, worked great! Good luck in your
    adventures!! TOM In amphicar-lovers@y..., "Larry & Nancy Solheim"
    <amphi@c...> wrote:
    > As part of a serious lifestyle change, Nancy & I are selling our
    half of the shop, selling the house and most possessions,
    selling "MetalBeast" (newly & fully restored Blue '64 - due to be
    [finally] completed by mid-June), purchasing a used motorhome & visit
    sun-sparkling lakes across the country for a year.
    >
    > Our initial plan was to put "Amphi" ( '66 White) on a car trailer
    behind the motorhome, but that adds some complexity, ie: space in
    parks, what to do w/ the trailer when swimming or at the store,
    etc). Has anyone looked into rear hub & axle modifications for the
    installation of locking hubs, as in typical 4WD front ends? I really
    don't want to stress that transmission w/ many thousands of miles.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > --Larry & Nancy
     
  3. Karl Vacek
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    <TOMMYS2TOYS@cs.com> wrote...

    > --Back in the 70's I was drag racing a 55 Chevy. I made some towing
    > hubs from a Rambler front hub. You would un-bolt the wheel, bolt on
    > the modifed hub & different wheel. ,put the emergency brake on & tow
    > it with just the hub turning, worked great!

    Please be aware that when you bolt an extension onto a hub and the net
    result is that the tire contact patch moves outward, you are placing
    additional strain on the hub and some of the suspension. Think of
    leverage - a longer wrench applies more torque for the same force applied to
    its end. Same thing here. Even additional positive wheel offsets can have
    some dangerous effects on marginal-strength hubs and suspension components.

    With a Rambler, you may have had no problem - heavy, overbuilt components.
    But with an Amphicar you have mostly components built for this very car and
    NOT overbuilt to any great extent. Adding an additional hub pushes the
    wheels out a few inches and applies a great deal more torque to the hubs
    than they were designed for. It could even overstress, bend, or break the
    suspension arms.

    Karl
     
  4. Karl Vacek
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    Karl Vacek Guest

    Re: Re: "On the Road Again" (for the first time)

    Sorry - I meant Chevy. A '55 Chevy was pretty much the definition of
    "overbuilt" and tough ;-)


    >>> With a Rambler, you may have had no problem - heavy, overbuilt
    components.

    Karl
     
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