Questions about oil change and replacement upholstry...

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skk0819

Guest
Hello,

My first (ever) post to this group. I actually went to Celina in
2002, met a lot of nice folks, and got a ride from Dave the Wave...

My Car;
I have a red 1962 amphi that my father bought in a junkyard (in MI)
for $40 in 1973. According to Hugh Gordon (way back when) from the
VIN, it is a pretty early car...first 100-200.

My dad got the thing running in the late 70's, and then in the early
80's while still in high school, we actually started a real
restoration. About 75% done and three years later, it was shelved
when I went off to college. So it basically sat for 15 years, and
my father has moved (retired) to Sun City Az. He took the car out
of storage about a year ago, brought it to Sun City, where he and a
buddy have been tackling the car, which hadn't been started in 16-17
years. It had all kinds of electrical issues, the gas tank had
holes in it, etc. They have fixed that stuff, got stuff working
that never worked (wipers, heater) We still had a lot of stuff we
had purchased from Gordon Imports that we had never used...Heck
after we sunk the car and basically wrecked the tranny around 1980-
81, my dad Had to buy a new tranny for about $700, he was pretty
bummed at the time. I see that they cost a heck of a lot more now,
and I still have all the parts for the old one....

Anyway, the car is about 95% done now, a few upholstry/trim items
and a couple of others, which leads to my questions:

1. My Dad is confused as to how to change the oil. I remember a
plug in the bottom which he has found, but then a bolt in the bottom
of the oil pan, right? I don't think it should be that hard (i'm
not around the car, though), but is there any secret/trick to it?
What size wrench (metric?) do you need on the inner bolt? The car
does start, but he's afraid to run i for long, since the oil has not
been changed in 17 years or so...

2. Anyone have a recommendation as to where to get a good
replacement interior upholstry kit, one that includes the
side "panels"? My car is red, so I think I remmebver the upholstry
being dark grey and white....

Thanks!
Scott Kenewell
 
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a_colo_native

Guest
> 1. My Dad is confused as to how to change the oil. I remember a
> plug in the bottom which he has found, but then a bolt in the
bottom
> of the oil pan, right? <SNIP>
> been changed in 17 years or so...

Scott,

I am glad you're getting her closer to done, no need to hurry! ;) I
reccoment using Amsoil for everything. A once a year change is fine
when using synthetics. The Amphi will run better too.

The bilge plug (should be a brass threaded plug with a copper washer)
is located in the rear, next to the right prop. Behind the bilge plug
you will see a square drive plug. That is the engine oil drain plug.
I am not certain of the size (maybe 1/2 across?). If you happen to
have the original tool kit, look for the tubular (dude!) wrench with
a square end. That is the original drain plug wrench.

If it has been some time for the trans service, you should do it too.
There are 2 more drain plugs for the transmissions. Each one is at
the bottom of the trannys. One in the middle under the differential
section and one under the water trans. Difficult at best to get to. I
remove the 2 trans mount bolts and lift it SLIGHTLY to gain access
for my fat fingers.

> 2. Anyone have a recommendation as to where to get a good
> replacement interior upholstry kit, one that includes the
> side "panels"? My car is red, so I think I remmebver the upholstry
> being dark grey and white....

If your car is red, it would have had white and charcoal (the dark
grey) upholstery with a white top. Give Gord Souter a call (in
Ontario, Canada, eh!) and he can fix you up with a complete correct
upholstery. I think they are in the $700 range. Nice stuff, looks the
part!

John Bevins
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
Hi Scott,

Welcome to the list.

Oil drain plug is pretty easy to find. Remove the
bilge plug from the right rear. (Probably looks like
a big rubber stopper on an early car). Peek inside
the hole and you will see the drain bolt on the oil
pan. You will need a socket extension but otherwise
nothing exotic. I usually raise the left front wheel
just so everything drains more or less in the right
direction. If the oil cooloer hoses are original it
would be a good idea to change those at this time.
The old ones have been known to fail and result in
engine fires.

For interior kits you can not go wrong contacting Gord
Souter. Excellent quality kits at great prices.
Includes everything you mentioned, the rear seat back
even comes fully assembled. If you check the
classifieds at amphicar.com you will see Gord's
contact info.

Good luck. Hope to see you and your Amphi in Celina
for 2004.

Mike Israel
List/Digest Admin
65 Amphi (white)


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