Radiator shrouds

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amphiguru

Guest
We have just received quotes for a production, in both sheet and
stainless, of the lower radiator shroud. Originally, we planned
normal sheet metal. We would like your thoughts about stainless steel
shrouds.

While sheet and stainless are costly, today, the real cost is the
labor rate of 2005. We especially would like input from owners who
really need a new shroud. The final assembled cost for stainless will
be about $415.00 each, and sheet metal about $319.00. What it all
boils down to . . . IS $96.00 more worth it, considering the rising
value of our cars?
 
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David Chapman

Guest
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<font face="Arial" size="2">I don't believe that part needs to be stainless, it isn't exposed to the water directly. The problem with making it stainless is how do you paint it ? If someone is trying to achieve a "100 point" car with the engine area detailed as original it would not be possible. Also stainless has different acoustics, a lot of noise comes from that part of the Amphicar,it might even make it sound different ! </font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">No, do it in steel, for the reasons above I'd actually want to pay less for stainless !</font>
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Mark Richardson

Guest
--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@m...>
wrote:
> > We have just received quotes for a production, in both sheet and
> > stainless, of the lower radiator shroud
>
> I don't believe that part needs to be stainless, it isn't exposed
to the water directly. The problem with making it stainless is how
do you paint it ? If someone is trying to achieve a "100 point" car
with the engine area detailed as original it would not be possible.
Also stainless has different acoustics, a lot of noise comes from
that part of the Amphicar, it might even make it sound different !
>
> No, do it in steel, for the reasons above I'd actually want to pay
less for stainless !
>
> David Chapman in the UK

When I took my shrouds out they were a bit nasty, but not rusted
out. I cleaned and wire brushed all of the loose stuff off and
sprayed undercoating on them to resemble the original finish, then
painted the whole thing black. I think stainless would be overkill
due to the lack of corrosion there and the coatings applied. Sheet
steel would be fine.
Mark Richardson
 
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John Friese

Guest
Hello Hugh,

I am generally a fan of stainless steel but for the radiator shroud I
would think that a satin black powder coating would be a better and
cheaper way to go. I would think you could get the shroud powder
coated for just a few dollars.

As far as the seat track go, I find that when the Amphi seats are slid
all the way back, they angle downward and jam into the floor mat, often
tearing up the mat a bit. I found that simply putting washers under
the rear mounting area concentrated too much weight onto the mat in
that area. I fixed the problem by cutting some 1 1/2" by 1/8" sheet
aluminum the length from behind the adjusted part to the back end of
the track does the trick. I just punch one hole for the rear mounting
screw to go through. This fixes the angle problem so that the seat
doesn't hit the mat, and also takes care of any problem with the
bending of the track. You can buy the sheet aluminum at many hardware
stores. My seats slide smoothly and easily now.

I had the seat springs powder coated on at least one of my cars and
find it works okay but I put a drop of oil on the area where the
springs connect to the frame to keep those pivots quiet.


John Friese

67 White
67 Red

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "amphiguru" <hughg@g...> wrote:
>
> We have just received quotes for a production, in both sheet and
> stainless, of the lower radiator shroud. Originally, we planned
> normal sheet metal. We would like your thoughts about stainless
steel
> shrouds.
>
> While sheet and stainless are costly, today, the real cost is the
> labor rate of 2005. We especially would like input from owners who
> really need a new shroud. The final assembled cost for stainless
will
> be about $415.00 each, and sheet metal about $319.00. What it all
> boils down to . . . IS $96.00 more worth it, considering the rising
> value of our cars?
 
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Ken Chambers

Guest
Hello Hugh,

Wonderful to have you aboard this list and thank you for interacting
with us users.

Regarding the radiator shrouds, I agree that sheet metal with powder
paint would be easier to manufacture and thus cheaper. I haven't seen
any rust on that part in my three Amphis.

My opinion is that powder paint is superior to spray paint in many
ways. If your supplier can closely match the factory original color,
I'd vote for that. Any paint will eventually come off that's rubbing
but those areas should be lubricated anyway. The sliding seat tracks
should be nickel or chrome plated, like original, if I understand your
question correctly.

Best,
Ken Chambers
Los Gatos, CA



> We have just received quotes for a production, in both sheet and
> stainless, of the lower radiator shroud. Originally, we planned
> normal sheet metal. We would like your thoughts about stainless steel
> shrouds.
 
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