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----- Original Message -----
From: John Friese
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2004 2:31 AM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Fuel Gauge Senders



Roger,

The problem with this kind of discussion is that is leads "newbies"
to think that they'd have to reconstruct an Amphicar from
miscellaneous scrap to get one going. Perhaps this kind of analysis
is amusing to you but I suspect it hurts those folks who might be
interested in restoring an Amphicar and look here to get an idea of
just what might be involved. At least make mention in your posting
that this is, in fact, fooling around and that the original parts are
readily available.

John Friese
67 White
67 Red


As I understand things, there are two basic paths to Amphi restoration:

1. Mystical incantations and arcane efforts to allow scrap to serve as working
replicas of 1950's German & British auto technology. This includes adapting
technological solutions from computers, nuclear submarines and NASCAR.
2. Cash.

Every restoration project, sub-project and task falls somewhere along the range
between these two polar opposite paths. Both work, although each path has its
partisans and detractors. Each effort "loads" your available resources, be they
little grey cells or your bank account. <g>

And then there are the people who like Amphicars:

1. The Puritans, who hold that Amphis can be painted only in stock colors and
must have generators. They derive enormous satisfaction in having the correct
warning labels on their dashboards. They also wipe the water droplets off the
finish with a chamois after each swim.
2. The Normals, who don't care if the ground is positive and who don't know the
gallon per minute rating of the bilge pump. They just like driving and cruising
their fun Amphis.
3. The Techno-geeks (TG's), who aren't really driving or sailing enthusiasts,
but who view the Amphi as an elegant solution to the amphibious vehicle
challenge. They endlessly speculate on carburetors and thermal problems, and
wonder if Chicago Rawhide makes a better oil seal than the available old stock.
The soul of a TG is constantly tempted by thoughts of a 350 small-block Chevy
engine. If a TG had a bigger garage, he might well have a DUKW instead of an
Amphi.

So John fears that TG's will frighten the Normals, and he proposes that a
disclaimer be included in TG threads to protect the innocent. Well, that sounds
reasonable, but what should we use? Maybe the subject line could begin with
"TG", like the conventional delimiters such as OT (off topic) or FS (for sale).
I kinda like the "geek head" icons used in those "For Dummies" books, but icons
won't make it through the Yahoo filter.

I'd love to speculate further, but I've got some body work calling my name.


Ed
El Cajon, CA USA
67 Rust Guppy


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John Friese

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Hi Ed,

I like your analysis of the problem and your classification system.
The trouble is that I appear to straddle all three of the
classifications. I use NOS parts quite rigidly and would only change
the colors by a shade but I also switched the cars to negative
ground, use alternators (the more "correct" Lucas ones) and design
(improved) parts for the cars, like my clutch and bilge plug. I even
changed the engines to make the cars drive better on the highway.
Generally, I make changes to the car if I think they are improvments
to areas of weakness in the original design.

Most of the things I do with the cars I think are of general interest
to the group and those are what I post the board.

Oh well, I'll shut up now and get back to work.

John Friese

67 White
67 Red


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "WB6WSN" <wb6wsn@c...> wrote:
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: John Friese
> To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2004 2:31 AM
> Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Fuel Gauge Senders
>
>
>
> Roger,
>
> The problem with this kind of discussion is that is
leads "newbies"
> to think that they'd have to reconstruct an Amphicar from
> miscellaneous scrap to get one going. Perhaps this kind of
analysis
> is amusing to you but I suspect it hurts those folks who might be
> interested in restoring an Amphicar and look here to get an idea
of
> just what might be involved. At least make mention in your
posting
> that this is, in fact, fooling around and that the original parts
are
> readily available.
>
> John Friese
> 67 White
> 67 Red
>
>
> As I understand things, there are two basic paths to Amphi
restoration:
>
> 1. Mystical incantations and arcane efforts to allow scrap to serve
as working replicas of 1950's German & British auto technology. This
includes adapting technological solutions from computers, nuclear
submarines and NASCAR.
> 2. Cash.
>
> Every restoration project, sub-project and task falls somewhere
along the range between these two polar opposite paths. Both work,
although each path has its partisans and detractors. Each
effort "loads" your available resources, be they little grey cells or
your bank account. <g>
>
> And then there are the people who like Amphicars:
>
> 1. The Puritans, who hold that Amphis can be painted only in stock
colors and must have generators. They derive enormous satisfaction in
having the correct warning labels on their dashboards. They also wipe
the water droplets off the finish with a chamois after each swim.
> 2. The Normals, who don't care if the ground is positive and who
don't know the gallon per minute rating of the bilge pump. They just
like driving and cruising their fun Amphis.
> 3. The Techno-geeks (TG's), who aren't really driving or sailing
enthusiasts, but who view the Amphi as an elegant solution to the
amphibious vehicle challenge. They endlessly speculate on carburetors
and thermal problems, and wonder if Chicago Rawhide makes a better
oil seal than the available old stock. The soul of a TG is constantly
tempted by thoughts of a 350 small-block Chevy engine. If a TG had a
bigger garage, he might well have a DUKW instead of an Amphi.
>
> So John fears that TG's will frighten the Normals, and he proposes
that a disclaimer be included in TG threads to protect the innocent.
Well, that sounds reasonable, but what should we use? Maybe the
subject line could begin with "TG", like the conventional delimiters
such as OT (off topic) or FS (for sale). I kinda like the "geek head"
icons used in those "For Dummies" books, but icons won't make it
through the Yahoo filter.
>
> I'd love to speculate further, but I've got some body work calling
my name.
>
>
> Ed
> El Cajon, CA USA
> 67 Rust Guppy
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
 
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