Stupid Mistake

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Arnold Hite

Guest
How could I be so stupid? I set out to replace the broken
emergency brake cable in my Amphicar. While parked in the garage, I
jacked up the driver's side of the car and began dis-assembling the rear
hub and interior seats. Everything was going fine until I happened to
notice I had jacked up the car against a support beam for the house. I
bent in the body just behind the passenger door. The dent is about 1"
deep, 3-4 inches across and about 6-7 inches down. Luckily the side
bumper guard hit the support beam instead of hitting directly on the
paint. The paint was not cracked. After calming down, I reasoned that
maybe I could hammer the dent out without cracking the paint. I removed
the interior paneling. I rapped the end of a 2X4 with a cloth and
pressed it against the dent. After a few taps with a hammer 95% of the
dent came out. I took 2 more hours trying to work out the last 5%. All
in all it looks pretty good. Of course I can still see the dent. The
emergency brake still needs repair. In review this is my normal pattern
when working on the car. One step forward, two steps backwards.

Arnold Hite
Johns Island, SC
 
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a_colo_native

Guest
> How could I be so stupid? I set out to <snip>

Don't be so hard on yourself. I know a somebody who learned that you
have to put the shift rods in BEFORE installing the engine. ;)

John
 
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Ed Price

Guest
Re: Re: Stupid Mistake

----- Original Message -----
From: a_colo_native
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 12:28 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Stupid Mistake


> How could I be so stupid? I set out to <snip>

Don't be so hard on yourself. I know a somebody who learned that you
have to put the shift rods in BEFORE installing the engine. ;)

John


And I just found out that it's very advisable to remove the clutch cable from
that little transmission bracket BEFORE you pull the engine. (It was hydraulics
versus tensile strength, and the hydraulics won.)

Ed
El Cajon
67 Rust Guppy


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Ina Cabanas

Guest
Arnold- Are you related to my husband? This so much sounds like him. There is
one difference. He doesn't seem to be able to get to the one step forward part.
Ina from the Boro
----- Original Message -----
From: Arnold Hite
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 1:34 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Stupid Mistake


How could I be so stupid? I set out to replace the broken
emergency brake cable in my Amphicar. While parked in the garage, I
jacked up the driver's side of the car and began dis-assembling the rear
hub and interior seats. Everything was going fine until I happened to
notice I had jacked up the car against a support beam for the house. I
bent in the body just behind the passenger door. The dent is about 1"
deep, 3-4 inches across and about 6-7 inches down. Luckily the side
bumper guard hit the support beam instead of hitting directly on the
paint. The paint was not cracked. After calming down, I reasoned that
maybe I could hammer the dent out without cracking the paint. I removed
the interior paneling. I rapped the end of a 2X4 with a cloth and
pressed it against the dent. After a few taps with a hammer 95% of the
dent came out. I took 2 more hours trying to work out the last 5%. All
in all it looks pretty good. Of course I can still see the dent. The
emergency brake still needs repair. In review this is my normal pattern
when working on the car. One step forward, two steps backwards.

Arnold Hite
Johns Island, SC



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