Takin a leak...

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by John Bevins, Oct 2, 2000.

  1. John Bevins
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    I have discovered a new (to me anyway) way to look for holes in the
    hull. I waited until after dark, turned off the lights in the garage
    and used a bright (100W) shop light under the hull to highlight the
    pinholes. WOW! Looked like a clear star filled night in the bilge! I
    found over 100 pinholes this way.

    Cap'n
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  2. John

    What is the best way to patch the pin holes?

    Marty


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    I have discovered a new (to me anyway) way to look for holes in the
    hull. I waited until after dark, turned off the lights in the garage
    and used a bright (100W) shop light under the hull to highlight the
    pinholes. WOW! Looked like a clear star filled night in the bilge! I
    found over 100 pinholes this way.

    Cap'n
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    --- In amphicar-lovers@egroups.com, Marty_Peters@g... wrote:
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    > John
    >
    > What is the best way to patch the pin holes?
    >
    > Marty

    Marty,

    I have been using POR-15 epoxy putty
    (http://www.por15.com/puttys.html) . As it's water soluable, you can
    apply it with wet fingers and smooth it out real nice. It cures rock
    hard and seems to work out well. They say it even cures underwater.

    For the lacing (rust that looks like Swiss Cheese) can be
    repaired/strengthend with their glass mat and some POR-15 epoxy
    paint.

    Cap'n
     
  4. aheath@us.ibm.com
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    > What is the best way to patch the pin holes?

    I prefer to weld pin holes. Wire feed works good for me
    building up a bead and sealing the leak. It doesn't generate
    enough heat to warp anything, but if you happen to be welding
    exactly under say the heater or fuel hoses, be very careful!
    It will get hot enough to catch your attention.... hopefully
    nothing more exicting! Works best with a clean bilge area!
    And don't forget to protect the area again from rusting as you
    just burned off any paint, etc.

    Al
     
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    > I found over 100 pinholes this way.

    Doesn't that seem like time for some new metal??
     
  6. John Bevins
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    --- In amphicar-lovers@egroups.com, "Karl Vacek" <KVacek@A...> wrote:
    > > I found over 100 pinholes this way.
    >
    > Doesn't that seem like time for some new metal??

    It would seem so, but it is the section under the engine and not easy
    or cheap to replace. The holes aren't close together or very large.
    The remaining steel is still viable and solid. With the use of the
    epoxy POR-15 products, I feel confident that it will be OK.

    Cap'n
     
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