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Robert Vondracek

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Does anyone have any recommendation for storing an NOS trans as far as if
trans oil should be installed or not. Hugh thinks that maybe it should be
filled and all the gears spun and the drained so that the seals do not
partially sit in it.

I bought one 7 or so years ago and have watched the prices change! Not only
have gearboxes skyrocketed. And Amphicar parts from Hugh were cheap
compared to other Euro cars 14 years ago; they were almost free!

Rob Vondracek
Not So Big Amphicar Trailer Company
'64 red
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
Hi Rob,

I think you should fill it with a quality synthetic
trans fluid (Amsoil or Redline) and leave it in there.
This will prevent the seals from drying up and the
synthetic should remain stable indefinitely.
Remember, you want GL4 and NOT GL5 which is corrosive
to the bronze bushings.

Of course Hugh had to raise his prices. How else
could he afford to purchase your trailer and your
steering box brace. ;-)

Cheers,

Mike I.

--- Robert Vondracek <rjv@drakebuilders.com> wrote:
> Does anyone have any recommendation for storing an
> NOS trans as far as if
> trans oil should be installed or not. Hugh thinks
> that maybe it should be
> filled and all the gears spun and the drained so
> that the seals do not
> partially sit in it.
>
> I bought one 7 or so years ago and have watched the
> prices change! Not only
> have gearboxes skyrocketed. And Amphicar parts from
> Hugh were cheap
> compared to other Euro cars 14 years ago; they were
> almost free!
>
> Rob Vondracek
> Not So Big Amphicar Trailer Company
> '64 red
>
>
>


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a_colo_native

Guest
> Does anyone have any recommendation for storing an NOS trans as far
as if
> trans oil should be installed or not. Hugh thinks that maybe it
should be
> filled and all the gears spun and the drained so that the seals do
not
> partially sit in it.

Rob,

I have always stored engines or trans by filling it to the top of the
case (yes, overfilled) with the proper fluids so that the seals and
gears are submerged. An engine would need enough to submerge the
crank only. This keeps away corrsion and keeps the seals pliable.

Draining it will only leave a thin coating (cling) that will not keep
away the condensation in the air spaces and allows the seals to dry
out.

Place it on something (pallet) off the floor to catch any fluids that
may seep out over time and protect it from accidental flooding.

Remember NEVER lift a trans by the output shaft! Only by the case!!!

John
 
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Robert Vondracek

Guest
I've got a lead on a transmission for sale. The owner wants $700. Give me a
range on what it is worth. No matter how it looks through the vents and the
drain plug, I would always assume the worst.

Rob Vondracek
 
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David Derer

Guest
You should call Dave at Midwest Amphicar. 815 849 5498. For a
reasonable fee he can fly out and work with You for a day or a week. Or
call Autobahn. and they can bring car to him. Its too early in the game
to give up!!! Later the loving staff at Midwest Amphicar.
 
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Eric M

Guest
Speaking as a member that does little to his car beyond driving
(Dave does make me put my own bilge plug in and take it out) I can
certainly empathize with you. I had mystery transmission problems
with mine the first few years that sucked up hours on the phone and
near drove me to sell the car. Kinda like you.

Luckily I didn't because I'd always wanted an Amphicar since I was 6
years old living in Baltimore Maryland. I'm also lucky I connected
with some really great folks and an amazing Mechanic. Dave the Wave
at Modwest Amphicar got the transmission problem solved for me.
Turns out the person who rebuilt it left out a few parts. We still
laugh about it.

Unlike other members I can't coach you through the trouble shooting
and repairs but I can certainly understand your frustration. Keep
in mind that if you sell it now the next buyer (perhaps someone
reading this now) is not going to pay "top" dollar given the
uncertainties. On the other hand if you put some money, time and
patience in it you'll get a lot more if you still want to sell.

You might want to Call Chas Gould who lives in Boston. He may have
some tips on locals that can help ... although getting Dave out for
a visit is a good idea too<G>.

Eric
62 White
Chicago




--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, David Derer <dmd@e...> wrote:
>
> You should call Dave at Midwest Amphicar. 815 849 5498. For a
> reasonable fee he can fly out and work with You for a day or a
week. Or
> call Autobahn. and they can bring car to him. Its too early in the
game
> to give up!!! Later the loving staff at Midwest Amphicar.
>
 
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