Water Tranny Question

B

B Crombie

Guest
Hi Gang,
When I bought my Amphicar, the engine was seized and therefore couldn't check or
run any systems. Now, as I look at all my parts scattered throughout my shop, I
see my transmission and wonder if there is any way a guy could be sure it will
function properly when I re-install it. While still in the car, I remember
shifting it into all gears. A good sign. What I drained out of it looked like a
McDonalds chocolate shake that had sat in the sun for three days.

My question is, as long as I've got it out of the car, are there any components
I should change that could give me trouble in the future and is there any way to
bench test these babies?
Thanks in advance for any and all advise!

Brian Crombie
'64 Euro-Amphi


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J

jfriese

Guest
Hi Brian,
You'd better check with Dave the Wave and see if he can answer your
question. That "chocolate milk shake" stuff sounds like what you get
when water mixes with the gear grease. Not good. The land half of a
tranny, in a car I have at Dave's, was completely rusted and shot.
Strangely, it too would shift normally. If you do absolutely nothing
else, you, at least, want to change the double lip seals on the wheel
shafts. You also want to be sure that the telescoping function of the
wheel drive shafts is working correctly. Otherwise the shafts will
pull out from the tranny when it's in the water. New seals won't help
that. Sorry for the scarry news.
I was down at Hugh's, the other day, and his new source for
windshields is in the process of shipping them. Strangely, they're in
England, about to be air frieghted to the states. It sounds like Lo
Can and whoever his supplier might be are pulling from a common
source.

John Friese

White 67 (almost floating)
Red 67 (at Dave's)

--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "B Crombie" <bcrombie@m...> wrote:
> Hi Gang,
> When I bought my Amphicar, the engine was seized and therefore
couldn't check or run any systems. Now, as I look at all my parts
scattered throughout my shop, I see my transmission and wonder if
there is any way a guy could be sure it will function properly when I
re-install it. While still in the car, I remember shifting it into
all gears. A good sign. What I drained out of it looked like a
McDonalds chocolate shake that had sat in the sun for three days.
>
> My question is, as long as I've got it out of the car, are there any
components I should change that could give me trouble in the future
and is there any way to bench test these babies?
> Thanks in advance for any and all advise!
>
> Brian Crombie
> '64 Euro-Amphi
>
>
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C

chasgould@aol.com

Guest
Hi Guys,
First swim of the season yesterday (We've been real busy), and as always,
this Amphi, with stock regulator and generator, started right up after a nine
month slumber without so much as a battery charge. It took a while to crank the
fuel to the carb, but it kept cranking strong.
I know that many of you guys don't like the original generator/regulator
setup, and opt for the alternator swap, but I am telling you that when this
thing
is right, it is more reliable than anything else in my entire collection.
Usually the regulators are the culprit, and the alternator swap is not
necessary.
Well, now on to my question. On very rare occaissions, I hear a terrible
grinding when engaging the props, even if I step on the brake before doing so. I
am trying to understand when this happens, but I haven't figured it out yet.
I suspect that stepping on the brake stops the land tranny gears from
spinning so the props can engage easily, and the only thing that I can figure is
that
if the land tranny was in neutral, the brakes would have no effect on the
spinning of the internal shafts and would allow the water tranny to grind. I
don't think that I was in neutral, but I don't know how else the brakes would
not
prevent the grinding noise (and related damage). Any ideas?
Chas


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