Wheel well gap in the engine compartment

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I have had my amphicar 12 to 15 years and am just now getting around to
restoring it. I am trying to focus on one part of the car at a time. With
the engine and trans out of the car, I am stripping the 4 layers of paint
from the engine compartment. While doing this, I encountered a rubber "seal"
filling the gap between the flat shelf on the top of the wheel well and the
inside of the back fender. I thought I would never get it out, but I finally
did. Of course, down inside the gap was full of rust and upon further
examination, I found that the rear quarter panels were totally rusted and
covered up by a bad bondo job at some time in the past. I was wondering if
that rubber seal was original, but I was told by another amphi owner that it
wasn't. Now the question is, should I replace the seal or properly repair
the rust damage and leave the gap open for "natural" air circulation?

Thanks for any wisdom you can share on this.

Allan Woodcock

I spent an hour or so at Hugh Gordon's shop a couple weeks ago and he
mentioned this "wheel well gap" and showed me what he is doing. Hugh is
filling the gap with Gluvit. I am new to the group so you old timers
might want to comment on this. Filling this gap seems logical to me as
it will no longer be a problem if it is done correctly. A site which
has Gluvit is:


PROGRESS REPORT: My car is down to the bare body with everything
removed. The rear quarter panels will have to be done to make the car
look good. I was amazed at how easily things came apart. Only one
small bolt broke off as things were coming off.

Allan Woodcock


Thanks for the info on the wheel well gap. After working more on the amphi
on Saturday, I think I will talk to Hugh about replacement quarter panels. I
was hoping I wouldn't have to do that but to do it right, I think that's the
best thing to do. Is this a very difficult project? How is it done?