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Old 04-15-2003, 02:13 PM
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My name is John and I live in Northern Colorado. My boat is not of the usual fare. You see my boat has 2 distinct personalities. It is at home on land as it is in the water and I have no need for a trailer.

It's one of about 200+ sea worthy or so left since it was produced in the 60's. She is now completely restored by my own hands (except the paint work) and driven regularly to the lake where she swims (yes, swims!) most every weekend. As you may have guessed by my log in name, it's an Amphicar (1964).

The Amphi is still the only mass produced amphibious vehicle ever produced for civilians. I have posted some pictures in the photo section of her. I will post some movies later.

This is the most fun I have had in some time! She received an ovation last Saturday at a local lake when people realized that what they were seeing was indeed a car swimming across the lake. When I came up the ramp I was surrounded (as usual) and asked the many questions I often get. I have some really great Amphicar stories.

The best part is when I open the door and say "Get in!" I have given 100's of rides in her from 6 week olds to 80 year olds. She isn't fast, could only drown a water skier, kinda odd looking, but smiles abound whenever I have her out.

If you want to race me, the rules are simple. We start in the parking lot, go around the bay and back to the parking lot. Only you and me, no helpers and you can't leave the trailer on the ramp (I didn't so you can't either!)

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Old 04-15-2003, 02:34 PM
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Welcome, John!
Sounds really neat. I've probably seen your amphicar(or similar) on the discovery channel. It looks familiar from the pics you posted. It's a neat concept.

So, any performance mods to speak of?
Have fun.

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Old 04-15-2003, 02:47 PM
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>>Sounds really neat. I've probably seen your amphicar(or similar) on the discovery channel. It looks familiar from the pics you posted. Have fun.

You've probably seen friend's cars on TLC or Discovery channel. Mine has only been in the wayter since last July. Our club has a big meet (64 Amphicars last year in the water) in Celina, Ohio. Two of my frinds will be on "Junkyard wars" on April 23rd.

We will be featured in several shows sometime this year. (My Classic Car and others) Keep an eye out!

>>>So, any performance mods to speak of?

I am adding twin SU carbs, but not much else so she will get up the hills easier. The 43 HP is too scary as it is! I may replace the 1147cc Triumph Herald engine with a 1300cc later.

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www(dot)amphicar(dot)net/minnow (sadly outdated for a little while yet)
 
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Nice ride, Welcome aboard
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cool, I once rode in one of the military vw water cars, Welcome aboard.
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What's resale value of one?

Are you running a 4 blade or 3 blade?

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Welcome.

Do you think I could slap a trailer hitch on one of them Amphis, and drive straight down the ramp forward, float the boat off the trailer; whip a u-turn with the car, and go park?

(Yes I could do this folks, as my #$%$ &*%@# *&%$# aluminum trailer floats. I might not be able to get the boat off.)


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welcome aboard john . . . .i am in the auto restoration buisness and every year we do a concourse at Bay Harbour/Charlivoix Mi. and there is always a few Amphicars there giving rides. always neat to watch them drive down the ramp and off into the harbor.


hmmm . . wonder if a 1500 Sterling and a #6 dry sump would fit in one. . . . . .

enjoy the board John. . . again. . .welcome on
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There is a Amphicar that frequents Havasu lately.
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