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Some important specific legal terms and definitions common to the automotive hobby you should understand;

  • N.O.S. -
    "N
    ew Old Stock" This means that the part was produced during the vehicle's production run by an OEM or by the factory and was never used or installed.

  • Used -
    This is a part that was previously installed on a vehicle.

  • Reproduction -
    This is a newly manufactured part either by an OEM or individual that meets the original specs in appearance, materials and function.

    NOT to be confused with "N.O.S." or "replacement"

  • Replacement -
    This is a part (new or used) that can function and may appear similarly to an original OEM part, but is not an exact match.
    NOT to be confused with "N.O.S." or "reproduction".

  • O.E.M. -
    "Original Equipment Manufacturer" - This is the same manufacturer that produced the part for the factory. You cannot be an OEM unless you are legally the SAME company that manufactured the part under contract for the factory.

  • Restoration -
    To return the vehicle to original "as built" condition as it came from the factory or dealer (stock)

  • Custom -
    Any vehicle that has been modified from it's original (stock) configuration. A 1934 Terraplane with a LT-1 engine is custom and not restored



This decal sometimes was found on the inside of the glove box door.

 


 

This sticker was found either on the outside of the glove box door or on the top lip of the dash above the radio.


Amphicar Parts Information

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Parts Catalogs and Guides:

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International Amphicar Owners Club "Members Only" Area
This is where Club Members have access to all of the really special features and services offered by the Club and its website, including a technical manuals' library.  Naturally, entry into this special area requires a password available only to Club Members.  This is also where Club Members will find scans of past issues of the Newsletter and other Members Only perks. The moral of the story: For the best stuff join the Club now.
 

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Gordon's Imports Website
The "Official" website of the "Parts Mecca".  To order, ask questions or to get a hard copy of the current Gordon Imports Catalog,  just call Hugh, Jeani, or Shellee at 562-802-1608

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Amphicar.net Universal Parts Tips Questionnaire
is where knowledgeable Amphicar owners can help others by describing replacements, less expensive substitutions or even improvements over the originals for hard-to-find Amphicar parts and other gizmos.  Another purpose of this new Questionnaire is to expand, update and correct the moribund and often dangerously misleading or incomplete Universal Parts Listing already mentioned in the introductory text far above, since that information was largely gleaned long long ago from the former Amphicar Owners Club's Newsletters of the 1970s published by that club's president, the late Jim Nichols.  Many of the items listed there had long since either changed their manufacturer's part number designations, are no longer available, or would require extensive modifications, which, though often described in fine detail in the former club's Newsletters, are not even hinted at in the old Universal Parts Listing.  With those shortcomings and warnings clearly understood, you may view the old Listing by clicking here.


Amphicar General Information

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Tips, How-to Information and Advice:

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International Amphicar Owners Club "Members Only" Area
This is where Club Members have access to all of the really special features and services offered by the Club and its website, including a technical manuals' library.  Naturally, entry into this special area requires a password available only to Club Members.  This is also where Club Members will find scans of past issues of the Newsletter and other Members Only perks. The moral of the story: For the best stuff, join the Club now.

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Amphicar 770 Forum 
Moderated and owned by Mike Israel, the Forum is an excellent resource of current and historical information & nearly real-time interface between owners and enthusiasts.

Data:

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Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and Other Production Information.
By popular request, here are the locations of the Amphicar's various VIN serial number stampings along with links to other spots on the 'net where you can learn more about the subtle differences that distinguish variations of Amphicar's "Model 770".

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Early VS. Late production differences.
You have no doubt heard Amphicars referred to as an "Early" car or a "Late" model car. What is the difference? I am lucky enough to have a early model car and nearby a twin to mine in late model trim.

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Amphicar Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) & Features Chart
Club Prez Marc Schlemmer is compiling this cross reference of the different features found on various Amphicar "models" arranged by VIN number.  Features noted include the (ostensive) year of manufacture, whether it has prop shields, whether the window frame was painted or chromed, heater placement (i.e. under or to the starboard side of the gas tank), dash color (matching the body paint or black 'mottled'), front shock placement (through- or under-hull), whether there are lips or not on the rear quarterpanels, bilge plug diameter (large or small) and whether there is a single or dual-piece front bumper.  This could be a valuable reference to help sort out the various sub-types by period and thereby assist in proper restoration.  To add your vehicle to these listings, please drop Marc a line. For more information on Amphicar VINs, you can browse past postings to the Amphicar-Lovers Email List by clicking here.

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Amphicar Horsepower certificate for restricted bodies of water. 
Owners living near bodies of water which are restricted to watercraft under 10 hp will want to see this chart of the Amphicar's land and water horsepower at various engine speeds, if only to be able to authoritatively dismiss any meddlesome Ranger Bob types with, "This Amphicar is rated at 9.7 hp @ 3,500 rpm in the water. Here's the documentation, now where do I launch?"

Resources:

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Maintenance and Lubrication Chart
as seen here is a simple image scan of pages 13 and 14 of the original Amphicar Owners Manual.  Frequent and thorough lubrication is essential to the well being of your Amphi.  This list will help even old Amphicar salts to keep from forgetting something.

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A Guide for Southern California Amphicar Owners
The actual title of this excellent guide compiled by "El Cajon" and his cohorts to restoring and enjoying Amphicars in the San Diego region based on their real experiences is: Amphicar: San Diego Tips & References.  Still, this comprehensive list of services like parts vendors, engine machine shops, painters, body men and descriptions of places to swim and even local owners would probably be very helpful to any California or even Arizona owner.

Restorations:

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Getting and Staying Organized during a Full Restoration. 
Some timeless tips from Brian Crombie on how to keep all those bits and pieces straight and get 'em back where they belong during a restoration.

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View a Step-by-Step Amphicar Restoration.
Thanks to Jay Wolf, you can watch a '64 Amphi go from rusted and woebegone "parts car candidate" to gleaming cruiser and trophy winner in dozens and dozens of helpful pictures and text.  A "must-see" website for those restoring or thinking of restoring an Amphicar, or who need a little inspiration underway.

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View another Step-by-Step Amphicar Restoration.
This site is arranged in 3 columns, each one is the same location at three different stages of progress. Thanks to John Bevins for this easy way to visualize the changes that take place.

Servicing:

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Boost Your Amphicar's Performance AND Make It Run Cooler, Too
Useful low cost tips about the manifold from Tommy Sciortino that can easily and affordably help you squeak a few extra horses out of that stock Amphicar engine and cool it down in the bargain.

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Service Training Notes: 1147 cc Engine
Here's another great offering from our Triumph brethren, this time from the Spitfire folks over at www.triumphspitfire.com.  The first Mark I Spitfires used a variation on the 1147 cc engine also used by Amphicars.  There are some minor differences between the two breeds.  According to British Amphicar expert David Chapman, "things like the carb and type of valve spring are slightly different but 90+% is the same, and of course after 40 years most engines have had some non-original parts fitted by now." Issued by the Triumph Market Promotion & Training Department, this book is apparently a pocket manual that accompanied a training film strip for factory mechanics describing specs and rebuild processes of Herald and early Spitfire engines. At the end of the chapters there are questions with answers for the reader similar to a grade school textbook. 

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Draining the Transmission Oil
is a simple image scan of page A/4 from the Appendix of the original Amphicar Maintenance Manual describing how to change one's land and water transmissions' gear oil.  For best results during a total restoration or the resurrection of any Amphi that has stood for a long while (or if upgrading to AMSOIL Synthetic GL-4 Gear Lube for the very first time), one is encouraged to use the method in this page scan described under the section Alternative way to change the transmission oil, since this method will ensure the most complete possible draining of whatever old goop is festering in there.  To see the accompanying scan of the diagrams for this procedure on page A/2, please click here.  Both of these image scans have been slightly reduced from original size and rotated 90° to allow for easy printing.  There's also a fairly detailed posting on tranny oil draining from the Amphicar-Lovers List right here.

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Solex: Selection and Tuning of the Carburetor
Check out this (Members only) online manual for Solex Carburetors, the brand fitted to Amphicars as stock.  The manual can be viewed, printed or downloaded in PDF format, either by page or in its entirety. Be advised that weighing in at 2.3 Megabytes, the entire manual can be a pretty long download for folks with dialup access to the Internet.  Still, it's free and the "Real McCoy", the very same item sometimes sold on eBay, so it might be worth downloading overnight.

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Alternator Conversions (By David Chapman, a guy who knows Amphicars!)
are a popular and simple modification to Amphicars, greatly improving their reliability.  Lots of owners whose original generator-regulator outfits pack it in just toss the whole finicky lot and fit a simple alternator instead.  Thanks to a little research by well known British web toed motoring expert David Chapman, below are several helpful step-by-step guides from various Triumph aficionados on the whole process:

David has also been kind enough to put together a whole photo-packed page describing steb-by-step the most challenging aspect of an Amphicar's negative ground conversion, the rewiring of the fuel gauge.  There's also quite a bit on the topics of alternators and generators to be found in the Amphicar-Lovers List Archives.  To search for past postings containing variations of the keyword "alternator" (actually "alt*rn*t*r*"), then click here.  To do the same for variations of "generator", click here.  Both these searches use wildcards to take into account folks' often varied and creative spellings of these words and also to drag their plurals into the results.  A final useful tip from Wayne Schmiedlin for folks doing this conversion concerns a way to get around rewiring one's gasoline gauge to negative ground found here.

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Converting your Amphicar to positive (+) ground and adding an alternator
I have also created a page detailing wire by wire on how to replace the (+) GND generator with a (-) GND alternator & re-wiring / calibration the fuel gage for (-) GND systems. Many full color photos including some ultra close-ups.

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Adding an Hour Meter to your Amphi
Folks whose Amphis tend to see more use in the drink than land use might want to consider rigging up a little aftermarket hour meter through their dashboard's water drive indicator light so as to keep track of how much actual wear and tear is actually going on, since the odometer doesn't measure waterborne running, just use on land.  Here's how to get your hands on he right gear from J.C. Whitney automotive supplies.

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Seat Belts
Thanks to Paul Lalewicz and David Chapman the mysteries of the installation of rear seat safety belts are at last revealed!

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Overheating or "sticky" brakes?
If your Amphicar has it's original (or older replacement) rubber brake lines, you should do yourself a favor and replace them ASAP. Why? This page will answer that very question without a doubt.

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Amphicar Brake Front and Rear Wheel Cylinder Rebuild Kits
Describes the choices and necessary modifications of available wheel cylinder rebuild kits for use in the Amphicar.  Reproduced from the Jan/Feb 1998 International Amphicar Owners Club Newsletter

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Amphicar Restoration and Repair Services

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Repair & Restoration Shops:

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Amphicar.CA - Gord
(1 Hour north of Toronto) A second choice for all your Amphicar parts needs, and now specializing in complete showroom restorations and repairs to engines, transmissions, brakes, front ends, etc. Interiors manufactured and installed.
Over 700 Parts for Amphicars are now listed in my parts inventory.  From NOS (new old stock) to used, from new tonneau covers and interiors to a few reproduced hard to get transmission gears. I have 1 NOS engine and 1 NOS tranny, lots of brake drums (they're on special right now) and backing plates, but for some rarer parts only 1 or 2 are available, so call today!...705-327-2820 or his cell at (386) 882-0334
 

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East Coast Amphicar
 is owned and operated by notorious "Splash King" and Water Wheelie Maestro Billy Syx, who is well known to attendees of the Club's Annual Conventions.  ECA is located in Mays Landing, New Jersey and is the East Coast's only full service Amphicar repair and restoration service.  If you discover you've bitten off more than you can chew with your Amphi restoration, then Billy will come to the rescue, pick up your Amphi and take care of everything.
Ask an Amphicar Expert 
Available at last thanks to John Ary, renowned Amphicar Restoration Expert Billy Syx of East Coast Amphicar will now answer your Amphicar Repair and Restoration questions by email!  Billy's generally too busy actually fixing the beasts to spend whole a lot of time on the Internet, so his buddy John has agreed to serve as your direct electronic intermediary with the Fixit Man himself, Billy Syx of East Coast Amphicar (all bow to the East).  If you've got a real poser, here's your chance for the real deal answer from someone who positively absolutely knows his stuff
 

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Ft. Lauderdale Amphicar
is owned and operated by Joel Stewart, who offers visitors a couple of interesting vacation-style options down there in sunny Florida in addition to repair and restoration services.  As Joel puts it, "Exterior, Interior and Mechanical Repairs for your Amphicar, including Leak-Proofing and Water-Proofing is 100% guaranteed to keep your car dry. Now offering two different year-round packages: Drop your car off for repair, visit our waterfront garage and museum decorated with Amphicar Memorabilia, and watch the repairs in progress, or enjoy a Caribbean cruise and pick up your car on way back! Don’t have an Amphicar? Enjoy the total Amphicar Experience including a courtesy ride on the S.S. Amphicar, the ultimate Ft. Lauderdale water-taxi. Interested in purchasing an Amphicar? We have Amphicar Restorations in progress."  For more info, visit the website and contact Joel.
 

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Gordon Imports
is owned and operated by Hugh Gordon in Santa Fe Springs, California.  Although the present page is intended as a list of repair and restoration resources on the Internet, no list of Amphicar services could be complete without mentioning Hugh Gordon.  Gordon Imports has been the Amphicar owner's primary parts supplier since 1979 and more than a few Amphicars happily swimming out there have Hugh's advice and counsel to thank for this. Hugh also does a limited number of complete concourse-quality restorations to better-than-showroom condition for those demanding the highest possible, money-no-object, standard of excellence. See their standing ad in the Club Classifieds, with other contact info
 

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Great Lakes Amphicar
No Job too big or small! Complete restorations, body repair & mechanical work; complete hull cleaning & storage.  John Capone (Cigarman) South Beloit, IL  847-533-7803   email   ~ reasonable rates ~
 

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Midwest Amphicar  (www.midwestamphicar.com)
Celebrating fifteen years of full time Amphicar only service. Specializing in metal restoration, manufacturing panels,  transmission repairs and manufacturing of parts.  Specializing in customer service: the reasons that people travel a long distance to come here.  Quality - Integrity - Value - Honesty  815-849-5498 ---  Gator's Amphicar opening in Tavares Florida ! Call for details
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Rebuilds Starting at $1800.00 -- Contact Dave at 815-849-5498.
 

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