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1965 Amphicar

How our 1965 Amphicar once looked

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Found in the archives of Beverly Hills Car Club sold inventory is our 1965 Amphicar in it’s original colour combination of white with red and white

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Removing the Amphicar wiring

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we always say, it is very important to take lots of pictures when carrying out a restoration. Angles you don’t think are important and

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Let The Strip Down Commence

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Day 1 of owning our 1965 Amphicar and already we are getting stuck in to stripping her ready for a full body preparation and re-spray.

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Removing the large quantity of filler

As you can see from the images below, we have had to remove a large quantity of filler from our 1965 Amphicar.

At some stage in it’s previous life someone had applied filler excessively which is not ideal and in order to carry out the repair and preparation work correctly we will look to remove it all. Once the body preparation is complete we can then look to re-paint.

Although the car arrived with us in red we will carry out the re-spray to match the original factory specifications of it being Beach Strand White. (Ditzler Code 8703 = DAR offset 90113)

Assortment of parts ready for paint

In preparation for the return of our Amphicar body shell from the paint shop, we have started to go through the parts to decide whether to renew, replace or refurbish existing components.

We have put together a selection of parts that require a clean and paint. This will keep Pete busy on the project whilst we wait for the return of the car.

Cleaning and repainting the Amphicar engine

With only the rocker box cover a different colour, the Amphicar engine is actually one of the simplest engines to paint as it is all black.

Before removing the engine from the car we had it all up and running as it should.

Pete has since been busy stripping it off it’s loose components before cleaning and painting the bulk of the engine ready to be built back up again.

Preparing the body of our 1965 Amphicar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are well on with the preparation of our 1965 Amphicar body ready for the full respray which we have planned for early next year.

As the entire body was built from fibre-glass from new it was never perfect to start with but we aim to make it better than the day it was new which will take a lot of time and effort but we feel will be worth it in the end.

The paint, where thick, has been removed and a very fine layer of filler has been applied in certain areas.

The engine bay and boot area have been stripped back ready to be re-coloured.

As the car was originally white and in it’s life has been changed to red it is our intention to bring her back to life in white.

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1965 Amphicar – Paint Preparation

The major welding work is now complete on our 1965 Amphicar so we are off to the paint shop to have her stripped back and prepared ready for the full re-spray.

We are reverting back to the original white exterior and losing any traces of the red.

It is our intentions to repaint the blue and red decals that you can see on the above images so try and get her back to as close as she was when she first left the factory back in 1965.

Here are some of the last pictures you’ll see of her finished in red.

 

How our 1965 Amphicar once looked

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Found in the archives of Beverly Hills Car Club sold inventory is our 1965 Amphicar in it’s original colour combination of white with red and white interior.

The pictures were taken on 5th November 2015.

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More Amphicar images for reference…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are taking lots and lots of images whilst stripping down our 1965 Amphicar.

It is critical on all restoration projects to take as many pictures as you can as these may come in very useful when rebuilding the car.

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More images from Amphicar Strip Down

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Amphicar: Testing the Engine and Propellers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After years in storage we are now underway with the restoration of our 1965 Amphicar. Today we are running up and testing our the engine and propeller system to ensure it functions as it should.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Bb2a6J4Wo”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdTWQZIl64″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Stripping the Amphicar ready for paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dave is now well on with stripping back our 1965 Amphicar ready for paint. We have since discovered that the original colour was white and not red as we first thought so we will be reverting back to the original specification in the paint shop.

We are taking lots of images as we progress with the re-build to ensure we have a good selection to reference if we need to.

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Removing the Amphicar wiring

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we always say, it is very important to take lots of pictures when carrying out a restoration. Angles you don’t think are important and areas you think may be easy to refit can sometimes come back to bite you.

If you find yourself scratching your head because you can’t quite remember what went where then having ‘too many’ pictures might be your saviour.

We are now looking to remove and/or tidy the dash wiring on our 1965 Amphicar. As you can see, it is a bit of a mess behind there as things stand.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”16219,16220,16221,16222,16223,16224,16225″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Let The Strip Down Commence

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Day 1 of owning our 1965 Amphicar and already we are getting stuck in to stripping her ready for a full body preparation and re-spray.

Lots of photos of this project I think. Photographs are a great referencing tool, an angle you might think is a bit boring or pointless might end up being a crucial photo later on in the project.

Here she is, straight out of the trailer and in front of our front doors.

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Delivering and Collecting in Brighton

It was a long day for Craig and Dave as they set off for what should’ve been a relatively easy trip to Brighton. We had our 1973 Jaguar E-Type to deliver and returning with our 1949 Bentley Mark VI Special and 1965 Amphicar. The journey there seemed relatively trouble free but the same couldn’t be said for the return leg.

What should’ve been a 3 hour trip turned into a 7 hour trip with the M25 around Dartford being at a stand still for hours.

It wasn’t all bad as we had this beauty sitting beside us for the entire journey, a stunning Jaguar E-Type roadster. We were very impressed with the fact that she kept up with the modern day traffic congestion brilliantly, covering approximately 2 miles in 3 hours, that’s good going!

First off the trailer was our 1973 Jaguar E-Type (WWB 493L) looking glorious in the Brighton sunshine.

Then on to loading up the 1949 Bentley Mark VI Special onto Dave’s open trailer.

Before finally loading up the 1965 Amphicar into Craig’s covered trailer.

Coming Soon – 1965 Amphicar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are currently in talks with the current owner of a very rare find, a 1965 Amphicar.

Mr Sinclair has owned the car for many years and has carried out a lot of the restoration works himself:

A complete reconditioned engine, a re-bore with new pistons, new cam shaft and cam followers, head skimmed and unleaded valves and guides, crank ground ends mains, new distributor, plugs, leads and chain. The gearbox has been rebuild with all bearings and the seals replaced.  The brakes have been replaced, the shoes and all pipes have been renewed. The body has been overhauled by a professional which included £6000 worth of panels; including new bonnet, inner and outer rear wings and wheel arches (these are not like a normal car but are inside the wings and are part of the the body structure which cost many thousands to do.)  New tyres have been fitted  and she has a new hood which still needs to be fitted.

We believe the car was shipped over to the current owner from Beverly Hills Car Club and all being well should be coming to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the very near future.

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