Early VS. Late model I.D.

Amphicars were not built like other cars of the 60's with design differences every year. They are all very similar throughout the 7 year production run with a few minor changes.

There were 2 eras of Amphicars. Early style and late style. Most cars will generally fit into one era or the other. They can have some or all of each feature. The generally accepted date of transition is sometime in 1965.

Here is a pictorial showing some of the more obvious differences between the two (not to be considered a complete list). Also, at the bottom of the page is a chart of changes that are detailed in the maintenance manual showing the section and page where they can be found.


EARLY MODELS

Pre 1965-ish

LATE MODELS

After 1965-ish

Front bumper is a single piece

Front bumper is a two piece

A divided bumper arrangement is built into the vehicles beginning with Serial No 101188 (White and blue vehicles) and Serial No 101765 (Red and green vehicles), respectively.


Shocks mounted below wheel well

Shocks mounted through the fender well


Heater mounted below the fuel tank

Heater mounted above wheel well

Heater (version prior to serial no.103001)

After serial no.103001, the factory has installed a new heating unit, the heater is mounted in the trunk, at the right hand side, between the fuel tank and the sidewall (Fig 4)

Fuse box mounted in the trunk

Fuse box mounted below the dash


Painted vent window frames.

Chrome plated vent window frames.


Painted rear window frames.

Chrome plated rear window frames.


Without splash rubber

With splash rubber


Body has no "Lower lips"

"Lower lips" molded into the body


Dash is painted body color

Dash is painted wrinkle black

 

Some very late cars also have the top edge of the doors and below the rear windows  in wrinkle black


Without seatbelts

With seatbelts


"Spring" type rear seat (springs inside)

"Water" type seat (foam only)


With Prop shields

Without Prop shields


Small bilge plug (threaded)

Large bilge plug (not threaded)

 

Notice the very rare 2nd factory bilge plug (red arrow)


Rear bumper-etts are more "rounded"

Rear bumper-etts are more "square"


Some other rare differences found on only a handful of cars.

Locking steering column

Safety eyelet on the tow hook

Secondary bilge plug

Right hand drive (about 90 made)

Reclining seats (Up position)

Reclining seats (Down position)


Excerpts from the maintenance manual specifying production changes.

Section / Page

Verbatim Text

5/15

These track rod measurements are only after Chassis number 101501 for green and red cars, and after Chassis number 100801 for white and blue cars.

6/15

Figures 4 and 5 shows modification after Chassis number 103001 (two possibilities of adjustment).

8/9

Note: Beginning with serial #101670 for red and green vehicles and serial #101250 white and blue vehicles, a new exhaust system was installed at the factory for all vehicles having serial numbers lower than the above. The muffler and exhaust pipe of the new exhaust system should be installed as one unit for replacement.

9/11

Heater (version beginning with serial no.103001)After serial no.103001, the factory has installed a new heating unit, the heater is mounted in the trunk, at the right hand side, between the fuel tank and the sidewall.

10/11

After serial no 103602 the red/green marine lights can only be used when the propellers are in operation

10/25

Effective after serial no 103602, improvements in the dipper switch have been mode by the factory If a dipper switch of this new design is to be mounted, make sure that the securing screws have us threads

11/5

A divided bumper arrangement is built into the vehicles beginning with Serial No 101188 (White and blue vehicles) and Serial No 101765 (Red and green vehicles), respectively.

11/11

Effective with serial number 103001 the handbrake system has been improved Repairs and adjustments on the improved system are carried out in a similar manner.

Pedals - To obtain access to the pedal linkage, the following steps must be taken.

Remove front seat, floor mats and floor Remove accelerator pedal link split pin. Remove screws from foot dimmer switch. Dismantle toe board (up to chassis 103000 only)

11/15

After Serial No 103001 the rear bearing for the operating shaft has been improved as follows;

The operating shaft is lengthened, bracket mounted on transmission cover, and ball seat (female) is altered

12/7

After serial No.103001, the guard strips, in lieu of oval-head countersunk sheet-metal screws, are attached with Imex - sheet metal dummy rivets.

12/11

In the older model the circuit is protected against overcharge directly at the bilge pump switch by an 8 amp glass-tube fuse The fuse is accessible from the trunk compartment. In the new model the fuse 8 A is positioned in the fuse box.