1964 Amphicar 7-70

By Road And Sea

Our 1964 Amphicar 770 is now complete! It’s great to see this stunning classic in its fully restored state. Before going home to its owner,

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Amphicar Kick Panels

Lydia has been working on our 1964 Amphicar 7-70. Firstly, she made a template for the kick panels to ensure the correct shape and fit.

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Amphicar Trim Fitted

The side mouldings have now been fitted, this involved James making the tapered ends and ensuring they were a snug fit and secured in place

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More Prep

Classic car technician Alan has been prepping a range of parts from our 1964 Amphicar 770 to be painted DTM black. Once they were prepared,

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Polishing And Prep

Classic car technician Alan has been polishing our 1964 Amphicar 770 and preparing the engine bay for raptor to be applied. Once his prep work

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All Painted

After going through its prep and prime process with classic car technician Alan, our 1964 Amphicar 7 70 has had its new coat of paint

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Amphicar Back In Paint

Classic car technician has been hard at work on our 1964 Amphicar 770 again. After undergoing several rounds of repairs on its body, it’s great

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Amphicar Progress

Our 1964 Amphicar 770 continues to make progress through its restoration here in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Classic car technician Alan has taken some

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Engine Back Together

Classic car technician Scott has been putting the engine of our 1964 Amphicar 770 back together again. Now that is rebuilt, it will soon go

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Pre-Paint Repairs

Our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 recently spent some time with our fabrication team before going into the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop for a new coat of

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A New Roof

While our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 is being stripped, classic car technician Brian has been completing some work on the roof of this interesting vehicle. He

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By Road And Sea

Our 1964 Amphicar 770 is now complete!

It’s great to see this stunning classic in its fully restored state. Before going home to its owner, it will spend some time in our secure storage facility.

Amphicar Kick Panels

Lydia has been working on our 1964 Amphicar 7-70. Firstly, she made a template for the kick panels to ensure the correct shape and fit. Then she cut the panels out of plywood and cut a hole on the passenger side to allow airflow out of the vent tube.

Lydia then applied a thin layer of scrim foam and used grey vinyl to match the seats and door cards. She then fixed them into the car and used a screw and cup washer to ensure they didn’t fall out whilst driving.

Amphicar Trim Fitted

The side mouldings have now been fitted, this involved James making the tapered ends and ensuring they were a snug fit and secured in place to the back of the trims before being fitted to the car. Then the centre seats were cut to length and fitted after all the fixings were checked and sealed.

Finishing Off The Interior Of Our Amphicar

Lydia has finished off the rear seat back that she was making for our 1964 Amphicar 770 and fitted this to the seat. Next, she has remade the full set of door cards, using the new grey fabric that we have purchased.

Unfortunately, the front cards were damaged and one was completely the wrong size and shape! Lydia took the time to cut new cards and test fit them to each door individually and then fitted the clips to hold them in place. The next job was to cut the cover for these and fit them.

As Lydia was using the previous white section, she had to warm it with a heat gun and stretch it, which was a delicate procedure to do. She then re-attached the pockets on the front and then cut the holes for the handle and winder.

Brian also helped fit the interior trim back into the car before Lydia helped him finish off the interior of our Amphicar.

Lots Of Progress For Our Amphicar

Our 1964 Amphicar 770 has made great progress as of late.

Brian has been fitting the roof and roof cover. After glueing the floor side panels back down, he cleaned the main floorboards and fitted them into the car. He then cut out the new rear quarter panel boards, fitted new catches to the frame & car, and fitted stud fasteners to the hood cover & frame.

Unfortunately, Lydia found that the door cards and seats are in a mismatched and poor state, so we have decided to find a grey vinyl to replace the worst areas with. Lydia has taken the door cards apart to prepare for when the vinyl arrives, and she has also taken the time to laminate the rear backrest to give it a bit more life!

As well as interior work, classic car technician James has also been working on our Amphicar. He found more burnt/melted wiring and replaced it, all electrical circuits are now functioning. The headlamp switch was stripped and cleaned as the terminals were contaminated, and the faulty dim/dip switch was replaced and fitted to the floor. The final external parts such as the mirror and wipers were fitted after the windscreen and new seal were installed. He then removed the wheels and stripped off the brakes for refurbishment, the brake shoes were worn and the wheel cylinders were leaking badly.

Amphicar Sound Deadening

Interior trimmer Lydia has managed to re-fit the original sound deadening to the car, which also has a coating that she assumes to be fireproof/ retardant.

Where it was too damaged to be replaced, Lydia has pieced in new patches of a material we have in stock.

She also took time to clean up the grey overlay mat and refitted this.

Mechanical Work on Amphicar

The new clutch has been fitted and the engine re-installed in the car.

All of the ancillaries have been refitted, the radiator has been tested and refitted also along with the exhaust.

The engine has been run up with new oil and coolant, and the engine lid attached.

Now on to the door seals and final mechanical parts before passing to the trim team to refit the interior and the soft top to the frame.

Amphicar assembly continues

More progress fitting the doors and locks, bonnet catches and lock covers, final assembly of the dashboard and controls including cables.

The front and rear bumpers and over riders have been fitted along with the outer door handles.

Amphicar – reassembly commence

James has started to reassemble our 1964 Amphicar. Starting with electrics, wiring and lighting units he has had to tidy and check all wiring behind the dashboard as a previous wire had melted. All of the wiring has been checked for condition and security before refitting any parts.

We are now fitting the engine bay along with the radio and bonnet lights, a new horn was fitted into the housing and mounted to the bonnet.

More Prep

Classic car technician Alan has been prepping a range of parts from our 1964 Amphicar 770 to be painted DTM black.

Once they were prepared, they went into the paint booth for Alan to apply the paint.

Polishing And Prep

Classic car technician Alan has been polishing our 1964 Amphicar 770 and preparing the engine bay for raptor to be applied. Once his prep work was complete, Alan applied raptor and the engine bay is looking great.

It is exciting to see our Amphicar getting ready to move on to the next phase of its restoration with us.

All Painted

After going through its prep and prime process with classic car technician Alan, our 1964 Amphicar 7 70 has had its new coat of paint applied.

As you can see from Alan’s photos below, the car is looking good now that its paintwork is back in top condition.

Amphicar Back In Paint

Classic car technician has been hard at work on our 1964 Amphicar 770 again.

After undergoing several rounds of repairs on its body, it’s great to see the car now starting to come back together again.

Amphicar Progress

Our 1964 Amphicar 770 continues to make progress through its restoration here in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Classic car technician Alan has taken some photos of some of the work that has been completed on the car as it prepares to move another step closer to being able to go back home to its owner in the future.

Engine Back Together

Classic car technician Scott has been putting the engine of our 1964 Amphicar 770 back together again.

Now that is rebuilt, it will soon go back into our amphibious vehicle which continues to progress through its restoration journey in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Removing The Engine From An Amphicar

Our 1964 Amphicar 770 has recently had its engine removed by classic car technician Scott.

Once the engine was out of the car, Scott was able to start prepping the engine bay for paint as well as repairing any components that needed some attention.

As our Amphicar continues to make progress through the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, we are looking forward to seeing its continual improvements.

The Back Of Our Amphicar

Classic car technicians Christian and Monty have been doing more work on our 1964 Amphicar 7-70. They have been completing repairs on the boot lid and the rear quarter of this very interesting vehicle.

Any repairs of classic vehicles need to be completed to very high standards but, when the vehicle is going to go into the water, extra care needs to be taken to ensure it can withstand the rigours of life on the road and in the water.

Pre-Paint Repairs

Our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 recently spent some time with our fabrication team before going into the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop for a new coat of paint.

As we await the next stage in the process of the restoration of our Ampicar, classic car technician Monty has provided more photos of the repair work that took place before the car was painted.

As you can see, the repairs took a lot of skill, time, and patience. Monty and Christian worked on the vehicle until it was completely ready to be painted and it is now making good progress.

Amphicar Repairs And Paint

Classic car technician Chris has been repairing the door and rear arch of our 1964 Amphicar 7-70.

Once these were repaired, the car was moved into our paintshop where epoxy primer was applied ready for a new coat of paint.

After a recent visit from the owner of this interesting vehicle, some additional work has been planned for the restoration of our Amphicar 7-70.

With new parts being ordered from America, work continues on our Amphicar and we are looking forward to seeing it continue on its restoration journey in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

My Other Car Is An Amphicar

The owner of our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 recently visited us here at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and he arrived in style!

If an amphicar wasn’t cool enough, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicorn is certainly an eye-catching vehicle. It may not be a classic but we still love it just the same!

New Parts For Our Amphicar

Now that our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 has been stripped back to bare metal for rust repair, our classic car technicians have been able to closely inspect and assess each part of this interesting vehicle.

Once many of the components had been stripped, we could see which parts need to be replaced.

We have used Gordon Imports in America to successfully source Amphicar parts previously. Shellee at Gordon’s has always been extremely helpful so we are confident that all of the parts pictured below can be sourced and replaced very soon.

A New Roof

While our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 is being stripped, classic car technician Brian has been completing some work on the roof of this interesting vehicle.

He has been removing the cover of the roof. This process started by removing the catches and metal trims that held the front rubber seal in place. The rubber seal and front hood trim was then removed.

Brian then went on to remove the rear side rubber seals and metal trim that held them in place. The middle and front side rubber seals and metal trims were also removed before the cover itself could be taken off along with the two webbing straps.

The Strip Down Continues

The strip down of our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 has continued recently.

Classic car technicians Chris and Mauro have now stripped the car back to bare metal. Now that it is in this state, repairs can be made to the bodywork as well as getting things ready for the exterior to be painted.

While our 1964 Amphicar 7-70 is in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, the wheels will be sandblasted, the chrome and badges will be re-chromed or replaced as necessary, and the interior will also be thoroughly cleaned.

Our amphibious car is a very interesting vehicle and the team will continue their work on it until it is ready to head back to its owner.