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Brian Florness
11-29-2010, 04:06 PM
hey everyone,
thought some of you might be interested in a build i'm about half way through and some of your advice and input would help me out.
this project has been mentored by a kind fellow in england who has been a total inspiration to me! Thanks Mark!!
i found myself a 1/6th scale model of the 166 to copy, made patterns and scaled them up with an old overhead projector.
here's a few pics of the undertaking;
i started with a '64

stripped her down......
welded a 4'x8' sheet of 18GA to the shortened spine.......
made up a tube frame;
i broke the bank and found a source for the swimdrive in germany.
here's a pic of the rear end. you can see where a rubber boot goes between the axle cuff i fabricated and the transaxle flange to seal the water out.
here's one of the 2 RGBs (reduction gear boxes from a '63 van) i added to emulate the 166.
here i reused the door skins and the rear fender wells to make up the body contours of the schwimmwagen. my bud dubbed her 'david'
a bit of scabby sheetwork on the front;
lots of work to do yet!


any advice for the sheetmetal work woould be appreciated!!
i don't want to fill it with bondo!

Rick (madera)
11-29-2010, 04:12 PM
that is a interesting project!
good luck

11-29-2010, 04:57 PM
Looks like a fun project!
Welcome to Metalmeet!
In what part of the world do you live?

11-29-2010, 04:57 PM
Welcome Brian to the forum!
Wow! a Rumley Oil Pull and a Shwimmwagenin the same day!
I'm still absorbing info from the pics, different than the DAF Amphicar. Somebody here could use the top??? for a chop repair. Keep posting pics cause we probably won't see another! tt;)

11-29-2010, 05:29 PM
Interesting project ,

what toy model did you use ?

are you going to try and make it 4WD :)


11-30-2010, 12:08 AM
cool prodjekt :) are you making it water proof ?

some old pictures for you


Brian Florness
11-30-2010, 06:26 PM
thanks for the welcome and the kind words.
Jacob, i live just outside of moose jaw sk,can.
Rusty,i would have loved to make her 4wd like the original but the budget would not permit. may be the next one......
the model is a 1/6 scale from dragon.100 bucks on epay.
and Karl, sweet old pics! "and OH YES, IT WILL FLOAT!!":-D

Guten i Norge
03-16-2011, 12:08 PM
The VW boat thing.. is it still going on or just going down ;+(

Nice stuff there... hope to see some more of it.


Brian Florness
03-23-2011, 04:26 AM
...still in progress..
had a bit of a set-back at xmas. broke my back in a snowmobile accident. much better now. made my way out to the shop a couple times in the past few weeks.

here a used the rear deck lid from the bug to make the engine cover.

i started to make the fenders on the weekend....
....slow going.
i'll post up more when i get a chance.

Brian Florness
05-29-2011, 09:51 PM
here's a couple more pics after installing the fenders.
it's kinda of starting to get that bug/speedster shape.....


06-23-2011, 05:05 PM
WOW Cool lot of work

07-13-2014, 08:52 PM
Hello Brian,

I found your project researching about schwimmwagens replica, and of course I found alsot the amphicar reproduction done by that guy (Mark) in England.

I'm also from Canada, living here in Montreal. I do own 2 amphicars, one totally restored and I'm working on the second one. I always wanted to have a schiwmmwagen, but since buy one is not an option :) The reproduction is the way to go.

I'm wondering how your car is right now, since the last update you posted dates from 2011. I'll love to exchange some information with you about of the project, since I'm thinking in start mine soon (as soon as I finish restoring my 1964 amphicar).



1967 amphicar - White with blue waves
1964 amphicar - under restoration.