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|THE MARINE SIDE|
|Speed in water
According to the official press release in the 1960's the maximum speed in water for the Amphicar was quoted as "Wasserfahrt: -Hoechstgeschwindigkeit 10km/h" (6.2mph/5.4knots). No manufacturer would deliberately undersell his product therefore it is fairly safe to assume that 6.2 mph is in fact the max speed you will ever get out of an Amphicar. You would have thought that with over 50 years more development that someone could better this - well you can't. Water speed for a displacement hull is a function of the square root of the water line in metres multiplied by 2.8 for mph, 2.4 for knots or 4.5 for kph. The 4 Wheel Drive Surf with its 8" diameter impeller (upgraded from 6" on the earlier 2wd) has a speed of approx 6mph, which ties in very neatly with the above formula and is impressive considering the extra carrying capacity, size and specification compared with the much smaller 2wd Amphicar.
Early amphibious cars had no problems with low powered, cool lamps but today's modern lamps run hot and it is not possible to drive into water with them switched on without cracking the glass, for this reason every front and rear lamp on the Surf is protected with high impact 5/16" (8mm) clear acrylic plastic so none of the lamps can ever contact the water.
Special attention has been paid to the sealing of the prop shafts (the only components going thru the hull).
We now offer a "comfort" pack consisting of thick multi layered
sound deadening foam with barrier which is fitted in the jet area and felt with marine grade rubber backed dark grey
carpet over the entire floor - even under the seats - this more than HALVES the noise measured on the Db scale. Also with the comfort pack you get the bonnet side vents
and stainless steel overbar rear diagonals (usually in painted steel)
To eliminate the need for a mild steel chassis the hull and deck are manufactured as one piece mouldings which are then bonded together to form a single homogeneous monocoque self coloured structure, all the load bearing areas - engine, gearbox, transfer box, steering, f/r axles, dampers, springs etc - have marine grade stainless steel spreader plates imbedded into the laminate. The advantage of a self coloured modern plastic composite is that it can be repaired and scratches easily rubbed out. An anti-slip pattern is moulded into various areas of the deck as an aid to safety. Being plastic composite there is never any need to wash the car regardless of whether it has been in fresh or salt water.
Over the years we have carried out some weird and wonderful modifications to our standard Amphibs: -
All the above modifications have been handled on a one off basis and if you have any specific requirements please contact the factory, many modifications can be carried out free of charge.
To see a customer video of this car in action, click HERE
To see a typical installation of how the tracks work, click HERE
One modification we have carried out before is a pick-up version which involves the fitting a GRP back panel behind the drivers seat complete with rear glass.
For UK customers who are VAT registered you can claim back the 17.5% tax if you use it in your business
(for export you may also find tax advantages as well - suggest you contact your local Government dept for further info) and don't forget with our pick-up you can still use our production soft and hard tops and even convert it at a later date into a 4 seater.
The approximate cargo size is 24" (610mm) high (to waist line) x 47.5" (1210mm) wide x 51" (1300mm) long.
A panel van version can be produced by using our hardtop with solid side panels
|ATTENTION TO DETAIL|
Some funny things happen when you put a car in water, here are a few and our solutions to them:-
None of the Suzuki components (other than the transfer box) are modified which means that if any servicing /repair work is required any competent garage can undertake it, also spares will be available anywhere in the World where the Suzuki is sold. We recommend that once a year (normally at the end of the season) The underside of the car is examined, in particular the steel axle/suspension components and if they have been scratched and the paint removed they are cleaned up and high quality marine paint re-applied.
Proper doors (fitted) (can you imagine getting into an amphib with the weather equipment on with no doors? - or even more importantly trying to get out quickly in an emergency).
The Surf doors open ABOVE the water line so can be opened safely when the car is in the water.|
FULL 4 seater 2 door
proper lockable easy access doors
Left or Right hand drive.
5 speed gearbox, selectable 2wd high, 4wd high, 4wd low and PTO.
Fully reclining front seats with head rests.
Tilting rear seats.
Vanity mirror on sun visor with operating instructions.
9 gallon/42L fuel tank.
Diagonally split dual brake system, servo, disc front, drum rear.
15" Aluminium spoke wheels with 205/70 tyres. |
1 internal, 2 external electric mirrors.
Halogen headlamps, hazard warning, rear fog, reversing and side repeaters.
2 speed wipers and delay.
Speedo, rev counter, fuel gauge, water temp, engine bay temp.
Full set of Surf decals (fitted).
Pair entry foot steps (fitted).
3 speed heater fan
2 bilge pumps with auto float switches (fitted).
26 row oil cooler.
Red/green/white navigation lamp.
Front stainless steel tow eye
Rear boarding platform.
4 grab handles (fitted)
Stainless steel heat exchangers for engine water and oil (fitted).
Due to the simple layout of the Suzuki engine/gearbox i.e. North/South configuration we can fit different power units. Please consult factory.
|ALL low volume cars in the UK have to pass
IVA. Whatever car you buy you must ask to see a copy of an IVA pass
certificate proving that the car can pass. If you cant be shown a pass certificate alarm bells should start to ring.
No IVA = cannot be use on the road (and it will make it virtually impossible to sell the car on). For exports
it is usually easier get us to IVA test and register the car in the UK before submitting to register in your country.|
The IVA package includes the following:-
|WHAT YOU GET IN THE SURF KIT|
|PARTS SUPPLIED WITH KIT|
DONOR CAR PRICES PLUMMET|
If you are buying a fully built Dutton there are 3 main sources of donor car:-
1/ Since UK insurance companies have decided that fully comprehensive insurance cover is cheaper than basic Fire & Theft the market has been flooded with cheap slightly damaged cars, most have more than halved in their value in the last few years. Typically a 2 - 4 year old Jimny would have cost around £4000 now these are available for around £1500
We are registered with www.copart.co.uk that auctions 1000 (that's not a typo) damaged cars every day. You can search their list of damaged cars even though you cannot bid on them. If you have ordered a complete Surf you can search Copart for the donor car you want us to use. Give us the bid # and maximum price you want to pay and we will bid for it on your behalf. If we win the bid you MUST pay Copart direct within 2 days. See the image below as an example of the fees involved.
We can collect the donor car from any Copart - contact factory for quote (or you can collect it and deliver to us)
Look for a donor with lots of light body damage category D, unrecorded or stolen recovered, not cat A, B or C. Jimny can be any year but it's worth the extra so go for late 2005 on as has a much better spec ( identify by checking it has an electronic transfer box).
2/ You can supply us with the donor car
3/ you can tell us the amount to spend and we will source best donor for you
we can also help you source a donor car if you are building up a Dutton kit - contact factory for help
|We have already built well over 240 amphibious cars as complete cars - most have been thru SVA/IVA. So when you build up your Surf you know that it will pass IVA and that any assembly problems would have been ironed out during our 28 years of amphibious car production. As a free extra customer service - if you deliver your completed Surf to us we will check over the major components. This service is completely free and includes a full water test.|
|The assembly manual is available on PDF by clicking HERE and direct from the printers Lulu (see news page) and is exactly the same as our own internal documents that we use to build complete cars, every single item is detailed, mostly with photos. We typically allow 3 weeks to build up a complete car and as all the modification work is done by us you only need normal garage tools to complete.|
Front soft-top, main hardtop, side windows.
tow bracket (wiring socket fitted in cockpit) lifting straps, o/b bracket with removable mounting clipped in (this is removed when not in use)
Fishing rod compartment.
|Specifications liable to change without notice.|
DUTTON is a registered Trade Mark.
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