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https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1969-coot-124ss/

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This 1969 COOT 124SS is a 4-wheel drive amphibious vehicle featuring a twin hull design linked by an articulating joint. The vehicle was given a comprehensive restoration by its previous owner as described below, and the seller acquired it seven years ago. Both hulls are manufactured from 16GA steel, sealed for amphibious usage, and mounted on a laminated steel frame. A 12 horsepower Tecumseh air-cooled engine is connected to an automatic variable-speed torque converter and a 2-speed transmission with reverse. This allows for a payload capability of 1,000 lbs. on land and 600 lbs. in the water. This particular 124SS is serial #2400 and features 2-wheel steering, front and rear bench seats and the optional factory PTO-driven propeller and rudder. It is now being offered in Wisconsin on a bill of sale with some service records, as well as the original books and service manuals.



During the previous owner’s restoration, the hulls were repainted using Hunter Green epoxy duck boat paint outside, and a professionally-applied Rhino Liner coating inside. According to the seller, both hulls are in nice shape other than a few small scrapes and dings underneath as shown in the photo gallery. The COOT has a wheelbase of 58,” an overall length of 7’7,” and a track of 64.” It weighs 1,100 pounds, yet reportedly has a ground pressure of less than 4 pounds per square inch.



The central articulation between the hulls twists on upgraded Teflon rub strips. COOTs are officially listed as being capable of 45 degrees of articulation, however, according to the seller, COOT enthusiasts claim they have climbed grades of 70 degrees or more. This particular example reportedly retains its original tires, along with optional mud and snow bar lugs on the rear wheels.



Per the seller, this COOT is fitted with its original steering wheel and recovered black bench seats. Braking is controlled with a singular lever-actuated disc.



The 12-volt electrical system utilizes a 10A alternator, gear-drive starter, ammeter, marine-grade wiring and switches, a solid state ignition system, and added halogen lights front and rear.



The electric-start Tecumseh engine is mounted under the front seat and was rebuilt during the restoration. Top speeds are approximately 20 mph on land and 5 mph in the water. A new battery was installed in June 2018, and the engine oil was also changed. The seller reports this COOT has approximately seven hours of run-time both on land and in water since the restoration was completed, the majority of which was added during his ownership. Photos of it swimming are included in the gallery.


A video of this COOT being driven on land is shown above.



Mechanical components are mounted within the hulls, making the underside smooth and less likely to get caught on obstacles. Additional undercarriage photos are provided in the gallery below. This 124SS is registered in Wisconsin as both an ATV/UTV and a boat, either of which can be used to transfer ownership according to the seller.
 

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https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1969-coot-124ss/

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This 1969 COOT 124SS is a 4-wheel drive amphibious vehicle featuring a twin hull design linked by an articulating joint. The vehicle was given a comprehensive restoration by its previous owner as described below, and the seller acquired it seven years ago. Both hulls are manufactured from 16GA steel, sealed for amphibious usage, and mounted on a laminated steel frame. A 12 horsepower Tecumseh air-cooled engine is connected to an automatic variable-speed torque converter and a 2-speed transmission with reverse. This allows for a payload capability of 1,000 lbs. on land and 600 lbs. in the water. This particular 124SS is serial #2400 and features 2-wheel steering, front and rear bench seats and the optional factory PTO-driven propeller and rudder. It is now being offered in Wisconsin on a bill of sale with some service records, as well as the original books and service manuals.



During the previous owner’s restoration, the hulls were repainted using Hunter Green epoxy duck boat paint outside, and a professionally-applied Rhino Liner coating inside. According to the seller, both hulls are in nice shape other than a few small scrapes and dings underneath as shown in the photo gallery. The COOT has a wheelbase of 58,” an overall length of 7’7,” and a track of 64.” It weighs 1,100 pounds, yet reportedly has a ground pressure of less than 4 pounds per square inch.



The central articulation between the hulls twists on upgraded Teflon rub strips. COOTs are officially listed as being capable of 45 degrees of articulation, however, according to the seller, COOT enthusiasts claim they have climbed grades of 70 degrees or more. This particular example reportedly retains its original tires, along with optional mud and snow bar lugs on the rear wheels.



Per the seller, this COOT is fitted with its original steering wheel and recovered black bench seats. Braking is controlled with a singular lever-actuated disc.



The 12-volt electrical system utilizes a 10A alternator, gear-drive starter, ammeter, marine-grade wiring and switches, a solid state ignition system, and added halogen lights front and rear.



The electric-start Tecumseh engine is mounted under the front seat and was rebuilt during the restoration. Top speeds are approximately 20 mph on land and 5 mph in the water. A new battery was installed in June 2018, and the engine oil was also changed. The seller reports this COOT has approximately seven hours of run-time both on land and in water since the restoration was completed, the majority of which was added during his ownership. Photos of it swimming are included in the gallery.


A video of this COOT being driven on land is shown above.



Mechanical components are mounted within the hulls, making the underside smooth and less likely to get caught on obstacles. Additional undercarriage photos are provided in the gallery below. This 124SS is registered in Wisconsin as both an ATV/UTV and a boat, either of which can be used to transfer ownership according to the seller.
 

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I am looking. I also live in Wisconsin. Is this still for sale?
Welcome to the site Ben. I'd bet you'd have to follow the link for the original listing on "bring a trailer".
Its at the top of the first post. Happy shopping! What part of cheeseland you from? Im on lake butte des morts, near oshkosh.
 

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From Orland California. the original "Coot" decals were taken from the "Coors" beer decal font. I actually grew up with
kids from the founder. the slip-joint between the two bodies is actually like a 12" pipe nipple that allows it to "unthread"
for articulation......... anyone looking for these they can be found in Glen and Butte counties. My brotherinlaw has one.

talk about pre-pre-quad/amphibian craze......

--Sherpa
 
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