Friday, May 27, 2011

Body Off

Over the last few evenings I've made great progress, culminating in me actually taking the body off the Herald.

I'm pleased to say that after a quick inspection the chassis looks in very good condition, having previously been restored and welded in a few places. One of the chassis outriggers (sides) has been replaced too.

All good news, as this is work I don't have to do!

Many thanks to Dad who helped lift off the body and carry it into the garage.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bonnet and doors removed

Slight change of plan for tonight, the interior never got removed, but the doors and bonnet did!

Wow, that bonnets heavy to lift on your own!

Fuel tank collected

Today I collected my fuel tank, a Triumph Spitfire MK4 unit.

It was an absolute steal at only £16 from eBay!

You can compare the Spitfire tank (in red) and the original Herald tank in the second picture.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Starting to strip the Herald

This evening I've started to strip the Herald of all the chrome bits and lights, along with the boot lid and petrol tank.

Most things came off easily, despite snapping lots of bolts because of 42 years of rust on them.

Next job is to remove the hood and strip out the interior.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Compression test

Today I did a full compression test on the Heralds engine, to ascertain the condition of it as it came with no history.

The results were:

Cylinder 1 150
Cylinder 2 145
Cylinder 3 150
Cylinder 4 135

The two measures of a good engine compression wise are that the difference between the highest and lowest figures is only 10%, and that there is max 20psi between all the readings.

I'm pleased to say mine is good - it's really put my mind at rest!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hydraulic Clutch replaced

Today I replaced all the components in the Hydraulic Clutch system.

The master cylinder, slave cylinder and pipe were all replaced, as the originals were either leaking, failed or gunked up.

Having now got them working, for the first time ever I was able to drive the car around the garage block - no more pushing it in and out of the garage by hand to work on it, now I can drive it!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sammio Spyder

Here is an example of a Sammio Spyder - not sure what colour I'll get mine done in, but it looks lovely!

The advantages of building the Sammio Spyder are, its does not require an expensive IVA (formally SVA) test costing £450 nowadays, it retains its tax exempt status (free road tax!) and a readily available cheap donor in the Triumph Herald.
It provides the Chassis, engine, gearbox, steering rack and column, driveshaft, diff and all hubs and wheels.

A compelling case!

Donor Car collected today

Today the Sammio Spyder project actually started with the delivery of my Triumph Herald Donor Car!

It is a 13/60, the most powerful Herald ever produced, with a comparatively small 61BHP!

I managed to secure it for only £500, and hope to make most of that back selling unwanted parts on eBay.

The next few weeks will see me strip the Herald
down to the chassis, and I have a kit collection date of around the first week of July.