Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sammio now Sold

The Sammio is now sold and is going next week to David near Bath.

I'm sure he'll get many years of service out of it.

Enjoy "number 48!"

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Number 48" for sale

To my fellow Sammio blog readers,

I've loved building (and now driving) the Sammio, and I hope that the exposure in the blog and in my article in Complete Kitcar Mag has raised the profile of the whole Sammio range of cars, especially the Spyder. (You'd be amazed how many people email me through this blog with questions and end up buying kits!)

I've got a very expensive few months ahead of me, I'm getting married and we're looking to move into a bigger house too - both are proving to be eye wateringly expensive.

It's with a slightly heavy heart that I've put number 48 up for sale on eBay.

I'm not in any desperate rush to sell it, and when it does go it will have to be for the right price, but as my fellow blog readers, I wanted to let you all know personally and explain, rather than anyone stumble across the eBay add first.

Meantime I've been out and about in number 48 and have clocked up almost 150 trouble free miles since Saturday!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

MOT Passed!

The Sammio flew through it's MOT earlier today, and is now taxed and fully road legal.

Been out in it all day on and off, and covered almost 80 trouble free miles.

Will update more over the weekend but wanted to let you blog followers know the good news!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The reason behind the number "48"

My Sammio Spyder was the 48th one out of the Sammio factory, hence the 48 on the side to celebrate the fact - simple!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

MOT Booked

I've booked my MOT for this Saturday, the 19th Nov.

Fingers crossed!

Interior almost completed

I've fitted the seat belts, almost completed glueing the carpet in (it does need a vacuum out though) and have ordered the bolts to fit the seats (they are only loosely placed in at the moment)

I'm getting *very* close to finishing!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sammio now mechanically complete

I can now say that the Sammio is mechanically completed. (At last!)

The car is running well, the new replacement radiator is doing it's job well and not leaking, the thermostatically controlled fan is cutting in and out correctly, there is now no exhaust gas coming out from the manifold to downpipe link (spot the new gasket and bolts in the pictures) , the thermostat housing has its new bolt and gasket, and I've fitted a new fan belt.

To sum up - it all works!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New radiator fitted (in the dark)

All my replacement parts arrived from Rimmer Bros today, amazing when you think I only ordered them yesterday afternoon!

First job of the (dark) evening was to drill out the studs in the exhaust manifold (pic 1).

I then fitted the new manifold gasket (pic 2) and checked that my new holes lined up between the exhaust manifold and downpipe (pic 3), and I'm pleased to say they did! That really is a huge weight of my mind. I've only just ordered some high tensile bolts and nuts so they will bolted together once and for all soon.

I then fitted the brand new radiator (pic 4), along with all the pipes and thermostat housing.
Everything you can see here is only placed up, it all needs to be bolted down, but it's a good step forwards.

The dial in pic 4 and 5 is my new thermostatically controlled fan control. Simply dial in a temperature and the fan kicks in and out - simple.

I really don't like working in the dark under lights outside in the cold rain!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Broken parts removed

This evening I removed the exhaust manifold (and inlet manifold, they come off together as one.)

The studs shown in picture two were the reason the nuts wouldn't do up - they were shot to bits with 42 years of rust on them.

I also managed to remove the radiator and drilled out the snapped bolt in the thermostat housing - luckily the thread in the head is in tact!

I've got loads of new parts coming over the next few days, manifold and thermostat gaskets, nuts, bolts, radiator etc............

It was so dark by the end of my work, (I was working under lights), the top picture was taken with no flash and no lights to show this - almost pitch black!

Bring on the rebuild!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bad day at the office

Not the best day today. I was thinking I might be able to get the Sammio MOT'd soon, but today soon put pay to that.

I had *tried* fitting a new exhaust manifold to downpipe gasket, (the old one had disintegrated and was gushing out exhaust gas,) but the securing nuts were stripped of thread once undone, so I ordered a new set of 3 nuts. When I tried fitting these all 3 went on OK, but only 1 did up tightly, the other 2 starting to twist the studs to the point of them almost snapping. I thought I'd test this as I might have been lucky and no exhaust gas was escaping. On to today's update.......

The plan for today was to run the car up to temperature now the radiator, fan and thermostat are now fitted, and all the wiring is now completed.

Problem 1

The engine fired up OK, but sadly it was immediately obvious to me that there was *a lot* of exhaust gas coming out from the manifold to downpipe gasket, clearly only one bolt holding it together isn't enough. This is a right pain as I will now have to remove both the inlet and exhaust manifold (they bolt onto the same side of the head, and both need to be removed for access). Once the manifold is off I will try and get the studs out of it, if they don't come out I will have to drill them out.

Problem 2

The thermostat never opened. The water got hotter and hotter, but the top hose never got warm. I undid one of the thermostat housing bolts fine, but the second longer bolt snapped while I was undoing it. This means I'll have to carefully drill the bolt out and replace. More work!

Problem 3

The radiator is leaking from a tiny hole near the middle. Yes, that's the radiator I bought recently in good faith. A new replacement ordered.

The age of the donor car is starting to cause me lots of issues with bolts snapping, all of which I'm quite sure have never been undone in the whole 42 years since they we first done up.

One step forwards, two steps backwards.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Sorry for the lack of updates of the last few weeks, my spare time has been very limited.

Since my last post, the Herald that's under the Sammio had its 42nd birthday. Staggering that a 42 year old car can be made to look so good.

Over the few weeks I've fitted and wired in the instruments, replaced the cracked old track rod ends (that look like were 42 years old...) and wired in the lights.

All the lights worked first time, which was a huge relief!

I've got some free time over the next few weekends, lets hope the weather is on my side.....