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MikeD 25th August 2020 12:04

Mike's Build...Year 9... Nearly there
 
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It has been a long road since winter 2011 when I collected my Sammio from Gary at Poole.

The simple 1 year project which has always had to take a back seat is now nearing completion. Having been through retirement from work, house move to Somerset with associated builders etc..etc.. this summer ( In lockdown ) I have made much progress.

So today as it is too windy and squally to do much , I prefer always working outside. I thought I'd take to the Forum and at last master uploading some pictures as now the car is looking good.

This year I have managed to spray the body, under my Gazebo booth, cut it back and polish it, get all the electrics in and working... Fibreglass bodies and earths... and broken original loom and corroded rubber bullet connectors....

Now working on the interior, panels made still finishing off dashboard, happy days crawling under there!

More Pics as I get on...

Interior pretty much complete now, all dash wiring working at last . Guess next on the agenda is start up, it's been a while since I had her running, but I hope fuel and maybe clean points and plugs will bring her back to life. Did have a problem with the mechanical fuel pump just not sucking enough from the tank, removed it and operated it by hand until I had fuel then was OK. I have an electric pump but not sure where to fit it or whether to at all...

More Pics....

Mick O'Malley 26th August 2020 09:03

Brrrrrrrrrrrm
 
Looking good! Keep plugging away, your first dawn blat down a leafy and twisty B road beckons :).

Regards, Mick

redratbike 26th August 2020 20:23

Looking good
Wow 9 years funny how life can get in the way
You are on the home straight now though

molleur 26th August 2020 21:42

Looks great!
Funny how thinks work out. I'm taking a break on my build
because of cataract surgery.

1iTim 26th August 2020 23:42

looks great MikeD, keep at it! I'm getting psyched up to glue my miglia body on. I'm freaking out about positioning it right - one only gets one go at it. yours looks really nice.

T

cbjroms 27th August 2020 14:12

MikeD - your painting looks great.

My build must have started around the same time. My Sammio is ready for MOT but I am going to run it unpainted for a few months before it gets painted. Will probably pay someone to finish body and paint - I have had to so much cutting/shutting that I have had it with fibreglass!

MikeD 27th August 2020 14:24

Thanks for all the kind comments......Yes I am pleased with the paint. Not professional standard but cellulose sprayed outdoors then polished... I think it's acceptable. My aim is always " How does it look from across the road?? " It is more red than intended, but I guess that is a good thing ( Red cars go faster etc.. ) Having had the body so long the imperfections had mostly come out, although there are still a couple of star cracks. Still deciding whether to put numbers on it????

Paul L 7th September 2020 23:20

Mike Ė Well done to not giving up, Iím sure the red paint will help keep you going to the finish. :cool:

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...3&d=1598422821

Good luck, Paul. :)

PS
My numbers are vinyl, so if you donít like look of them so can simply peel them off again.

MikeD 18th September 2020 19:37

Interior pretty much complete now, all dash wiring working at last . Guess next on the agenda is start up, it's been a while since I had her running, but I hope fuel and maybe clean points and plugs will bring her back to life. Did have a problem with the mechanical fuel pump just not sucking enough from the tank, removed it and operated it by hand until I had fuel then was OK. I have an electric pump but not sure where to fit it or whether to at all...

1iTim 20th September 2020 22:27

nice one. Interior pictures please?

thanks!

T

MikeD 20th September 2020 23:40

More pics...
 
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Some interior pictures, the dashboard is an early MG Midget which I think works quite well, much better than my attempt at a fibreglass one. The seats are from a Jaguar XK, the rest is home made.

As for the fuel pump, seems no problem with it but it wont suck the fuel from the tank. Grafted an electric pump in and she started right up. Now a new pump on order.... The road test is getting closer.

MikeD 20th September 2020 23:44

Another picture
 
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Sorry about the orientation of some os the pictures... Here's one of the proud owner

Paul L 31st October 2020 07:28

Mike - I like your interior. :cool:

Are you on the road yet?

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...0&d=1600641784

Good luck, Paul. :)

MikeD 31st October 2020 10:56

Paul, thanks I really tried to make the interior not look too home made. I think too many cars are let down by the interiors, I blended a midget dashboard in after an unsuccessful attempt at using Gary's fibreglass one then made sure all fixings were not visible. Amazingly the Jag leather seats almost match the beige vinyl ( which is the old Herald rear seat cover!) The steering wheel was donated by a friend who had Spitfires for years.
Nearly ready for MOT if we are not locked down next week, had a radiator leak now sorted, all stickers now applied. Time to break out the overalls and helmet, its 2 miles downhill to the Test station so I should make that for the 1st run.........it is a long time since I bought the Herald in Essex and drove it around the M25 to Molesey

MikeD 24th November 2020 19:16

MOT booked for 4th December, took it up the road today to test brakes... they lock the wheels when you really push hard so OK with that. It will be almost 9 years to the day since I started.
Had words with the MOT man who will let me into the garage during the test so I can see what's what. Expect some advisories as it's been so long I have forgotten half what I've done.
It is lively, spins wheels very easily. I think it is going to be FUN.

I have not registered as MOT exempt as I consider it is "substantially altered"... So fingers crossed for the 4th

Mister Towed 25th November 2020 07:03

Good luck with the MOT. Hope you get a pass or just a few simple fixes :)


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