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Kuba 3rd February 2021 20:29

New London based build
Hello everyone,

It's finally time to introduce myself to this forum.
After years of lurking and reading people's threads (end getting excited) I have bought myself a kit from Micky (original sammio Alpha design) and soon after I have found a suitable spitfire donor.
So here I am, my journey starts here and there. I hope to share some build progress with you guys as I feel I have learnt so much reading other people threads and hope to chip in my contribution. Also there isn't any other sammio build at the moment so hopefully it will give you something to look for in covid restricted world :) jokes aside, hello and soon I would post some photos...but first I have to learn how
Also big thank you to JohnMK for allowing me to re-register :)
Regards Kuba

JG 3rd February 2021 20:44

Welcome Kuba, looking forward to seeing your build updates :)

Kuba 3rd February 2021 20:50

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This is what I am starting with. I am planning to modify spitfire in the same way as per alpha build. Bulkhead going to stay as well as floor pans and boot floor.
Thank you JG

Mister Towed 4th February 2021 06:25

Welcome to the forum, Kuba. It's nice to see another build start and it looks like you have a very solid donor. That's a great starting point and I hope it all comes together smoothly for you, with the odd challenge thrown in to keep it interesting. :)

Kuba 4th February 2021 07:38

Thank you Mister Towed.
If I could produce half as decent car as yours it would make me very happy.
My donor isn't bad but isn't great either. Driver side floor pan needs replacing along with few other bits and pieces before i even intend to bond a body. But it is running and that what
matters :)

Kuba 4th February 2021 07:56

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I have spent around a week (on and off) on the car so far early in January in the freezing garage. I managed to strip it a bit as well as to play with angle grinder. I dry fit a bonnet and then played with angle grinder even more.
I would like to fit body so its seats in the lowest possible place on spitfire shell. Also I've decided that flip bonnet is a must so got angle grinder out again :) I also managed to cut out lights and opening for scoop or bulge and started modifications to dashboard panel and dashboard itself.

Mick O'Malley 4th February 2021 08:33

Hi Kuba

Congratulations on taking the plunge :). Looking forward to your updates.

Regards, Mick

Kuba 4th February 2021 08:36

Thank you Mick O'Malley.
I will do my best to keep updates coming regularly.

Kuba 4th February 2021 18:44

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So today I managed to squeeze few hours to further work on my dashboard. I wanted to add some depth to it so its a bit more interesting. So I came up with this.
If anyone likes that, this was a can I've used, it's an excellent fit and practically supports speedo and rev gauge by itself. I still covered entire tin in fibreglass as walls of a tin were a bit too thin :)
Then I painted entire dash just for fun. This will develop further in due course thanks Kuba

Lucky@LeMans 4th February 2021 18:47

The build threads keep the forum going, good to see another starting ! You're obviously not afraid to get in there with the angle grinder, go for it !
Good luck with your build, check out my Formosa build project on the other page.

Kuba 4th February 2021 19:06

Hello Lucky@Lemans

Thanks. I will definitely check you formosa build thread.
I was very tempted by formosa kit myself as i think it has great proportions.

Paul L 5th February 2021 13:20

Kuba – A belated welcome to the forum. :cool:

I could be wrong, but I don’t think there has been a previous build thread for this version of the Alpha.

Until you mentioned rust, I was going to say it looked like you picked up a nice donor car.

It certainly looks like you know what you are doing, based on the nice job you’ve done on the dash.

Where abouts (roughly) are you based?

I’m near Wembley and might be able to swing by and say hello at some point.
(After Covid restrictions are lifted and I’ve got my car back on the road. :rolleyes:)

Good luck,

Paul. :)

“freezing garage”

[ Insert Variation of Four Yorkshireman sketch here ]



Kuba 5th February 2021 15:21

Thank you so much Paul for warm welcome.
Re knowing what I'm doing...I'm not so sure about that :) but i have lots of ideas, only time will tell if i can execute them correctly.
I have to mention that it was your build who got me eventually started. I have read through your build thread over Christmas period and I loved every minute of it. This brings me to your your other "garage" mention :) it was exactly what I thought when I've been reading your thread. I basically had no excuse not to start so I did.
I am in south west London near Croydon and you are welcome to visit when time allows.
Once again thanks and later i would be posting some updates as I couldn't resist to "pop in" to a garage today.

MikeD 5th February 2021 17:37

Welcome Kuba, it will be great to have a thread to follow. After 10 yes 10 years I am at the other end of the build with MOT booked for next Friday. I had to cancel 2 previous appointments as it was raining and I had no inner wings - now rectified, so fingers crossed
Good luck and enjoy

Kuba 5th February 2021 17:49

Hello MikeD,
Thank you. Best of luck with an MOT.
I will make sure to keep this thread alive to hopefully provide some entertainment.
Best of luck Kuba

Kuba 5th February 2021 20:21

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Hello. Just a few update pictures.
I have managed today to add indicators opening, carb bulge although I'm not 100% sure about this shape so I might reshape it at the later stage. Also tried wheels with larger tyres as I think I'm going to run on 13". A little progress on dashboard too. All together good day in the office :)

Mister Towed 6th February 2021 07:39

Loving the instrument cowlings.

13" wheels might look a little small imho. I'd seriously consider fitting wire wheel adaptors with MGB 4.5x14 wires wrapped in 175/80/14 tyres. If the Alpha shell has the same width as the original Sammio Spyder body they should fill the arches perfectly without fouling, you may just have to clearance the front bulkhead a little (I used a lump hammer...)

Some builders have fitted 15" wheels but they need low profile tyres so lose that classic tall sidewall look.

Having said that, I have 15" wheels with 165/65/15's on my Speedster project and the tyres do still look period correct, mainly because the original cars had such narrow tyres that the sidewalls weren't that tall in the first place.

Keep up the good work!

Kuba 6th February 2021 07:47

Thank you MrT.

I see your point with 14" wheels. I went through wheel threads few times as I know 14 would be a better option. However I have few sets of 13's and it would be a good idea to utilise at least one of them.
Tyre on the wheel in picture is 165/80/13 and it's slightly bigger then standard spitfire wheel.

Last year in excitement I have bought nice wire wheels but then found out that they would not fit spitfire (came off Jaguar) so they would be for next project if one arise:)

More progress later today...

Mick O'Malley 6th February 2021 08:04


Originally Posted by Mister Towed
Some builders have fitted 15" wheels but they need low profile tyres so lose that classic tall sidewall look.

I fitted 15" TR6 wheels on Mike Satur hub adaptors with 80 section tyres to the A352, but I had to chop the bulkhead, weld in recessed panels and fit lock limiting hose clips to the rack. I thought all the extra work and expense involved was well worth the improvement to the retro look :).

Regards, Mick

Kuba 6th February 2021 08:18

Interesting...I will explore this further. With this kind of footwell who needs an engine :laugh:Thanks Kuba

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