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Old 17th November 2013, 18:57
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Great looking car, well done.

Regarding your gearbox problem, is the issue is that it isn't going into 3rd? A fault that I have seen before is that there is a bolt at the bottom of the gearstick and if put in the wrong way around then it fouls and prevents the stick going forward to select 3rd. It may be worth a quick check as its a very easy fix, simply take it out and put it in from the opposite direction.
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Old 17th November 2013, 19:31
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Jerome - Congratulations, the car looks great.

Although everyone in it looks cold.

Enjoy driving it, Paul.
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Old 20th April 2014, 17:15
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New update after a long time. Been busy with other cars (camper, 2cv and a Pinto engined Herald 13/60)

The gearbox is overhauled and it is now shifting very well.
Lots of minor problems; cooling, electric and a lot of other things are solved now.

Today we've added some stickers and took it for a ride.
Next jobs to do....
The clutch operates only when to pedal is completely down to the ground and the handbrake functioning is really bad... really bad.

So it is still not completely finished.

Some pics from today and a small photoshop for a roundal.





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Old 21st April 2014, 07:20
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Nice car, nice setting and excellent pictures Jerome. I guess photography is your day job.
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Old 21st April 2014, 16:33
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Jerome - Did you have to do anything below the bodywork to brace/support your windscreens?

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 21st April 2014, 16:47
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Hello,

I made some brackets with nuts welded on them and glued them inside,so i could insert bolts from outside.
Works well,during last trip there was heavy wind and I drove about 60
mph without problems(in this area...).

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Old 22nd April 2014, 15:44
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Thanks for the info.

Also I meant to suggest an "off white" for your racing numbers might go well with your body colour.

This is Micky1Mo's G-46.

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Old 18th May 2014, 17:38
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Look what I found,I thought it went to Germany?

http://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/662...#adview_advise
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Old 18th May 2014, 21:28
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Look what I found,I thought it went to Germany?

http://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/662...#adview_advise
I hope they get the asking price, certainly looks the business.
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Old 15th February 2015, 15:38
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Hello,

Encouraged by you brave men on this forum I decided to butcher my recently painted bonnet...
As I wasn,t happy with the look of my wheel arches with 14inch wheels.
I removed the edge of the arches,made a template and a kind of polyester sheet to fill the arch.
After laminating this in I made a new edge with some strip and now I can start
agin with sanding,sanding and sanding.

Overall I am happy with this nose job until now.

Wheelgap before:


The proces:


















When ready,more photo,s will follow.
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Old 15th February 2015, 15:43
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Oh, by the way. I placed the original Sammio windshield in front of the Brooklands windscreens by using a single rubber profile.
There's less wind and it's not so cold anymore.
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Old 15th February 2015, 17:03
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Jerome - Glad to hear that the extra screen is helping to keep the cold out.

Whilst it seems a shame to re-work the wheel arches after paint, it does look much better.

I know I will have to do the same with mine at some point, as I have 13" wheels.

Good luck, Paul.
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Wise move with the wheel arch re profile as the standard does look out of place.

Great work it's just a shame you have done this after the paint job, will you be painting the bonnet?
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Old 15th February 2015, 17:42
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Swifty,

Yes,the whole bonnet will be rolled again....

As said I,am encouraged by you and others,before the (first)painting I
did not have the guts to do it!
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Great work Rob,

Looks like an improvement allthough I cant't remember that the situation was as bas as your first picture is sugesting.
Nevertheless it looks pretty good and performed very well.

Crazy thought, is the skill and craftmanship of some of the Sammio builders exceeding that of some of the producers?

Michiel
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Once again, it shows that nobody minds cutting these bodies up because they are a reasonable price. And if you paint the cars yourself, you don't feel bad about it.
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Delving into the Sammio archive that resides in the 3lbs/1.5kgs of grey sponge that inhabits my cranium (contents may vary with alcohol consumption), I believe that the front wheel-arch 'issue' lays at the door of customer demand for a six cylinder Vitesse powered option:

Going way back to the roots of the project, the original designer/developer wanted to build himself an homage to the Porsche 550 Spyder, but didn't like the price of the available kits.

As he had a background in 'rodding and fibreglass fabrication, having started a number of specialist vehicle companies over the years, he took a 1950's 'Nikkri' fibreglass special bodyshell and, as he happened to have an old Triumph Herald sitting about, set about adapting the Nikkri shell to both fit the Herald chassis and look more like James Dean's favoured chariot into the afterlife.

For reasons known only unto himself, the designer then sold the unfinished prototype to someone else, who finished it, drove it to Le-Mans and then advertised it on ebay. Crucially, the listing included a link to the designer's 'rod business, and it wasn't long before enquiries started coming in as to whether the bodies would be available for sale.

As the designer had taken a mould from the prototype, he was able to begin production and The Sammio Motor Company was born.

With its sloping, pre '67 Beetle headlights and sensuous curves the car looked a fair bit like a '550, even if the front mounted, water cooled four-pot motor would cause convulsions amongst Porsche purists -





Once a few had been sold, enquiries started coming in asking if the more powerful six cylinder Vitesse could donate its mechanicals to the car.

As the bigger engine wouldn't fit under the 'German' style bonnet, the designer set about modifying a bonnet that could take the six-pot. The result was dubbed the 'Italian' style bonnet due to its similarity to the 1954 Mille Miglia winning Lancia D24 Spyder -





Unfortunately, once customers started to try to actually fit a Vitesse motor under the 'Italian' bonnet, it became apparent that for some of us, if you did get the bonnet over the engine, it sat at such an awkward angle that it ruined the line of the front wheel arches. This was my first attempt at fitting the bonnet -



I just wasn't happy with the resulting look, so set to with the angle grinder, cutting a large section out of the bonnet, hence my large scoop (the secondary scoop on mine is mainly there for aesthetic reasons). I also had to lower the radiator a lot more, rotate the dynamo down and fabricate a new lower bracket for it to prevent them fouling, ending up with wheelarch gaps like this -



Overall, my car took two years to finish (partly down to starting with a rotten chassis) and I either had to, or decided to alter or modify about 25% of the body as it left the mould. I personally saw that as a positive thing, a challenge that stretched my engineering skills and left me with a real sense of satisfaction that I just wouldn't have got from just bolting a Caterham together.

After all, with enough time and effort and a modest amount of money invested in the project, the finished cars look like this -



Here endeth the lesson.
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Oh, and I also took care of the flat spot on the o/s front arch that seems to be present on many examples -













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Old 3rd May 2015, 16:35
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Default nose job done

A face lift is most times used to get a less"" ugly"" face,we used it to get
a bit more ugly look at our Sammio.
















I also went back to the beer crate grill which looks more agressive.
So after a winter of doing "small"jobs we,re on the road again!

Gr.Rob
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Old 3rd May 2015, 18:42
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Jerome - You did a great job on the wheel arches.

Whilst I really liked the extra lights in your previous grille, this new set up looks good too.

I hope you enjoy being back on the road.

Take care, Paul.
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