I found out about this board from a member here that hangs with me on another forum, the USN. I thought I'd drop in and introduce myself. I've been tromping around the US for a decade or more now, but mostly on foot. I'm interested in getting to some more remote places for base camp now that I live in the Appalachians in NE TN and I'm planning on modding my Sammy to get me there, and get me there in reliability and style.
I just bought my '86 Tin Top a couple weeks ago and before I start doing anything radical I've started working on some basics, fixing a few problems here and there and assessing the stock mechanics of my rig. If Sammy owners have any advice for me about things I should look at immediately, or the order in which you'd do mods, I'd love to hear about them. I don't have much experience with 4x4s, this is the first one I've owned. Previously I've done some work on Porsches and old WVs, I had a 1969 Westy that I restored from the ground up and used that for a mild expo vehicle and for camping in the desert.
My intended use will be as a daily driver for short to medium commutes, camping trips with the lady, and my all-weather go-to vehicle for getting me back and forth to work at the local ER where I'm employed. When you have to get to work, you have to be there, so this is important. We often have inclement weather in the winter that I will have to slog through.
I'll post a pic of my rig here. If anyone is local to me and has a Sammy, I'd love to pick your brain about the breed. So far this is a great place to check out Expo topics and you all have great rigs! I hope to get mine looking as good as some of these here.
Tentatively, I have been thinking of foregoing many mods to the engine of the vehicle and just focusing on the suspension and interior. It seems to me that once I spend the cash on trying to trick out my 1.3, I would be better served with just dropping a 1.6, 1.9, or 1.9t VW diesel in there and calling it a day. However, if anyone has any thoughts on mods that might work on both engines, I'm all ears. Not sure if there would be much crossover, but I thought I'd ask.
Currently the mods that have been done to the car include:
- Weber carb for the 1.3
- Sport seats in the interior
- Optima Yellow Top battery with 400W inverter hardwired in the truck
- 27" Super Swampers
- HID retrofit headlamps
- HID fog lights mounted to front bumper
- Thule roof rack
Thanks in advance, happy to be a new part of the community.