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Heffenoche 09-23-2002 11:51 AM

Looking at 88 Sammi
As I posted last week Iím looking at a rust-free 88 Sammi. Carfax showed that the truck spent it spent itís first 10 years in AZ, 141K + miles (actual not known). I went to look at it again to assess problems. The transmission and transfer appear to be working well, may have been replaced as the drive shafts show parts numbers written in paint from a parts yard. The transmission does leak at the rear shaft. How tuff a fix is this?

The oil on top of the transmission appears to have come from the distributor but has been fixed. The problem is the engine. It runs smooth but low compression, 150, 165, 150, 150. I didnít have a chance to squirt oil in and retest but suspect that most of the compression loss is from the top end because the exhaust is clear and the well-worn plugs were dry. This is probably part of the reason it tops out at about 55mph. You guys have already given me ideas that may help on that. They are asking $1,000 but think I can get it for between $700 & $800.

Iím look to use it mostly for trail riding but would like to be able to drive it to the trailhead too. So is this a descent price. Also, if I need to get the head rebuilt how tough is it and what am I looking to pay for the machine work. This is beyond most of the work Iíve done in the past. Or would I be better of with an engine swap to a 1.6l engine? What is involved in that swap? I have now welding experience.


ps what other places are good for gathering info on sammies

455guy 09-25-2002 12:59 PM

Re: Looking at 88 Sammi
I thought it would be a good idea to have a sami in nice shape to wheel too . After I smashed my quarter panel , rear bumper and tail light on a stump , it changed my mind . I think you should find one in average shape(i.e. rusty ) and wheel that . I don't feel bad at all smashing a rusty fender !

**DONOTDELETE** 09-25-2002 06:13 PM

Re: Looking at 88 Sammi
The tranny isn't a big problem, take the intermediate driveshaft out (drain the oil first so it doesn't come out all over your clothes) and replace the oil seal (a 1'1/16" deep socket will work).
As far as the engine goes; I'd drive it until it dies and then replace it with a 1.3 rebuilt. But I drive slow anyway. It's just a matter of time and money to upgrade.

88.5 Samurai 09-25-2002 06:36 PM

Re: Looking at 88 Sammi
Buy it! The compression doesn't seem bad to me. I've seen them run with a lot worse than that.

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