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hoosiersprite Brian Young
Westfield, Indiana (IN), USA   USA
I just purchased a '67 Sprite and I think I got a great deal. Paid $1400 and it's in mostly original condition (except for yellow paint) and a perfect candidate for restoration. The body is straight, only a few rust spots in typical areas, needs brake work, engine sounds strong but needs carb adjustment. What would you recommend I start with in terms of diagnosing and prioritizing? Thanks and look forward to being a contributor to the club! Brian

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
If this is going to be a rolling restoration, then the first place to start is the brakes.

I'd say you got a good deal.

hoosiersprite Brian Young
Westfield, Indiana (IN), USA   USA
Thanks! It seemed like a really good deal.

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
BTW, there is a British car show in Zionsville in August ... I think.

hoosiersprite Brian Young
Westfield, Indiana (IN), USA   USA
Thanks for the info...are you going? Would they "allow" a yellow spray painted Sprite?? Ha!

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
British car shows have all types. If you prefer, you could put it in the "diamond in the rough" category ... assuming they have such a thing.
Spridget (Sprite/Midget) people are very welcoming and helpful bunch. You should take your car and they can give you all sorts of useful tips/suggestions.

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What a buy -- and '67 is a good year for Sprites. You'll need a copy of the Bentley 1275 workshop manual, the red one -- not cheap but pretty much essential (scout on ebay and the internet for a bit; you'll see their price range). A valuable resource of detailed information on Spridgets is Terry Horler's "Original Sprite and Midget" -- again, search the internet until you've seen the price range of available copies before you buy. And don't try to tackle everything at once; do one fix and see how that affects the car before you do another. And good luck!



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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA   USA
Brian,

Good looking car. Fix the brakes and drive the wheels off of it while the weather is good. You can do all of the rebuilding stuff over the winter. :-)

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Dayton, OH, USA   USA
And Change all 3 Brake Hoses. They Age Out. Max 10 years of life and original manuals call for replacement every 2 years. And rubber ain't as good as it used to be.

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perthmidget Rob Hagarty
Perth, Western Australia, Australia   AUS
1969 MG Midget MkIII "Bertie"
I'd make it usable by checking everything is working and fixing what isn't. Then I'd drive it until I got it out of my system, so to speak! After that, I'd tear the whole car down and restore it completely doing everything right.

hoosiersprite Brian Young
Westfield, Indiana (IN), USA   USA
Thanks! I found the 1275 "red cover" on ebay for $20...just bought it.

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AN5L8016 Mark Haynes
Nederland, Colorado, USA   USA
X2 on brakes, you can't drive it if you can't stop it.
When I found my BE, the brakes were in boxes under the eaves of the house. Luckily, I had a full set from my MKII sitting on the shelf, 30 days later, I had it on the road after 20 years of sitting.
Enjoy the ride!



'58 Bugeye
'66 'Stang

hoosiersprite Brian Young
Westfield, Indiana (IN), USA   USA
Where should I buy the brakes and brake supplies?

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
Some local autoparts stores will have what you need, but otherwise you will need to order from a specialist supplier like Moss Motors or one of their distributors.

You might check with Bob Connell (in Indianapolis) and see what sort of discount he gives on Moss parts. connellmg@sbcglobal.net

But first you must assess what you have and what you will need.

hoosiersprite Brian Young
Westfield, Indiana (IN), USA   USA
I also will need a new windshield, as the current one is cracked pretty bad (this happened post photos...evidently a rock flew out of his lawnmower and hit the windshield). I'm assuming Moss Motors?

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