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rhodyspit75 Ernie Connor
Cumberland, RI, USA   USA
Very nice!

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spritecrazy Alan Mcgrevy
Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA   USA
Finally after nearly 2 years of rebuild i fired up Bazil 68 sprite. All new parts engine rebuild , electronic ignition new HS@ carbs new radiator , dynamo, water pump , clutch, steering, suspension, brakes , springs, rear axle diff rebuild, new interior, new dash and some instruments, new mazda miata seats (2012 miata) mazda roll bar, all new door panels and rubbers , new windscreen, the list goes on , and of course repaint .
Could not get it to start at first , checked and checked again timing static , fuel pump flow( was new electronic pump and new fuel tank) fiddled with new SU carbs . Still no fire up. Frustrated now. Got the manual out again.
Reset the carbs fuel and idle , still no start. Getting really upset now.
AHA try quick start , fired up immediately but cut out every time. Back to ignition , yep had a spark at plugs. Must be fuel not getting through. Adjusted fuel nut on bottom of carb and pulled choke out , its 33 F here right now in AZ. Quick start squirt and at last it ran , bit high rpm and damn tachometer does not work, didnt think it would so need to get that rebuilt for petronix ignition ( any ideas on where to get a rebuild tach or a new one) Got to take a break for a few days so will fine tune it later.
Biggest issue now is looking at the timing marks and pulley notch, cant get at it its underneath and hardly visible. Can see it with a mirror so that might work. ( any suggestions woyuld be welcome, i have a timing strobe light)
Got it insured pretty cheap too and license plate sticker for 5 years , cant wait to actually drive it.
Also got to install a new soft top which i have still in the box.
Alan


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rhodyspit75 Ernie Connor
Cumberland, RI, USA   USA
Congrats, it’s a great feeling when you finally start it. Great place to get your tachometer or any gauge work done. http://nisonger.com/

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spritecrazy Alan Mcgrevy
Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA   USA
Thanks i will try them

Johninsca John Felt
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
Today, raining and cool I sat in kitchen and looked at open garage and sighed... 4 sprites sitting but none running. What a predicament. So what do I do... I started a new facebook page called Datsuns and Healeys. I am uploading photos and short stories/ descriptions about my cars. Kinda fun. Not sure if the public can see yet. Maybe tomorrow look under facebook Datsunsnhealeys or Datsuns and Healeys

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Desert Rat Chris S.
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
Another great shop for gauge work is West Valley Instrument Specialists In Reseda California. Morris has been repairing and restoring Smith’s and British instruments for over 40 years. Hell of a nice guy too. I dropped my Bugeye gauges off while on a trip to Disney Land and got to check out his shop and BS with him for a bit.

https://www.westvalleyinstruments.com



Agnes, an original, unrestored, unmolested 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Bugeye, bought by my father in 1961 from the first owner.

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Onsprite Grant R
Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada   CAN
Its been awhile since I have had time to work on my 58. But finally, all renos are done, Christmas is over and too much snow to play outside. So I am finally able to work on my car.
I have been having cooling issues for the last couple of years and finally managed to build a fan shroud for my electric fan.
Now I have to redo my fiberglass hood mount. It is already a forward open, but is about 1/2" away from the cowl. So will have to massage my mount, and fit before I can install my Rad.
I also have had issues with the exhaust Header that came with the car (I have a 1.6L Mitsubishi with a 5 speed) it was pieced together with undersized pipes and was tight to the passenger footwell. So out with that and in the process of custom building a new and hopefully better one.
Also, after removing the header, found that the remote oil filter mount at the block is hitting on the frame. So will have to raise the engine to clear.
Always something new and exciting to do
Cant wait to drive it again

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spritecrazy Alan Mcgrevy
Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA   USA
Thanks for the info when i get it on the road in a few days ill take the tack out and send it.
Appreciate any help
Alan/Bazil

vmgccchi Wayne M
Placitas, NM, USA   USA
Took my ratty old seats to the upholsterer. Can't wait!


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rhodyspit75 Ernie Connor
Cumberland, RI, USA   USA
I am doing my own. First one done.


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TedRishel Theodore Rishel
Long Beach, MS, USA   USA
Wow! Very nice! You do that for a living? Looks professional.

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rhodyspit75 Ernie Connor
Cumberland, RI, USA   USA
In reply to # 208382 by TedRishel Wow! Very nice! You do that for a living? Looks professional.

Thanks. I’m retired from the electrical business. Although I’m 72 I have to learn something new all the time. This time it’s upholstery. I think anyone can do this kind of thing with a little patience and the internet.

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spritecrazy Alan Mcgrevy
Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA   USA
wow what a nice job congratulations .

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Lil MK 4 Dennis Mattson
Henderson, NV, USA   USA
1965 Chevrolet Corvair "65 Monza Vert - In Restoration"
1966 Chevrolet Corvair "Monza Coupe - Rare Factory AC"
1968 Austin-Healey Sprite "The Go-Kart"
Cleaning up my SMOG equipment I bought.... Need to buy a new AIR pump....

It was ALL as crusty and gross as the smog pump assembly....

The rail was Black.... lots of rust remover, sanding, buffing...

Smiths Gulp valve dated 3/68 .. Rustoleum rust remover... greased lightning.... cleared the bracked with engine clear, and baked it...

Polished the crap out of the Gulp Valve.... Original Factory hose Clamps even... Going to use the clear hoses for the Smog hoses... I like it !



CARS are meant to be D R I V E N.... the C R A P out of ... into the GROUND..... Then.... Rebuilt.... to Repeat the cycle of L I F E..
For sad is the car... living an existence in exile, locked in a garage... It's soul crushed.... Yearning to be free, and tearing up the road again..
So.. Restore that car...Show that car.. Get some Trophy's.. Then... Set it F R E E .. Splash through puddles.. Drive it in the snow.... and Have F U N !


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EJHall Erik Hall
Raleigh, NC, USA   USA
Jax and I brought Tracy's body/frame home from TN. She got some new makeup while there... - eh


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