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jimmycoco Silver Member Noah H
AB, Canada   CAN
Hi all,

Some of you may recognize me from the MGE, where I've been hanging out for the last 10 years or so while I've been learning the ins and outs of my 1977 Midget.

I still love Spridgets, but when I first saw a Bugeye I knew that it was my dream car. I was lucky enough to pick one up a few weeks ago. Its got a very recently rebuilt 1275 motor and ribcase transmission and drives really nicely. The body is almost entirely rust free - just a few small spots of surface rust - but it does have a couple of dents. My focus on this car will be body work and paint, as most of the mechanical is well sorted.

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PetesPonies Pete Pasqualini
Wallace, SC, USA   USA
Looks like a very solid start. If you have any body or paint questions, just ask me.,



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jimmycoco Silver Member Noah H
AB, Canada   CAN
Thanks Pete. That's it's "good side". There's a sizable sent on the other side.

The paint is original, and it looks like it will polish up nicely.

In reply to # 203217 by PetesPonies Looks like a very solid start. If you have any body or paint questions, just ask me.,

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bifs66 Bernie F
Pasadena, MD, USA   USA
I recently joined the ahexp forum. I am a newbee as it relates to Sprites (with the exception of spending many hours in a friend's Bugeye back in the early 60's). I intend to do a thorough restoration on a 1966 Sprite that I rescued from a field; but have little in-depth knowledge of them. However, I have restored early Mustangs; and was surprised to bump into a familiar personality (Pete's Ponies) from the Mustang community. I recall visiting Pete's home with a mutual friend when he lived in Maryland. It is a small world. I'm new to this forum and haven't completed all the introductory information; but hope to do that soon.

Ben M Avatar
Bernie -- Congratulations and welcome to the fold. Sounds like a good project; they're fun, we got ours in 1994 and it's still a project, but we get to drive it. I hate to start throwing advice at you, but two of the best things you can get to help out on the project is Horler's "Original Sprite & Midget" and the Bentley Publisher's "Complete Official 948 cc & 1098 cc Sprite/Midget" (or if its original engine has been replaced by a later engine, the 1275 cc version) -- they're copies of the BMC workshop manuals. They're not cheap, but they're more comprehensive than any others.



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bifs66 Bernie F
Pasadena, MD, USA   USA
Ben,

Thanks for the welcome and naming specific manuals ..."advice thrown at me" is exactly what I need to get started. I'm soaking up every bit of available information I can; while beginning the disassembly process.

Ben M Avatar
Disassembly?? OH NOOOOOO!!! But if you must, be sure to get a large supply of different sized Ziploc bags. Everything gets bagged and labeled, or you'll never figure out later where it came from.

PetesPonies Pete Pasqualini
Wallace, SC, USA   USA
Bernie . . wow, small world. What did you come to my place in Pasadena about? Mustang stuff? I packed it all up, made a zillion trips and got all my automotive equipment, tools and cars to South Carolina. I have Bug Eye, have some parts to do some mods . .but haven't done anything yet. I'm still doing Mustang work for people and rebuilding and modifying some trucks for me. I'm as busy as I want to be smiling smiley By the way, I used to own a '66 Sprite, many years ago, in Pasadena. Small world.



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bifs66 Bernie F
Pasadena, MD, USA   USA
Pete,

I came to your home with a fellow that I knew as Orin. As I remember, he had a Ford Fairlane. There was no specific reason for the visit; just meeting another Mustang enthusiast. My car was a black '66 Fastback with a number of performance modifications. I still have the Fastback and an '85 Mustang GT which I bought new. The 85 has been preserved since 1987 and still has the original tires. I bought the Sprite mainly because I couldn't see it just rot away in a field. It was near our house; and I went past it everyday for a year before my wife finally caved and said find out if it was for sale. I had a number of friends back in the early '60s who had Sprites, TR3s, etc. and I have fond memories of those times.

Mtn Sprite Layne M
Santa Cruz, CA, USA   USA
This is my recent purchase and entry into ownership of a Sprite and membership here. Did plenty of riding in one in the 60's as a high school buddy had one. This is a mostly original 69, paint/running gear/upholstery, California car with essentially no rust, with new top with 63K miles. In storage for a long time and recently brought up. Runs good, with a noisy trans, fixing the little stuff like backup lights, turn signal switch, rebuild carbs, stuff like that. Planning on leaving it as a survivor. More pics to follow. Already got some good info off the site.


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MacNugget David McNett
Houston, TX, USA   USA
Today I took delivery of a 1960 Bugeye which has been in my family for longer than I have. This was my father's first car which he bought shortly before college in 1964 (I think). Thankfully my dad's still with us, but the car has been unused and undriven since 2010 or so and I guess he finally decided it was time to sell. I'd always told him I expected right of first refusal and so he shipped it down to me in Texas to start its new life. This little car was a huge part of my childhood. It's the car I learned to drive a manual transmission in. It's certainly the germination of my love of convertibles and the reason I've owned Miatas and Z3s and a parade of two seater sports cars my entire life.

I do a fair bit of wrenching on a more modern race car, but the scope of work for getting this thing roadworthy again is well outside my comfort zone. My girlfriend and I are looking forward to the new project. I'm so happy to keep this car in the family.

So far I'm just documenting what I can figure out. It's got a fair bit of rust, the bonnet is misaligned, it's been fitted with front disc brakes and it has a 1200 engine. Engine seems solid and running pretty well, but the brakes are sketchy. We drove it around the neighborhood this afternoon and aside from the ancient rubber on the tires and bouncy suspension it wasn't too terribly scary.

Planning to dig through all the old threads here and learning a lot.







More photos here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B10J0DiRHJf62zd



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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
Welcome David,

Looks like a great car and glad you're keeping it in the family. I don't see too much rust so that's good. The mechanical stuff is easy. I love that period Speedwell rocker arm cover and I see your dad has converted to an alternator and probably negative ground.

Ask any questions you have and someone here will have the answer. Also, you may want to consider joining the MG Midget forum. There is a lot more activity over there and Midgets are really just badge engineered from Sprites. smiling smiley

Rick

hcallaway Holt C
Moseley, VA, USA   USA
David what a great history. I plan on leaving all my kids at least one car to create a lasting nightmare to pay them back! Just kidding, it fits right in with the rock solid Miata and i cannot tell if the big brother is a 911?



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PetesPonies Pete Pasqualini
Wallace, SC, USA   USA
That's mint compared to my '60. I have rust, you have practically nothing. I do restorations , mostly on Mustangs, so rust is a specialty of mine. My car doesn't run . . you got a cream puff in the restoration world.



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