Registry: 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

Rut Rutledge's Gold Member 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite – “Scarlet”
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  • New sills

  • Fitting door/sill

Scarlet is a 1960 Bugeye Sprite undergoing a thorough restoration with a few changes to enhance performance. A modified 1275 mated to a Datsun 5 speed transmission, a 3.9 limited slip rear end and upgraded suspension. 6/22/15 and off to the paint shop! Scarlet will return to her original Iris Blue, but using modern paints designed to look like the original. Interior will be done per the Heritage Certificate, but the 1275 and 5 speed will remain (original 948 and smooth case in a box).

Vehicle Information

Owner: Rut Rutledge Gold Member   [Perdido]
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL, USA USA
Status: Restoration in progress

Model Year:1960
Build Date:1960-08-17
Original Colour:Iris Blue
Current Colour:Red
Body Code:BAE/44462
Engine Type:1275
Engine Code:9C-U-H/44847
Transmission:Datsun 5 speed
Last Updated:2015-07-14 17:07:55


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Member Comments on Registry: 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite   ↵
Rated 8 out of 10 based on 1 ratings
2015-07-02 12:01:20 # 27164
Comment by Daniel Zurek
Hi. I noticed that you are using engine stands to rotate your car over. Are the struts I see inside the car there to keep the car from twisting? as you rotate it?
2015-11-28 21:40:47 # 30634
Comment by Wayne Telman
Hey Rut. Just wondering how the restoration on Scarlet is going. I have purchase three TR3 s. Picked up last one today. Figure I can get two good ones out of the three. I notice that you have a TR4. Have you retored it?Regards,Wayne
2016-01-19 17:49:07 # 31610
Comment by Rut Rutledge
Guys,I rarely check this part of the forum and apologize for the late response! The braces inside the car are there to prevent twisting which is the biggest problem when replacing sills.Wayne, congrats on your TR3s! I now have 2 67 TR4as and hope to make a really good one and a questionable one since it needs a frame. I picked up my Bugeye from paint today and I'm very pleased with the results. Once I get it finished I'll take it back and have it all compounded and buffed out.Rut
2016-01-20 18:08:05 # 31639
Comment by Rut Rutledge
Wayne,One of my TR4as came from Lexington, SC...I think I paid too much, but it's complete and straight.
2016-01-20 18:59:04 # 31640
Comment by Wayne Telman
Anything form the Columbia, SC area is going to cost too much. Bet your wife is happy after Bama beat Clemson.
2016-09-04 14:09:26 # 37058
Comment by Mike Clayton
Rut,I see you have the special hinges for the bonnet to tilt forward.Did you buy these hinges or did they come with the car? I am looking for some. Speedwell has some but they are about twice the cost of moss so I am wondering if they are worth the extra money??

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2015-07-14 17:07:55

Changes from 2015-07-14 17:07:55 to previous 2015-06-26 12:07:47
Vin AN910987654321QWE → AN5L45112
Body Code added   BAE/44462
Engine Code added   9C-U-H/44847

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Nov 10, 2014 Rut Rutledge  USAGold Member Added to Registry (ID 27067)

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