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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Gruber View Post
    You do realize having that other toy in the garage will delay you in getting the Bugeye done. Looking good, waiting to hear vroom, vroom noises soon. Me 2nd painter is supposed to have quote back to me early this week.
    Where you able to use the engine stand adapter I sent you?

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Yes I did. Fits perfect. And another BE owner is lined up to use it after. Thanks again.
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    Dash is almost complete.



    Light switch interfered with the Ignition Switch so I had to drill an additional hole. The remaining hole will now become my horn button. The search is on for one I like.

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    I have 4 switches. 1 and 3 have the same shape as your ignition key - 4 has the patina of your ignition key. If you want, pick one and PM me your address - no charge.

    switch.JPG
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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Don’t you have a horn button that fits that steering wheel. That size opening could fit a Moto Lita center push. Easier to use the needing to hunt for a push button located in the dash. Safety Fast!!!
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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    PM Sent

    Quote Originally Posted by JPSmit View Post
    I have 4 switches. 1 and 3 have the same shape as your ignition key - 4 has the patina of your ignition key. If you want, pick one and PM me your address - no charge.

    switch.JPG

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    The Horn Button looks great. Now I need to see how it fits. Thanks to Canada!!

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    Miss Eva now has all the lights and turn signals working.

    I am pretty much doing a wiring harness from scratch. I am not very fast at wiring but I do keep things neat so that counts for something plus my wife is impressed and what started off as a shell now looks like a car !

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Did you wire your brake light as the turn single light on purpose?

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Probably not on purpose. I just selected that part of the light. I will have to check it out as i never noticed a functional Sprint.

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    One point to mention. Don’t leave ignition switches on any longer than needed for testing as it’s possible to burn out points if you do. There is no AUX Circuit to operate devices in a BE.
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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Gruber View Post
    One point to mention. Don’t leave ignition switches on any longer than needed for testing as it’s possible to burn out points if you do. There is no AUX Circuit to operate devices in a BE.

    I made my own harness so it is not an issue, plus I have not installed a distributor at this point.

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    Speed Hut Gauges are getting hooked up.

    GPS Based Gauges

    This was just the pointer indicators powered up.
    There are two circuits. The pointers and the lighting circuit.


    The Speedometer is has a lot going on.
    Speed, L/R Turn Signals, High Beam Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Low Fuel Indicator Light.
    The Small Box will display this:

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    impressive! (and a little scary )
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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    You did one heck of an engine build if you can hit 130 mph LOL in your garage.
    Jim Gruber - Apollo Beach, FL
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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Gruber View Post
    You did one heck of an engine build if you can hit 130 mph LOL in your garage.
    It was down hill!

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    Car Show This Weekend in Richmond sponsored by the British Car Club.

    Since I am helping plan this event, I wanted to bring the Bugeye. It is not running but is getting very close. I will load it up Saturday and pull it on over. I am making it look like it is somewhat complete as I have installed the intake and carburetor. I am going to tidy up some of the wiring and put the seats back in Miss Eva. Hopefully people will appreciate what goes into getting one restored.





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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Don't forget the special washers on the intake /exhaust manifold.

    https://mossmotors.com/mg-midget-aus...atshields-1275 #(4)

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    Re: Richmond VA 1960 Bugeye Bringing Miss Eva back to life.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMax View Post
    Don't forget the special washers on the intake /exhaust manifold.

    https://mossmotors.com/mg-midget-aus...atshields-1275 #(4)

    Good Catch. I was just staging the intake manifold and exhaust.

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