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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: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Upper control arm adjusters almost complete.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    All the little bits slowly rolling in for assembly.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Really impressive stuff. What is the owner going to do with the car? Is it an exercise in concept, design and fabrication? Where money is not a factor? My brother in law was the head fabricator for Newman Hass. He has built a carbon fiber Honda powered Nobel just because someone has an idea. Really cool to see all the work you guys have done.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Each edition, it just keeps getting better! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcallaway View Post
    Really impressive stuff. What is the owner going to do with the car? Is it an exercise in concept, design and fabrication? Where money is not a factor? My brother in law was the head fabricator for Newman Hass. He has built a carbon fiber Honda powered Nobel just because someone has an idea. Really cool to see all the work you guys have done.
    Well the original idea from the owner was a v8 in a Bugeye. Jeff, the builder, didn't feel comfortable putting that kind of power into the stock chassis/suspension/brakes. He gave me a call about our team designing a chassis and suspension, and the next thing we know a LS3 shows up and the Frogette is born. Goal is to have it complete for Lost in the 50's next spring in N. Idaho. After that I guess we'll see!

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    We have an LS2 conversion. 1994 Plain Jane White Miata. Probably as close to what you are building in a kit style. With 405 hp I don't think my brother has ever been able to nail it while moving, much less from a stop. It is more like a drift car but that is OK too. Like your Bugeye even the untrained will know something is not quite what it looks like. Have fun.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Spectacular!!!!! Eye Candy for the gear head. Looks like you have great clearance with the headers you are using. Will the rest of the exhaust be an issue with how low the car will sit or will you run it above the pan or level with the tubular chassis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcallaway View Post
    Spectacular!!!!! Eye Candy for the gear head. Looks like you have great clearance with the headers you are using. Will the rest of the exhaust be an issue with how low the car will sit or will you run it above the pan or level with the tubular chassis?
    I'm not sure we can describe any part of the car to have "great clearance"... The exhaust will likely be the lowest point.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Forgive my ignorance but what is an LS engine?
    This is some undertaking.
    This looks like it has been well thought out, not like many so-called conversions. I had a half-a%%%ed conversion years ago - a Lea Francis engined MG TD. Wasted effort. The TD had a 5.125 rear axle and the car ran out of revs much too soon - plus the gearbox came out of second gear when you backed off the gas to enter a turn - like the Clubhouse turn on the old Thompson track where I did a 180.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

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    Forgive my ignorance but what is an LS engine?
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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Question: On the upper A-arms where the Rose joint threads into the aluminum... is there a steel sleeve installed in there? If not, what thread size/tpi are used?
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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Jessie View Post
    Question: On the upper A-arms where the Rose joint threads into the aluminum... is there a steel sleeve installed in there? If not, what thread size/tpi are used?
    5/8-18. Jeff laying down some really nice welds on the front sway bar mount. Nice work Jeff!

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Lower cross member.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Quote Originally Posted by JPSmit View Post
    Chevy V8
    More specifically, a modern Chevy V8, as opposed to the SBC "Small Block Chevy" that ran from 1955 through the 90s, IIRC.

    We have an LS 4800 in our band van. It pulls the three and half tons of van and gear around with a fair degree of authority, and it has a great sound when you stomp on it. Can't imagine what an LS would do in a Bugeye.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    Front end gets sprung.

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    Re: Frogette: LS Powered Sprite

    X-brace tacked into place in the door area on the Frogette. Looking good Jeff! Justin and Sage tag teaming the photo bomb.

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