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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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    Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    We just purchased a luggage rack for the boot and a Sprite emblem for the bonnet. Any tips or input on installing these would be greatly appreciated as it appears to be the only items in the world without a YouTube how-to video. The thought of drilling holes in the bonnet and trunk has my friends and me spooked.

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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    What year??
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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    1962 Square Body

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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    tape on the body.

    proper step drill https://www.ebay.ca/itm/6Pcs-Set-HSS...p9GM:rk:4:pf:0

    I put a nylon washer between the metal of th rack and the paint.

    measure 17 times and drill once.

    good luck! (better you than me)
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    and you might want double sided tape and drill right through the rack holes in to the body
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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    Thanks for the input.
    I may try to recruit someone from the TBAHC to help me as i'm not know to be real exact and this sounds like a precision job.

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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    Quote Originally Posted by RTew View Post
    Thanks for the input.
    I may try to recruit someone from the TBAHC to help me as i'm not know to be real exact and this sounds like a precision job.
    IIRC most of these - especially in early years were installed by dealers - so there is no "right way" or "right location." if it looks right and balanced - you are probably good to go. I use my wife for these things because she has a very very good eye for balance and location - Oh and make sure you don't drill a hole where you then have to go through a brace underneath as well
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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    Drilling holes in paint I get goosebumps just at the thought...
    ive seen a chunk of paint knock off a 70 mustang hood for a hood pin surround the size of a quarter fly off
    still weep a little now as I think about it. Lacquer paint ...
    Door handles,Bootlid,Glovebox all fads
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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    Here's my thread from a few years ago...

    https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcf/...3-Luggage-Rack
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    Re: Installing Sprite Luggage Rack

    I have a fully rechromed luggage rack for my 6.... it's still in the box as I don't have the stomach to drill holes in my boot lid
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