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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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    Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    So I finally got a hardtop for my Sprite (64-66) but the weather strip and seals are bad and the plexiglass is old and needs to be replaced. Does anyone have a source or a way to replace the plexiglass? Also a supplier for the seal that goes around the window? I tried searching the internet but didnt come up with much more than a supplier in the UK possibly. Thanks guys.

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    no sources but, that seems like something you could do locally - is it a flat piece of plexi? even curved, is not that hard, likewise, a local auto glass place might be a good start for seal. - or a trailer manufacturer.
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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    It may take me some time to find it but there's a guy in Canada I believe.. give me a few..

    Ok . .You're in luck.. http://www.macgregorukcarparts.com/ is where I got my seals. Be patient, the guy can be flaky, but he has the stuff!


    You may find this useful.. http://www.britishcarlinks.com/#Part...w%20and%20Used
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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Call Macgregor, he doesn't do internet. I have a Mk3 Sprite hardtop and think it had all glass in the factory hardtop. Is it a factory hardtop? I have to look since I have yet to use it.

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    I doubt it's a factory hardtop, its plexiglass. I need to upload some pics, **** if I could get the plexiglass redone in glass I'd be ecstatic. Wonder if I can just take the curved plexiglass piece in and have it matched. I'm going to look into the seals and give macgregor a call. I appreciate it guys. I cant figure out how to post up pics or else I'd toss the pics up on here. I also scored another hood, since mine has been cut apart and redone several times. Going to install this one and itll be the last one I have to cut a hole in.

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Here are the pics of the hardtop

    hardtop 1.jpg

    hardtop 2.jpg
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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Thanks JP, greatly appreciated. I need to do project journals for the Sprite and Triumph at some point... Triumph is about to be epic!!!

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Well that hardtop isn't factory. Looks an awful lot like a bug eye top.
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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Pulled it off of a rubber bumper midget in Arkansas. Didnt roll up the windows to see if all was well, it was painted the same as the car and seemed in good order, like it had been on there for awhile. I flew back home and its heading back in a truck so I wont see it for a week or 2. More updates to follow, also got a new straight hood to weld in the Sprite front end, and yes, cut a big hole in it for the blower😁 new toy for the Triumph as well... it's been on the back burner for awhile and really looking forward to getting it up in the air and figuring out some stuff on it.

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    It does look familiar. Someone should have an idea. You don't mind modifying and I hope you are aware mounts differently from the earlier cars.
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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    null_zpse18a7a3e-1.jpg
    Yeah, I'm ok with a little modification...

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Oh yeah, JP, I figured out the posting pics thing... if I click on "go to full site", it gives me the option to post pics but not on the mobile one. Weird

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Quote Originally Posted by anarchy99 View Post
    Oh yeah, JP, I figured out the posting pics thing... if I click on "go to full site", it gives me the option to post pics but not on the mobile one. Weird
    Didn't realize you were using Mobile - I have the same issue. glad it worked.

    do you have a triumph thread somewhere?

    also, if you google it, it looks like you can polish scratches out of plexi - OTOH a plastics store or a pattern maker might be able to help you form new rear glass
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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    I really wish i could polish them out... did that with an old fish tank coffee table a while back, worked great. Unfortunately the top has tiny cracks throught the whole thing that look like they are from sitting in the sun forever. Once it gets here in a week or 2 I'm going to pull the back plexiglass and see if a local glass place can help with it. Original triumph thread is here, but a ton of updates soon and going to start a project journal soon over on British V8...

    http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?3,52589

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    Re: Help with new (old) Sprite hardtop

    Quote Originally Posted by anarchy99 View Post
    I really wish i could polish them out... did that with an old fish tank coffee table a while back, worked great. Unfortunately the top has tiny cracks throught the whole thing that look like they are from sitting in the sun forever. Once it gets here in a week or 2 I'm going to pull the back plexiglass and see if a local glass place can help with it. Original triumph thread is here, but a ton of updates soon and going to start a project journal soon over on British V8...

    http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?3,52589
    another bonkers project! can't say I love the body mods but none the less watching with great interest! You seem to have access to many and interesting engines!
    John-Peter Smit
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