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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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    Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Jack Laird
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    HA! Excited for you, Jack - do keep us posted.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Hope this one is real Jack and a deal can be worked out.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Oh this is real. Says to come on up sat. noon and get the grand tour as well. 20 stall work shop, storage, etc. etc. why noon, we got to talking Bugeyes of course and he has one at the house, his. that he want's me to drive. Blown engine, etc. etc. Think son and Daughter in law going up with me. If I get it I will have his shop do a couple of things. Screw on oil filter, elec. cut off. Cause this one is going to get run a lot. With a 1275 engine and tranny it deserves to hit the road. Should be really fun in the NC mtns. in the summer where I have a cabin.
    Yep it has the wrong color turn signal and parking lights on the front just for starters.
    Jack Laird
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Jack,

    This picture is being used to advertise a car for sale at a dealer in CT: https://www.newenglandclassics.com/cars/NE-1960-54/ What gives?
    Rick

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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    That' the one Rick. I am at sons in Tuckahoe NY. Found the car on web, his business site, called and spoke with him for maybe 20 min. He says come look and drive. Will go see car and if I like will give him a check, we have agreed upon what I think is a fair price for a driver. and he will transfer and I will take it to my sons. Only 37 miles from here.
    He promised a grand tour as well. Oh yea owners name is Mark.
    When I go home in a month or so I will tow it. My SUV is rated for 3500 lbs.
    I think this is up in your stomping grounds Rick, you may know this business.
    Jack Laird
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlaird View Post

    I think this is up in your stomping grounds Rick, you may know this business.
    I remember Marc Evans doing a lot of vintage racing at Lime Rock and know the business has been around for a long time. Never dealt with him personally.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    Jack,
    This picture is being used to advertise a car for sale at a dealer in CT: https://www.newenglandclassics.com/cars/NE-1960-54/ What gives?
    This one appears to have an honest ad (though I'm now skeptical of any I see), but it also doesn't make reference to a "blown engine." The price seems a bit high to me, but perhaps a good deal has been struck. Hope so.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Looks like a great option! Not wanting to dissuade you but at least want to show you these guys.

    https://www.bugeyeguy.com/

    No other information and have never dealt with them but, they seem knowledgeable and legit
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPSmit View Post
    Looks like a great option! Not wanting to dissuade you but at least want to show you these guys.
    https://www.bugeyeguy.com/
    No other information and have never dealt with them but, they seem knowledgeable and legit
    Dave is a great guy... and you'd get a perfect car (for TOP dollar).
    - Mark

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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Here is what I found and bought https://www.newenglandclassics.com/cars/NE-1977-16/

    In addition they will get rid of rubber bumpers, replace tires, buff, etc etc for like 14K.

    Look an automatic, really, really. Is that cockpit a thing of beauty.

    Great old mans car. In addition, any chevy dealer can take care of engine.

    lGuess I best get over to the MGB forum.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Looks like a great car! and automatic is great. I must also admit that having a bigger car to get in and out of is not the worst thing in the world.

    Well done

    (and of course you can visit that other forum but you can't leave )
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    The V6 in an MGB with a 5 speed is still 75 pounds lighter than the original engine lump. That’s a win
    win for you.
    Jim Gruber - Apollo Beach, FL
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Congrats, Jack and welcome to the Dark Side. You'll find a lot of support for swapped MGs here: https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mg-engine-swaps-forum.40/ The V6 swap seems to be very popular. Are you planning on swapping to chrome bumpers? I think folks generally lower the suspension as well when they do that to bring it back to the early car look. You're going to love the extra power in this car. As a guy with a V8 in my Healey, I can tell you the only people that don't like engine swaps are the ones that never drove a car with a good one. Lots to be said for an automatic, roll up windows and a fixed top as we get older. Hope you have many miles of enjoyment!
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlaird View Post
    Here is what I found and bought https://www.newenglandclassics.com/cars/NE-1977-16/

    In addition they will get rid of rubber bumpers, replace tires, buff, etc etc for like 14K.

    Look an automatic, really, really. Is that cockpit a thing of beauty.

    Great old mans car. In addition, any chevy dealer can take care of engine.

    lGuess I best get over to the MGB forum.

    Yup, and also here: http://forum.britishv8.org/ Great bunch of folks - annual meets - one in the summer in different spots (this year it's Auburn, Indiana), and one in the fall held here in Townsend.

    Congrats on the purchase!

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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Richaud View Post
    Yup, and also here: http://forum.britishv8.org/ Great bunch of folks - annual meets - one in the summer in different spots (this year it's Auburn, Indiana), and one in the fall held here in Townsend.

    Congrats on the purchase!

    Mickey
    I knew Jack would get a big thumbs-up from you Mickey! Wonder if we searched the modified web sites we could come up with the build on that car?
    Rick

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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    I knew Jack would get a big thumbs-up from you Mickey! Wonder if we searched the modified web sites we could come up with the build on that car?
    Just gave a quick look and didn't see it.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    That car was packed in with so many others you could only get to one side at door. I could not get to engine to see # to obtain type, etc. Am sure it is a GM 2.something 125 HP stock for the 2.2 and up as it gets newer.

    They will remove rubber bumpers and take care of height. New tires and make sure all works well so I can put it on the road. Oh yea he has 6 mech, and son who picks up and delivers. The had 2 rubber bumper cars in work for removal and do a nice job.

    Said car would be ready in about 6 weeks.
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Most likely a 2.8 - used in Camaros, Firebirds, Chevy and GMC small pickups and SUVs, and Jeep Cherokees, and even Isuzu Troopers. Great engines; my BGT had the later iteration, a 3.4. You're gonna love it!
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    Re: Just may be the new Miss. Agatha. Sat will tell, only 37 miles away.

    Congratulations, Jack!

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