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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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    Father gets a new Bugeye

    The Holy Sprite is complete. 12 guys from across the USA and Canada came to New Jersey to assemble the Sprite.
    We took a painted shell and made a driving car from Friday night to Sunday afternoon when Father jack drove the Holy Sprite out of my garage under it's own power for the first time in over 30 years.
    Everybody had a great time, good food, good drink, great people.
    Thanks to all who helped out in making a dream come true for a retired priest.
    As you can see in the photos, he looks like a kid who just got his Christmas wish.
    And I had everything, no one had to run for parts, screws, or beer

    https://picasaweb.google.com/R.A.Valentine/HolySprite#

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    WOO HOO!!!

    Now, we expect to see Father here telling us all about his adventures.
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Good deal, glad I could help out just a bit.
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Wonderful!
    Absolutely wonderful!

    Kudos to *you* for spearheading the project!

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Good job Frank &amp; team.
    Very well done indeed!

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    You all did well. Nothing in this world can surpass a good deed done for goodness sake.

    What's the story on the car with blue car the center stripe in the final picture. THat is intriguing.

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    [quote=mxp01]

    What's the story on the car with blue car the center stripe in the final picture. THat is intriguing.

    That is one of my Sprites, my 59 with an original Speedwell nose.
    I drove that one out to the Missouri meet.

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    [QUOTE= spritenut]
    Quote Originally Posted by mxp01

    What's the story on the car with blue car the center stripe in the final picture. THat is intriguing.

    That is one of my Sprites, my 59 with an original Speedwell nose.
    I drove that one out to the Missouri meet.
    Ah, Frank, but I believe your daughter on her driving class in it!
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Fantastic work Frank and all the others who participated!
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Amazing story, you guys did a very good thing.
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    That's way cool!
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    I keep looking at the pics of the shell sitting next to my garage, looking at the finished car and then at the calendar. This is a great story and one incredible group of people.

    Glen

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Very inspiring, simply the best you guys.
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Great work to all of you....
    Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    VERY COOL!

    Someone needs to tell Hemmings or Classic Motorsports. Great story.
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    I tried the car magazines and the local paper.
    If there are no blood and guts, they are not interested.
    Here are some more Photos, and YES you can install an engine in a Bugeye
    without pulling the bonnet, it is now in pictures
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    https://gallery.me.com/lmacy#100196

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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Frank, you're welcome at my place anytime. You and a few of your friends could finish up my Tunebug before dinner. I'll cook whatever you'd like! [img]<<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif[/img]
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Great job !!! The only thing that makes me wish I were still living up in Long Branch ...(would've been there to chip in [img]<<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif[/img] !)
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    What a wonderful job. I wish I would have had the opportunity to get involved and I see that it went past Harrisburg in PA which is close to me.
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    Re: Father gets a new Bugeye

    Quote Originally Posted by pakiwi
    Pax Christi
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