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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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    Front End Completed

    Front end is finally completed, ready to mount the rubber and set this car on its suspension.



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    Re: Front End Completed

    Car porn - that is gorgeous!
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    Re: Front End Completed

    Wow - that looks terrific! I'm quite depressed!

    (In-joke - I had a friend who was dating a woman from eastern Europe - she kept getting "impressed" and "depressed" mixed up, with amusing results. However, with the quality of work shown here, versus my own - both might apply!).

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Boy. that's beautiful! Don't see that many black bugeyes (I hope it's black and not my monitor) even though the brochure had one:



    And why put a color on the cover of the brochure that wasn't available on the car?
    Rick

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    Re: Front End Completed

    X2 on the Car Porn. Chrome Springs no less. Beautiful. I just need to get to grinding our rust and doing some more welding.

    5 more nights of Bathroom Wall Tile and I might be finally done. And back to Bugsy II.
    Jim Gruber - Apollo Beach, FL
    Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
    Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new - 10/12 Painting done, reassembly, cutting, and buffing in progress.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Jim, it sounds like you need a smaller bathroom or bigger tiles.
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    No married to an artist. She has a "vision" for the bathroom.
    Jim Gruber - Apollo Beach, FL
    Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
    Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new - 10/12 Painting done, reassembly, cutting, and buffing in progress.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Outstanding. We aren't far from each other and I would love to see this beast in person.
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    Re: Front End Completed

    Thanks Guys, it’s been a long road to this point, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.


    Steve, Gundy and I have outings from time to time and you’re welcome to join in as a fellow Sprite compatriot if you care to.

    I’m still a few months away of dropping the lump in and light it off, as well painting bonnet, doors then interior to be installed.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Beautiful. I hope to join you all on an outing this year.
    Charlie

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Beautiful! Where's the 1/4 inch of grease and dirt that is supposed to be accumulated on the suspension parts? I thought that was a rule?

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Are your wheals 14"? I have 13s and their is only about an 1/8" clearance to the tyrod end.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Bill, yes my wheels are 14” needed the extra room for 9”rotors. The rear calipers were the most troublesome for clearance. On the front I spaced the steering arm and used a shorter rose joint to move the steering arm away from wheel. I also raised the upper trunnions by doubling the upper trunnion bushing.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    WOW!!!
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    Re: Front End Completed

    Are the A arms rebuilt? if so, where did you get them?
    Thanks,
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    Re: Front End Completed

    Brian a arms can be rebuilt, Apple Hydraulics offers that service NFI. They've done 2 sets for me. With new lower prices on A arms recently cheaper to go new via usual suspects.
    Jim Gruber - Apollo Beach, FL
    Bugsy I - '68 Sprite w BE Bonnet - Gone but not forgotten
    Bugsy IV - '60 Bugeye - 1,275+.040 and a 5-Speed - CA Car - 2nd Owner from new - 10/12 Painting done, reassembly, cutting, and buffing in progress.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    Brian, I decided to go with new British Heritage control arms with the twin zerk grease fittings. Control arms were installed with the black Prothane control arm bushings.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    my goodness that is beautiful!
    1960 Bugeye AN5L43788, 1275, Datsun 5 speed, bunches of fun goodies.

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    Re: Front End Completed

    You still have the stock shock as the single upper control arm. On my racer I use MGB front shocks, mounted to a slightly tapered plate (plate has three holes to mount to frame, and four helicoiled inserts to take the bolts holding the MGB shock in place. That gives a much more solid upper control arm, plus the adapter plate builds in negative camber (enough that I have to use an offset upper trunion turned to give some positive camber back so that I have -1 degree negative that the Hoosier slicks like) -

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    Re: Front End Completed

    wow.. that is inspiring!
    1966 AH Sprite (x2)

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