• Hi Guest! Being a Paying Supporter is NOT a requirement to participate at BCF. However, subscribing will help ensure we can continue to serve the LBC community for years to come. If you enjoy BCF and find our forum a useful resource...Please consider supporting us by **Upgrading**
    (PS: Subscribers don't see this banner)
Tips
Tips

New member in Illinois

Bernie H

Freshman Member
Offline
Hello, I have recently bought a bugeye and found this forum as a source for advice, and possibly sympathy. The car is in reasonable shape, some one had worked on it in the past and there appears to be a fair amount of Bondo in what I assume are the usual places.

I grew up in England and spent much of the 1970s nursing an A35 with little money for parts and few tools. I have restored a few vehicles in the last few years, Chevy trucks and Jeeps, and thought it would be interesting to try a Sprite. My children talk darkly of a second childhood.

I am in process of replacing the front drums with discs and a dual master cylinder. It is going fairly smoothly although I had to weld in a new pivot for the passenger side wishbone. From Google searches I see that I have to move the wiper motor. The flexible shaft is in some kind of tube which does not seem amenable to being moved and the shaft itself does not seem to be long enough to be moved. I think that I must be missing something so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bernie
 

John Turney

Yoda
Silver
Country flag
Offline
Welcome to the forum, Bernie!

As Dale suggests, the Spriget branch is the place with the experts. Good Luck!
 

simon1966

Jedi Trainee
Offline
Hi Bernie, I'm a Brit as well living in Illinois, but way south of you. Funny how we have a hankering for cars from the homeland. Currently got the 100 being restored, a 77 MGB and a 53 TD. Welcome to the forum.
 

lewmac

Senior Member
Offline
Hi Bernie,

I'm an Aussie living a little North of you in NW Suburbs of Chicago. Actually, my daughter will be going to College at NIU in August, so i will be down in DeKalb from time to time. I have a Bugeye and a Sebring Fastback Sprite build underway, as well as a 100-6 project ! For the Sebring, I moved to a dual line Brake Master from a MK4, because the car is based n a Mk4 '68 Sprite, which also ses a different wiper motor in a different location.

For the disk brakes, unless you really need the dual line setup, your best bet is to stay with the original style Master so you don't need to move the wiper motor. But it needs to be upgraded to 3/4" bore from the original 7/8". In addition, for nice brake balance, you should replace the rear wheel cylinders with Morris Minor wheel cylinders, which are also 3/4" bore. You can find these on eBay or via Gerard's Garage (he has the better quality ones) at https://www.gerardsgarage.com/

Gerard also does a nice upgrade of your original 7/8" Master Cylinder with new sleeved bores and light weight pistons, which are the hard part to find. I have two new Gerard pistons for 3/4" bore that I would like to sell for $40 (half his price), and then he can upgrade your Master to complete the 3/4" setup. I decide not use them because I found 2 original pistons to complete the 3/4"bore Master Cylinder I will use on my Bugeye.

Anyway, back to the wiper motor. I have seen several solutions. One may be to obtain a later model cable and metal tube setup that will provide addition length that would allow it to be moved to the left of the late model Dual Brake Line Master, as shown here on the Sebring.

Another option which I considered for my Bugeye, was to fabricate a bracket to lift the wiper motor up, allowing the dual pipes to run underneath or through the bracket, or alternatively, put it on stilts ! In doing this, the wiper tube length would not need to be changed as there is some rotation ability in the outside tube.

Let me know if want to buy those pistons for a Gerard upgrade!

IMG_0015.jpg

Best Regards
Lew



Hello, I have recently bought a bugeye and found this forum as a source for advice, and possibly sympathy. The car is in reasonable shape, some one had worked on it in the past and there appears to be a fair amount of Bondo in what I assume are the usual places.

I grew up in England and spent much of the 1970s nursing an A35 with little money for parts and few tools. I have restored a few vehicles in the last few years, Chevy trucks and Jeeps, and thought it would be interesting to try a Sprite. My children talk darkly of a second childhood.

I am in process of replacing the front drums with discs and a dual master cylinder. It is going fairly smoothly although I had to weld in a new pivot for the passenger side wishbone. From Google searches I see that I have to move the wiper motor. The flexible shaft is in some kind of tube which does not seem amenable to being moved and the shaft itself does not seem to be long enough to be moved. I think that I must be missing something so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bernie
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
B New member in Illinois Spridgets 11
Madflyer TR6 I am now a member of the TR Backlight cars Triumph 7
P New member TR2 carpets Triumph 7
O For Sale New Member from NJ 1960 TR3 Triumph Classifieds 1
NutmegCT New member tweak? FORUM Help 0
M MGB New Member MG 1
B TR6 New [Old] Member Triumph 2
B TR6 New Member, first post Triumph 1
A Hello from new member, and car identification help request Other British Cars 9
M MGB New member trying to help a friend with his 1980 MGB LE. MG 4
G 100/6 Radiator cross member Austin Healey 6
S New Member 1967 Austin Healey 3000 Austin Healey 5
R TR2/3/3A Tie Member for TR-2 Triumph 2
S TR6 Steve new member Triumph 3
F TR2/3/3A Tie member[front apron support tube] Triumph 11
J New member Austin Healey 11
Basil Volvo and BCF member! Spotted 17
doc50 New old member. Spridgets 43
doc50 New Old Member...sort of. Spridgets 7
A TR2/3/3A New member here, Happy New Year Everyne :-] Triumph 7
J front cross member height from bottom to floor on BJ8 Austin Healey 5
Drone Dog new member needing help with buying a 3000. Austin Healey 39
H Third Member - Differential - Carrier Housing - Center Section - Gear Set Cleaning Spridgets 4
rays653000 New member and looking for some paint help Austin Healey 14
J New Member, Year of Manufacture/Title Question Austin Healey 9
Basil Lost a member - Blueghost Spridgets 9
Italia 227 Post-War Other 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 GT – new member Triumph 19
C Austin FX3D wiring diagram needed, New member here Other British Cars 3
Lukens TR2/3/3A Thanks to the forum and specifically a member. Triumph 4
A TR4/4A New member w crazy TR4a Triumph 43
R new member with a 57 Austin Healey 49
Boggsy64 MGB Front Cross member pads MG 4
pan Family member visiting Australia Austin Healey 3
PatGalvin TR5/TR250 New Family Member Triumph 15
TRspitfirefan Spitfire New member. Triumph 16
S New member saying "hello" Triumph 8
KVH How do I Access All the Albums and Member Pics FORUM Help 1
Vineyarder BN1 BN2 Transmission Question, Returning member Austin Healey 0
AHS TR2/3/3A New member [with a TR3A project] introduction Triumph 14
oxford new member BN4 Austin Healey 11
D new member with wire wheel questions Jaguar 6
D new member with wire wheel questions Austin Healey 7
D neww member with wire wheel questions MG 11
D new member with spoke wire wheel questions Triumph 12
M TR4/4A TR4A muffler hanger to cross member attachment Triumph 13
A New Member asking a question Triumph 2
M A New Member [Kinda] Looking For Some Info Triumph 8
M need member near Vero Beach fl. Spridgets 2
Johnny Bad 3rd member for an OD transmission. Austin Healey 0
C New member, old car, new fuel problem Austin Healey 1

Similar threads

Top