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Why this innovative new Sprite product is worthy of its own post!

The new generator shown below (installed in a customer’s car) looks completely stock. Yet, hidden inside is a modern high-powered alternator that outputs more than twice the amperage, spins on superior bearings, and weighs about half as much as the original!

Introducing the “GenerNator,” an exciting innovation of great interest to everyone who owns a Spridget fit with a Lucas generator and regulator. This new dynamo looks original but is superior in every way to the original Lucas generator. It’s available for positive and negative ground cars, as well as traditional Mark One Bugeyes with a tach drive and also for later non-tach drive set-ups.

For years we have done alternator conversions to get rid of the generator and regulator-the alternator provides more power at lower rpms, with better bearings, and it’s more durable. But this change always necessitated a change to an electronic tachometer, because the tach drive went away with the alternator change-over.

No more.

Now, our new GenerNator gives you all the the benefits of an alternator with none of the downsides. It looks completely stock but hidden inside is a modern alternator. It spins the tachometer drive just like the original. The difference is more than twice the output of a generator, more power available at lower RPMS, much less weight, built-in regulator, better bearings.

It’s brilliant!

You no longer need your regulator with this product (this is more great news-regulators are sometimes unreliable-the GenerNator gets rid of another potential trouble spot!) Instructions are included to wire it all up. You can leave the stock regulator in place, it becomes a fused link for the new set-up. If you are missing your regulator, or yours is damaged, you can also order our dummy regulator, which looks stock and includes a fuse hidden inside.

Check it out at our catalog page by clicking here. We are actively installing these in customer cars and have thus far had no issues and expect this product to be a winner all the way around! Retain the stock appearance, retain your stock gauges, upgrade the power output and reliabilty, lighten the weight. What’s not to like?

It’s a particularly timely innovation, and the need for this product was “driven” home this week. One of the cars we recently delivered to Western New York (Hampton) stopped working when the voltage regulator melted. It may have shorted internally, or the generator may have shorted and fried the regulator (we’ll know when we inspect the pieces soon) but regardless, the charging system failed and it left the customer’s car inoperable in his own garage. This is of course completely unacceptable… frustrating for the customer and particularly frustrating for us!

This happened in spite of our routine inspection of these components when we released the car. In fact, every car we sell goes through a comprehensive check list before we allow it to depart, and the charging circuit is thoroughly inspected as part of this checklist. Still, the system stopped working, which is our worst nightmare. Hampton will get a new GenerNator, and this should serve the car and the customer quite well, and most importantly should end hassles with the charging system forever.

If you want to order one of these beauties, click here. We have the tach drive model in stock now, and will have the non tach drive version available next week (for later cars).

Our National Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite Restoration Center

I never dreamt that a Bugeye purchase in my teenage years would one day lead to 230 Bugeyes sold. And similarly, I never would have imagined that our network of enclosed auto carriers would allow us move cars nationwide with ease, so that we could build what has become a national restoration center here in Connecticut. In addition to the 230 sold, we have now restored about 30 additional Bugeyes from addresses as far away as California.

If you have a car that is begging for a five speed transmission upgrade or supercharger, or just needs to be sorted-out, please give a call so we can help. Steve did, and as evidenced by his nice note below, he has been smiling ever since. We’ll be delighted to pick up your car, bring it here for therapy, and send it home when it’s done.

Hi David,

I have to admit that the thought you presented about a year ago to ship my newly acquired 1959 Bugeye dream (since I was 15 years old) back to Connecticut from Colorado, initially sounded like some far-fetched idea.  I had just discovered this mid-west barn find in Eastern Colorado.  Now that I’ve had the time to settle into ownership of this classic little piece of British automotive history, I am SO glad that I did agree to allow you and your team to bring the car back to a standard that is now without worry.  When I want it to start, it starts.  When I want to go somewhere, it takes me there.  And most importantly, it NEVER has left me sit out there waiting for a tow truck.  All thanks to the specialized and professional job you did at Bugeyeguy.  Thanks David.  I know you have a great team behind you, and I want you to please pass on my thanks and gratitude for their un-compromising quality of work that they performed.  And it was a significant amount of work done to bring this car back to a  reliable driving, head-turning and SAFER standard.  The car performs so well, that if I didn’t know it was from 1959, I’d almost say we have a nearly new car here instead of one which will turn 60 next year, and only slightly younger than me.  Many thanks again to you and the Bugeyeguy team.  You and your team have earned my respect and my loyal business for life.

I’m living the dream. 

Best regards,

Steve in the Rockies

Electric Bugeye Sprite update

This past week had a chance to get back into the electric Bugeye project, now that a bunch of the gas-powered Sprites in the queue have shipped to their new homes. With the power plant, controller and batteries located, FROG-E #1 is almost ready for test driving. Our next challenge is chargers. There will be three on board… one for fast charging from a 220 plug, one for a 110 household plug and one for the 12 volt system battery. The later runs every time the car is plugged-in to either 110 or 220, so that the headlights and other accessories always have juice available.

Above, you can see the 220 charging station receptacle for the fast charge function. We’ll fit that into the original fuel-fill hole, and a flip-up fuel fill cap will cover and hide this electric plug nicely, while providing a water-tight seal.

We have tough decisions to make as we fit these three metal boxes (one for each charger) and still try to preserve as much of the original look and feel of the car as possible. We needed to put batteries and chargers in the boot, but also have to make sure that people can still store some luggage there without interfering with the electrics. Thus two of the three chargers are nested in the right rear wing and a few battery cells are nested in the left rear wing.

I have included the two pictures below so you can see what we are up against. These are rough fitting pictures only, everything will be properly mounted and tidied up. Both sides will be shielded with plastic panels too, to protect the equipment (a panel is already in place on the driver side in the boot). But it gets interesting when you start running high voltage wires around these tiny cars. You can also see in the boot the wires running up from the batteries under the trunk floor, which also need to be shielded when we are done. We are trying hard to keep everything neat and tidy while retaining a storage space in the boot.

We should have the car running this coming week!

Don’t do this to your Bugeye Sprite

We’ve seen quite a few broken windshield stanchions. This one lost its tip, a break likely caused from pushing the car from the windshield frame, or pulling oneself out of the car by the top of the frame.

Remember to be careful with any loads you apply to your Sprite windshield, as the pillars are not available new.

Striking 1961 Triumph TR3A for sale

NOW SOLD TO Larry in Georgia! Congratulations Larry!

NEW THIS WEEK! A few great repairs and a great driving video! Click below to ride along in this nice Tr3!

FIXED! There was a small rusted section of frame on this car-we have cut out that rust and replaced the frame section with new sheet metal. Tom drove the car with the frame like it was for the past 40 years without issue, but now it’s fixed right, and the car is stronger than new! No more underside issues!

There’s a small picture at left-you can see how we cut back a section of frame to get rid of any rust and welded in the new section (in black). You can see more pictures in the gallery-we spliced in a correct new steel frame section to restore this car for the next 40 years! The welds were ground smooth and the section was sealed and painted black. Also new this week-we completely rebuilt the original speedometer and tachometer and put in new cables so that the gauges are now also good as new!

Here’s a different kind of “Bugeye.”

TR3s are a blast, and this one is a perfect driver that just about any British car lover will thoroughly enjoy. We just got the car from the 40 year owner, who traded it for the Bugeye “Luigi.” He was ready for a change. (But this car will blow Luigi away.) Tr3s are quick! Indicated mileage is 56,032

TS73540L is a superb driver. The paint shines beautifully. It’s about a 40 year old paint job, and you would never know it because the car looks quite good. Originally Yellow, the car was repainted red just before the last owner took possession in 1978.

We have all the original ownership history, including the original title From June of 1961 when one Linda Hoyt of Darien, CT purchased the car new from International Motors of White Plains, NY. She then sold the car to Joe Mauro of Stamford, CT on September, 30 1972. He sold it on August 1, 1975 to John Anzalone of Southbury, CT, who sold it to Robert Milford of Woodbury, CT on 2/12/77, who then sold it to Tom, the most recent owner, in 1978. Five owners since new. Wilford rebuilt the engine and painted the car, says Tom. The paint has held-up incredibly well!

It’s easy to see why Tom kept this car for more than 40 years. It’s a perfect sports car, rugged, windy and very sexy with an awesome exhaust note. These cars are like tractors, they just seem bulletproof. And this one’s a pisser to drive.

The top is nice, no tonneau, worn side curtains. The engine is strong, with great oil pressure. Disk brakes up front, as stock. Four speed non-overdrive transmission. Solid body. No visible damage anywhere, nice straight lines. Spare tire well is quite clean. The car needs very little and you can drive it anywhere. Paint is older but no crazing anywhere, it was a good job. This is a car you don’t have to worry about. The interior shows a little wear, like a nice but slightly worn pair of blue jeans. Yet the overall appearance will stun everyone, no matter where you go. It looks that great.

Call or email if you want to make this great sportscar your own!

Price reduced! 1961 Classic Austin Mini Estate Countryman (Woody) For Sale

A ’64 Mini Cooper was the car I owned just before I bought my first Bugeye way back in the 70s, so I have a particular affection for early cars like like the Mini you see here. This one is a head-turner, and a joy to drive.

In September of last year, we performed a major service to this car and made it into a wonderful driver. We replaced shocks, ball joints, wheel cylinders, drums and shoes and a host of smaller issues, all with the eye to make the car easy to use and ready to go for the former owner, who used the car sporadically and recently decided to simply sell it to us.

Price Reduced! Now $15,495! That’s a lot of fun for not a lot of money!

The car is fit with a 998 cc engine with a four synchro later gearbox. The engine and gearbox are presumed to be from a later classic Mini. The car runs great and shifts smoothly.

Drum brakes are fit all around and they work wonderfully, the car stops straight and true. Nice 165/70×10 Yokahama tires are fit to ten inch minilights for a great performance ride.


You can now jump in this car and drive anywhere. It starts up easily, runs well and the brakes work great!

If you like these woody wagons, this one will provide exceptional summer fun! Call if you would like to take this one home!

This one is registered as a 1961 Mini and it has early door hinges, latches and windows, but a more modern interior and dashboard, complete with comfortable headrest equipped seats and a nice wooden dashboard. The car drives great and would be the ultimate beach cruiser with your surfboard on top!

PS: What is the difference between a Traveller and a Countryman?

Answer: Very simply a Morris Mini estate is a Traveller and an Austin Mini estate is a Countryman. Some people wrongly think that one model had the wood and the other didn’t, but both the Morris Mini Traveller and the Austin Mini Countryman were available both as a Woody and as an all steel version.

PPS: Ever driven a RHD English car? It’s a hoot! My wife regularly drives our RHD Morris Traveler, no problem! If you are unfamiliar you’ll find it takes about 5 minutes to get used to it, and the rest is pure fun. RHD amplifies the attention one gets with a classic car. Totally legal and easy to register anywhere in USA (or elsewhere, we’ll help).


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Contact us at David@bugeyeguy.com or call (203)-208-0980 during business hours