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Bugeye Roof pod

Bob wanted to take the Bugeye, but the wife wanted to bring the Jeep, so they compromised, and capped their SUV with a Bugeye hardtop, so that everybody got what they needed.

(Actually, this was an attempted hardtop pick-up after purchase, but the buyer ultimately opted for a crate and shipment instead, lest this lid fly off on the highway!)

Looking for your own Bugeye hardtop? We always have a few for sale, and you can see one by clicking here!

Hybrid Bugeye 0-60 run… Midget meets Bugeye!

This is a really cool car I wanted to share before we send it back to its owners in Durham, NC. They sent us the car for a five speed upgrade, which is now complete.

What’s unique about this car is that it is a late 70s Midget with an awesome Bugeye body conversion. The car has all the Midget running gear, including half elliptical leaf springs which definately give a better ride than the stubby Bugeye springs. 14 inch wheels are fit, as is the later braking system. And the interior has been customized. Other than that, the car looks and feels like a Bugeye.

The car has a 1500 cc engine which was found in all the 75-80 midgets (and Spitfires). Twin carbs were fit, as is a great exhaust system and our sport muffler.
If you are wondering if it’s quick, a good 1275 engine feels about the same. Both the 1500 and 1275 were apparently rated at 65 HP, although the 1500 is rumored to have more torque. This one reached 60 in 16.29 seconds. I am sure I can do better with a good take off, this one was not my best start.

Our new electronic GPS speedos give us a way more effectively compare power output of different Bugeye configurations. Here, I am testing the car prior to loading it into a trailer for the trip home.

For those of you interested in our electric car, this week, we changed the rear end from 3.9 to 4:22 and shaved 1.75 seconds off the 0-60 time. Now the battery powered car will run to 60 in 10.98 seconds. Next week, we will see if we can shave a bit more off that with another rear end gear change. We can easily sacrifice highway speed for better acceleration, and we hope the electric Bugeye will be the fastest we have tested! More later!

Restored 1960 TR3 for sale w/5 Speed!

Here’s a 1960 TR3 fresh out of a multi-year rotisserie restoration. The car is stunning, and beautifully restored in every way.

This car has the classic lines of a TR3 with several wonderful upgrades from the later TR4. If you want to drive and enjoy your TR3, you’ll find these upgrades significant. This is a driver’s car, and it will win shows too.

First, the car was built with a TR4 engine, which gives 2138 cc vs 1991 cc used in the tr3. This was the same path the factory chose for the TR3B, which was also fit with the same tr4 engine. You get better performance.

The car also has a new Weber downdraft carburetor, gear reduction starter, and alternator. These are all nice upgrades. The most significant upgrades are Tr4 steering rack, which means upgraded rack and pinion steering as a result, instead of the often sloppy worm and peg steering system of yesteryear. This rack and pinion set-up is tight and precise, with no slop.

And finally, the car features a Toyota five-speed gearbox conversion. This gives you highway overdrive, fully synchronized gears throughout the range and a buttery smooth transmission that will outlive us all. Thus this car can cruise nicely in 5th, courtesy of the overdrive. It’s a popular and impressive upgrade that expands the usability of these cars.

The interior is excellent, with new leather seating and sharp contrasting red piping. Everything works. A new top is fit. Side curtain frames are included, but they need some additional restoration.


This is the third car I’ve bought from the same builder in Georgia. I love his work so when he calls to sell a project, I buy it. He’s a skilled restorer. In fact, I got an email recently from the fellow in Canada who has the Bugeye built by the same guy, and he raved about his long term satisfaction with the build, now several years in. And so here is the next British classic built by Bob… and it’s a winner.

Call if you are interested in this one-of-a kind TR3!

Don’t do this to your Bugeye Sprite

Here’s another nice Bugeye success story.

At the request of the longtime owner, we picked up the car above in Pittsburgh about eight weeks ago. It had a worn interior, wouldn’t go more than 30 miles without dying and didn’t ride very well. Now it drives great, has a new top and interior and about 100 repairs/improvements have been completed. It’s fully sorted and ready to be loaded into an enclosed trailer for the trip back home. Don’t be confused by the title of this post… DO this to your Bugeye Sprite! This client turned his old friend into a much more useable asset he can trust and enjoy! (And we can pick up your car anywhere in the USA if you would like us to perform a similar transformation on your favorite old english sportscar.)

Now on to the title of the post… one of the issues we addressed was a fuel tank leak at the sender. This is a common problem. It’s not easy to seal the sender into the tank and thus many fuel tanks leak at this gasket. To access the sender, you have to drop the tank from the trunk floor, and thus many tanks don’t get the maintenance they need. If you don’t have a lift, it’s a hassle to drop the tank while on your back.

To make matters worse, if you get it wrong and find that your gasket still leaks after you’ve wrestled the tank back into position, the last thing you want to do is take it apart all over again. But every time you fill up the tank, the sender gasket will allow fuel to fill the little well around the sender (see the photo of the new product below, the sender and well is roughly in the upper center of the photo) and that pool of gas will stink up your garage pretty effectively until it evaporates or runs down the sides of the tank. Look for tracks on the sides of your tank… those indicate a leak and that fuel has been running off the top of your tank and streaking the sides.

To fix this problem once and for all, make sure to use ethanol-proof VITON gaskets. There are two on every sender, and they both need to be VITON. Discard the cork gaskets that come with the tank, or sender. Both of them will leak eventually. Check those out in our catalog by clicking here.

Make sure to seal the screw heads that hold the sender in place. And you need to pressure test the tank (gently!) before installing it, to make sure there are no leaks. Spray the sender gasket area with windex or any soapy solution to verify no bubbles/no leaks. We’ll be happy to sell you the parts for all this, see the links at the end of this post. Or if you don’t want to hassle with these details, we sell a fully assembled, sealed and tested tank, ready to install.

Check out the photos of someone previously attempted to address this issue. Notice the caulking applied around the entire fuel tank perimeter (above). This builder figured that they could seal the union between the tank and the trunk floor whereby the fuel that leaked out of the top of the tank would remain trapped between the tank and trunk.

It’s a lot easier to just fix it right (which we did).

Need a new tank of your own? Click this link to buy one. We’ll send it to you with a new sender sealed inside (with a metal float too!)

0-Highway Speed in an Electric Bugeye Sprite

Our Electric Bugeye is moving forward nicely. This week, we put on the new wheels and tires and made our first highway test up to 78 MPH. You can see that happen for the first time in the video below.

I am still in awe of the simplicity of direct drive from an electric drive system. It feels to me like it will spin forever without any maintenance at all. No clutch issues, no slave cylinders to change, no synchros to wear and no valves or rings to wear out. And of course, no oil leaks!

Some have said that the exhaust note is elemental to the British sports car experience and while I completely agree, for me, I am willing to give up that sound in exchange for a (mostly) maintenance-free British Sports car. We have dedicated the last ten years to building more than 200 gas-powered Sprites that our clients drive with a high degree of reliability. This drivetrain takes the standard to a whole new level. Charge, get in and go.

On the lift this week for the wheel swap, I admired the clean electric motor with not a single oil drip in sight. You can see the bottom of the battery box in front of the motor. This is made of polyethylene sheet, with a thick plastic film showing at the edge. We’ll peel that off when we get the project completed.

We’re booking electric conversions for this fall. Electric kits will also be for sale, but not for a few more months.

Concours 1957 MGA coupe for sale! One of the nicest Coupes you’ll ever find.

This is one of those rare opportunities to buy the best of the best.

This car was completely restored from 2004-20110 and done to an extremely high standard. Throughout the car, the workmanship is impressive. I have seen many MGA coupes in driver condition but never one this nice. If you like extremely well-restored cars, this one deserves serious consideration.

There is something so odd and unlikely about an MGA coupe, it looks like it is “supposed” to be a roadster. And yet there is also something completely stunning and wonderful about the shape of these coupes. They are completely unique and like no other sportscar. I have fallen in love with the shape of this particular rolling sculpture and most people who have seen it agree that it is both elegant and stunning. Roll-up windows are a bonus.

The car was shown at the Hemmings Motor News Concours in Saratoga and it’s ready for all future concours events. It drives wonderfully on recent radial tires, everything works, and it is better than new. Trailer or drive. It’s a pleasure.

The car is completely stock and needs nothing. She’s built with the original 1500 engine which was completely rebuilt in 2004, along with the transmission which was also rebuilt and treated to new parts as needed (see detailed receipts in photo album below). Original drum brakes are fit and working beautifully. In fact, everything on this car was completely rebuilt. You’ll also notice in the photos that the original wood floors were replaced during the restoration.

This month, I put in brand new and upgraded original type twin six volt batteries (they are wired together to give 12 volts, per the original). These are upgraded batteries with more plates and they are better than most replacement batteries. They should last a good long time.

I bought this about three years ago and have put only 300 fair- weather miles on the car. Indicated mileage is 64,396. It’s time to send it to a new home where it can be driven, enjoyed, shown, and celebrated.

Check out the vintage tool kit and photo documentation of the restoration, stored in the boot, as well as the most elegant door hardware, unique to MGA coupes. Glass is new, rear windows are all put in nicely with no issues (that’s a difficult part of the car to restore properly, and it is done beautifully here).

The car is available for $41,995, in line with the Hagerty value for a #1 condition coupe of this vintage. This is a rare opportunity-you can find MGA coupes for less, but it’s not likely you’ll find one this nice. If you are the kind of collector looking for a stunning example, feel free to call or email!

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