Flip nose kits are extremely popular, and we have installed many for our clients. But every install is different. Every car is different. Every nose has a different crash story to tell.
Ed’s Bugeye from Michigan came with a unique set of challenges, so I thought it would be helpful for folks out there to see a post about this particular flip nose installation.
The first issue was his missing bumper mount. You can see it ripped-out of the right front frame horn. That bushing supports the front bumper, and if you hit something hard enough, the bushing will sometimes tear out. Without it, you can’t mount a front bumper or a flip nose kit. So first step on this job was to weld a bushing back in, so that the flip nose would have an anchor.
Next up, we mounted the kit in the holes and found that the frame horns were badly bent, again from prior crash damage (which seems common on all Sprites). You might be able to see that the nose didn’t fit very well once mounted and that the gaps were big at the body especially at the rocker panel.
To address these gaps, we had to move the flip nose pivot points dramatically, and the only way to do this was to slice the frame horns in the exact correct location to move the horns enough to bring the nose into alignment and eliminate the unsightly gaps. Cutting these wedges out was a great way to move the entire mounting point to align the nose.
Once we had the horns in the right location, we welded the wedges closed and anchored the horns in their new location. This is not for beginners! Sometimes this sort of modification is needed to make things fit.
The result is horns that are adjusted to make the nose fit properly, and a much better overall look for this car!
You might notice the upward sloping angle of the front frame horns. This was built-in at the factory on all Bugeyes. On this car, you might be able to see some twisting of the front horns, one is raised higher than the other, again from prior crash damage. Now, the horns are back in alignment with one another once again.
After this frame horn surgery, the bonnet now fits better flipped forward than it did when it arrived as a conventional rear-hinged unit. The addition of a set of bonnet hold-downs to keep the nose from opening unexpectedly and the package is complete! A flip-nose kit allows for easier access to under-hood components like the battery and distributor parts without the danger of bonking the back of your head on the bonnet wing! Order your very own flip-nose kit today!