(if a car is not pictured here, it has been sold)

Lifted Bugeye Sprite

Right front lift arm positions on Bugeye Sprite

People often ask me how to best lift a Spridget. The picture above shows a few options.

The top circle to the upper right in the photo shows our favorite spot, because the front subframe rail is the strongest part of the front of the car. This is the structural member that runs forward to the bumper mount hanging on the front of the car.

The yellow lift pad in the photo above is located on another very strong portion of the front of the car, along the flange at the front of the footwell box (in this case on the passenger side of the car). If lifting here, you’ll want to be careful you are far enough forward so that you don’t dent the footwell gusset, marked by an “X.”

You can also lift at the outer corner marked by the left circle. If lifting here, make sure you don’t damage the outer flange under the rocker panel, because it will be visible for all to see for the life of the car.

Driver’s side (looking aft), outboard of exhaust pipe

Happy lifting!

Save your car (and maybe your butt)

Checked your tie rod end nuts recently?

Vertically oriented nut holds the tie rod to the steering arm

A recent pre-departure inspection of one of our sold cars revealed loose tie rod end nuts. We noticed a tad of play in the steering, which we traced to loose nuts.

Please take a minute and check yours today, to avoid any issues down the road. It’s also smart to check the tightness of the front shocks while you are at it. Sometimes the three bolts holding the lever shock to the body of the car can also loosen-up.

Spring Fling

Ride height is forever a challenge in Bugeye-land. This is primarily because no one makes a correct leaf spring anymore. There appears to be just one new quarter-elliptical Bugeye leaf spring available worldwide, and it is a ten leaf version that is too stiff and too high.

A properly leveled stock-looking Bugeye

Spring shops are harder and harder to find, and to re-arch the springs requires lots of flame and black-smithery, which is not exactly available on every street corner these days (nor is it a growth career). In short, if you want the correct spring, it seems you need to go East on a pilgrimage and order a whole lot of them, which is something we have been unwilling to do. 

Lowered Bugeye

And so we have been using lowering wedges which work nicely to adjust the spring height in the back of the car, and our lowering kit in the front. With these parts, you can take a new ten-leaf spring and shim it to attain the proper height, which is exactly what will do on the car pictured below.

Front end is a bit higher than the read (note gap above tire)

The image above shows our latest electric conversion. This car has seen a lot of miles prior to our conversion and you will notice that the rear end is slightly lower than the front.

This is rare. Usually, the rear end sits taller than the front (as you can see in the example below). This particular blue car above has the original 15 leaf springs, and they have sagged after a hard life. The car is bottoming-out on big bumps, and so it is time for these springs to be changed to something more effective.

Too high in back

We will put in the new ten leaf springs and then use our shims to lower the rear of the car to a more normal looking parallel height. If you want to order rear shims or a front lowering kit, click on the links here, so you can adjust your ride height! We sell new ten leaf springs too!

Planting Bugeye Seeds

I received a call this week about a Bugeye for sale that was “a bit rough.” The price was $800, but he would take $500 cash. To make matters more urgent, he said that someone was coming to grab it Saturday with a trailer and cash in hand, but no money had yet been exchanged, and as a courtesy, he wanted me to have a shot at bringing this classic back to life.

As luck would have it, I was planning to be just .7 miles away from this investment opportunity that very evening, and so I decided to stop by for a look.

What I discovered was a self-composting Sprite.

I started to make a mental list of what might be saved here. An original dashboard has value. And the gauges can be restored, after all, they have been shaded all these years by the cowl. And the steering wheel is restorable, as is the cockpit trim.

As I thought about what it would take to liberate the fasteners holding each of these parts in place, I marveled at the pull of gravity as a non-negotiable force, on the fuel tank, for example. Long after the gasoline evaporated, and the varnish left behind had outgassed, the top of the tank rusted through, filling the tank with water, which eventually rusted the floor of the tank.

Perforated on top and bottom, the weight of the now lacy and empty tank itself was still sufficient to have it fall to the earth, as the trunk floor finally evaporated after one last terminal rain drop. Who needs the The Lion King? British classic car lovers have long embraced the circle of life.

Sometimes, the raw power of nature is simply too much, even for the mighty Bugeye Sprite. Clearly, the earth is winning this battle, and soon this car will be fully digested and beyond revival by mere mortals. I paused to salute the impermanence of all things, snapped a few pictures to share, and headed home, amused by the notion of a tree that might one day sprout forth from this ground, and leak 20W-50 sap from its limbs.

But, wait, it comes with a spare nose!

Exclusive! Bugeye convertible top with zip-down rear window.

It’s hot here this week, and I had the pleasure of driving my BJ8 last evening with the rear zip down window zipped-down. The air was cascading through the cockpit while I was shielded from the sun and just enough of the wind.

Bugeye unzipped. Window rolls once and stays put.

It was pure heaven.

It was also the inspiration for this new and exciting product we have been working on for months… and now it is ready.

Zipped-up and ready for weather.

Our new convertible convertible top is two tops in one… this design will give you a nice shady nest next time you are bombing down the tree-less interstate, or zipping through the desert, or anywhere you need to shield your head from the ravages of the sun.

Twin zippers make window adjustment easy.

And in Spring and Fall, this is a wonderful top that will shield you from the elements as well or better than any top out there. Plus the pattern is modified to make it easier to fit than most of the tops you will find online.

This is our best top ever. You can buy our new convertible convertible top by clicking here.

OEW tribute Bugeye

This is a mean, lowered, five speed/front disk/1275 Bugeye that we’ve been building. It’s almost done.

I am really happy with this build. The car is a tribute to Olde English white, THE quintessential British sports car color. Original white cars frequently arrived w/black seats with white piping. We took that color theme to the next level.

The wheels underline the black and white contrast. Our hardura interior mats are French stitched with white thread. And the dashboard is accented with twin thin white borders for a more elegant level of trim.

Now for the windshield… what’s your preference… Brooklands or regular full size?

We’ll have more pictures next week!

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