Here’s TJ’s Bugeye before departure for Reno, Nevada. This car is one of the best we have ever built, and I thought you would like the videos we made to demonstrate why we think so!
It seems more and more common for people to call and say their Sprite heater blower is not working. This is often because they ancient heater fan control switch is no longer working, and sometimes because people don’t have a sense of how these dinosaurs operate. So here is a video to describe the proper operation of Sprite Mark one and two heater control cables and switches.
These switches are counter-intuitive. One would think that pulling the “H” knob gets you heat. In reality, pulling the H closes the air door and blocks air flow through the heater box, effectively setting your sophisticated Sprite cockpit air control command center on “recirculate” which is a bit of a joke since these cockpits leak fresh air through every seam and hole. Alas, closing the flap in the heater I suppose has some use if you wanted to block off a cloud of noxious fumes from entering into your heater as you travel down the motorway… but those fumes will all just travel around your leaking sidecurtains anyway. These cars are so far from air tight that this is all quite humorous.
In any event, most Sprites we see don’t have these flaps hooked-up anyway, and so we just sell a blower motor power switch and knob that looks original when installed in the dashboard. With our switch, you can’t tell there is no cable attached unless you poke around under the dashboard or behind the blower motor and this is what I use on my own personal cars.
The Larricks have arrived home after 4001 luscious 948 powered cross-country Bugeye miles, as you have probably heard by now. Here’s the first of a few articles about their journey, this one in the Skagit Valley Herald from 8/25/2021.
I find myself imagining that TJ and Karen would be driving around town these days in a 1972 Continental after an epic drive in a Bugeye (like the one below), but in reality, TJ is probably still driving around locally in his Bugeye, or in his 70s Saab 96… he is not craving something gigantic like the Lincoln. Let’s see what we can learn to keep improving reliability if he really does drive his Bugeye 26,000 miles this year (as T.J. is quoted saying in the article)!
We frequently talk about the fuel tank kits we sell in our catalog and how important it is to replace the tank since so many of them in the field are very old with rust and debris that diminishes reliabilty.
This week, we had a car with a full tank of gas taking in some sun. As time went on, the gas began to expand in the tank. The wire style hose clamp that was holding the fuel hose between the tank and the filler neck became so overrun with pressure, that the clamp failed and thus leaked gas into the rear of the car and onto the ground.
Check the style of clamp that is holding the section of rubber fuel hose going from the tank to the neck. Wire type hose clamps holding that rubber hose such as these were once common and are also being provided by some of the fuel tank companies, but they are not up to the task. Instead it’s much better to have the “worm drive” or “arrow” style of hose clamp installed.
If you want the proper clamps for your fuel tank, please don’t hesitate to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly get them for you. We’ll make sure that the upgraded clamps come with all of our fuel tank kits going forward.
A couple people have asked us recently which side the seat adjustment lives on for a Bugeye drivers seat. Proper location is on the left, as seen in the photos shown here. For a RHD Frogeye, the lever would go on the right side of the car.
If you are unfamiliar, the original Bugeye driver seat was adjustable and the passenger seat lived on four little fixed feet. If you’re restoring a car, make sure you put the single adjustment lever for the drivers seat on the outboard side.
Ducky and the Larricks have arrived home in Mt Vernon, Washington after their cross country Bugeye tour. This is a great testimonial of what is possible for the original Bugeye engine, and also a great testimonial for our team.
Everyone here leveraged every ounce of experience with the more than 300 Spridgets that have come through our doors, and applied that expertise to the build to make sure maximum reliability for the Larricks would be the result.
The only failure on the entire journey was the turn signal flasher unit. (These fail all the time). So we are ecstatic!
4001 miles in a 948-powered Bugeye Sprite feels like a world record, especially since so many people upgrade to the stronger and more powerful 1275 engine. Congratulations TJ and Karen on your awesome adventure!
And to everyone else… get out and drive your old cars!
Thank you to Karen for these awesome photos of their cross country trip with Ducky!