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Why you need this Bugeye Sprite accessory

Here’s a brand new add-on accessory is a must for every Spridget with a bottom hinging gas pedal. Here’s why…

Original Bugeye accelerator pedals are a terrible design. They plug into a pivoting metal rod and can easily become un-plugged while driving, which is an obvious safety hazard. Once the pedal disconnects, It’s not difficult to lodge the rubber pedal on the accelerator rod, thus sticking the throttle OPEN!

The other challenge with this original design is the hinge mount requires two holes in your nice floor pan. Since it is naturally rusting and making holes on its own, it’s never fun to punch more holes if you don’t have to. Those accelerator holes can become yet another source of corrosion.

Since about 1979 I have been driving my Bugeye ‘Gumby” with just metal bar under my foot and no pedal. And on the cars the we ship to customers, we remove the pedal for safety. Even though it doesn’t look pretty, the bar has been our best solution, until now.

We are exited to offer a nice cast aluminum pad you can easily bolt into place, along with a rubber pedal pad to cover it. This is an elegant solution to an old problem. It’s easy to install and makes heel/toe shifting easy. This is an upgrade that is a winner for every early Sprite!

You get the aluminum bolt on pad, hardware to mount it and a rubber pedal pad, which you will need to install on the aluminum pad before installation.

Order one by clicking here…

Vintage look, modern insides! Tar-top high power Bugeye Sprite 12-volt battery

The Judges Approve!

This is one of the coolest things you can add under the hood of your Bugeye. It looks like a 1958 battery, but inside lives a modern maintenance-free power-house, with 750 CCA, enough to start a diesel Bugeye on a cold morning. Use it like a modern battery, and score points for the correct vintage look. Specify positive ground or negative ground.

This battery looks just right with “Lucas” imprinted on the front of the case. Plastic caps on top are also imprinted “Lucas” and are for looks only and not functional. This is the battery we used on our gold medal concours winner as shown below. These are made to order and not returnable.

If you are serious about concours events, this battery carries no point deductions while a generic modern battery carries a heavy point penalty. Plus, this battery looks like it came with your car, and spruces up any Sprite engine compartment!

Get a modern vintage “tar top” battery for your Bugeye today by clicking here! 

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The right tires for Bugeye Sprites

Nothing helps the ride quality of a Spridget like fresh rubber. Most tires on classic cars dry out before the tread wears out, so they lose their resilience. With new tires, everything gets better… ride quality, braking and cornering.

We’ve been using Khumho Solus tires on Sprites for some time with good results and now we are excited to offer them for sale in our catalog. Khumho has been a great brand for us and we appreciate their support of the 13 inch tire market where there are limited choices. We sell two types— 155 X 13 and 175/70 X13. The original tires were 145s. 155 works fine and gives you a little more traction. If you want more performance, go with 175s. Keep in mind that the wider 175 tires may hit the front inner fender wells when turning the steering wheel to full lock. So if you are at all worried about fit, go with the 155s. These are all black wall tires. (We also sell white walls, click here to order those). These tires fit the original steel type or any 5 inch wide alloy wheel too.

Some have asked us about 14 inch tires but we discourage changing wheel size. Larger rims change the ride quality and steering feel. Also, going to any tire wider than 175 is not recommended without further mechanical modifications.

Get 155 tires for your Bugeye by clicking here!

Get 175 tires for your Bugeye by clicking here!

Austin Healey Sprite rubber footwell and floor mat kit

Cross members get hammered on Bugeyes. Take a look at the chafe in this particular car in the photo below… the red carpet has been well-beaten by spirited entry and exit. This six-piece rubber mat kit is here to help. It protects the entire footwell area and covers your carpet with rubber. Rubber is particularly nice to add to Bugeyes, as the original factory mats were all rubber. That factory rubber material is no longer available, so we have the next best thing.

Each kit includes six rubber pieces: two footwell mats, two crossmember covers, and two triangular inner footwell covers. Since not all cars have actual accelerator pedals, we do not slot the side inner footwell cover… customers with accelerator pedals can add that cut easily upon installation.

Get your rubber floor mat set today by clicking here.

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AFTER

This kit is a very popular add-on for any recently restored Sprite. The mats protect the new carpet. It’s also useful in a case like the one shown, where a new carpet kit and panels are needed, but this rubber kit dresses up the worn interior and makes it nice once again at a lower cost than a complete interior restoration. And if you eventually go for a whole new carpet kit, you can still use these ruber over-mats to protect your fresh new carpet later.

Installation is easy, as shown in the video above. The side mats lap under the footwell panel and the cross member mat unlays the carpet as shown. These mats will dress up any Bugeye footwell! The kit includes mats for both sides of your car.

The side and cross member mats work in LHD or RHD cars. The large floor mat is for LHD only, because of the accelerator pedal cut out for LHD cars. If you want the side and cross member mats for a RHD car, feel free to email and we can send them to you.

Get your rubber floor mat set today by clicking here.

Another great muffler for your Bugeye Sprite or Spridget

You may have already seen our killer custom twin-tipped stainless steel muffler for Sprites. That one is available for $349.95, and should last a lifetime. You can check it out by clicking here.

We also have an alternate that works quite well at a lower price point. While it lacks the tuned “Ansa-like” sound we worked hard to get just right on the twin tipped version (loud but not annoying), this attractive alternate has a deeper sporty thump. Not as raspy, more like American muscle, without the American (or the muscle). It’s a nice note. I like it, it sounds more like a performance muffler than a stock one.

This chamber is mild steel and comes with a chrome tip. The outlet is beefy, as shown with a chrome tip. The inlet is 1.75 inch, so you might need to adapt your center pipe to fit (which any muffler shop can do). The muffler chamber fits perfectly though, which is more than I can say for the generic twin-tipped performance muffler you often see out there, which is way too long for this application and often hits people in the shins when they walk past.

You will also need to rig a hanger over the tail pipe up to your trunk floor. It’s easiest if you bring this to your local muffler shop and have them hang it for you.

Check out the exhaust section of our online catalog by clicking here

Red tops look better

BEFOREAFTER

We just put a red top on the white bugeye we featured a few weeks ago, this is the EBAY car that needed quite a mechanical makeover before it could depart again for its home in Florida. You can see it departing in the enclosed trailer above.

Before it left, we fit a deep red top to match the red interior. These hoods always look so much nicer than the black ones you ofen see out on the road. White Bugeyes when new came with black or red interiors, but the majority of white cars we see have red interiors, they’re more common, so it’s always so nice to upgrade the top to match.

Get a top for your Bugeye today by clicking here.

 

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