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2900 miles in a Bugeye, Part three

Our adventurous Bugeye warriors were last seen in the Florida panhandle, heading west. They have now put about 2900 new miles on their odometer since purchasing “Molly” three weeks ago. This week, they passed through Hershey, PA and then down the Skyline Drive and south to Florence, South Carolina, and then Charleston.

Fueled by cappuccino, in Charleston.

In Georgia, they stopped to see how their Bugeye measures up to an alligator, and they are now heading West toward Texas.

The aluminum thing on the upper right is a Bugeye windshield stanchion. The long black thing in the water is a gator.

A few of you have asked if they have music for their journey. Other than the exhaust note, they are carrying a Bose bluetooth speaker (the black cylinder you see above) that is normally held to the firewall in front of the shifter by a few bungy cords. They can charge their phone from the cigarette lighter we installed and blue tooth does the rest. This is a superior system to a dash mounted radio, which requires a somewhat invasive installation, while the phone driven solution is portable and easily removable with better sound quality than most basic car stereo systems.

This past week the alternator quit on the car, and Vic was quick to find a workable replacement from a local Napa store. The wiring is simple… just two wires come off the alternator to feed the battery… but Vic had to fabricate a new adjusting bracket to tighten the belt. A friendly customer at the parts store lent his shop, vice and belt sander to the project, and below you can see Vic cleaning up his bracket to make the new alternator fit the Sprite.

Always nice to have someone like Vic along on a long trip in a British car

Wired-up and ready go to, an inexpensive voltmeter from Walmart confirmed that juice was flowing in the right direction.

The other failure this week was a lost park light lens.

Park light lenses are held in place by a locking ring that lives in the groove of the rubber cup shown above. As the rubber ages, it becomes easier for the lens to fall out, especially when you bomb down dirt roads in The Okefenokee Swamp, chasing gators. It’s not hard to knock these lens out of the socket while opening and closing the bonnet.

Fortunately, we have a large inventory of spare lenses and rings in our warehouse, as we have knocked out more than our share in our own building. You may want to check your four park lights by wiggling them, and if they are just hanging on by a thread because the rubber is cracked and aged, best to replace the rubber socket for a more positive fit. (we have those here)

“If you’ll give me a few more minutes, I’ll eat your other park light lenses too!”
Tops are optional-Florida rain squall

Most of the trip has been with the top in the boot and the tonneau fit when parked. Even in a squall as seen above, our travelers would get wetter stopping to put up the top then if they just keep on driving. As long as you can keep moving, you stay pretty dry, other than your outboard shoulder.

Thank you Amanda, for the great photos.

2900 miles in a 948-powered Bugeye is no small feat, even with a five-speed transmission upgrade. 500 miles per year is probably the average for most classic British classic car owners and Amanda and Vic still have another 800 miles to go.

Of course, people used to do this sort of thing all the time when our classic British sports cars were fresh. In case you are wondering, there were 180 million people in America in 1960. Today, we have closer to 330 million. There’s still plenty of room for one more Bugeye. Thank you Amanda and Vic for inspiring us all to come out and play.

Who’s next? We want to build the next cross-country cruiser! Each one of these trips helps us upgrade reliability, improve our parts inventory and build a better product. We hope that more of you make your “bucket list” trip this year.

Cross Country Bugeye Completes 4200 Mile Journey

Rick and Abby are now safely parked in their Seattle home garage. They rolled into their driveway about 13 days and 4200 miles after departing Connecticut.

Here are Rick’s videos from his last day of this great adventure. Congratulations Rick and thank you for inspiring us all to get out and use our little british cars. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all!

Cross Country Bugeye Reaches Oregon, 3500 Mile Mark

Rick and Abby continue to enjoy their journey. They started today in Sacramento and made tracks North through California to finish tonight in Grant’s Pass Oregon, a distance of about 340 miles. They should reach home in Seattle on Wednesday or Thursday.

Here are some great videos from his day on the road:

Cross-Country Bugeye reaches Sacramento, California!

Rick and Abby arrived in Sacramento today. They’ve covered about 3300 miles to get there, and at 50 mph average that’s about 66 hours in a Bugeye Cockpit. Just two more days to go before arriving home in Seattle.

Way to go Rick, and thanks for inspiring us all to get out and enjoy our little British cars!

Cross Country Bugeye Sprite Road Trip-Morning Maintenance

Rick departed Kingman, AZ today, bound for Bakersfield, California. He managed to avoid the snow storm that is now forecast for Flagstaff to Amarillo, so it looks like he won’t be testing the snow traction on this trip (that would not have been pretty).

The forecast is good now for the next few days as he starts heading North to Seattle. At Bakersfield, he will cross the 3000 mile mark, with about 1000 miles to go. This is a great accomplishment for any 50+ year old car, and Rick and Abby have had a mostly trouble-free journey.

Below is a video of Rick’s morning maintenance ritual:

The tachometer and speedo have been his biggest challenges, and they have been minor at that. If you are unfamiliar, both are cable driven, with a system not unlike the what I had on my stingray bicycle back in the 70s. We changed what seems like at least 100 parts before Rick departed on this trip, but we didn’t put in new cables because they were fine at the time. When his speedo cable started causing the instrument to jump wildly, Rick removed the cable to spare the instrument. Bugeye tachs drive through a reduction gear, and Rick’s got noisy back in Oklahoma, but he packed it with grease and now it seems to be working fine.

His other trouble was with one stripped lug nut he discovered while re-torquing his wheels. A tire shop in Kingman helped him improvise with a replacement. All in all, the trip has been largely trouble free. It took us about 3 weeks to prepare the car for this trip and we are excited that the voyage has been so successful!

Cross Country Bugeye Adventure-Abby Crossing Arizona

Rick and Abby have now logged more than 2800 miles on their Bugeye road trip and they are running strong in a variety of conditions including altitudes up to 7000 feet. They stopped Saturday night in Kingman AZ. Ride through the high desert with them in the videos below:

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