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Why this major artery can fail and kill your Bugeye Sprite

On all Spridgets, the oil pressure gauge is mechanical and thus it is very important that you know that the feed line for the gauge is in perfect shape. Why? Because if it fails, your car will bleed-out. This is a major artery and your oil pump will spill all your sump’s contents on the street (ask me how I know). It makes a huge mess too, under your hood and all over the road.

The artery in question runs from the engine block to a short rubber hose. That hose runs to a long metal line that feeds the gauge. On many cars we see, pieces are missing and/or the rubber is cracked and dried-out. So the most basic repair is to replace the rubber with fresh rubber that is good and strong. Please check yours today!

You can find the rubber for sale online, but it comes with super lame clamps and in which I have no confidence, particularly for my car’s carotid artery. We sell a rubber hose with clamps you can believe-in as you blast out of a corner with your foot to the floor.

Next you have to make sure the metal lines in your car have the correct barbs to give the rubber line something to capture so it will stay put. You’d be amazed how many of these little rubber lines will simply pull off their metal mates because the barb is long gone. We test them all on the cars that come through our shop. You’d be surprised how many are loose and close to letting go.

In our catalog, we are at work daily to find solutions that will keep these cars on the road with greater reliability. We now sell a new kit to ensure that your artery is healthy. Our fittings help ensure the rubber piece will stay put.

Want to guarantee better Bugeye blood flow? Click here to visit our catalog.

Excellent two-owner 1959 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale! Price reduced!

ON DEPOSIT! Congratulations! Steve and Alisa!

This is Mitchell, car # AN5L 29756, manufactured in late 1959. (30215 was the first made in 1960). This is a two-owner car we purchased in 2015 from the widow of the original owner. We sold the car in 2015 with 73,707 miles, which we believe to be the original mileage. We sent it to a new home in Maryland at that time and we now have the car back for sale with 76,720 miles-this owner added 3013 miles during his stewardship.

Along the way, the car has received excellent service and several upgrades including rebuilt 1098 head with new hardened valve seats as well as new hydraulics, K and N lifetime air filters and more. This month, we put in an entire new carpet kit. The car also comes with a brand new clutch installed. Documentation is excellent, including a notebook full of receipts showing thousands of dollars of work done to keep the car in excellent repair. I’ve shown an engine rebuild receipt from 1970 in the photo album below. There are dozens of additional receipts included, from the 70s right up to the present. The car is mostly stock, with a 948 engine (with larger head) and drum brakes all around.

The top and tonneau are matching tan in nice shape as are the side windows. The top and windows come in nearly new Bugeyeguy pouches which will keep them looking new.

The car looks great in the original cherry red that came on the car (it has been repainted once). The underside is quite solid and clean.

Mitchell is very well-sorted and very well put together. It’s a car you can buy with confidence and enjoy right away, at a very attractive price!
Give a call if you would like more information about Mitchell. He will be a joy to own!

Bugeye picture of the week-David and Goliath

Photo courtesy James Hodges

Bugeye Sprite cockpit details-windshield gaskets, washer pumps, choke and starter knobs, door pockets…

Details matter, especially in the cockpit, where you spend the most time with your car and where everything has to be right. Too many restorations are only 3/4 baked. We work hard to change that whenever we can, by correcting and detailing the subtle features that help differentiate a good restoration from a great one. In this restoration, you’ll notice overly busy door pocket fasteners (now replaced) and a flat windshield to body gasket, which should be rolled under or it will leak at the windshield wiper posts (done).

In the video below, I show a few of the these subtle details we changed on our newest Bugeye listed called “Kelly.” The sum total of those details can really improve any restoration.

Austin Healey 100 M sorting


We are big Healey lovers too here are Bugeyeguy (I have a BN2 and BJ8 in my personal collection), and this week we had the pleasure of sorting out this stunning 1956 BN2 with an “M” kit. We didn’t build this car, but it was very satisfying to work on the last 20%, to make a great car even better. In particular, we fixed the worn throttle linkage to allow full throttle to be attained, which made the car so much more responsive and quick. It was formerly only getting about half of what was possible, primarily because of lost motion in the worn linkage.

We also fit this nice blue tonneau and removed yet another plastic sinking fuel sender float that was ravaged by ethanol and on it’s way permanently to the bottom of the tank. We fit a metal float, pressure tested the tank, and ensured that it was wells-sealed.

Check out the video below for a tour of this great vehicle (above). We’ll be finished next week with our 1960 BT7 interior restoration, and we’ll post a new video about that project soon. If you have a big Healey that needs sorting, give us a call, we would be happy to help.

Bugeye Sprite summer nights

August seems the perfect time for Bugeye fun, when we in the Northeast can jump into our convertibles and enjoy the night air, with no temperature differential. Most summer nights here in Connecticut we dress-up like George Clooney for dinner dates in our Bugeyes (at least when the cars are well-prepared… otherwise we wear MOWOG coveralls).

This photo shoot is for a luxury magazine in the Philippines, “Philippine Tatler,” with a borrowed Bugeye. I am betting that this car now has a genuine George Clooney butt-print in the back deck! (We have seen many cars with dented back decks from people sitting (or sleeping?) on them-not recommended, even when there is a beautiful model at the wheel!) But then again, it’s always nice to know the provenance of your car’s butt-prints…

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