1960 Austin-Healey Sprite

1960 Austin-Healey Sprite

Restoring a Bugeye Sprite while converting it back from race car to street car. 

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Oct
27
Oct 27, 2022
The joys of finding a new body shop | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

A change in shop ownership had us scrambling to find a new body shop.

Oct
12
Oct 12, 2022
We need new frame rails, too | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

Has this project become economically unviable? Yes. Does that mean we're going to give up? No.

Oct
04
Oct 4, 2022
How to fill a hole in sheet metal | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Have a lot of holes in that sheet metal to fill? Why not fill welding?

Mar
25
Mar 25, 2022
How to easily replace floor pans | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

We're working on a 1960 Bugeye Sprite, but this guide should help you replace the floor pan in virtually any classic car.

Mar
12
Mar 12, 2022
How to repair a hole left from a roll bar install | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Before we could finish the install of a new rear quarter panel, we'd need to fix the hole cut by a previous owner to fit a roll bar.

Feb
26
Feb
12
Feb 12, 2022
Rebuilding a Bugeye’s Rear Suspension | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

With the differential put back together, we could assemble all the parts that make up our Sprite's rear brakes and suspension.

Jan
20
Jan 20, 2022
How to assemble a differential | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Have a differential to install? Here's how we fitted a limited-slip to our Bugeye Sprite project.

Dec
21
Dec 21, 2021
Adding a limited-slip differential | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Small problem: Our Bugeye Sprite needs a limited-slip differential. Bigger problem: There aren't any commercially available. Luckily, we know a guy.

Nov
14
Nov 14, 2021
How to make lowering wedges for a Bugeye Sprite | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

The key to a lower Bugeye Sprite? Angling the springs using a wedge.

Nov
05
Nov 5, 2021
How to rebuild a steering rack (with video) | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Intimidated about the thought of rebuilding a steering rack yourself? Don't be. Here's how to do it.

Oct
16
Oct 16, 2021
How to Rebuild Brake Calipers | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

How to rebuild a brake caliper–plus adding upgrading the pads to handle spirited driving.

Sep
27
Sep 27, 2021
Restoring the Sprite’s Front Suspension | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Since adding power without improving handling would negate any potential gains, it's time to upgrade our Sprite's front suspension.

Sep
22
Sep 22, 2021
Planning a hot drivetrain for our Sprite | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Here's how we plan to have our Bugeye Sprite's bite match its bark.

Sep
14
Sep 14, 2021
Planning a sporty Sprite suspension | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

A car's performance is only as good as the parts that connect it to the road, so we asked the experts what the best setup is.

Aug
10
Aug 10, 2021
What size wheels and tires for our Bugeye Sprite? | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

We know we want the widest tire and wheel package available for our Sprite, but we didn't know what that package looked like.

Aug
04
Aug 4, 2021
Did our boxes of spares hide gold? | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Our Bugeye race car came with a lot of extra parts in many boxes, so we needed help to figure out what was worth keeping and what wasn't.

Jul
19
Jul 19, 2021
Media blasting and powder coating project car parts | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

In addition to media blasting our Sprite's body, we also have the suspension and a number of other parts treated as well.

Jul
07
Jul 7, 2021
Media blasting and priming the body | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Striped and cleaned, the next step for our Bugeye Sprite was media blasting.

Jul
06
Jul 6, 2021
How to correctly order parts for a project car | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Yes, there really is a right way and wrong way to order parts for your project.

Jun
16
Jun 16, 2021
How to strip a project car | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Project car plan in place, it was time to strip down our Bugeye Sprite.

May
17
May 17, 2021
Developing a Project Car Plan for a Fun Street Sprite | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Formulating how we will turn this tired race machine into a hot street car.

May
02
May 2, 2021
Cleaning Up That New Project Car | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Storied history? Championship-winning racer? We'd have to take a deeper dive to figure out what we actually bought.

Apr
14
Apr 14, 2021
We Find a Bugeye Austin-Healey Sprite | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

How we acquired one of our latest projects, a 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite.

Mar
08
Mar 8, 2021
How to Organize a Restoration Project | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

All the parts are off of the Sprite, but this is how do we keep them all organized.

Mar
02
Mar 2, 2021
Using Media Blasting to See the Condition of the Bodywork | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

One of the best ways we ensure the condition of a project? We media-blast any and all components.

Feb
25
Feb 25, 2021
Disassembling a New Project Car | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

One of the most important restoration steps? Disassembly.

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