Disassembling a New Project Car | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Our latest project is this 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite, which spent some time as a vintage race car in a previous life. Since we already have a Triumph TR3 and a ’65 Mustang that both scratch that vintage racing itch, our plan is to convert this Sprite back into a street car.

As with virtually every other project car we've owned, our first step here is to completely disassemble the car into its most basic parts. In the process, we can catalog everything we have—and make a list of everything we need. Sounds simple enough, right?

Yes, but also no. Disassembly is an often overlooked and oversimplified step in the restoration process. A lack of organization here can easily haunt you for the rest of the time you work on the car.

Thankfully, since we’ve restored quite a few cars in our time, here is how we disassemble a new project properly to ensure everything stays organized.


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