How to strip a project car | Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Project

Photography by Chris Tropea

As the engine had already been removed and the interior consisted of little more than a race seat and a steering wheel, stripping our Bugeye Sprite to a bare shell took less than a day.


Once disassembled, a car takes up a lot of space. Find or build appropriate shelves.


And remember to slow down to go fast. Time spent taking notes, snapping photos, compiling a list of needed parts, and neatly bagging and tagging will save much time later when trying to reassemble the car.

You also want to leave as many subassemblies together as possible. There is no reason to disassemble the engine, transmission and suspension corners, for example, until you are ready to refurbish them.

Next: Ordering those needed parts.

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