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

It wasn’t until we were way too deep into our Bugeye Sprite project that we realized that, in addition to our tub’s other issues, the front frame rails were a bit bent and battered.

While we were still able to fit the nose, it was obvious we would need to replace the front frame rails as well. And, yes, at this point it was also obvious that this project was not economically viable.

But, we decided, it was too late to turn back now.

Moss has new front frame rail sections in stock at $59.99 each and we needed two.

More body work to come.

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Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
10/13/22 2:01 a.m.

Wait a minute.  This project became non-viable because you had to spend an extra $119.98 plus tax and shipping?

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
10/13/22 8:33 a.m.

I think Tim was referring to the whole death-by-a-thousand cuts experience of uncovering all of the issues with the "great tub," which made it obvious by this point that this project wasn't going to have any upside economically. Fortunately he's in it for the stories (and the masochism), so of course that's not gonna stop him.


Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/13/22 1:13 p.m.

In reply to Marjorie Suddard :

Yes, there was no single issue that made this car not worth doing. It all just added up and it was too late before we really figured it out. So, screw it, we will just dig in and make this Sprite perfect.

300zxfreak Reader
10/16/22 7:44 a.m.

It's been my experience that almost no restoration project is "economically viable", but that's not usually why we undertake them. We do them so we won't have to do the dishes. 

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