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Features: 50 years later, two brothers finish a Bugeye Sprite

The once panned, oddly protruding lights have become the Bugeye’s most endearing feature. It took more than 50 years to return this smile to service.

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How to make a Bugeye Sprite bonnet flip up and forward

A Sprite’s hood and front fenders flip open as a single unit. Unlike a Triumph Spitfire, however, the Sprite’s nose is hinged at cowl, not down near the front bumper.

How to rejuvenate a once-mangled body? Lots of time.

What does it take to totally rejuvenate a once-mangled body? Time. And lots of it.

Javier of Jeff’s Restorations has been working our Sprite’s body …

Fixing the holes under the hood of our Bugeye Sprite, too

A quality restoration needs to look as good under the hood as it does on top.

Like the rest of our car, we found plenty of holes under the …

Time to focus on our Bugeye Sprite's facial features

Why does (good) body work cost more than a few bucks? The time. And the labor. Which are the same thing.

After finishing the main part of the body …

How to prepare a Bugeye Sprite body for paint

More of the labor to make our Bugeye Sprite look good. Before paint, the entire car was wet sanded with 400- and then 600-grit sandpaper.

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