New Bugeye in the garage

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New Bugeye in the garage

Postby pbraun » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:00 pm

Been looking for a while, just got home a 1960 Bugeye Sprite, named Bugsy, maybe.

Glad to have it, now to do some mechanical and body work.

Image well, pics on flickr.com/photos/pbraun in the Bugeye Album!
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby Jim Gruber » Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:28 pm

Peter,

Looks good. Far better than my Bugsy at the present time. Engine out, interior out, wiring harness out, about to lose front suspension and rear suspension and go on the rotisserie to paint the underside. Going back in with 1275, 5 speed, disks. This one is a Sprite in pieces, taken apart in '82 to have metal work done. Bugsy will ride again if I only can find time to work on him. Take care.
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby admin » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:12 pm

Congrats pb--always nice to bring a new LBC home (and to a good home). :)

Keep the pics coming!
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby pbraun » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:37 am

Thanks, ya'll!

Jim, well, mine now is in similar shape to yours, it would sound like. The floors have been repaired properly, tilt front end on, with new latch system installed above battery, rear end out and rear suspension pieces on the ground, front soon to follow. Parts being sourced for needed replacement, spring mounts repaired, work continues at Ray's shop in Wilmington, NC - doing a great job! My wife will be the driver, so things are being done to please her. Not her first LBC, btw.

Core found for a 1275 motor, now at machine shop, std mains and rods, getting new rings and a hone, head got hard seats and reassembled - everything good, waiting for new tappets....... Got the rib case tranny also, but haven't looked to see what that needs yet.

Motor safe,
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby Jim Gruber » Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:27 pm

Putting finishing touches on the rotisserie Mounts today. Got to put the other engine stand together and then it can go upside down to replace a little bit of metal and get undercarriage painted. A long, long process to get this one this far. That pesky work thing still impeding my time to get this one completed.
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby Jim Gruber » Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:38 am

Bugsy my '59 is now on rotisserie and will require a PS floorpan. Issues with rot at bulkhead between spring box and tranny tunnel. Lots of stuff I discovered covered by seam sealer. PO didn't know shop that did repair work 35 years ago and then it sat in assembled did some really shoddy work here. I'll cut it out and fix it right. A post Christmas start to that part of this project.
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby pbraun » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:44 am

My wife's bugeye is now in paint, with all the rust repaired.......

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and, oh yeah, the trunk is almost done.
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby pbraun » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:31 am

Now working on fitting carpet set, some of which is being recut, then a removeable steering wheel.

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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby pbraun » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:23 pm

Well, it's now Oct. Got the removeable wheel installed - looks fine, works well. 1275 all rebuilt, fresh rebuilt gearbox in. Now wondering about the wheel / tire combination.
Got 4 Revolution 13x6 wheels, planning to paint the black part matching the body color burgundy. The tire size has me wondering if someone else has already done this, and with what success.

What tire size do you think? I'd sort of like to keep it not too wide, and not to bulging because there isn't much room between the rim and the leaf spring.

Any thoughts? Image
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Re: New Bugeye in the garage

Postby Charlie Tolman » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:40 am

Peter.

Thanks for the up-date. The color looks very nice.

Tire size: To me, the 70-series tires look best on a Sprite or Midget, and the size should be no larger than 175 x 70 x 13, which is about 6.9" wide, with a diameter about 22.6" .

The 6" wide wheels might give you some fitment issues for the rear, depending on the wheel offset or back-spacing ?

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