Archive for the ‘1969 Austin Healey Sprite’ Category

Lucas Alternator Conversion

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Although this car had an alternator conversion before it was always breaking loose due to poor mounts. This kit from Moss looks great and is much sturdier.

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Spridget Trio

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Here is the Innocenti 950 now with headlights fitted with its cousins an Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget.

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McMaster-Carr

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

More the once the ball joints on the sway bar had come apart. These were brand new from Moss Motors and just could not take it. So some high strength linkages will have to be custom made.

I ordered four:

60645K451 HIGH-STRENGTH BALL JOINT ROD END, LINKAGE, 7/16″-20 RH THRD FEM SHANK W/RH THRD STUD SAME AS 60645K45

and one:

98805A032 18-8 STAINLESS STEEL THREADED ROD, 7/16″-20 THREAD, 2′ LENGTH

From McMaster-Carr for a total of less that $45, which is $10 less than buying the parts from Moss.

The ball joints are just slightly longer than the entire length of the original part. Fill that gap with a copper washer and then squash that washer as you turn the ball joints to the proper position to keep them locked in place.

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Fix the frame

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Finally it is time to take care of the mess the sway bar made six months ago. The area has been cleaned up and two scraps of steel about the same thickness as the original small mount plates were welded onto the frame over the holes.

NOTE: The sway bar had been attached to the frame with larger than standard bolts. In a stock installation those bolts may have snapped instead of ripping off the frame.

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Looking good

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Here are the long awaited final pictures.

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Ripped off the bottom

Monday, July 4th, 2005

The large sway bar that was put on this car ended up being too much for the frame. If you are going to use a sway bar that is larger than stock you should reinforce the area. This will be fixed at a later date.

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Manifold Coating

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

The exhaust manifold has been sand blasted and coated with a high temp coating. The intake manifold has also been cleaned up.

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Big Differences

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

The rear drum brakes have been cleaned up and rebuilt. Most of the parts are new and the drums have been machined.

Some new chrome wire wheels have arrived from Dayton Wire Wheels. They look great on the car.

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Alpine Stereo

Monday, March 14th, 2005

Here is how I mounted a modern Alpine stereo system into the stock console. The speakers are mounted to the sheetmetal which then utilizes the stock mounts for the speaker. Hot glue was squeezed in around the sheetmetal to stop vibration and with a small spacer plate the CD/MP3 player fit in the stock radio hole.

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Still the same

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

The front suspension is back together. New stainless steel brake lines have been added. There is now a wire wheels spindle instead of the steel wheel hub.

Below is a comparison of the Sprite rear end to that of a 2001 Mustang Cobra.

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Bridgestone Potenza

Friday, March 11th, 2005

The new tires are here: Bridgestone Potenza RE92 P165/65R13

The windshield has been removed because it was cracked when attempting to replace the sun visor mounts.

NOTE: If you have to drill out the rivets near the windshield make sure you drill too far…

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Wheel paint

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

The steering wheel hub has been sandblasted and will be repainted black.

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All Wires Now

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

This car had wire wheels only on the rear. Time for a full conversion. No adapters will be used, all proper wire wheel parts will be used.

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Long since update

Friday, January 28th, 2005

A lot of work has been done since the last update. All new fuel and water hoses has been put in. The heater box, air filters, radiator and support, valve cover, washer bottle support, and brake/clutch pedal cover have been painted. A new alternator has also been fitted and an electric radiator fan has been added.

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Even the jack

Monday, November 29th, 2004

All metal parts have been removed, sandblasted and painted. New competition springs are going in later.

The factory jack has been given the same treatment and probably looks better now than it did new.

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