Bugeye

Engine Improvements

Quicksburg Valley View

Gear Reduction Starter Replaced the starter with a modern gear reduction starter from APT Fast. Unlike the old Lucas starter it cranks until the motor fires. Definitely more difficult to install than the original, but hopefully easier starting will make it worth it. Fastening the lower bolt was accomplished by jacking up the right front, […]


2001 British Car Day, Bowie, MD

Bugeye Rear

Dad, Scott and I attended British Car day in 2001. Dad borrowed a truck and enclosed trailer from Carl Berkey to trailer the car to the show.


The 2001 Capital Area Classic

John at the Show

Dad and I attended the Capital Area Austin Healey Club father-son weekend meet at Frederick, MD. It was the first time that I had participated in a show or club event with my Bugeye, so it was pretty exciting. The car broke down in Berryville. After getting fuel it just wouldn’t start again. Turned out […]


Engine Enhancements

crane ign.

The car is running a little rich. I attempted to adjust which became an experience. As the book says, I backed off the jet adjusting nuts 11 flats only to find that the car would not start at all. After a little help from the midget/sprite email list, I backed off the jet nuts one […]


Making The Bugeye “My” Bugeye

Bolting on the new Wheels

Tires and wheels I ordered new Panasport 13 x 5″ wheels. I paid for the wheels and Dad paid for the tires – 185 x 13 70 Bridgestones. The tire selection turned out to be a mistake, they were too big and rubbed the bonnet when the wheel turned. We ended up replacing the Bridgestones […]


Road Worthy

Road Worthy

Installed engine and transmission. Reverse of removal process. Unfortunately we got the engine mounts reversed and backwards which resulted in weeks of frustration in seating the engine. Finally with a little outside help we corrected the problem and the engine went in like a charm. It did require a little beating with a hammer on […]


Installing the 1275 Motor

My New Motor!

Installed engine and transmission. Reverse of removal process. Unfortunately we got the engine mounts reversed and backwards which resulted in a great deal of frustration in seating the engine. Finally with a little outside help we corrected the problem and the engine went in like a charm. It did require a little beating with a […]


Removing The 948

Hungry for more power

Having decided to purchase a 1275 motor and Datsun B210 gearbox from Bill Perry at Rivergate Restorations we worked hard the week of July 4 to remove the 948 and to get ready for the 1275. We also did some interior and electrical work under the dash fascia. By the end of the week, we […]


Safety Check & Rivergate Modifications

Ready to Drive

The week after we got the Bugeye home, Dad took it over the mountain from Harrisonburg to Grand Touring Classics in Stanardsville, VA. An unlikely place for a British car shop, but they seemed to know Healeys and were in the process of restoring a Bugeye. Garland Gentry ran the shop and was willing to […]


Purchase Day

Following vacation, we stopped in College Park, Maryland and conducted final negotiations with Tom Delaney for the purchase of my Bugeye. We started it up and drove around the neighborhood and decided to buy the car. The brakes were not great and it certainly wasn’t fast, but it looked so cool! Of course, I could […]