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    1958 AH Sprite

    This is my old man's Sprite, he's had it for many many years. Done about 12 targas in it, been on the podium 5 times (from memory), twice for 1st. Lots of class wins with a few breakdowns thrown in.

    I spent a fair bit of my time working on this car in my youth, most of the shit I learnt about the mechanics of cars was from this. Spent many a night pulling it apart and putting it back together during targas.

    Most of the fittings are still original with a few period mods thrown in

    Body:
    1958 Mk 1
    Nurburg White
    Fiberglass Bonnet, forward hinged
    Cutout behind seats (was done when he got it)

    Engine:
    This was put together by a mini specialist down here
    Cooper S 1275 block (car was 948 originally)
    30 over
    Hepolite Pistons
    Heavily Ported head
    Chambers worked on
    Big valves
    Some random rockers (not original)
    "Secret" scatter cam
    Lightened Flywheel
    Redline manifold
    48 DCOE
    Ceramic coated extractors
    Not much of an exhaust
    Maybe some other things I don't know about

    G-Box:
    Straight cut gearset (went through 3 standards before these, and they've lasted 5 targas now)
    Solid plate clutch

    Diff:
    Stock centre (On the list to fix)
    Some big custom axles (broke a few)

    Brakes:
    Later model disks

    Susp:
    Modified shocks
    Bigger springs
    front swaybar

    Wheels:
    13*5.5 Superlights
    Potenzas

    And other random stuff required for targa

    Looking at entering targa this year with a mate in it, but dad expressed interest again so might do that.

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    That's very, very cool. Always liked Sprites.
    Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

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    Can you put a nokia phone next to it so I can get some idea of the size
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    Now that is cool!
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    Sweet Bug Eye & cool shed
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    cool sprite.

    If you're going to run targa in it, try and fit a couple of proper race seats. Don't have to be big dollar items - even the basic $400 revolution specials will be better than those. Not disrepecting the success already achieved with the car, but I'd be surprised if you didn't find it much easier (and safer) to drive it fast with your arse more firmly clamped into the machine.

    Oh, and much jealousy about the shed

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    Nice Bug
    I was wondering if you were ever going to post it up...

    '58 means it's an early press stud windscreen model.
    Is it an Aus delivered car or a later UK import?

    Oh, & I see you know Mr. Bennetto...
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    That looks cool!! Fun to drive??
    I want a shed like that too one day!!
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    Cheers,

    Lurch, it's Aus delivered, and yep press stud screen which is in the shed. Tony is a good friend, Dad met him in Targa back in 1993 I think it was.

    GTV, I did tell Dad it would be a good idea a long time ago, but he didn't seem to keen (likes the old ones). Could still be done though, wouldn't want anything too out of place looking. There is other things to do first, I am going to add to the "roll bar" with some side bars and a middle one into the passenger footwell. Also going to put a collapsable steering column in it.

    It's pretty dam fun to drive, although it could use a tad more power! The shed is good, I have 3 cars and a few bikes in there (mostly not going) there is a mezzanine up the back, hoist up the front.

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    Must have followed your old man in one stage or a transport on the east coast, as it was a light colour, probably early 2000s, seemed to get along well for what we thought had a sub 1 litre engine inside! It was a Sprite that had a win that year and the preceding year too from memory.

    Don't suppose you've an idea of the worth of a Mk I screen and pillars? Had a project that was sold off about 10 odd years ago, couldn't find it at the time when it was sold, then subsequently found it in that "safe keeping spot".....of course had lost the blokes details by then.

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    Sorry I missed that one many years ago gxxr...

    Time has come for me to get involved in some Motorsport in this, probably just have a crack at a regularity event and some hill climbs. I think a new seat would be required, anyone got any recommendations on something that wouldn't look too out of place and actually fit?

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    This thing is cool as. You should whack a gopro on the roll bar and see if you can get some onboard footage.
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    1958 AH Sprite

    That's the plan, although my driving may not be worth advertising.

    Other plans include an LSD, panhard and the brakes. It also has a taller diff in it at the moment so I'll swap the short one back and put the solid clutch back in.

    Also since the photos above, it's got new rear tyres that are a bit fat and a fresh motor with a slightly less angry cam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boosted View Post
    Sorry I missed that one many years ago gxxr...

    Time has come for me to get involved in some Motorsport in this, probably just have a crack at a regularity event and some hill climbs. I think a new seat would be required, anyone got any recommendations on something that wouldn't look too out of place and actually fit?
    Cobra RS are period style. They do another smaller one that the Mini's use.

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    Cracking little car.. I had a MK11 Sprite many years ago. It had a Datto 1200 motor, little flares, no bumpers etc. Fuck it was fun.

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    sweet little racer. There are a heap of period looking racing bucket seats available these days...just google retro racing seats and a squillion options pop up
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    GTS Classics also make really nice period seats.
    Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    GTS Classics also make really nice period seats.
    Nice seats, I had a pair in my old 911.

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    That's a cracker! See you at Targa! But get your entry in soon, she's going to be oversubscribed this year.

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    Great bugeye - I had a MK2A. My engine was built by Mr Benetto back then

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubolt View Post
    Great bugeye - I had a MK2A. My engine was built by Mr Benetto back then
    I went in there last year to pick up a 1275 motor.
    I honestly don't know how TB works in all that clutter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lurch View Post
    I went in there last year to pick up a 1275 motor.
    I honestly don't know how TB works in all that clutter...
    Always been like that - it was the same when he worked from home

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    Have driven a similar one. So much hilarity and rorty induction. Would love one. GLWS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubolt View Post
    Always been like that - it was the same when he worked from home
    I remember.
    I was early teens & Dad wanted new rear leaf springs for his Mk3.
    TB said: "Just climb over that Bugeye with the box's on it & behind in the crate are the new springs."

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    TB has been a good friend of my old mans since the first targa he went in. Always sent some goodies down in boxes. He even helped me out with fiat parts when my 124 threw a water pump pulley when I was a poor Uni student in Brunswick. Much respect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlin View Post
    That's a cracker! See you at Targa! But get your entry in soon, she's going to be oversubscribed this year.
    Yeah this year might be tough , give me 12 months.

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    Sorry to revive an old thread, but for those that haven't heard and knew Tony B. Unfortunately he passed away last week. There's a memorial with AHOC in early November.

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    Thanks for the update, I saw it on the AHOC Facebook page. Sad news.

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