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Old 07-02-2018, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who knows Austin Healeys? 62 Sprite

So my brother in law inherited a 1962 Austin healey Sprite mkII. Been in his family since new. Cool little car, easy to work on, and makes me want to buy a leather racing helmet and goggles we are slowly getting it back on the road.

Body is good, interior decent, engine runs great ( found out its from a midget and not the original motor). Replaced all the brakes, and working our way through the rest. Next step is replacing rear main seal, rebuilding the carbs, and tracking down the rest of the drips.

Anyone else play with these cars? I Probably have a few questions!!
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Does it have a 1098 or a 1275 in it? I use to play with these( Midgets) a while ago. Fun little cars.
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I built a couple midgets for my wife. Neat little cars, but if they start rusting the unibodies are a pain to repair.
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When is the v8 swap?
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It has the 1098 in it. We bought a valve cover gasket for the original 948, any idea if it works on the 1098? I'm lazy right now and don't want to cross reference.

There has been some body work done on it in the past, most of the welds look like a toddler did them with a stick welder, another thing we're looking into.

I'm trying to talk him into the v8 swap but so far no luck
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So my brother in law inherited a 1962 Austin healey Sprite mkII. Been in his family since new. Cool little car, easy to work on, and makes me want to buy a leather racing helmet and goggles we are slowly getting it back on the road.

Body is good, interior decent, engine runs great ( found out its from a midget and not the original motor). Replaced all the brakes, and working our way through the rest. Next step is replacing rear main seal, rebuilding the carbs, and tracking down the rest of the drips.

Anyone else play with these cars? I Probably have a few questions!!
I'm not sure about the sprite but, the 3000 and BJ7 had a worm gear on the rear of the crank that would spin the oil back into the engine block. they'll leak If you park them uphill.
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It has the 1098 in it. We bought a valve cover gasket for the original 948, any idea if it works on the 1098? I'm lazy right now and don't want to cross reference.

There has been some body work done on it in the past, most of the welds look like a toddler did them with a stick welder, another thing we're looking into.

I'm trying to talk him into the v8 swap but so far no luck
I think it will work. It's a cork gasket originally. Paint to work with if it's hard! Moss Motors for parts, Mini Mania, or Victoria British. Several others out there.
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I've worked on a few but I'm not a big fan. The bug eyes are cute little roadsters but not my cup of tea.
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TRF also. The roadster factory. You can just about build any british sports car from scratch with the parts they have.
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three wipers or two ??
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three wipers or two ??
A 62 only had two
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Yup, only 2 wipers. And a cracked windshield. Any ideas where to source a windshield?

Moss motors has been a huge help, pretty much ordered everything from them so far.

I'll have to look into the worm gear thing and see if that's what is leaking. We had the front on jack stands when I noticed the leak so it's entirely possible.

We're also swapping all the fluids in it. Has anyone drained the gear case? ( transmission?). It's never been done, and with 92k original miles I think it should be
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When is the v8 swap?
Actually, the frame and rear diff won't handle a V8. I real popular motor swap is the Ford 2.0L 4cyl. from an early '70's Pinto.
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Early Buick V8 and don't drive like a 17 year old.
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Actually, the frame and rear diff won't handle a V8. I real popular motor swap is the Ford 2.0L 4cyl. from an early '70's Capri.
The Pinto motor while being the same internally was detuned and sucked compared to the easy revving 100 HP Euro spec Capri 2.0. I doubt very much that he will leave anything motor related stock unless he goes full resto mode.
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Joe huffaker ran (to old now) a 400+ hp 1275 in his minni, who needs a v-8 or pinto???
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Lucas electrical with a positive ground?

right?
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Joe huffaker ran (to old now) a 400+ hp 1275 in his minni, who needs a v-8 or pinto???
no way, id love to see how they got one of those to 400HP, and managed to make the transmission live.
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no way, id love to see how they got one of those to 400HP, and managed to make the transmission live.
I don't think it was stock.
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To bad its not a bug eye. I think people use Miata transmissions when they do the Buick aluminium v8 swap in MG's, i assume its the same with these. There is a cool video on youtube of one with a rx7 rotary engine swap doing autocross.
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215 buick v8 was a common swap.
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God damn Brits... I redid a 78 midget, the amount of factory wiring that was done with e-tape was impressively sad.

Got to the point that we flat out had to tell the guy if he wanted it fixed fixed it was going to out price the car real fast.
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My dad has a '56 MG-A, over the winter we did the 5-speed T9 swap from Moss. Finally got it going down the road a week or so ago and he loves it...with a full tune-up on the motor he said it's a completely different car.

Also did a bunch of the upgrades like the headlight harness, front discs, 12-volt standard alternator, electronic ignition, some sort of cold-air duct for the cabin vents, lot of insulation on the floorboards, etc.

Pretty cool aftermarket these days for the little British cars, keeps them driveable to modern standards without changing the essential character too much.
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Actually, the frame and rear diff won't handle a V8. I real popular motor swap is the Ford 2.0L 4cyl. from an early '70's Pinto.
Well you dont sound like much fun...
Of course you need to replace and beef stuff up! Little memo for ya-- a stock dana 30 wont hold up to 40's!

Ive seen a couple in person and theyre badass if done right. If you were anti v8 then a turbo ecoboost should get it done...
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