From: Daniel Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 'Carlson, Rob' <email@example.com>
Cc: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 1998 1:10 PM
Subject: RE: Advice for a newcomer
>No doubt about it, but even an original car can be a lot of fun. I drive my
as close to originally restored Bugeye(948eng;smooth case transmission
etc)daily when I'm in town and put about 800 miles on it so far(since the
middle of August).Of course "in town" is rural coastal NC where driving is
probably less stressful that some other places. Carol '59 Bugeye
Fred is right. You have to decide on what it is you want from the car. You
>have said that you are not looking for concours, so we can start there.
>Original "out of the box" bugeyes are cars that demand compromise,
>particularly in the area of performance/driveability in modern traffic.
>The most popular "updates" or concessions to modern driving are in the area
>of engine, transmission, and braking. For engine, look for a well done
>conversion to 1275 c.c.
>For transmission, look for a conversion away from the original smooth case
>to a later (stronger) version or, ideally, a WELL DONE 5 speed based on the
>Datsun 210 tranny and Riverside kit.
>For braking, front disc conversion.
>For tires, radials. No super fat, low profile stuff.
>Addition of a front anti-roll bar, not too thick.
>For safety, three point belts and maybe a roll-over bar.
>Just about all of the rest of the car can be original, it just depends on
>your taste. DO NOT BUY A RUSTBUCKET.
>From: Carlson, Rob [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 1998 12:39 PM
>Subject: Advice for a newcomer
>I have finally found enough disposable income to 'comfortably' buy the car
>of my dreams - a AH bugeye. Keeping in mind that I'm not looking for
>concours and I value driveability over originality - I like to solicit
>advice from anyone who would care to comment.