Two cars -
1/ standard spec MkII with following diversions; rib case gearbox(for
better ratios and reversing light switch), 1275 clutch (std slips in
competition), 4.5" rostyles (strength), 4.55:1 diff (for climbing hills),
extractors (came with the car), specially made high strength axles, 1.5"
lowered, 1.5 degrees neg camber, front discs and 8" rear drums (period
mods), tandem master cylinder from a late Midget (comp regs), electric fuel
pump with cutout switch (period mod), Halda and stopwatch. This is
Angela's everyday transport which I lightly modified for Targa Tasmania and
got second in class to a Mini which was built to win. The only trouble we
have is fuel vaporisation in heavy traffic.
2/ standard MkI with following diversions; rib case gearbox (see above), 8"
front brakes with finned aloy drums (period mod), Mk4 exhaust manifold (too
many broken flanges), 1275 clutch (see above), Halda and stopwatch,
voltmeter, uprated cable drive dynamo and control box, Morris Minor fuel
pump (period mod), 4.55:1 diff (see above). This isn't a daily driver but
I use it on rallies (it's the sideways dirty one with the fastback hardtop
in the screensaver) and other comp events as well as touring. The only
trouble is a dicky needle and seat in one of the carbs. This 80,000 mile
car was found in a carport where it'd been stored under a tarp for twenty
years. The only thing missing was the original horn which used to perish
quickly anyway. It still retains things like the heatshield for the fuel
pump and all the boot trim. Some of this has been put into storage to
The only 'modern' things I use on both cars are Hylomar sealant (developed
in the 60's anyway) and synthetic oils in engine, gearbox and diff. And
both cars have had an extra standard fuse box added. The MkI has no engine
mods (it's still got original size bores, pistons and crank) and the MkII
is up to 997 Cooper spec.
It might seem they're not 'standard' standard but I tried to build them as
they would have been in their heydays. The events I do are generally
endurance events (and Donald Healy was expert at this kind of thing) so the
cars have to be reliable and easy to drive over long distances.
Subject: Inquiring Minds Want To Know
Date: Wednesday, 28 April 1999 16:07
(That's Philly Talk). With all due respect to those owners that constantly
seek to modify and improve their Sprites for daily use, are there any
owners "lurking" out there that maintain their cars as they were run in
How are you owners coping without extra fuses, without Permatex, without
dual-line braking systems, etc. etc. etc. etc.?
Are you still running SU's on a stock manifold? An Austin ribcase on a 1275
or an Austin smoothcase on a 948?
What are your experiences with the "factory issue"?
Are you running in the pink? I know I am?
Again, please don't take this as a slight on mods, mods are great, but what
about the plain vanilla users?
Mk 1/2 Bugeye
Mk 2 aka HAN-6
Innocenti-S (It's in your Sprite books, look it up.)