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mods & upgrades for Healey (Nash, Austin, or Jensen) cars, including engine swaps

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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: November 11, 2010 09:07PM

Jim that would be a great help thanks. Maybe just the bolt on fix I'm looking for! Dave.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Another Rotary Sprite/crude wing ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 13, 2010 02:38PM

Getting air under the car does not equal lift. How it interacts with the air going over,(top side of wing), does. The speed differential between the two basic air flows, helps determine lift. Well designed lip spoilers, skirts and air dams are effective in reducing lift by reducing volume of air,(bottom side of wing), under the car."Turbine" wheels are an aid, as they tend to pull air out, from under car, while better cooling the brakes. Belly pans "reduce" lift, because they speed-up the air flow under the car. By reducing the speed differential top/bottom, that crude wing becomes much less effective.Since belly pans reduce aero drag, car will be faster. 2cents, roverman.



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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: November 13, 2010 08:12PM

Thanks Roverman, I will be looking at a few different local Bugeye's that are in racer trim and implore a mix of skirting, dams and spoiler pieces to remedy the lift problem, or so they say. I'm currently building a new header from some 1/8" tubing, seems the 20 gauge I used actually melted at high speeds. Come to find out these Rotary run so hot that regular header piping will just crystallize and melt away! Crazy stuff these Wankel's. Here is the batch of thick wall piping and flanges I picked up on E-bay. I'll post a pic when I'm done. I'm glad I paid for that 2000* heat shield because if not I'm sure the car would have burned to the ground when it blew!
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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: November 14, 2010 08:12PM

Check out his aero package, interesting!
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jim
jim begor
brushton ny
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12/30/2009 08:59PM

Main British Car:
59 sprite gm 3.1 5 speed

Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: jim
Date: November 19, 2010 05:26PM

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here is the picture of spridgetechs mold for the non flaired bonnet they can do it with or without brake air ducts
they quoted me $ 100.00 + shipping I think I will try it

jim



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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: December 01, 2010 07:30PM

I'm going to look them up!


jim
jim begor
brushton ny
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59 sprite gm 3.1 5 speed

Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: jim
Date: December 04, 2010 08:37AM

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I have not tried to fit this yet the fiberglass is race weight bit lighter than my speedwell bonnet
but overall it looks good Ill try to fit it some time this winter

jim



Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: December 04, 2010 05:02PM

That looks awesome, how are you going to attach it!


jim
jim begor
brushton ny
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59 sprite gm 3.1 5 speed

Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: jim
Date: December 04, 2010 06:41PM

I havent got that far yet more than likely fiberglass I will work on it later this year but should have it ready for spring

jim


Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: December 12, 2010 06:05PM

That shape does not looks as complex as I thought. I wonder if I can pound one out of sheet metal as I could weld it on? Seem like that bottom bead will be the tricky part.


jim
jim begor
brushton ny
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12/30/2009 08:59PM

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59 sprite gm 3.1 5 speed

Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: jim
Date: December 13, 2010 06:20PM

it would be worth a tri if you need more pictures or measurements let me know


Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: March 14, 2011 08:33PM

What a winter man! The end is near!!!!!! At least it stopped snowing! I can't wait to finish up and do some serious driving!
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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: May 12, 2011 09:43PM

All legal and run the stuff out it. The rotary is eating the rear tires off it, but I'm sure my heavy foot is not helping!
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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: May 30, 2011 11:21AM

Finally got some seats, went with the Miata seats for comfort. Also added a flush mount filler cap for the fuel cell.
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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: September 28, 2011 06:31PM

Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: January 31, 2012 07:05PM

Ready for paint!
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Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: June 28, 2013 08:28PM

Finally Painted
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Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Moderator
Date: June 28, 2013 08:47PM

Nice!


tbo
Tim Body
St Thomas Ontario
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01/27/2013 06:47PM

Main British Car:
1954 Triumph TR2 stock 2 litre

Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: tbo
Date: July 08, 2013 08:59PM

Hey Dave. I followed your project, Thought you did a great job.So nice to work outside in the south with out winter breathing down your neck half the year.I liked the video of your test drive,that part of the country must be great for sports cars.The colour looks great .hope you have lots of happy miles on your car.


Bugeye RX
Dave Bergheimer

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Re: Another Rotary Sprite
Posted by: Bugeye RX
Date: July 08, 2013 10:20PM

Thanks Chris and Tim. It been along time coming but well worth it. It loves the back roads and feels like a KART car with the high revving Rotary. Perfect match. Plus I shed 100lbs +, it weighed in at 1306lbs once completed.
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