Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1965 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk III
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Rotary
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1965 Austin Healey Sprite that is being brought back from the grave with a bridgeported Mazda 12a engine, and a rear axle from an '84 RX7 GSL with disc brakes and LSD
I always wanted an early model speedster ever since I had my first ride in a TR6 when I was a kid. The car felt like a big go-kart and I never forgot that experience. So I finally had the money and the time to do this. I found a 1959 Bugeye and a RX-7 13B rotary motor on a local ebay type site and well here I am. Its been two year now and I almost ready to get this project fired up. It been a long road since the entire build has been done outside under a homemade carport in New England. I've worked in Rain, Heat, Snow and Cold to for fill this dream. This is a real backyard project and I've done all the work myself from structure to wiring. I've learn a lot and and have many people to thank. Hope you enjoy this build as much as I enjoyed doing it. It's about 70% complete and I'll work through the winter to finish her up for a spring 2010 debut. Stay Tuned!!! All done but the paint and it is a violent, but strangely fun to drive. I need to make some sort aero package as it gets pretty squirrely at highway speed. I'm sure it's nothing that more money won't take care of! CHECK OUT THE COOL VIDEOS TO SEE IT IN MOTION!!!!! Thanks Dave.
Specs for “RotoSprite”
tbd. Should have about 200hp +/- at the flywheel. will weigh around 1400lbs
Specs for “BuzzBomb”
Curb weight 1300lbs @ 150hp, 1987 13b Mazda RX-7 rotary motor.
Factory Options for “RotoSprite”
Factory Options for “BuzzBomb”
Not much is these car, not even a radio. Came with 948CC motor. 4 speed manual tranny
Mods for “RotoSprite”
Bridgeported Mazda 12a
Tailshaft housing from mazda b2000
short throw shifter
RX7 GSL Rear axle with LSD and disc brakes
KYB rear shocks
Weber DCOE Side draft carb
Racing beat intake manifold
electronic direct fire ignition
Vintage Radir wheels 13x5
sumitomo HTR tires
Shaved bumpers, fuel filler tube, and emblems
trunk mounted fuel cell and battery
streetrod wiring harness
KYB rear shocks
front anti sway bar
custom mesh grill
Pearlized white paint w/ red grandsport stripe on drivers side fender
All modifications are going to be engineered to be bolt-in and the car could be returned to original if desired.
Mods for “BuzzBomb”
Removed drive train. Installed 1987 Mazda 13B Rotary engine. Required chassis and internal body cut. Removed EFI, black boxes, Emission rat nest. Installed a Rotary Shack Side draft carbs and manifolds (Props to Robert at the Shack). Removed all vintage wiring, fixtures, gages and switches. Installed a Painless 12CRT wiring harness and American wiring switches. 10 gallon JAZ fuel cell. External Oil cooler. Aluminum Radiator. E-fan. Led lighting. Replaced seamed beam head lights with H-4 Halogen Headlights with halo's. Installed a Mazda 5 speed tranny. Duel Faucet fuel pumps. Custom 2-1/2" header and exhaust. Two 2-1/2 pre silencers. Front disc brake up grade. Perma cool E-fan, Griffin Radiator. Stainless radiator hoses, and One bad attitude K&N Filters!
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