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Leslie Cline’s Bugeye Sprite – My Father Owned One

My good friend Leslie forwarded an email to me recently with a link to an advert for a Bugeye Sprite. I called her and, among other things, suggested she could buy the best early Miata on the planet for about 2/3’s the money. She simply said “My father owned one.” Well, there you go. One … Continue reading


Some Assembly Required – Upholstery Part 2

In my previous article, I discussed the specifics of selecting an upholstery kit for the restoration of my 1963 Etype FHC. For this article, I’ll try and make some more general recommendations regarding upholstery. Of course, if your car is relatively new or a well maintained older car, your job is simply to preserve the … Continue reading

Some Assembly Required – Upholstery Part 1

As my wife Kelli correctly points out, when it comes to making a good first impression with one’s car, after paint upholstery is key. And since I am done with paint on the 63 Etype, we are going to talk about upholstery quite a bit. As noted in previous articles, after 2 years of work … Continue reading

1963 Etype – Upholstery Part 2

It is time for an update on the progress of my upholstery on my 63 FHC. As noted in my previous article, I had received an upholstery kit from GB Classic Trim in the UK. Working on a top down approach, my first job was to install the headliner. Cantrails and the areas behind the … Continue reading

Don’t Be Me – Be Safe!

As I type this using 9 fingers, I am grateful as it could have been worse! On Christmas day, no less, I was trimming a piece of oak plank on my table saw. I have always been very wary of my table saw but it bit me this time. I was using my “push stick” … Continue reading

Porsche Cayman 987.1 – Recaro Pole Position Seats

I purchased my 2007 Cayman S with the intent of making it track worthy but still acceptable to use on the streets, to run errands or take a longish drive. For my track car, I try and do safety upgrades first, then I worry about performance aspects. So the two times I have taken it … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Upholstery Part 1

Now that paint is done, I have moved the bodyshell into a 2 bay garage where I will do mechanical assembly. Basically everything else needed to complete the car. This garage is fully weatherproof with heating and cooling and TV/hi-fi/internet. My man cave. As I started in October, I decided to take advantage of the … Continue reading

Porsche 987 Cayman Tech Tip – Ignition Key Not Responding

Last week I drove my 07 Cayman S to the local Porsche dealer to pick up an interior part that had come in. I went back out to my car. Inserted the key and tried to start the car. Nothing. No crank. No dashboard lights. Well, if your car is going to conk out, what … Continue reading

Some Assembly Required – So Many Parts

After completing paint work on my 1963 Etype FHC restoration, I moved the body shell into a different garage for “mechanical assembly”. Basically, the rest of the restoration will occur in this garage, where I have it on a lift. In addition to the major components remaining to be installed, i.e. the engine, transmission, driveshaft, … Continue reading

Dr. Thomas Haddock

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Tom Haddock this week. He was at the Coventry Foundation in Columbia, SC to do some research. I feel mildly guilty as I think he was distracted by fan boys like me but he was very gracious in talking with me. Dr. Haddock is the co-author of the … Continue reading

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