Welcome to my Bugeye project

Welcome to my latest project. I am building a 1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite with a little twist. I'm putting in a 3.0 V-6 SHO engine.
Be sure to check back for updates on the progress and please leave a comment if you have any questions, feedback or advice for me.

putting it together

And here is the beast coming together. Modified the trans slightly to get it to fit and it does fit quite nicely. Now i have to get a custom clutch plate made to fit and i'll be cooking.
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SHOBoom | April 14, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Hey, I just noticed you said you'd need a custom plate for the clutch. I don't think you do. There is a Mustang pressure plate that fits fine, according to a few other RWD SHO swaps. I've heard that both the SVO (84-86 turbo 2.0) and 5.0 pressure plates fit. You may want to do a bit more research though, just to make sure before you buy.

Ben.. | April 14, 2009 at 9:22 PM

the pressure plate isn't an issue. It fits fine. but the SHO clutch disc has the wrong inner spline to fit the Ranger transmission.

I'm told a Mitsubishi clutch from a 3000GT VR4 will work as it has the right clutch plate diameter and correct inner spline for the Ranger transmission or you can get a custom clutch made with those right pieces. I'm looking into both options now. I'll let you know what i go with.

SHOBoom | April 15, 2009 at 1:40 AM

Sorry, the clutch disc is what I meant, not the pressure plate. I remember someone saying that the Mustang disc is listed as 10.4 but is actually the same size as the SHO one, except with the right splines. I'm trying to find some more definite information, I'll let you know if I find anything.

Ben.. | April 15, 2009 at 9:16 AM

yes let me know what Mustang clutch disc works... Year, engine size etc and i'll look into that option as well


SHOBoom | May 28, 2009 at 11:26 PM

I don't know if you're still needing this info or if you already got a custom plate made up. The clutch disk from a 1991-1994 Chevy Lumina or Pontiac Grand Prix with the 3.4 DOHC V6 will fit the Ranger input shaft and the SHO flywheel/pressure plate. It is 1/16" of an inch smaller in diameter than a stock SHO clutch, a negligable difference.

Ben.. | June 1, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Thanks Firebat45

i'll look into that as well and let you know