Many of our videos call-out the unique features of early 1958 cars. The first 1000 or so cars had some unique bits that were reinforced and strengthened by the time car #1600 or so was built, but there are also some unique features of the very early cars that are not even all that well-documented. One of those features is the mounting of the brake and clutch lines across the firewall. In these photos you’ll see the two green cars 501 and 505 with small p- clips and the brake lines close together and up high on the firewall.
However, the white car in the photo below is a later car which shows the common and usual P-clip arrangement on most of the Bugeyes that we all know and love. This is one more interesting subtlety about working with these cars, and it’s nice to see 501 and 505 share these early features. You’ll notice on 505 that we’ve use the copper nickel brake lines which are better for all modern restorations but on 501 we used the original type of steel brake lines to re-create the original look and style (and to be accurate).
If you are interested in replacing some of the bits you see here on these three Bugeyes, check out the links below!