April 26, 2022

On the Inside – Inspecting and Repairing the Corroded Sill of the 1970 Bristol 411

The restoration workshop at Bridge Classic Cars has been working on inspecting, preparing and repairing some corrosion to the inner sill of the 1970 Bristol 411.

Our technician Paul, who has been working on the project, discovered the areas after completing the inspecting and preparation of the (now) driver’s side sill and moving onto the (now) passenger side.

After carefully the outer skin of the sills to inspect what was behind, Paul noticed they have become quite heavily corroded in places. So, the team have decided to repair these areas with new hand-fabricated pieces for the classic Bristol. This process also involves cleaning out the sill area and preparing it for welding. Whilst doing that, the team discovered what appeared to be a large piece of mastic/sealant. This was completely removed and the area it was inspected.

The new pieces will be made specifically for that section of the car and welded in.

Running Deep – Work on the Passenger Side Front Arch on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The fabrication shop at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop has finished work on the drivers’ side front arch and sill of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible, so it’s time to move onto the passenger side.

Once our fabrication team began looking into the corrosion around this area to try and make sure the door openings were within spec, they noticed that much like the other side the pillar and sill would move independently of each other.

To get to the bottom of this and make sure this part of the car is not only aesthetically sound but also structurally right, several areas had to be completely cut out in order to perform the repairs that were necessary.

After removing the affected material, the team then began the process of replacing the pieces with brand new panels either supplied or hand fabricated for the classic Morris Minor. Each of these has been cut and trimmed perfectly to size in order to be welded in and avoided any sort of heat warpage which may affect the alignment of any subsequent pieces.

Tuck and Cover – Fitting the C Pillar Vents and Rear Shelf on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The trim team at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have been working on getting a few more jobs done on the interior of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

The first task was to put the new vents into the C Pillars of the classic Daytona replica. For this, our trimmer Brian very carefully marked out and cut the holes need to bit the core of the vent in place. Then, it was secured into place before a mesh was placed over the backside to perfectly match the original Daytona.

Next, Brian tackled getting the rear parcel shelf wrapped in foam. This will make up a large part of the rear of the Daytona which the team have expertly finished and put into place.