Asbestos In Classic Cars

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

Asbestos used to be used for a wide range of functions. However, in more recent times, the detrimental impact it can have on people’s health has given it a bad reputation. As the majority of the cars that come into our workshop are classics, sometimes we come across some that may contain asbestos.

One such car that we currently have in the workshop is our 1972 Chevron B20. After leaving us last year, our 1972 Chevron B20 recently returned to us much to everyone’s excitement.

The reason for it returning to us is for it to be prepared for export. This F2 racing car is moving on to Australia in the near future. Australia has extremely strict laws surrounding asbestos. When it comes to importing vehicles into the country, any vehicle entering Australia must be completely free from the controversial material.

Checking For Asbestos In Classic Cars

Asbestos could potentially be found in a few areas of a classic car. Classic car technician Rob has been working alongside Richard from Positive Waste Solutions. Together, they stripped our Chevron B20 and made sure it was free from asbestos and ready for its trip to Australia.

Rob began the process by stripping the head while a poly drop sheet was placed underneath the engine to catch any falling debris. After Rob removed the head gasket, he carefully passed it to Richard who bagged it securely. The same process was followed for the brakes and clutch.

Richard also removed the insulation from the back exhaust.

Safety First

As asbestos can cause some dangerous health consequences, it’s extremely important that the appropriate precautions are taken during the removal process.

The photos below show Richard in his protective gear as he handles parts of our Chevron B20 that may have asbestos in them.

Once our 1972 Chevron B20 is given the all-clear, it will be ready for its long journey to Australia. We have loved having it back in the workshop and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this rare classic car.

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