1977 MG B Roadster

The Light of Day – The 1977 MGB Roadster Project

Now that the aesthetic restoration of the 1977 MGB Roadster is complete, we thought we would pull the 1970s convertible out of the workshop and take some photos to show the work we’ve done on the car.

Every panel, piece and seam have been worked on by the teams here at Bridge and it really goes to show it on this car. Inside and out, we think this car looks absolutely fantastic.

In Summary – Round-Up of the 1977 MGB Roadster Restoration

As the restoration of the 1977 MGB Roadster nears its completion, we thought we would take this opportunity to look back at just how far this beautiful sports car has come during its time in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

The car arrived at our Suffolk HQ looking aesthetically tired. The paint had begun to fade and there were a few areas where the corrosion had begun to bubble through along with the interior beginning to fade and the wooden fascia being torn and loose. The first stop for the car was our paint and body team.

Chris worked on completely stripping the shell and every single body panel back to bare metal. The best way and the only way to ascertain the condition of the material underneath.

Once the panels had been entirely stripped of their old paint, Chris could not find any areas which would not need attention due to the condition of the metal underneath the paint and body filler being in a much poorer state than first anticipated.

The paint and body shop found multiple areas with corrosion and filler on the bottom sections of the car and around the front wings, both on the inner flanges and the recesses of the headlights. This, would all need to be rectified for the car to have not only the aesthetic restoration we had been asked to carry out for the customer but for it to carry the Bridge Classic Cars name.

Whilst the panels and other pieces were being worked on in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop, the shell of the Roadster was transferred into our main workshop for our restoration technicians to begin removing and replacing the affected body panels.

Our technician Scott took on the task of getting every single part of this MGB Roadster back to being purely metal. Carefully, he worked his way through the rear quarter panels to remove them from the car. Making sure to take note of any body line, bracket and opening in his cuts. Once the extensive corroded metal had been cautiously and sparingly cut out of the car, he could then begin preparing the classic sports car for its new panel work.

As with many reproduction panels, they take a certain amount of finessing and manipulating to get them fitting perfectly for the car. This is where our Bridge Classic Cars technicians truly shine. Scott, skillfully and sympathetically trimmed and moved the panels for the new rear quarter panels before refitting them onto the car on top of the freshly rust prepared area.

Scott fitted the car with its new panels on by methodically spot-welding them, as it would have been done originally, to avoid any warping which would cause excessive movement in the panel and therefore extra work by our body team.

Whilst the shell of the car was in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, some of the panels were being worked on by the body team. Chris worked the panels to make sure everything was in the best shape as possible. This involved multiple rounds of priming, sanding and minimal filler shaping. This was repeated multiple times in order to get the best possible result.

All of this was being done to create the best, most uniform shape to bring together the new and old panels together.

Once the body shell had its new rear quarter panels fitted by our in-house restoration team in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, it was given back to our paint team.

Chris worked on preparing the back end of the 1970s convertible. This involved preparing the metal to be ready for accepting the epoxy primer. The rear end of the car involved hours of hand sanding inside of every recess and compound shape by the in-house team here at Bridge Classic Cars before heading into our spray booth.

With the rear end of the car now in its first layers of epoxy primer by our paint body team, Chris could then begin getting all the panels on the car uniform and ready for its first colour coats to go back onto the car.

Now that the body was in perfect order, straight and true, it was time for Chris to get the MGB Roadster into our paint booth.

All of the hours of hard work getting every panel in the best shape and meticulously cleaned and prepared have led up to this very point for the 1977 MGB Roadster. Chris laid down the first layers of paint onto the car to allow the panels to set up for the next coats to go onto the bodywork.

Whilst our paint team were hard at work getting the exterior of the car into pristine order, the trimmers were in another department focusing on the interior of the MGB Roadster.

Brian carefully dismantled the entire interior of the car including the seats all the way down to their bare components. The frames and mechanisms were to be reused upon request. He took extra care when removing hardware from the corroded frames. With everything disassembled, he could begin work cleaning up the frames and refinishing them in gloss black to match the new pieces being put onto the car.

Alongside the work that Brian was doing in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house trim shop, Chris in the paint shop kept working on the various panels and pieces for the 1977 MGB Roadster.

The blue paintwork was laid onto the panels individually to make sure that it was even and deep. The panels were then taken into the preparation room, for hours of colour sanding and preparation before finally, the paint team took the panels back into the booth to be clear coated with a new UV resistant clear coat.

With the paint cured and the clearcoat hardened, the paint team completed the final sanding and polishing before handing the car over to the workshop for our restoration technicians to begin reassembly.

Our technician Mauro took over the project to begin getting the car back together. The technicians in the workshop had worked on assessing and inspecting every component that came off of the car during disassembly whether they could be refurbished or if new pieces would need to be sourced.

Many hours of polishing, sanding and refinishing had gone into being able to reuse as many pieces as possible for the car.

With the car inside of the restoration workshop, our senior technician Dave could get the floor pan of the Roadster into a better condition. One area, in particular, needed a small patch panel welded into the car.

Cutting out only what needed to be on the car to make sure the material was absolutely rock-solid on the car. After the new piece had been cleaned and prepared, a thick layer of seam sealer was used in order to stop any moisture from getting in between the new panel and the old.

With this job done, our workshop began the process of getting the new sound deadening into the MGB Roadster.

Whilst getting the car reassembled in our workshop, our technician Jon discovered an issue with the front bumpers. We had removed the bumpers from the car during the cars teardown but had not entirely disassembled it. There were some areas of corrosion on the back of the piece which were treated and neutralised but whilst trying to refit the bumper, he took the whole piece apart to work on aligning the piece to the car.

That is when we discovered the front side of the bumper supports were heavily surface corroded. The decision was taken to clean up the originals as during inspection and assessment the corrosion had not gone through or compromised the piece in our technician’s opinion. So, Jon began the work of carefully cleaning up the piece and coating it in a layer of rust proofing to protect it for many years to come.

During the cars rebuild, the technicians found both rear wheel cylinders on the drum brakes were leaking and needed to be replaced. Whilst in there, our technicians had the drums refinished in a satin black coating.

The shoes and springs could be reused. But, some of the adjusters and hardware were very close to seizing and would make it difficult to adjust the brakes in the future which is something that routinely needs to be done. So, these parts were changed during the rebuild of the brakes.

While Paul was fixing the brakes at the rear of the 1977 MGB Roadster, Jon was working on getting the newly repaired and refitted bumpers back onto the car.

This was a crucial part of the reassembly of the car, because it is the point where all the body lines and panel gaps converge. They also need to fit tight to the body but have enough room to move slightly and not risk damaging the paintwork underneath. So, for this, Jon created a set of custom mounts and brackets to adjust the front bumper to a place in which it was visually happy and space away enough from the body of the MGB.

At the same time, new wing mirrors were fitted to the car due to visible dents.

With the reassembly of the MGB Roadster complete in the workshop, it could then be turned over to the trim shop to work their skill on the interior of the Roadster.

With the floors now completely finished and solid, Brian could begin installing the sound deadening material into the car. This is laid down like sheets of carpet, and placed into areas of the car that can carry vibrations and noise into the cabin. He skillfully put the deadening material in as if it were carpet. Trimming each piece for the perfect fit to the piece next to it.

Then, it was time to fit the carpet kit for the MGB.

When the original seats were torn down and the frames completely refurbished, Brian had the task of recovering the seats for the Roadster.

Piece by piece, he fitted the covers and new padding to the original frames. Managing to work the new covers onto the seats with a perfect fit and finish.

This stage was done a while back, so the seats were carefully wrapped and put into storage awaiting the next part of the story of the 1977 MGB Roadster with Bridge Classic Cars.

The time had come for the final stage of assembly to begin on the Roadster. The car was moved back into the workshop from the trim shop to begin this process.

Brian set about fitting the wood kit into the car. Test fitting each piece to make sure the fit was perfect. No overlap or short sides, each piece on the car exactly how it should be.

With the wood kit in the car, he could then turn his attention to the seats. With their protective wrappings still on, he took the seats out of storage to have their runners fitted. This also involved preparing the hardware in the car. He cleanly and neatly made the cuts in the new carpet to get the piece to line up just right in order to match up with the hardware.

Some of the final steps in the assembly of the Roadster involved seals, sills and the installation of the original hood.

Keeping the original hood was done at the request of the customer. The team refitted the convertible top but replaced the rear screen due to splitting and cracking. With that done, Brian then worked on getting the hood fitted to the refurbished hood frame.

With the sill plates in place, our restoration workshop could begin to install the necessary door seals and fittings.

There was just one more thing to do before it was all done.

The wire wheels. An iconic and crucial part of any MGB.

We had the wheels for the car professionally sandblasted and powder coated.

The final phase of hours if not days of sanding and grinding by the technicians, the relentless tweaking and moving to get pieces aligned, The precision of our trim shop to make sure an off the shelf interior was fitting for a hand-finished car.

Now, with the wheels on and all the jobs ticked off the sheet. It was time to get the 1977 MGB Roadster fully valeted and clean before we have to say goodbye after it has been tested.

Clips and Guards – Fitting Hood Studs and Inner Guards to the 1977 MGB Roadster

The Bridge Classic Cars technicians have been fitting the final few clips, brackets and guards onto the 1977 MGB Roadster which is in our restoration workshop.

Paul worked alongside our trim team to the new hood studs secured into the body of the 1970s convertible. This could only be done once the original convertible hood was put onto the refurbished frame.

Once the hood studs were in place, the technicians could then move on to the final parts of the car. One of those is fitting the inner wheel arch guards onto the car. This has to be done before the team road test the car before its hand over.

The Jewel in the Crown – Refurbished Wheels on the 1977 MGB Roadster

The final piece of the restoration of the 1977 MGB Roadster in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ have been fitted to the car. The completely refurbished wire wheels.

The wheels are now fitting to the huge amount of work done by the whole team here at Bridge on the Roadster to get it looking like a million dollars. With the wheels now on the car, it can have its full valet carried out by Viper Auto Valet, who will go through the entire car (including the wheels) and get everything look better than new.

Final Pieces – Fitting The Hood, Brackets and Sill Plates to the 1977 MGB Roadster

As the aesthetic restoration of the 1977 MGB Roadster in the Bridge Classic Workshop at our Suffolk HQ gets closer to completion, the in-house trim team have been finishing off the final parts and pieces for the car.

Brian, our lead trimmer, has been working on getting the original hood fitted back to the car at the customer’s request. Not only did that involve stretching and fitting the hood over the newly refurbished hood frame but also replacing the rear screen with a brand new high-quality replacement we had sourced for the project.

With the hood now stretched over the frame, Brian could begin making sure all the associated clips and brackets for securing it to the car were in the correct place and correctly fitted to the car. Installing convertible hoods is somewhat of an art form but with Brians years of experience, he can stretch and refit an original hood to make it look as good as new.

One of the final pieces on the car that needed to be completed was the decorative sill plates. These highly polished pieces were riveted to the sills, as they were originally, to finish off the amazing work that Brian and Lydia in our Bridge Classic Cars trim shop have done on the car.

Fit and Trim – New Woodkit and Seats in the 1977 MGB Roadster

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house trim team have been working on getting the final pieces finished in the interior of the 1977 MGB Roadster which is with us for aesthetic restoration.

Brian, our head trimmer, has been working on getting the brand new wood kit into the dash and centre console of the classic convertible. Each piece has to be carefully test-fitted and trimmed to fit perfectly into the recesses before it is evenly glued down into the car.

With all of the wood pieces now in the car and setting up, Brian could turn his attention to getting the seats into the finished interior. The recovered seats and refurbished frames were gently placed into the car and if any adjustment needed to be made, the whole seat was lifted in the car and moved to avoid any snags or marking of the interior.

Coming Together – Fitting the New Rear Screen into the Original Hood of the 1977 MGB Roadster

The Bridge Classic Cars trim shop have put a new rear screen into the original convertible hood for the 1977 MGB Roadster.

The use of the original hood was a request from the owner. But, the rear screen was very deteriorated and split in places. So, the trim shop replaced the rear screen and stitched it into the existing material.

With this now in place, the hood can be fitted onto the car.

Capping it Off – Fitting the Door Cards and Door Caps to the 1977 MGB Roadster

The 1977 MGB Roadster which is in the in-house Bridge Classic Cars trim shop has been under the care of our master trimmer, Brian.

Brian has been finishing off the doors of the MGB Roadster as part of its interior refit. Brian carefully put the in-door webbing into the doors, which helps with sound deadening, and then began the process of fitting up the door cards into the 1970s roadster.

With the door cards firmly in place and looking phenomenal in the car, Brian could then attach the door caps to finish off the work on the doors that has been done by our incredible in-house trim team.

Under the Bonnet – More Sound Deadening on the 1977 MGB Roadster

The in-house trim team here at Bridge Classic Cars have finished off the last pieces of sound deadening in the 1977 MGB Roadster which is currently in with us for restoration.

Brain, our lead trimmer, has fitted the sound deadening under the bonnet of the classic convertible. This will help absorb any sort of unwanted engine noise so that its driver can simply enjoy the wonderful exhaust notes coming from the rear. It also helps with the tactile quality of the car itself, when closing the bonnet it won’t have that hollow and tinny noise. Fitting with the fit and finish Bridge Classic Cars has worked on putting into the car.

Light Work – Bulbs Missing from the 1977 MGB Roadster

During the refit and testing of the 1977 MGB Roadster, our in-house restoration technicians here at Bridge Classic Cars have noted that none of the dash lights were working.

After looking further into this issue, Paul who is one of our in-house technicians found that the bulbs for each of the dash lights were actually missing from the car. He has reported that by the looks of the connectors, the bulbs had been missing for some time.

Inch Perfect – Fitting Carpets and Panels to the 1977 MGB Roadster

Brian, our master in-house trimmer here at Bridge Classic Cars, has been working on the next phase of the interior of the 1977 MGB Roadster.

The rear was the first port of call for Brian on the journey of getting the interior complete. The rear bulkhead panels and carpet had to be put in place before moving forward. Brian had to retrim a few of the pieces from the carpet kit as they were oversized, the fit and finish on the Roadster has to be 100% right which is the standard of all Bridge Classic Cars interiors.

Brian also had to fabricate and modify some panels to take into account the rear speakers. Carefully, Brian made a template for the speaker grille and cut it out of black perforated steel which will sit behind the quarter panels, now with their hand-cut and finished openings for the speakers.

With the rear bulkhead trimmed, Brian could then start fitting the base panels which have been trimmed in match black carpet. Then the flooring could be laid and glued down into the classic 1970s roadster. Each piece was first offered up by Brian and if the fit wasn’t right, using his huge experience and skill, it could be trimmed to get the perfect fit for the car.

The work is progressing quickly on the 1977 MGB Roadster in with Bridge Classic Cars so keep an eye out here on the News Page for more updates on this fantastic little sports car.

First Layer – Fitting Sound Deadening to the 1977 MGB Roadster

The 1977 MGB Roadster which is currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for restoration has begun the first phase of its interior installation.

The classic 1970s has been handed over to our in-house head trimmer Brian, to begin work on the new interior of the car. The first step is to fit the new cabin sound deadening kit into the car. With Brian’s many years of experience in automotive trim work, he knows the best steps to take into making sure that all the panels fit perfectly from the very first layer being laid into the car.

Using the best quality sound deadening material, Brian began at the rear of the car. Panel by panel he worked his way from the rear of seats all the way to the very edge of the toeboards under the dash.

With these crucial pieces in place, Brian could then begin getting the beautiful black carpet pieces into the corners of the car and covering the transmission tunnel.

This is the first step in getting the brand new interior of the 1977 MGB Roadster back in by our in-house restoration team.

Little Details – Chrome Headlight Bezzles on the 1977 MGB Roadster

The 1977 MGB Roadster currently undergoing restoration at Bridge Classic Cars has had a couple of its finishing details put on the car before it heads into our in-house trim shop.

Jon, one of our in-house restoration technicians, has been working on finishing up the front end of the classic convertible. One of those jobs is to install the brightwork. This time, he has installed the headlight surrounds onto the bezzles for the car. This small detail goes a long way to add to the look of the car.

The team at Bridge Classic Cars have revitalised the small roadster through hours of hard work and skill our amazing in-house teams.

Expect to see much more about the 1977 MGB Roadster here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Good as New – Painting the Rear Dums on the 1977 MGB Roadster

While Paul was working on rebuilding the rear drums of the 1977 MGB Roadster, the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop have also been working on parts and pieces of the 1977 MGB Roadster.

Alan, one of the painters, has refinished the drums in their original satin black. First, he carefully sanded the drums to clear them of any corrosion. Then, after thoroughly cleaning the parts, he could shoot the extremely durable satin black coating. Now, the pieces will be left to cure and then put back onto the car.

Stop and Go – Rebuilding the Brakes on the 1977 MGB Roadster

Paul, one of the in-house restoration technicians here at Bridge Classic Cars, has been working on the list of jobs to do on the 1977 MGB Roadster that is in with us for restoration.

Paul carefully took apart the old drum brakes to inspect them and found the wheel cylinders to be leaking and some of the original hardware was close to seizing. So, Paul rebuilt the brakes with all new parts and hardware to make sure that when this classic roadster is back on the road it stops as good as it goes.

Piece by Piece – Reassembling the 1977 MGB Roadster

The 1977 MGB Roadster that is currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ is piece by piece being reassembled.

Our technicians Jon and Paul have been carefully piecing back together this wonderful 1970s convertible.

Jon has been working on repairing the bumpers which had heavy surface corrosion. For that, he stripped back all of the loose rust on the piece and applied several coats of neutralising agent to the rust to help it from corroding any further. With the bumper braces sorted, Jon had them painted back and refit the rubber surrounds which give the MGB’s of this era their distinctive look.

Then, Jon and Paul began refitting components to the front and rear of the MGB. At the rear, the bumpers, lights and fuel tank have all been carefully secured into place on the car. While Paul was sorting out the wiring inside the car (under the dash, the rear speakers etc), Jon was working on getting the front bumper into place and secured to the car.

For this, Jon has made a series of special brackets to better support the nose of the MGB. These also help to align the front bumper and have it sit perfectly on the car. Whilst the bumper was being adjusted, Jon fit the grilles and headlights into the car, to have everything in place for when he began to wire the car.

The wiring was done and neatly secured out of sight but also in a safe and easily accessible place.

It’s all moving ahead on this wondef

Unpleasant Find – Rust Inside the Bumpers of the 1977 MGB Roadster

With the reassembly of the 1977 MGB Roadster going on in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our technician Jon has been working on refitting the bumpers to the car.

Whilst refitting the bumpers, Jon made a rather unpleasant discovery. We were aware of some corrosion in the back of the bumpers but that had been treated and neutralised. However, when Jon took the bumpers apart during refit to try and best align them on the car, the backside of the bracket/support was covered in rust. The extent of the rust was something we were not aware of.

With this, the team have decided to repair the bumpers. The rust itself is thick surface rust mainly so the team will strip them all back and prepare them for reassembly.

Expect to see more on the process of repairing the bumpers very soon on the Bridge Classic Cars News Page.

All the Details – Continuing to Reassemble the 1977 MGB Roadster

Mauro, one of our restoration technicians here at Bridge Classic Cars, has been hard at work reassembling the 1977 MGB Roadster we have in for restoration in preparation for the next phase of the project.

Mauro has been fitting all of the trims and windows to the car since the paintwork is now fully cured and hardened. This really makes the little sportscar come alive!

As with this being new paint, our team take their time and carefully manoeuvre the trims into place as to not cause any damage to the beautiful dark blue roadster. Some of the pieces have been refurbished but those that couldn’t be have been replaced with the highest quality pieces we have sourced.

The windows were thoroughly cleaned and all mechanisms liberally greased to ensure they work flawlessly when needed and all the trim pieces have new clips and hardware to create a good, tight fit to the body of the car.

Mauro is systematically working through each part of the car to complete each section before moving on to the next.

Also, the team fitted the windscreen to the car as a finishing touch!

Expect to see more on the beautiful 1977 MGB Roadster soon, here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Coming Back Together – Reassembly on the 1977 MGB Roadster

The 1977 MGB Roadster currently in with Bridge Classic Cars has finished its time in our in-house paint shop and has now been moved into our restoration workshop to begin reassembly.

After previously assessing the condition of the trims when the car first came into us, they were bagged and catalogued for this stage of the car’s aesthetic restoration. Some of the trims and parts weren’t able to be refurbished or reused so high-quality replacements from trusted suppliers were sourced to make sure the Roadster looks and works perfectly. That includes cleaning and refinishing the fuel tank to match the standard of the rest of the car.

Our in-house restoration technician Mauro has been working alongside our other technician Paul to get the trims and pieces back onto the MGB before it goes into our in-house trim shop for its interior. Mauro and Paul will work methodically through the car to ensure every component and fitting is secure and neatly back onto the car.

Expect to see more in the very near future on the 1977 MGB Roadster in with Bridge Classic Cars.

Piece and Quiet – Patching the Floors and Sound Deadening in the 1977 MGB Roadster

Our senior technician, Dave, has been working on the 1977 MGB Roadster that is in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for restoration. This time, the job is to sort out some of the small holes and issues in the floor pan of the 1970s convertible.

After assessing the area, Dave only removed the material which had been affected. Then, with the patch piece trimmed down to size, Dave could weld the piece into the floor of the car. After it had been welded in and ground back to be perfectly smooth, Dave then could seam-seal the piece into the car.

Now that the floors were rock solid,Dave could replace the sound deadening on the floor so that when this amazing convertible is out on the open road, its very luckily owner just gets to enjoy the sound of the wonderful 4 cylinder rather than the road noise.