1969 morris minor convertible

A Classic Pinstripe

Along with its new interior, sun visors, and roof, our 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible has a new pinstripe too. Classic car technician Chris made

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A Classic Pinstripe

Along with its new interior, sun visors, and roof, our 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible has a new pinstripe too.

Classic car technician Chris made sure the car was properly prepped before painting on the pinstripe.

The pinstripe may seem like a relatively small thing but, as you can see from the photos below, it makes a huge difference to the overall look of the car.

Building The Dash And Stripping The Brakes

Classic Car Technician Scott has been busy building up the dash in our 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible. Once he had finished this, he moved on to stripping the brakes so he could check they were in full working order.

After cleaning, greasing, readjusting, and reassembling the brakes, he was happy with them all apart from the off-side front brakes. It was here that Scott found one of the cylinders was seized and another was leaking. A new set of cylinders has been ordered to rectify the issue.

While removing the brake line, the flexi hose was found to be corroded to the point where it broke away from the body of the car as the brake line was removed. Scott repaired the inner wing section and rewelded the bracket in place.

He also began making new front brake lines while the front braking system was apart.

Fixed – Repairs and Undersealing on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible has been back up on the ramps at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop to have a few key jobs sorted out.

The first was to cut out and repair a small rust hole in the underside of the car. Our technician Dave carefully made a patch panel to perfectly fit the car before full welding it in and grinding back.

Once that was complete then the team could begin spraying the underseal to keep the underside of the car in perfect order.

Piece by Piece – The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible Coming Back Together

The restoration and reassembly of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible by the Bridge Classic Cars team has been progressing.

The team are working on getting all the various parts, trims and panels back onto the classic Morris. Scott has carefully and methodically reinstalled the either new or refurbished parts onto the car whilst also hooking up the various electrical and cable systems as he goes.

Fixed – Fixing the Exhaust on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The workshop team have been working on the underside of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible recently.

The team have been cleaning up the exhaust flange thoroughly and then resealed the downpipe and allowing it to cure after being correctly secured and tightened down.

Also, the team have found some areas of corrosion on the underside of the car which will be repaired and fixed up by the team.

Fresh Coat – Painting the Wheels of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The wheels for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible are the most recent components to be taken into the Bridge Classic Cars paint booth.

The team have been carefully preparing, cleaning and priming the wheels before they were taken into our in-house booth/oven to be shot in colour-matched Snowberry white to match the rest of the car.

These will be left to completely cure and harden before they are mounted with tyres and fitted to the car which is going through reassembly in the main restoration workshop.

Going Back Together – Reassembly Continues on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The workshop at Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have been busy getting the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible back together following its fresh repaint.

The team have been getting the body trims in place, perfectly aligning them to each other before moving on to some of the mechanical work.

The team have got the parts out of storage for the car which were taken off during disassembly to inspect further. They have found the edges of the fuel tank have corroded slightly.

The big job was to get the freshly painted engine back into the engine bay but first the team had to get the gearbox mated up to the block. Before this, our technician Scott carefully cleaned up the gearbox casing and bell housing before fitting a new bearing and clutch for the car. Once back together, the team carefully installed the engine and gearbox into the frame of the classic Morris.

Finally, the team could start on rewiring the car now that all of the major pieces were back in place.

Bit by Bit – Reassembly on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible, which has recently finished up in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop, has been moved into the restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ to begin reassembly.

Our technician Scott has been put in charge of beginning the reassembly of the classic Morris Minor. He begun by getting some of the rear trims in place such as the rear lights with the rubber seals before moving on to getting the glovebox in place for later.

Scott also got the doors built up on the car with the new handles and mechanisms along with the window regulators to then build up the frames and put the glass securely in place. After that, it was time to move to the interior where the wiring would begin.

The speedometer has been wired up after a few key wiring repairs were done, then he could begin to trace the wiring through the firewall and up to the various key systems in the engine bay.

This Just In – 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars team have welcomed this wonderful 1969 Morris Minor Convertible to our Suffolk HQ for the team to have a look at.

The owner has reported a slight running issue as well as an exhaust problem which our workshop will be looking into and sorting out. Along with that, it will be inspected and looked at by our paint and body team for some bits and pieces.

Also while the car is with us, the teams will carry out a full inspection of the car to check everything over.

Polished – 1969 Morris Minor Convertible Paintwork Polished

After the paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars let the underseal and seam seal cure it was time to flatten back and polish the paintwork on the body.

Our painter Alan, masked off the edges of the panels before using finer and finer grade abrasives combined with special compounds to bring the Snowberry White paint to a mirror-like finish.

Progress – 1969 Morris Minor Convertible Parts Painted, Undersealed and Seam Sealed

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been making progress on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

To start, the team have finished painting the final bits and pieces of the body. The topside of the bonnet, front panel and side-skirts have all been painted in Snowberry White before being clear coated. Meanwhile, the team have also gone through the shell of the classic Morris convertible to seamseal the joins in panels for added protection.

Once the seamseal had dried and cured, the team could underseal the insides of the wings and arches on the car for added protection against the elements and from any road debris picked up by the tyres.

Parts & Pieces – Painting the Panels and Doors of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The doors and panels of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible have been moved and set up inside the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth to be finished in matching Snowberry White to the rest of the body.

Each of the pieces were carefully cleaned, set up and then cleaned again. This is crucial to achieving the best possible finish for the car. The specific shade of Snowberry White has been mixed to purposefully be uniform across the entire car as part of its restoration.

Coming Along – Body of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in Colour!

Recently, the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop has been getting various panels and parts for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible finished in its original colour of Snowberry White.

Now, it was time for the team to bring the bodyshell into our paint booth and bring it all together, with the bodyshell finished in the classic off-white colour.

After thoroughly cleaning down the bodyshell and bootlid, our partner Alan could begin laying down the layers of colour. These are built up carefully to produce the best finish possible for the car and also to have enough paint to sand back in preparation for the polishing.

In Colour – Inside of the Bonnet for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible Painted

The paint shop at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on getting the underside of the bonnet for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible into colour as part of its restoration.

The paint and body team have methodically cleaned down and prepared the bonnet for this step of the paint which first involves a layer of epoxy primer before laying down the Snowberry White paint onto the panel.

Topped Off – Repainting the Hood Frame on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on refurbishing and refinishing the convertible hood frame on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in for restoration.

The part was stripped back, cleaned and inspected before being primered and then finished in matching snowberry white to the rest of the car.

The Next Step – Sanding Back the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

To get the bodywork ready for paint, the paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been busy sanding back the high-build primer on the bodywork.

This is all in preparation for getting the classic convertible ready to be finished in its original colour of Snowberry White.

Panel Work – Panels of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in High Build Primer

The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible has been in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth to have the last few of its panels finished in high-build primer.

Before laying down the primer, the team have carefully cleaned down each piece of the classic convertible before being put onto the painting jigs and masked up and cleaned down once more to remove any contaminants.

Then, several layers of the high-build primer were laid down and left to cure in the booth.

In Colour – Engine Bay of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible Finished in Snowberry White

The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible has had its engine bay finished in the correct Snowberry White as part of its restoration by Bridge Classic Cars.

After having its high build primer laid down and left to cure, the team masked off the engine bay of the classic Morris to lay down several coats of Snowberry White onto the car. This will be left to cure and harden before moving onto the rest of the bodywork.

Built-Up – 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in High Build Primer

The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint booth to have its next stage of primer laid down.

After many hours of prep, the classic Morris Convertible has had several layers of high build primer to help build up the surface before it is eventually finished in colour and clear. This stage of primer will also be gently and carefully rubbed back to ensure a perfect surface for the next phase of work.

First Stage – 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in Primer

The body team at Bridge Classic Cars have taken the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible from the preparation area to the spray booth to have its first coats of primer as part of its restoration journey with Bridge Classic Cars.

After cleaning off any dust or debris from the car, the team pushed the classic Morris into the booth in order to get the entire car masked off before laying down the first stage – epoxy.

The epoxy primer was then followed by several coats of polyester primer which will be reworked and sanded back by the team to get the Morris Minor Convertible looking the absolute best it can.

Refinements – Bodywork Begins on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The in-house body shop at Bridge Classic Cars have begun the process of refining the bodywork on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

After its time in the fabrication shop, it was transferred across our Suffolk HQ to our body preparation technicians. The team first assessed the Minor Convertible to see where they would need to focus their work. The work has begun with minimal filler work to the pannels to create the right shape and curve to the individual pieces which make up the body of the classic Morris.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more very soon on the restoration of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

Preparations – 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in the Body Shop

The 1969 Morris Minor Convertible has moved over from the fabrication bay into the body shop here at the Bridge Classic Cars HQ in Suffolk.

After extensive and crucial metal work had been done, the car now will be worked on by our paint and body technicians to perfect its shape and lines before the paint team take the car into our on-site booth/oven and begin its process into colour as part of its restoration journey.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates soon on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

Final Pieces – Final Metal Repairs on the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The fabrication shop at Bridge Classic Cars have been finishing off the final metal repairs to the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible before it is handed over to our paint and body team.

The team have finished up the repairs needed to the driver’s side rear quarter panel frame and sill before welding in the new patch panel into the body of the classic Morris. Once completed, the team could move on to getting the doors of the car repaired.

The door of the car required several new pieces to be welded in to remove any corrosion. The bottoms of the doors required a new piece from front to rear which was welded in to seal up the door ready for the body team to work on.

Next, the front valance and wings were then worked on with some small repairs done to fix a few areas in the valance and the replacement wings were trimmed and refined in order to get the best fit possible for the restoration of the classic Morris Minor Convertible.

Now, the car will be transferred from the fabrication shop over to our in-house paint and body department to be worked on.

Up For Sale – 1969 Morris Minor 1000

The 1969 Morris Minor 1000 which arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop recently is now up for sale on eBay and MyClassics!

The classic Moggy has been checked over by our workshop technicians who carried out a full service on the car as well as a full inspection and brake rebuild. The car’s frame was carefully checked over and passed with flying colours, previous repairs were present but were in good shape and the team were happy to release it for sale.

It could be yours! Head over to eBay or MyClassics and get it now!

In Place – Finishing the Metal Repairs to the Rear Quarter Panel of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop have been working towards completing all the crucial metal repairs to the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in for restoration.

The team have worked on securing and repairing the substructures beneath the rear quarter panels which were heavily corroded and needed to be carefully cut out and replaced with new pieces and then methodically welded into place to add the much-needed structure beneath the classic Morris.

With the substructures repaired and covered in rust-proofing treatment, the team could begin work on fitting the closing panel which will be blended into the existing body work by our paint and body team later in the car’s restoration journey.

Inner Depth – Repairs to the Inner Sill and Frame of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop have worked on repairing the inner sill and frame of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in with us at our Suffolk HQ.

The team have worked on removing the corrosion from the key structural areas of the classic Morris Minor with this stage focusing on the drives side rear inner sills and sections of the frame. The work began with carefully removing the affected areas and inspecting just how far the corrosion went into the underside of the Morris Minor.

Piece by piece, the areas were removed and carefully repaired with new replacement or handmade panels to make sure the underside of the convertible was structurally sound and safe.

Perfect Fit – Retrimming the Rear Seat of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars interior trim team have worked on refurbishing the rear seat of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

The team stripped the original seat base all the way back to its metal springs in order to rebuild it from the ground up. The team have made brand new foam sections which were glued to the underlays and wrapped around the spring bases.

Then, it was ready to be refinished in glorious bright red.

Taken Apart – Stripping Back the Hood Frame of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The interior trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have carefully stripped back the convertible hood frame for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

This piece has been carefully taken apart for the interior team to inspect and assess the hood and trim itself but also for the frame to be sent away for media-blasting.

The team unpicked each seam and fold to remove the hood as intact as possible and also so they could gain access to the wooden spars. Most importantly, the front wood beam which the team noticed was damaged. Once they have had a chance to inspect and assess just just damaged it is, they can begin to work on getting the hood pieces ready for the frame to come back.