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More Fabricating

As our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup has continued its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars fabrication bay, Chris has been fitting up the cab lower

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Repairing A Pillar

Our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup has continued its stay in our fabrication bay with technician Chris. Chris has been repairing the A-pillar as well as

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Second-Hand Car Parts

Restoring classic vehicles, like our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup, can be extremely challenging when a hard-to-find piece, like the Austin badge, seems to be impossible

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Inspection And Repairs

Before our 1932 Austin Ulster is won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, Jonn has been making some minor repairs to make sure it is ready

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Painting Devon Components

Various parts of our 1951 Austin Devon have been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop as he has been painting them in dtm satin.

More Fabricating

As our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup has continued its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars fabrication bay, Chris has been fitting up the cab lower corner, fabricating and welding on the brace frame to the cab mount rails. He also removed and started repairing the floor.

Repairing A Pillar

Our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup has continued its stay in our fabrication bay with technician Chris.

Chris has been repairing the A-pillar as well as working on the nuts which are used for the suspension mount.

Our classic Devon will stay with Chris for a little while longer before moving on to the next phase of its restoration.

Second-Hand Car Parts

Restoring classic vehicles, like our 1951 Austin Devon Pickup, can be extremely challenging when a hard-to-find piece, like the Austin badge, seems to be impossible to find. Second-hand car parts can be a great solution, and with a range of online marketplaces like eBay, that missing piece might just be found!

Gordon was looking for a replacement Austin badge for our classic Devon. The original was broken and in poor condition. However, finding a replacement proved much more difficult than expected. After eventually finding one on eBay, we were shocked at how good the new one looked. If it wasn’t for someone keeping this badge (potentially for decades), we wouldn’t have been able to replace the old one.


This is a fantastic example of how passionate people can be about their cars. Not only that, but the story behind each classic car adds to its character, making it much more likely for parts to be kept and sold as second-hand car parts.

What makes these discoveries even more exciting is their affordability. Rare parts often cost a fortune when new or might not even be available at all. In the second-hand market, these otherwise unobtainable parts are much more accessible without compromising quality or authenticity.

While it can take longer to find the part you need, websites like eBay and MyClassics can be where you find exactly what you are looking for to get your classic car back on the road.


Other Progress

As well as the new badge, our Austin Devon Pickup has also had new interior door panels made by the Bridge Classic Cars interior trim team. After removing the old covers and metal trims from the door panels, Brian used the old panels to mark out the new ones on hardboard. He then cut out the new panels, cutting all the necessary holes out too.

Inspection And Repairs

Before our 1932 Austin Ulster is won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, Jonn has been making some minor repairs to make sure it is ready to go to its lucky new owner very soon.

Jonn carried out a full inspection of the vehicle. While doing so, a full grease-up was completed and the brakes were adjusted. He checked the wheel nuts and tyre pressures too before inflating them accordingly.

He went on to secure the headlight guards with p clips before refitting the brake pedal and using Loctite to secure.

The battery clamp needed to be modified to fully secure the battery. To do this, Jonn was helped by Chris who welded the clamp before it was painted black. Jonn also wired in the rear sidelights.

An Austin Pickup Arrives

There have been several new arrivals in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop over the last few days. The latest addition is our 1951 Austin Pickup.

It’s obvious that it needs to go through a restoration and the workshop team will be having a closer look at the vehicle to determine the level of work required to bring it back to its former glory.

The Penny Dropped – Replacing the Core Plug on the 1933 Austin 7

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop have been tasked with finding the source of the water leak on the 1933 Austin 7 in with us.

Upon inspection, the team found the leak was coming from a broken core plug in the cylinder head. To remove these, the team ‘punch’ them out to shrink the head down and remove them. But, when the team went to remove the core plug they had an interesting surprise…

The team looked underneath the core plug and saw it was bronze. Normally these are silver but when the team looked closer they found a penny (stamped 1990) which had been previously put into the cylinder head to use as the core plug.

To fix this, the team have replaced them with high-quality actual core plugs and snuggly fit them into the cylinder head of the classic Austin. With that done, the team can now begin to check through the system and ensure the little 4-cylinder engine is working just as it should.

Back Together – Rebuilding the Brakes on the 1937 Austin Seven

After the strip down and inspection of the brake system on the 1937 Austin Seven, the team have been the process of getting it all back together.

The team began by reassembling the wire and arm system which control the whole set-up checking their action and regressing or tightening anything needed. The team also replace a set of brake shoes on the car which then were adjusted out to where they needed to be for the best brake feel. Once everything is back together and tested, the team will make any last minute adjustments for the classic Austin.

Heading Home – Work on the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite is Complete

The 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite has been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for our restoration technicians to get the amazing little sportscar back into perfect running order.

The team have worked on rebuilding and adjusting the brakes and working on the hydraulic system which not only controls the brakes but also works the clutch as well. The slave cylinder had to be replaced due to a leak from a seal which was causing an issue bleeding the system to make sure the whole circuit remained pressurised.

Along with that, the team found several issues with the suspension of the classic Austin Healey. This required some of the important substructures of the car to be carefully rewelded, as well as removing and correctly installing parts of the wishbones.

To take a look a the entire project, click here!