classic toyota

Preparing For MOT

Classic car technician Steve has been working on our 1988 Toyota MR2 getting it ready for an MOT. Preparation work began with welding repairs on

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Hilux’s New Trim

Last week Kath was working on a new headliner and sun visors. Today, Brian is setting up the Hilux so that the ceiling cloth can

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Toyota Hilux Trim Update

We’re currently re-covering the sun visors and ceiling lining. Kath is working at recovering these, creating the patterns and fabric, gluing it down and making

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Back To The Farm

Our 1996 Toyota Hilux has been finished and sent back to the farm for its owners to finish themselves. Our task was only to correct

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Toyota TLC

James has been using the original spot-weld marks on our Toyota Hilux to realign the drivers door skin. James has made a spacer for the

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Rust Repairs On Our MR2

Our 1988 Toyota MR2 has been in the hands of classic car technicians Monty and Chris. They have been working to repair areas of rust and corrosion that were found on the car during Steve’s initial assessment and inspection.

Now that the rust issues have been repaired, our MR2 is looking great and will soon be back with its owner.

Preparing For MOT

Classic car technician Steve has been working on our 1988 Toyota MR2 getting it ready for an MOT.

Preparation work began with welding repairs on the driver’s side front chassis. Steve noticed that, unfortunately, the corrosion had spread to the front of the sill and inner sill as well as the inner skin of the anti-roll bar fixing.

Once the welding repairs were complete, Steve went on to replace the split steering rack boots. The brake fluid reservoir pipes were badly cracked so these were also replaced.

During his work on our 1988 Toyota MR2, Steve also found that the rear brake calliper pistons were corroded, had seized and were leaking.

New Parts For Our MR2

Our 1988 Toyota MR2 has been under the care of classic car technician Steve recently.

The car is with us for a full service, brake fluid and coolant change, and a thorough assessment of its current condition. During his assessment, Steve noted that a new water pump and cam belt were needed.

Steve fitted both of these before also fitting a new alternator too.

Work will continue on our 1988 Toyota MR2 before it is ready to be returned to its owner with a fresh bill of health.

In The Workshop – 1988 Toyota MR2

We have recently welcomed our 1988 Toyota MR2 into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

While it is with us, the team will be giving it a full service as well as giving the car a thorough inspection to make sure it leaves us in full working order.

As you can see from the pictures below, this is a fantastic looking classic car and we are looking forward to getting to work on it.

Hilux’s New Trim

Last week Kath was working on a new headliner and sun visors. Today, Brian is setting up the Hilux so that the ceiling cloth can be fitted. Brian first cleaned the roof, before fitting sound deadening. Once the sound deadening was in place, Brian then begun fitting the roof lining fabric, gluing it perfectly into place.

This restoration is a part home-restoration with the occasional help from us at Bridge. The clients have decided they want to do it themselves with our aid as and when it’s needed.

As always, a wonderful job by our trim team!

Toyota Hilux Trim Update

We’re currently re-covering the sun visors and ceiling lining. Kath is working at recovering these, creating the patterns and fabric, gluing it down and making new boards.

Back To The Farm

Our 1996 Toyota Hilux has been finished and sent back to the farm for its owners to finish themselves. Our task was only to correct and replace the doors and side panels as this is set to mostly be a home restoration. Hilux’s are often a favoured agriculture vehicle thanks to their reliability and classic indestructibility.

Toyota TLC

James has been using the original spot-weld marks on our Toyota Hilux to realign the drivers door skin. James has made a spacer for the same door to rectify the owner’s previous repair and has also rust repaired the passenger side door frame ready to refit door skin in the same way.

Hilux Repairs Continue

James has been continuing his work to correct the rust damage on the Toyota Hilux doors. He is now repeating the same process on the passenger side door. This includes removing rust and replacing it with fresh metal to then beat into place.

Hilux Hiatus Brings Back Bigger Issues

Our dashing blue Toyota Hilux has come back in for its restoration to begin. After some discussions with the owners, we’re delighted to have this practical classic in the workshop as we endeavour to restore it to its hard-working glory.

This Toyota had previously been worked on by the owners themselves however we’ve found some errors in the restoration so far, which we’re working to correct to make sure the rest of the restoration moves forward positively. Unfortunately undoing these mistakes has doubled the expected project length however we understand that mistakes are easily made and we’re more than happy to work with people so that they get the best restoration result through combined efforts.

James has been working on the door panels which he’s removed to strip down and fabricate replacement elements. After repairing the rust, James was able to correct the dents and refit the skin to the door. This process will then be repeated on the other side. The wings that had been previously fit were misshapen and ill-fitting.

The Indestructible Toyota

Today we welcomed another new project in that will commence in the coming weeks. This 1996 Toyota HiLux is in need of quite some work and restoration, but no job is too big for us here at Bridge! This Hilux needs a chassis restoration and cab refurbishment. We aim to tackle the buck later down the line.

The HiLux models are incredibly reliable and practical for 4×4 pursuits, whether that be farming, off-roading or trade work. Some may remember a similar HiLux receiving an unforgiving battering on Top Gear, who proceeded to prove just how indestructible these vehicles really are. Craig tells us that he worked with this car during his career at the BBC: “I worked there as part of my placement but you couldn’t get anywhere near the vehicle when on set due to the amount of toxic chemical residue left it.”

Here’s some shots of our indestructible HiLux in its current condition:

A donor car if required…