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Progressing Nicely

As our 1978 MGB GT continues to move through the restoration process, things are progressing well and more tasks have been ticked off the checklist.

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1960 MGA Test Drive

With our restoration really complete, the MGA’s owner, Mike came to give his car a test drive. It’s safe to say we think Mike is

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MGC GT repair work…

Christian is assessing the corroded areas and getting the car prepared for the repairs.

Still Turning Heads – Our 1959 MGA Twin Cam

When we launched our 1959 MGA Twin Cam on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions earlier this year, we knew that it was an extremely special car.

The story of this classic car has been an interesting one from the start but it’s not quite over yet.

Since being won by Peter Leyland, the car is still turning heads and is still being recognised for the truly impressive classic car that it is.

Peter got back in touch with us recently and shared some news about the car along with some extra history he has discovered since becoming the new owner.

In September 2022, it was awarded car of the month in the MGA Register News which is a publication by the MG Car Club and it was also the featured MGA in a newsletter from the MG Car Club following the MG Live event held at Silverstone in July.

The photos below show the MGA Twin Cam in all its glory along with some of the great information Peter was able to share with us.

Our 1959 MGA Twin Cam – always a very special car!

Progressing Nicely

As our 1978 MGB GT continues to move through the restoration process, things are progressing well and more tasks have been ticked off the checklist.

Classic car technician Rob has painted and fitted the number plate backing panels, fitted the door trim and handles on the right-hand side of the vehicle, as well as making new backing panels for the C pillar trim.

Rob has been extra busy as he also assembled and fitted the rear anti-roll bar and fitted the rear roof trim too.

New Carpets and Rear Seat Installation

Our 1978 MG B GT is starting to look more and more like a complete car.

Not only have our classic car technicians finished fitting the interior carpet, but technician Rob has also fitted the rear seat into the car. With the interior of the car starting to look more recognisable (with the exception of a few missing key components), now is the time when you can really see how cool this classic car will look when its restoration is fully complete.

The Details – Reassembly of the 1978 MG B GT Continues

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop team are continuing the reassembly of the 1978 MG B GT which is being restored by our in-house team.

This time, our technician Rob, has been getting some of the bigger details installed onto the car. The first was getting the new brakes installed onto the front suspension, the brand new rotors, callipers and lines have all been put into place and checked to make sure everything fits correctly with no interference.

Then, Rob could move onto the getting the rear light assemblies installed into the car to, later on, get the wiring in place and finished up.

Then it was a case of installing the dashboard, heater box and pedal box. All of these have to be in place to also check the fitments and tolerances of each piece individually and together.

Front End – Front Suspension and Valance on the 1978 MG B GT

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars are deep into the reassembly of the newly repainted bodyshell of the 1978 MG B GT, beginning with the front end.

Our technician Rob has been working on getting the front suspension put together and in place on the newly installed cross-member. The spindles and control arms are in place to check tolerances and operations before they will be tightened down to spec and secured.

Also, Rob has fitted up the colour-matched front valance to the car and aligned it perfectly with the rest of the Blaze Orange bodywork.

Changing Places – 1978 MG B GT Back in the Workshop

The 1978 MG B GT has been moved from the paint shop at Bridge Classic Cars to our main restoration workshop for the team to begin reassembly of the classic MG B.

As part of its restoration, the car was stripped back to bare metal and any areas of corrosion fixed before our paint and body teams worked on getting the sportscar into the best possible condition. Then, it went into our in-house paint booth/oven to be refinished in its beautiful Blaze Orange colour you see here.

Piece by Piece – Metalwork Continues on the 1978 MG B GT

The bodyshell of the 1978 MG B GT in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ has had more metal work repairs.

Rob, one of our restoration technicians, has been working his way methodically through the repairs needed to the car. The team have been working their way from the bottom to the top to make sure that everything is square and secure to the chassis. The biggest job tackled recently was remaking and resecuring the bottom of the drivers-side A-pillar which was heavily corroded and was allowing a lot of flex through the inner wheel arch and many of the pickup points for the door.

Along with that, Rob has finished welding the new door skin to the repaired door frame for the passenger side of the car. And with that, could bolt the door up to the car to double-check fitment and alignment.

Solid Foundations – Further Metal Work on the 1978 MG B GT

The Bridge Classic Cars restoration teams have been continuing work on the metal repairs to the 1978 MG B GT.

Our technician, Rob, has been systematically carrying on with removal and repairs to the body shell and doors for the classic sports car. Rob has worked on remaking several key flanges and plates which had corroded away on the car and would be needed not only for the structure but also for the alignment of the panels once the MG B enters our in-house body shop.

Keep a look out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 1978 MG B GT.

Refinished – Painting and Refinishing the Block and Parts of the 1978 MGB GT Engine

Once the engine and parts had been thoroughly cleaned by our restoration workshop for the 1978 MGB GT in with Bridge Classic Cars for restoration, they could be transferred over to the paint shop to be refinished.

Chris and the paint team worked on getting each piece cleaned and prepared before being taken into the paint booth. Each piece was individually painted whether in the maroon heavy-duty paint or the deep, silky black for some of the accessories.

Once everything had correctly cured, they were taken back into the restoration workshop for the engine to be reassembled ready for when the time comes to be reinstalled into the restored body.

Checking Over – Inspecting the Pieces Removed from the 1978 MGB GT

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop team have been working on inspecting pieces from the 1978 MGB GT which were removed before it entered the body shop.

Our restoration technician Rob has been going through each of the parts to decide if new parts will be required or if they can be refurbished for use in the restoration of the classic sports car.

Unpicked – Deconstructing the Rear Seat of the 1978 MGB GT

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on very carefully unpicking and deconstructing the rear seat of the 1978 MGB GT.

Brian carefully unpicked all the stitching of the rear seat in order to assess and inspect the piece.

He also has been making new straps for the car out of handpicked leather to suit the rest of the cars interior.

Blackout – Refinishing Trim Pieces for the 1978 MGB GT

The paint team at Bridge Classic Cars have some of the trims and pieces from the 1978 MGB GT in the paint booth to be refinished.

Whilst the body of the MGB is having its metalwork completed, the paint team took the opportunity to refinish several of the trims and fixings in a new heavy-duty black finish for the classic sports car. This not only is aesthetic but also will help protect the pieces, which were taken back to bare metal, while they’re in storage until reassembly begins.

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.

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.

Tanked – Removing the Fuel Tank of the 1978 MGB GT

The final pieces for the restoration of the 1978 MGB GT are out of the car! Our in-house restoration teams have worked on getting the entire car stripped down to a bare shell over the past couple of weeks.

One of the last bits to be removed is some of the most crucial. After our technician Paul removed the fuel pump and fuel lines from the car, Mauro took over the task of getting the fuel tank and filler out of the car. Although this had been completely drained, we always remove the fuel tanks of cars that require any bodywork doing to them for safety reasons.

With this all removed, the team can now get the beautiful bright orange sports car around to our in-house body shop for them to begin working on the car.

This Just In – 1952 MG TD

Bridge Classic Cars have welcomed the newest arrival to our workshop here in Suffolk. This beautiful 1952 MG TD, finished in glossy black with a contrasting green interior.

The car has come in to be assessed by our in-house restoration teams to find out what if anything this incredible little sportscar needs to be back in top shape for its future.

Keep a lookout here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on this wonderful 1952 MG TD.

In the Spotlight – Stripping Down the Lamps for the 1934 MG PA

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house restoration team have been carefully stripping down the new lamps for the 1934 MG PA Midget in our workshop.

These units have been completely taken apart in preparation to be sent off to a specialist to be entirely refurbished before coming back to us and put back on the stunning pre-war sports car. Every bolt, screw and catch has been carefully removed and catalogued for this process.

We’re looking forward to seeing them when they come back and get them back on the car.