Morris Mini

Complete And Gone Home

Our 1981 Austin Morris Mini 998 wasn’t with us very long, but classic car technician Jonn completed the appropriate repairs before waving it goodbye as

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Stripping Our Mini

Our 1979 Austin Morris Mini 850 is a beautiful classic car. However, at the moment, it is a mix of colours and needs some attention

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Green With Envy

Our fabulous 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe has had her engine recently resprayed in this delightful earthy green. With us for a full restoration, our cherry

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A not-so-Mini Job!

Ady, our engine specialist, has completed an entire engine rebuild on our fabulous 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe. “She’s literally had everything done” Ady explains. “Including

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Chrome & Away

A variety of chrome parts are being sent away this week. Our good friends at Douglas Metal Findings are going to bring them back to

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Raising the Roof!

Brian in our trusty trim shop has been busy with our 1961 Morris Mini this week. “I laid the restored frame over the headliner material,”

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Pull Up A Chair

Brian in the trim shop here at Bridge has started rebuilding the seats on our 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe. “I started by fitting new rubber

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1960 Morris Mini

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we’ve acquired a very early example of a Morris Mini. We’ve got big plans for this Mini. As pictured, there

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Complete And Gone Home

Our 1981 Austin Morris Mini 998 wasn’t with us very long, but classic car technician Jonn completed the appropriate repairs before waving it goodbye as it returned to its owner.

While working on the car, Jonn noticed that the engine oil level was low so this was topped up. The radiator was also topped up. Jonn then went on to remove the carb pistons and chambers so he could inspect and set them.

The jet depth was measured with a vernier so Jonn could adjust accordingly.

Once Jonn had finished working on our classic Mini, it was time to say goodbye as it left the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Inspecting Our Competition Mini

It has been a very busy time for our 1976 Morris Mini since its recent arrival in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Now that filming has been completed after a successful first inspection, classic car technician Jonn took a more detailed look at our newest competition car.

There are some small jobs that need to be completed before the lucky winner of this beautiful classic Mini takes ownership, but Jonn will soon have any issues resolved.

Arrived And Ready To Win

We recently welcomed our 1976 Morris Mini to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Known as Alfie, this classic Mini has clearly undergone quite a bit of work and care from its previous owners and it is now live and ready to win on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.

Classic Minis are always popular competition cars and we are expecting nothing less from this eye-catching example.

The winner will be drawn at our movie night at the Riverside Theatre when we are hosting a special viewing of The Italian Job.

Stripping Our Mini

Our 1979 Austin Morris Mini 850 is a beautiful classic car. However, at the moment, it is a mix of colours and needs some attention from the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop.

Before the paintshop can make our Mini even more appealing though, it needed to be stripped down.

That is exactly what classic car technician Scott has been doing recently.

Now that it has been stripped, it will move into the paintshop. Once it leaves there, it will be in better condition and will be ready to move on to the next stage of its restoration journey in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

New In: 1979 Mini Clubman

We’ve got another new kid on the block and this time it’s a unique 1979 Morris Austin Mini Clubman with bespoke finishing! This beautiful Mini is set to be an upcoming competition car, so keep your eyes peeled for its release!

The mini had been with Roger Moorhouse from Roger Moorhouse Classic Car Repairs in Norwich for 15 years where no expense had been spared in its restoration.

This beautiful forest green Mini Clubman holds bespoke details such as the gold alloy wheels, wood vinyl interior, and pristine green and cream interior furnishings. A fun yet practical drive for family outings and roadtrips!

It’s had to have a few interior touch-ups to get the leather looking perfect. Our Trim Shop specialists Kath and Brian have been handling those refurbishments which include a new gear stick gaiter, gluing vinyl back onto the rear board pannels, and fixing any loose material.

The Deluxe’ Last Day

It’s our gorgeous 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe’ last day with us today. We have a load of work to do before tomorrow night, where she will be presented as a birthday gift to Eva Ranson, wife of our Director; Gordon Ranson.

The Mini arrived at our Pettistree workshop this morning looking pretty bare! Although her engine was in, she still needed all her interior fitted, including carpets, door panels and seats.

Firstly, one of our engine technicians Ted completed some final tweaks to the Mini’s 800cc engine. The engines already been totally recommissioned, as well as stripped and repainted in that lovely green you can see in the picture.

Meanwhile, Brian in the trim shop is getting the first section of the headlining in. He’s then got the front lining in and has fitted the C Posts.

The front dash was then fitted with it’s fleck material. “I trimmed around the edge” explains Kath, another of our trim-shop experts. “Then, I’ve glued it all in place.”

Kath’s then fitted the upper section of the dash, she’s then bent it round and trimmed it to fit. “I then glued the ends around the door seal” she tells us “then reattached the door seal.”

The door panels were next on the list. They were tricky! Kath had to trim the board and cut some foam out along the side to be able to slide it in. She then inserted the little door fillet panels.

The rear door panel pockets were equally difficult. “The boards didn’t fit” Kath explains “so we had to trim down to get them to fit inside nicely.”

Kath then had to trim holes for the ashtrays – a fixture you never see anymore in modern cars!

She trimmed the holes for the lights and fitted them in place. Getting the rivet bracket into position then fitting the rest of the board.

The sun visors were the next feature to be fitted. First of all the brackets were screwed into place, then the custom made visors were attached.

All the underlay and carpet was yet to be fitted when our Mini arrived back with us this morning. Underlay was trimmed up and glued into position. Matching red carpet was then fitted under where the seats will go. Taking care to trim around the seat brackets where each of the front seats will go.

The final sections of carpet were then fitted into place, trimmed up and glued to hold their position.

The seats were then fitted into the front. Looking lovely!

Brian then added sound deadening to the back seat section, before attaching his custom-made back seat. He also added the rear squab and the parcel shelf behind it.

“I’ve then fitted the rear quarter panels” Brian explains “securing them with screws at the top”. Brian’s also glued the wheel arch covers into position.

Aside from the interior, the Mini’s working components also had to be reassembled. These parts arrived back with us this morning as individual bits. The team have spent the day reassembling the subframe, ready to get the wheels back on and get her back up and running!

My goodness! What a team effort to get our gorgeous little Mini ready for her big reveal. We hope Eva loves her ‘Little Eva’ as much as we do!

Happy Birthday!

Green With Envy

Our fabulous 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe has had her engine recently resprayed in this delightful earthy green.

With us for a full restoration, our cherry red Mini arrived with us as little more than a rusty shell. So far we’ve restored her body and given her a full paint job. We’ve completely transformed her interior, including newly upholstered seats. Meanwhile, we also recommissioned her engine before it was painted.

Our Morris Mini is a really early example of this car, we plan to restore her back to her original form as closely as possible.

We love Mini’s here at Bridge classic cars. So much so, that we’ve had three Mini’s appear in our classic car competitions. Currently, we have a bright yellow 1991 Austin Mini up for grabs for just £7. Head to our competitions page to find out more and to purchase your tickets.

A not-so-Mini Job!

Ady, our engine specialist, has completed an entire engine rebuild on our fabulous 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe.

“She’s literally had everything done” Ady explains. “Including new pistons, new bearings, a new gasket, an unleaded cylinder head fitted and a reconditioned gearbox.”

Now all the technical work on the engine is done, it’s time to get it into the paint shop to make it look pretty! A gorgeous green is the chosen colour, we can’t wait to see it finished.

Our Morris Mini is being kept as close to it’s original state as possible. Another Mini of ours is currently with Electric Classic Cars where’s it’s undergoing a full electric conversion. Check out the latest news on this project here.

Chrome & Away

A variety of chrome parts are being sent away this week. Our good friends at Douglas Metal Findings are going to bring them back to life.

These parts belong to our 1957 Jensen 541R and our 1961 Morris Mini. See if you can you match which parts belong to which car!

Raising the Roof!

Brian in our trusty trim shop has been busy with our 1961 Morris Mini this week. “I laid the restored frame over the headliner material,” explains Brain, “cutting flaps at the edge and stapling around the crossbars.”

Brian then glued the corners, front and rear pulling the fabric tight to stick it to the frame.

“I’ve then trimmed off all the excess” says Brian, “then added the clips and it’s done!” Brian’s followed the same process for both the front and rear roof liners, both of which are now read to be fitted.

Seamless work Brian!

The Mini’s A Headline Act

This week, the 1961 Morris Mini had her headliner stripped off by Brian in the trim shop.

“I’ve stripped off all the old fabric,” explains Brian, “then cleaned up all the metal frame ready to have the new cover made and attached.”

This project is coming along nicely so far, we can’t wait to see the new fabrics.

We’ve Got Front Row Seats For The Morris Mini

Following stripping the interior of the 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe, our trim shop extraordinaire Brian has been hard at work rebuilding this iconic beauty.

With the chairs stripped right back to the bare metal, Brian’s rebuilt the chairs starting with new rubber straps fixed to the frame. “I used hessian to line the base and stop damage,” he describes. “Then I added foam to the base, with extra foam added to bolster the front of each chair.” This is the slight curve you can see in the pictures and add to not only the look of the seats but to their comfort too.

Brian then attached the leather covers across the foam, using clips around the base and hog rings to hold the fabric in place.

We’re already so in love with this colour combination. The options really are limitless when it comes to classic car restorations!

Pull Up A Chair

Brian in the trim shop here at Bridge has started rebuilding the seats on our 1961 Morris Mini Deluxe.

“I started by fitting new rubber straps” Brian explains, “then added foam around the bottom edge”.

“I added hessian to the base, glued foam on top and marked out the middle.”

The finished cover was then glued to the foam lining, along with the calico flap, then the bolster foam was glued on top with the cover pulled over everything nice and snugly.

Horse hair was then glued to the rear of the seat, pulled around the frame and fixed into place. Wadding was also added to the top and sides of the chair to add extra padding.

The back cover was then fitted over, pulling the flaps though to glue them to the frame then clipping the outer flap to the seat frame. “Any ends have then been turned underneath to make it neat” described Brian, “then simply glued and and clipped into place”.

The back seats on the 1961 Morris Mini also received some similar special treatment from Brian this week.

Brian fitted the foam around the back seat frame. Added calico, lining and the backseat foam and pieced it all together.

“I then marked where the cover sits,” explains Brian, “gluing the cover down centrally to the foam and finally gluing the calico flap down”.

A small piece of brown felt was added to the front of the foam, then a large piece of brown felt over the top then glued the foam over the top to make a front bolster.

 

Brian then began work on the back seat Squab. “I glued the horse hair padding to the refurbished metal frame” Brian describes. “I then added scrim foam to pad the seat out further and trimmed it up to match the shape of the frame”

Brian then pushed the foam into Kath’s custom-made cover, glued the flaps around the side and the bottom of the seat then glued the cover to the metal.

We’re often completing full interior restoration on anything from our 1961 Morris Mini you see here, to Jensens, Triumphs and everything in between. For more information on our trim shop services get in touch today! – 01473 742038

1960 Morris Mini Deluxe in Primer

Darren has completed the bodywork preperation on our Morris Mini restoration. He’s also completed the first coat of epoxy primer. This will be sanded back to a smooth finish before moving onto base primer coats.

Lovely work, Darren

For Sale Soon: 1974 Austin Mini 1000

This gorgeous blue mini is a truly lovely example. She drives superbly and has been kept in immaculate condition. For sale at £13,000

A local car, being registered brand new to Mr Walmsley of Saxmundham the car was supplied by Botwoods Ltd, Major’s Corner, Ipswich. Having covered an honourable 76,000 from new with a huge collection of previous MOT’s and paperwork. Most recently the car has been maintained by our good friend and colleague Ted at The Mini Centre in Ipswich as well has receipts from Warne Motors in Bury St Edmunds.

The car comes complete with the original Austin Morris Passport as well as the 850 & 1000 Mini handbook and Austin Morris MG Wolseley service passport.

The current owner has owned the car since 2013 and has had just 2 owners from new. Currently MOT’d until June 2020 but can come with a full 12 months if required.

The car is a must see for any Mini enthusiasts. A fantastic investment and we welcome all interested parties to arrange a viewing.

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays can be arranged. To arrange a viewing please call Craig on 01473 742038 or email info@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk . Finance can be arranged by a third party. A 10% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure the vehicle.

1960 Morris Mini

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we’ve acquired a very early example of a Morris Mini. We’ve got big plans for this Mini. As pictured, there are still remnants of the original, Cherry Red paintwork. We intend to fully restore this lovely little vehicle to original specification and colour.