Transit Tipper

In Paint

Various components of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper have been in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with Chris as he has been applying dtm satin

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Transit Parts

As the restoration of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper continues to make good progress, technician Paul has made 2 brake calliper pins for it. While

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Brake Pipes

After completing even more zinc plating on several more components of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper, Steve fitted the brake servo and master cylinder under

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The Wheels Are On

The wheels have been put on our Ford Transit MKII Tipper. Once they were back on, a team of technicians (and some marketing folk too!)

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Distributor And Carburettor

Steve has been working on our Ford Transit MKII recently. After the distributor, carburettor, alternator mount thermostat housing, and inlet manifold were vapour blasted, Steve

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Odd Jobs

Classic car technician Steve has been completing various tasks on our Ford Transit MKII Tipper. The hand brake pivot bolt and rear brake load valve

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Preparing For Zinc Plating

Classic car technician Steve has been getting various parts of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper ready for zinc plating. These parts included components from the

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Next Steps

Classic car technician James has been working on our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper. Since leaving the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop, it is now in the

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More Paint Prep

Our Ford Transit Tipper MKII has continued its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. It has been with technician Chris who has been applying

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More Paint

Our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper (MKI) has spent more time in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with classic car technician Mauro. Mauro has been continuing

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Bodywork Begins

Now that our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has come to the end of its time in the fabrication bay, it has been moved over to

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A Classic Transit

Another new arrival has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper. Although we already have a Tipper

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More Repairs

Classic car technician Chris has been completing more repair work on the frame of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper. Things are moving along nicely on

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Wheels Painted

After recently being primed, the wheels of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper have been back in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with classic car technician

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Transit Wheels Primed

As part of the restoration to bring our Ford Transit MKII Tipper back to its former glory, classic car technician Mauro has been applying epoxy

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Chassis Repairs

Our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has been in the fabrication bay with classic car technician Chris who has been doing some welding work to repair

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It’s Back

Our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has finished its short trip to the sandblasters. The freshly blasted frame is looking much better already and can now

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Ready For Sandblasting

Our Ford Transit MKII has been with classic car technicians Steve and Lydia recently as the strip-down continues. Lydia took the covers and foams off

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Transit Strip Down

Classic car technician Steve has begun work stripping down our Ford Transit MKII Tipper. Before the workshop team gets stuck into restoring this commercial vehicle

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Restoring A Transit

A Ford Transit MKII Tipper recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. It has come to us from Jacobs Construction and it will be

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In Paint

Various components of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper have been in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with Chris as he has been applying dtm satin black to them.

Transit Parts

As the restoration of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper continues to make good progress, technician Paul has made 2 brake calliper pins for it. While Paul was doing that, Christian fabricated some brackets for the rear side light.

Brake Pipes

After completing even more zinc plating on several more components of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper, Steve fitted the brake servo and master cylinder under the bonnet, along with all of the brake pipes.

The Wheels Are On

The wheels have been put on our Ford Transit MKII Tipper.

Once they were back on, a team of technicians (and some marketing folk too!) moved it from one ramp to another, ready for the next stage of its restoration to begin.

Moving it wasn’t quite as simple as you might expect though, as the steering wheel was unable to be fitted, as Steve is still waiting for some parts to arrive before that can go back on.

As much as he would normally wait for the steering wheel to be fitted before moving the Tipper, unfortunately, the parts required are still a couple of weeks away so, despite being more challenging than we hoped, it was moved onto its new ramp and work will continue to bring this classic Transit back to life.

Steve has also started to fit up the front and rear brakes and suspension.

Distributor And Carburettor

Steve has been working on our Ford Transit MKII recently.

After the distributor, carburettor, alternator mount thermostat housing, and inlet manifold were vapour blasted, Steve zinc plated the parts required ready for assembly.

The carburettor and distributor have been reconditioned and reassembled ready to be fitted back to the engine.

Odd Jobs

Classic car technician Steve has been completing various tasks on our Ford Transit MKII Tipper.

The hand brake pivot bolt and rear brake load valve adjuster were both seized and had to be cut off and removed using oxygen and acetylene torch. A new hand brake pivot bolt was fabricated using a high tensile bolt.

While Steve was doing this, Mauro was painting various components of our classic Transit in the paint shop.

Preparing For Zinc Plating

Classic car technician Steve has been getting various parts of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper ready for zinc plating.

These parts included components from the suspension and the brake wheel hub nuts. To prepare them for zinc plating, Steve made sure each part was clean and ready to go.

Installing new output shaft seal

James has been working on the finishing touches to our Mk 1 Ford Transit. The gearbox has been removed, the engine sump and rear main oil seal plate have also been removed.

All parts were fully cleaned and decreased, then reassembled with new gaskets.

New oil was added and the gearbox refitted with a new output shaft seal installed correctly.

Then it was run up and checked for leaks.

All OK.

Door Seals And Sun Visors

Our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper has been with interior trimmers Brian and Lydia. They have been glueing the rubber door seals and fitting them to the door frames.

They have also been doing some remedial work on the sun visors, as they are no longer self-supporting. Lydia added some heat shrink to the attaching tubes to see if this could stiffen them up.

Lydia ended up inserting a piece of tubing into the sunvisor and attaching this firmly into place. This provided the resistance needed to hold the sun visor up when back in the vehicle. Combined with adding heat shrink to the support arms, the sun visor now stays in whatever place it is pushed to.

Next Steps

Classic car technician James has been working on our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper. Since leaving the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop, it is now in the main workshop where the next phase of its restoration will take place.

James repaired the wiring to the rear chassis earth, replaced the unsafe and incorrect fuel hoses under the bonnet, and replaced the split vacuum pipework from the carb to the distributor.

He also tightened the fixings for the bottom front panel and replaced one missing bolt. Our classic Ford Transit Tipper was then checked for oil leaks, and James noticed that the output shaft seal at the rear of the gearbox/propshaft was misaligned and leaking.

The overflow pipe to the top of the radiator was also repaired and re-secured.

More Paint Prep

Our Ford Transit Tipper MKII has continued its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. It has been with technician Chris who has been applying polyfan to the doors.

After he had finished working on the doors, the cab of our classic Transit Tipper also had polyfan applied.

Our MKII Tipper will stay in the paintshop for a little while longer before it moves on to the next stage of its restoration.

A Bit More Time In The Paintshop

Our MKII Ford Transit Tipper has spent a bit more time in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop. It has been with classic car technician Chris who has been priming the classic transit ready for it to be painted in the very near future.

This vehicle has already undergone quite a transformation so we are looking forward to seeing it continue to make good progress through its restoration.

While our Transit Tipper was in the paintshop, technician Tom picked up the freshly rebuilt gearbox and rear axle from AST Transmission and bought them back to the workshop.

More Paint

Our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper (MKI) has spent more time in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with classic car technician Mauro.

Mauro has been continuing his work painting this classic transit. Various components have been primed and painted, including the doors and grille, and are now looking better than ever.

Painting A Classic Transit

Our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper MKI has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with classic car technician Mauro. After being primed, the vehicle was ready for Mauro to begin the painting process.

As you can see from the photos below, with a new coat of paint, this classic commercial vehicle is already looking good, so we are excited to see it continue to progress through its restoration.

Mark 2 Transit In The Paintshop

Our Ford Transit MkII Tipper has spent some time in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with classic car technician Chris.

Chris has been prepping and priming the vehicle ready for it to be painted in the near future. This classic work vehicle continues to make good progress through its restoration with us.

Before entering the paintshop, our Mark 2 Transit spent some time in the fabrication bay with other Chris who made some repairs to the metalwork.

Bodywork Begins

Now that our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has come to the end of its time in the fabrication bay, it has been moved over to the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop ready for work on its body to begin.

It’s always an exciting time when one part of a restoration is finished and a new one is about to start.

Our Transit Tipper will likely be in the paintshop for a little while but, by the time it leaves, it will be looking very different.

Painting Our Transit Bed Frame

The bed frame of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop with Mauro, as he has been giving it a fresh coat of paint.

After applying epoxy primer to the bed frame, he went on to paint it black using DTM paint.

Once the freshly painted bed frame is reunited with the rest of our Transit Tipper, it will be a positive step forward on the restoration journey of the vehicle.

Stripping A Classic Transit

Our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper may have only been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for a few days but classic car technician Mauro has already been hard at work stripping it, ready for repairs to be made to its paint.

Once the strip down is complete, work will continue on our Transit Tipper and we are very much looking forward to seeing its great looks improve further.

A Classic Transit

Another new arrival has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1972 Ford Transit Tipper. Although we already have a Tipper in the workshop, this one looks very different and is in a much more usable condition!

While it is in the workshop, we will be doing some paint repairs and investigating an oil leak and noise coming from the vehicle.

More Repairs

Classic car technician Chris has been completing more repair work on the frame of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper.

Things are moving along nicely on this restoration project and we hope it won’t be too much longer until it is ready to move on to the next stage of its restoration.