1949 MG YT

Viper Valet

Two of our classics have been treated to professional valets this week by our good friends at Viper Valeting in Ipswich. Firstly was our beautiful

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2016 Morgan

Source: The Morgan Motor Company “The Morgan Motor Company Ltd was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler. A four-wheeled

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MGYT dials ready for refurb

The MG YT dials have been packaged up and sent for refurbishing by world renowned restorers Speedograph Richfield Ltd. Within a couple days we’ll touch base with
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Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance – 2020

The prestigious Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance was held today at Blenheim Palace. The event showcases the rarest and most significant classic cars and bikes in the world.

What a pleasure it is to see our gorgeous 1949 MG YT make an appearance by personal invitation.

This stunning piece of history was a full restoration project of ours. From a complete engine rebuild, to an interior overhaul, we’ve transformed this 1940’s beauty into the elegant classic she is today.

This car was a childhood dream for a former customer of ours, Mr MacDonald. It was one of the 877 produced. Sadly, by the time this iconic car was shipped to the UK, Mr McDonald had passed.

Although he never got to drive his lifelong dream classic car, Mr McDonald’s son has upheld his fathers vision and seen the full restoration through to completion.

We’re sure Mr McDonald would be so proud to see his 1949 MG YT in the very colours he chose, glimmering in the Oxfordshire sunshine this morning.

The event itself is filled with classic cars, champagne and English tea and of course; the highly anticipated Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance awards themselves. Although our 1949 MG YT didn’t win, we’re all incredibly proud of the entire team at Bridge Classic Cars for completing such a fantastic restoration. She’s certainly a winner in our eyes!

Viper Valet

Two of our classics have been treated to professional valets this week by our good friends at Viper Valeting in Ipswich.

Firstly was our beautiful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 that’s spent the long summer days on some great British road trips. Now squeaky clean and ready to be tucked up securely in our specialist storage facility over winter.

Also cleaned, was our 1949 MG YT ahead of her appearance at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance this week. She’s been nominated for an award so we’ve all got our fingers crossed for her!

1949 MG YT – Concours d’Elegance Preparation

This beautiful 1949 MG YT is back with us at Bridge Classic Cars. We had the pleasure of restoring this car for the MacDonald family.

The YT has been entered into the Concours d’Elegance at Blenheim Palace this year with the preparation of the vehicle entrusted to us.

There was a fuel leak which Ady has fixed by fitting a new carburettor needle valve and seat.

Along with fixing some of her internal complaints, some aesthetics have also been corrected in our specialist paint shop by expert painter Darren. “I’ve polished out some minor scratches in the paint work and worked on some localised rust marks.”

The car will also been fully detailed by Viper Auto Valet and perfected in preparation for display at Blenheim Palace.

We love seeing this car back at the workshop, we’re honoured to have the pleasure of working on such a special car. The story of this car is simply incredible!

Restoration Recap: 1949 MGYT

We took a look back at one of our favourite restoration projects, the 1949 MGYT. This car already has such a rich history and priceless sentimental value. Read the story of our 1949 MGYT restoration below…

MG YT found in Australia

Having seen the restoration of our 1949 MG YT Robert Woods from Australia has been in touch to tell us about his right hand drive MG YT that he is currently in the process of restoring.

We are so excited to follow the progress on this and from all of us at Bridge Classic Cars we wish you all the best with your restoration journey.

Fighting off the cold over the Christmas period

One way to escape the cold weather this Christmas is with the fantastic CarCoon Airflow System. Our 1949 MGYT is now safely tucked away keeping warm and secure.

The EVO model is probably the most versatile CarCoon of all. This model comprises of a base mat and a separate top cover.

Simply drive the car onto the base mat, place the top cover over the car, connect the zipper and plug in the 12 Volt power supply.

The beauty of the EVO CarCoon is that it can be accessed from any side. This model can also be custom made to accommodate any vehicle size, including extra tall vehicles. Even reduced height units can be custom made.


Our 1949 MG YT photo shoot at Fynn Valley Golf Club

We were first introduced to our beautiful 1949 MG Y Tourer (YT) back in September 2016. She was then on a ship heading to the UK from Cyprus where she had spent the majority of her life in the hands of just one family. Daniel McDonald had dreamt of owning a MGYT, having owned a Y in his younger years but ‘not being able to afford the YT’ he came across a very rare right hand drive model available for sale.

Unfortunately she arrived looking somewhat different to what we were all expecting but even in this condition it was clear to see how stunning this little gem would become.

We even had visits from some renowned MG enthusiasts and specialists who had heard of her imminent arrival.

It was with great sadness that Daniel passed away in December 2016 but by special request from his family we were asked to continue with the restoration and give Daniel the car he always dreamed of.

And here we are…a little under a year later we are thrilled to hand over one of the most beautiful projects we have had the pleasure in building. As Daniel was a very keen golfer it was only fitting for the final photo-shoot to be held on the final hole of one of Suffolk’s most beautiful golf courses – Fynn Valley Golf Club.

Fynn Valley Golf Club is set in the rolling countryside of rural Suffolk in Witnesham, near Ipswich and is a friendly, family run Club.

A huge thank you to General Manager Ryan Parfett and the staff at Fynn Valley Golf Course, Jason at Sugar and Spice Photography and the McDonald family for their continued support.

On Friday 17th November  2017 on a crisp winter’s morning we completed our photo-shoot and here are the fantastic photos that I’m sure you’ll see for many years to come.


1949 MG YT Delivery Day

We’ve now reached the day where we have to unfortunately wave goodbye to our 1949 MG YT.

She came to us a little over a year ago, straight off the ship from Cyprus and looking in a bit of a sorry state.

Now, after a full nut and built rebuild she’s complete and ready to go home to Dagenham.

It may have been bitterly cold but at least it was dry. We arrived in good time, parked her up and covered her over at her new home just before the snow started to fall.

1949 MGYT restoration complete and ready for photo shoot

A little over a year ago we took a call from an excited Mr McDonald who had just received confirmation that he was now the proud owner of an original, 1 owner, 1949 MG YT.

At the time, the car was living out in Cyprus but was due to board the ship any day to arrive with us in Felixstowe.

Some time later we received the call that she had arrived at the docks and would be making her way to our Ipswich workshops for what we thought would be a fairly standard recommission and health check.

As you can see from the day she arrived, this was not the case.

But after many months of hard work and a very emotional journey, here she is today, all complete and back to how she was when she left the factory back in 1949.

All that’s left to do now is the traditional completion photo shoot.

Mercedes AMG GT Coupe – WOW!

With the youngest member of the Ranson family, little Loick, now coming up to 7 months old, will he be having the same conversations that I have with my Dad in many years to come. Better still, will little Loick be having this conversation with his son or daughter, let’s hope so:

“So we’ve got a very rare Mercedes AMG GT Coupe coming in to the workshops. Found in a barn, hasn’t been run for years. Was originally silver with red leather but in need of a full a restoration.”

It’s difficult to think that this conversation could be a reality.

But for now, here is one of the most beautiful cars available in the world right now! It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the McDonald family into the Bridge Classic Cars workshops today and what a car to arrive in…the stunning Mercedes AMG GT Coupe.

Underneath our 1949 MGYT

Throughout the build, we have taken lots of pictures of the exterior of our 1949 MGYT but probably not so many of the underside.

As we have her on the ramp to check over everything now is the perfect opportunity to see a different angle.

Our 1949 MGYT nearing completion

We have now so close to completion on our 1949 MGYT restoration project.

We are just waiting on a part to be manufactured for the side screens and then our final task is the jacking ram system. Having sourced a set of original rams we needed the assistance of a hydraulic expert to help free them up and undo years of corrosion.

Unfortunately they were unable to release the rams so the system is now back with us for plan B.

Lucky for us, the project can complete with or without the rams in place so these can be fixed into position at a later date.

Here are a selection of images taken last week, the registration plate has now been fitted as well as the brand new hub caps.

It’s the littler items of a restoration that seem to make the biggest difference.

Colour-coding the MGYT side screen frames

When the car arrived with us, the side screen frames were still in the raw material and colour of the steel. We have decided to colour code the frame the same colour as the hood frame. Not only does it look more aesthetically pleasing but will preserve and protect the frames for longer.

Piping the MGYT Oil Dipstick Cover

From new, we believe the small piece of shaped metal and carpet which covers the MG YT oil dipstick is not piped, instead it was left as a rough piece of carpet. Hopefully the purists won’t be too offended with our decision to pipe it. We have opted for beige/biscuit piping rather than blue so it is not too glaringly obvious.

Without the piping it looked like someone had made an error in the manufacturing plant and tried to patch it up with a bit of carpet but now it looks beautiful. It still serves the same purpose of being a cover but now does it with a bit of style and elegance.

MG YT – fitting up the front seats

Today, we’ve been able to truly feel what it will be like to drive this beautiful machine.

Last week we could experience being a back seat passenger but now we have the front seat securely in position. It has made us realise just how short we must’ve all been in 1949 as our heads touch the roof but having said that it feels wonderful.

Tomorrow we’ll work on fitting up the passenger’s seat but as another day closes we are only moments away from completion and the now famous completion photo shoot. Our 1949 MG YT will soon be reunited with it’s owners.

2016 Morgan

Source: The Morgan Motor Company

The Morgan Motor Company Ltd was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler. A four-wheeled model began production in 1936, and Morgan cars have long become famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance.

The ethos at Morgan remains unchanged: all our cars are coach built and subjected to continual development in order to meet current standards of safety and to offer the responsive thoroughbred performance with which our name is associated. The development of our model-range has taken the marque into the 21st Century, and today Morgan builds in excess of 1300 cars per year. The Aero 8, a major achievement for a small Company, was launched in 2000, and continual evolution of the Aero Range has seen the 8 joined by the dramatic Aero SuperSports and its fixed-head sibling, the Aero Coupe. In 2011 we re-launched the Morgan 3 Wheeler, a modern interpretation of H.F.S. Morgan’s classic design. Our ‘Classic’ range continues to be our flagship vehicle – with models including the 4/4, the world’s longest-running production vehicle, and engine sizes ranging from 1600cc to 4800cc, these famous icons are the models perhaps most associated with Morgan.”

Today, we had a visit from Mike, owner of MG Specialists NTG and he arrived in style as the passenger of this 2016 Morgan. He came to visit us to take a look at the progress of our 1949 MG YT as completion draws ever closer.

MGYT Carpets, Seats, Door Cards

The stunning carpets are now laid into position. At this stage they are only fitted to size everything up and make sure our measurements are accurate.

The door cards are also now in position, we just need to finish off the hidem banding with chrome finishing caps and fully secure the door cards into position.

And finally, the seats are laid into position to ensure a snug fit.

Final stages of completion

We are now on the final push of our 1949 MG YT restoration project. The journey has been been fantastic and we have had lots of lovely comments on the car. Everyone from the MG enthusiast to the general public walking on by and looked in and admired it’s styling and unique design.

She is now in the assembly room of our Ipswich workshops and by the end of this week we should be nearing completion.

Fitting up the new interior

Early next week we’ll complete the final few items of our brand new MG YT but the rear seats are now complete and ready to be fitted.

We’ve used the original seats but have remade with new base cushions and re-introduced the lighter interior. The blue piping has been added to blend the interior in with the clipper blue exterior.

Some new additions to our MGYT project

With the old badge bar beyond repair we have now sourced a brand new one, refurbished the original AA badge but kept the owner’s club as it arrived and now the entire unit is fitted back on to the car.

The brand new roof has also been built up and fitted. We are yet to fully fit and tighten where required but as you can see, the general shape and design fits perfectly to the frame.


Perfecting the MGYT interior

Our 1949 MG YT interior  remake is almost complete, here is the first images of the seats and door cards. We have re-manufactured the entire interior set up using the original components where possible but now with the new colour combination.

As you can see, the leather is yet to be tightened in places but certainly within the next few days we’ll have the full interior complete and ready to fit.

We have re-made the door card templates as these are almost impossible to find.

The styling remains the same as the original although we have introduced a couple of alterations to them to ensure they last longer than the originals would ever have been able to. The pockets are now slightly cushioned and the pocket fixing are much tighter than the originals were.

Keeping to the original is always our aim (unless instructed otherwise) but as technologies change it is certainly worthwhile assessing the situation in order to get the best results…and this is a great example of a little extra effort going a long way.

MGYT outside for the day

We are just waiting on the interior to be completed but as it’s a lovely day we thought it would be nice for our 1949 MGYT to enjoy the sunshine.

MGYT Interior almost complete

We are now in the final stages of building the new interior for our 1949 MGYT.

The brand new camel carpet has also arrived with us ready to be shaped and edged.

Running up the MGYT Engine

When our 1949 MG YT arrived at our Ipswich workshops back in November 2016, she was missing a lot of her character:

A very different car to what we expected but never-the-less, a car that from day one showed so much promis.

One of the major tasks was to rebuild the engine. With the majority of it being on the leather interior, and in a number of boxes it was a huge task sourcing the missing components. Now, after a full engine rebuild, the time has come for the newly built engine to be refitted into the car once again and for it to be run up for the very first time.

Fitting the new stainless exhaust system

We are very fortunate to have one of the world’s leading MG parts suppliers right here on our doorstep. NTG have provided us with a brand new stainless steel exhaust for our MG YT restoration project.

Although she arrived with us looking very sorry for herself, she did come equipped with her exhaust system. However, after years of neglect the exhaust was showing signs of wear in many places.

Repairs could be made to the existing exhaust but taking into account the hours of labour involved in repairing an old unit is was far better to replace with a brand new stainless addition.


New Dash Complete With Dials

With the dials back from Speedograph, having been completely overhauled, rebuilt and re-polished, we have now been able to securely fit them in our newly refurbished dash.

We are now on to the final stretch of the rebuild, with the interior arriving back from Kim very soon having been completely remade. We have re manufactured the new door cards as brand new door cards for the MG YT seem to be non-existant…

…until now that is!

MGYT Filler Fuel Neck

When our 1949 MGYT arrived in to us from Cyprus amongst the many components missing or broken was a missing filler fuel neck. Dave has now remade the piece and painted it ready to be refitted.

Sourcing the original number

Whilst on the hunt for evidence of the original UK registration number (prior to it being exported to Cyprus) we have come across a couple of fantastic vintage photos.

Although the car was originally Clipper Blue these look to be taken after the colour change but do show the original UK number. PXN 577

Let’s hope we can successfully re-register the car to have the original number now she is back where she belongs, in the UK.


Re-chroming the handbrake lever

Although the handbrake lever is not obviously visible we have decided to go ahead and chrome this piece.

We believe the original finish would have been black but as the component is in such good condition and wants very little repair work to carried out we felt that refinishing in chrome would look much more impressive.

MGYT Screen In Light On

With the new screen being made as we speak the frame work has now been built up and fitted into position to ensure all curves and lines meet the areas that it should.

And as you can see, we now have the eyes back on the car!

The brand new headlights have now been fitted and they look amazing. Every angle of our 1949 MGYT looks stunning but with the lights now in position it has been completely transformed once again.

It’s the final big push on the project now with the electrics and interior being the last big tasks to carry out.

MGYT Dashboard Refurbished

We’ve now completed the work on re-covering our 1949 MGYT dash. With the edging strips already re-chromed and the centre plate fully restored the dash can now be pieced back together.

Fitting the new MGYT badges

We had a very indecisive moment this morning in the Bridge Classic Cars workshops.

The big question, should we or should we not replace the front and rear badges. These are the original badges which in itself is lovely but when you have them fitted to an almost new car they really stand out.

With a little help from the family who own this beauty we all decided that replacing with new was the best solution.

Here we have the new badges fitted and looking lovely. The originals will be kept safe and will make up the fantastic history of the car.

Refitting our MGYT front grille

With the newly re-chromed and rebuilt front grille now complete we have been able to loosely refit to the car. This will be tightened once the bonnet section are fitted and secured.

It’s all in the finer detail

A unique feature on our 1949 MGYT is the invisible cooling blind that is operated by a pulley system beside the radiator.

When pulled a blind lifts up in front of the radiator but behind the front grille. It can not be easily seen but it acts as a temperature control feature.

The blind itself was in desperate need of repair so as part of the stripping process we removed the blind mechanism too. This has now been fully rebuilt, using the original parts but with brand new textile fitted.

This has now been refitted and will once again be fully functioning.

Fitting up the chrome to the MGYT

Dave is now starting to refit the chrome on our 1949 MG YT.

A lot of the original parts have been re-chromed however some of the parts were beyond repair so we have replaced with new.

When the car arrived at Bridge Classic Cars both the front and rear bumpers had taken a serious hit during the overseas transport and were beyond repair. Due to the rarity of this model we were prepared for a challenge trying to replace these.

Luckily for us we have Mike from NTG just round the corner from our workshops. Mike is one of MG’s most knowledgeable enthusiasts and has built a world renowned MG spares company. Anything to do with MGs Mike is the man, as they say, what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing.

Mike informed us that the bumpers from this model are the same as those on the MG TD so we were able to source new.

Building up the re-chromed MGYT grille


Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT

Can you re-chrome a classic car grille as one piece? The answer is yes…

…but we wouldn’t recommend it.

If you want to do a job right, do it properly. It may seem like a daunting task stripping a grille like this into individual pieces but it is absolutely worth it for the final finish. Ensure you have a piece of paper and a pen with you and simply jot down everything you take off so you know exactly where each slat goes when you are ready to refit. Drawings, notes, measurements, whatever it takes to make your life easy during refit is worth it.

Here we have the finish front grille. We totally stripped the components and rebuilt once chromed and polished. The brand new material surround has been refitted so it’s ready to be fitted back up to the car.

Fitting up the blue piping

Today, Dave has been concentrating on fitting up the blue leather piping around the front and rear wings of our 1949 MGYT.

With lots of blue fabric options on the market as well as a great choice of dark greys and blacks in leather this turned out to be more of a challenge than we expected.

We looked through lots of samples from various manufacturers and finally decided on the dark blue leather option that you see here. Now it is in position, we are very happy that the research really paid off.

We’ve seen a number of the MGY’s with black piping but that’s not what we wanted. In our opinion, settling for black, or even dark grey would not have been right.

Reshaping the new MGYT floor

Although our MG YT came fitted with solid floors, they had seen better days and needed attention. We felt the car deserved better so rather than repainting the old flooring we made the decision to reshape and build a new floor.

A few pictures from the chromers

Here we have a couple of up dated pictures taken by Tony at Wyatt Polishing as he gets stuck in to the MGYT chrome work.

We should be expecting all of the chrome back with us next week just in time for the refit.

Fitting the new MGYT wiring loom

Due to the rarity of our 1949 MGYT the wiring loom as been specially manufactured, for us, by Autosparks. It was an 8 week lead time but due to forward planning it arrived within our time scale. Forward planning reduces the risk of set backs, doesn’t always work this well but on this occasion it has!

Autosparks are the world leading supplier’s of classic car wiring looms. There are lots of wiring looms suppliers online but from previous experience they all seem to use Autosparks as their supplier so we choose to buy direct from source and deal directly with the manufacturer.

We started back on the MGYT today, with Dave’s first job being to to install the new wiring loom.

Rebuilding the MGYT engine

Back in November 2016 our 1949 MGY Tourer arrived with us from Cyprus. As you can see, the engine wasn’t quite right upon arrival.

If you were to remove the sheeting and pull out the white perspex boxes off the front and back seats you’ll find a 1949 MGYT engine…

…and if you look under the bonnet you’ll also see that we seem to be missing an engine.

So one of our first tasks was to rebuild the engine. In order to do this we needed to establish what parts, if any, were missing from the white boxes.

We called upon our good friend and one of the UK’s leading MG engine builders George Edny to help source and rebuild the components on our engine.

We have now carried out a full and extensive rebuild; including work to the front pulley, ring gear, water pump, oil filters, rocker caps, plugs, bearings and brackets. The exhaust has also been blasted and sprayed, the gearbox has been totally rebuilt, along with the carbs, inlet manifold, dynamo and starter motor.

The engine is now back in our Ipswich workshops ready for work to commence once again next week.

Polishing the dash surround and centre plates

We’ve been debating over the issue of whether to polish and re-chrome the dash of our 1949 MGYT. There was no question on whether to recover the leather as this was very much needed but the metalwork was debatable. It looked tired but were we about to open doors to more issues if we start to re-chrome the intricate shapes.

The centre piece has been painted brown at some time in it’s life so this could have been tidied up simply by re-painting.

We made the decision to remove the metalwork from the dash and do the job right. This means the edging strips and centre plate will now be re-chromed and polished so they can be fitted looking just as beautiful as the rest of the car.

Not all occasions require the chrome to be re-polished but we felt this was one occasion that deserved the treatment.

Repairing, Blasting and Painting the Hood

With the hood removed from the car we are planning to repair the areas that require attention. When this work is carried out we’ll clean up the entire frame to remove all grit, dirt and grime that has built up over the years before finishing in a beige.

Dismantling the front grille

The final few sections of the bright-work have now gone off to be chromed at Wyatt Polishing in Thetford

The front grille has been completely stripped back to individual sections. This is best way to achieve the ultimate results. If someone tells you they can re-chrome something like this as one piece be very cautious. It will be very difficult to polish in between the individual sections with it in one piece. It can be done but it will not give you the best results.

Templates have been drawn up to ensure that each section goes back in the correct place.

Here we have the separate components all as individual pieces.

Is it best to buy new or re-chrome?

We get asked this a lot, is it best to buy new or re-chrome original parts? Let’s look at the facts:


Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT

Buying New

Who is the supplier of the new products? Are they a reputable company and do they specialise in your particular vehicle? I guess the last part isn’t crucial but it is something we consider when working on our projects at Bridge Classic Cars. The way to look at it, if you find a company that has been trading for many years and they specialise in a particular make or group of vehicles then it’s certainly more reassuring that the chrome they supply will fit. At the end of the day, it’s all about reputation, if you are good at what you do then you get known for being.

With new, more often than not the parts are produced of a lesser quality material. Because we live in a world of tight budgets products have to be produced cheaper, this way they can be sold more competitively.

People are often put off by the ‘Chinese’ market but it’s no longer the case that something made in China is no good, it is. If you are sold into the idea that a product produced in Germany is better than one from China then unfortunately you may be missing out on a great product.

Buying new is often the cheaper alternative to re-chroming the existing products and this is really important. If the part is small and considered less significant then buying new is totally the way to go. Why waste money on the most expensive option?

To sum up, buying new is fantastic, everything is shiny and perfect and with modern tooling it is safe to say that it will most likely fit how it should. There is however one key thing to consider…

Using Existing

…it isn’t original.

Original is great, it has a story. The car came with it on, it belongs on the car, therefore, if it can be refurbished then it should remain.

Having said that, it can often be the most expensive option so you do need to sit down and really assess the importance of original against cost.

Secondly, do you have a good chromer and polisher? There is an art to rechroming so do ensure the company you use are good and that you’ve seen their work. We use a company in Thetford, Wyatt Polishing, they are fantastic and have been doing it for many years. They undertake all kinds of metal restoration on classic, custom cars and bikes. Basically anything that needs plating they can provide a triple service which involves copper, nickel and chrome. They offer a repair service for damaged items such as rusty and holed car bumpers, damaged trims, badly pitted mazak can repaired before plating.

Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, we do not limit our options. We consider both options on every occasion. Some parts are nearly impossible to get hold of which therefore means our only option is to repair. Other’s are so much cheaper to replace with new so it makes sense to do it that way. There really is no right or wrong answer to this question.

This is our 1949 MG YT chrome, we have purchased some parts new but the majority has gone over to the platers to be refurbished ready to be refitted.

Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT


Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT


Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT


Original chrome taken from a 1949 MG YT


The return of the MGYT to Bridge Classic Cars

Today, we welcomed back to our Ipswich workshops our 1949 MG YT from the paint shop.

She is now completely transformed from white back to the original colour of Clipper Blue.

As a temporary fix, the panels were loosely fitted whilst in transit.

We’ll now mount the body back onto the chassis, lining up every angle and securing it into position as a permanent fixture. The body will be laid on top of a body to chassis fitting kit and all new wing piping will be fitted.

Once everything is securing fitted, the rebuild process can commence.

MGYT ready to be rebuilt

Our 1949 MG YT has now been completed in our paint shop so will return to our Deben Road workshops in preparation for the rebuild.

As we speak, John and Asa are across town with the truck and trailer return to bring her back.

The first job will be to secure the body shell to the chassis with the correct spacing’s. Everything is loosely fitted right now so it is down to the team to ensure it is safe and secure with all of the relevant checks taking place.


MGYT Update: Body on Chassis, Engine Almost Ready, Parts Ready For Refit

Today’s the day our newly refurbished chassis reunites with the freshly painted ‘Clipper blue’ body shell of our 1949 MG YT.

We’ll now loosely fit the body panels and start to rebuild. Once we are in a position where we are happy to tighten the panels we’ll proceed to do so.

We’ve had just received confirmation from George Edny, internationally renowned MG engine specialist, that our engine will be complete and back with us for the end of February which is great news as it means will are on time for our schedule.

Lauren has been busy behind the scenes sorting through, cleaning and refurbishing all of the components ready for the refit. We like to be ahead of the game when it comes to sorting and refurbishing. It’s very easy to sit back and think that you have plenty of time but the sooner it can get done the better. Not only can you wrap everything up reassured that the job has been done but it gives you time to repair and replace any components that need doing.

We have even decided to sympathetically refurbish the bumper badges. Ordinarily these owuld be kept original but with such a drastic change to the overal appearance of our MGYT we felt it was best to fresh up the badges. Here we have the freshly painted AA badge, in original AA Yellow.

A huge difference to how it came to us.

New look to our 1949 MG YT

Our 1949 MG YT arrived to us from Cyprus looking like this:

Last week we revealed the car looking fresh in it’s new Clipper Blue body.

Now we can reveal a full series of images of the body shell, the panels and the wheels all finished in Clipper Blue.

The next stage for us at Bridge Classic Cars is to fit the body shell back onto the chassis. Once this has been married up accurately the refit process will commence.

First glimpse of our MGYT in Clipper Blue

One of the biggest and most exciting transformations to any car is a full ‘colour change’ body respray.

At the back end of 2016 we revealed our exciting plans to change our 1949 MGYT from it’s current colour of white back to it’s original colour of Clipper Blue.

Whoever had change this beautiful machine from blue to white had done an incredible job of it. Whilst stripping the car we couldn’t help but question it’s history as we were struggling to find any signs at all that this car was originally blue. A credit to the previous paint shop


…on November 11th 2016 ‘We Found Blue’

Now, after a full strip down of every single removable item and a few months in the paint shop we had our first glimpse today of the new Clipper Blue look.

With only 2 more panels to paint it will soon be time to refit back to the chassis.

Our 1949 MGYT Refurbished Radiator

The MGYT radiator has now returned to our workshops having been refurbished and re-commissioned at Sheldrake & Wells.

Sheldrake & Wells Ltd are based in Ipswich and are now the only radiator specialist in Suffolk that undertake the repair and reconditioning of car, commercial and industrial radiators.

We’ve been working alongside Sheldrake & Wells for a number of years on the restoration of our radiators, they do an absolutely fantastic job, every time.

MGYT Radiator Refurbished

MGYT Radiator Refurbished

Paint preparation begins

Now that our 1949 MG YT has been transported to our Ipswich paint shop it’s time to start the preparation work ready for the new Clipper Blue finish. The arches have been removed as they require a bit of remedial work where it has had a dink in it’s time. Nothing too scary to repair.

As the car was originally finished in Clipper Blue this is a complete respray which means every single inch of this body (everything that is currently white) will be changed back to blue. This is not just ‘what you see’, it is everything!

MGYT preparation for paint

MGYT preparation for paint

MGYT preparation for paint

MGYT preparation for paint

MGYT preparation for paint

MGYT dials ready for refurb

The MG YT dials have been packaged up and sent for refurbishing by world renowned restorers Speedograph Richfield Ltd.

Within a couple days we’ll touch base with them, by which time they would have fully assessed the extent of work that will need to be carried out.

They are the experts in this field, we have trusted Speedograph Richfield Ltd with the majority of our major dial restorations for some time.

It is truly amazing how they can bring these dials back to life.

MGYT Dials

MGYT Dials

MGYT Dials

MGYT Dials


We have now received a call from Speedograph, the dials have arrived and the promising news is that they are happy to carry out a full restoration on almost all of the dials. A full restoration involves the following:

  • Strip and assess the condition.
  • Repair as necessary.
  • Re-print the artwork at the rear.
  • Refit new bezels.

Assessing the chromework

Now that the car is in the paint shop it gives us a bit of time to assess the chrome.

Unlike a lot of classic cars, MG parts are readily available which makes the MG’s not only an affordable classic but also a lovely classic to work on, especially if you like to do bits and pieces yourself at home.

Unfortunately for our beautiful MG YT this isn’t quite a simple. A lot of the parts on this vehicle are very rare so it is not as easy to source new.

With all of our projects we assess whether it is more cost effective to source new chrome work or re-chrome the existing.

As with everything, there are always for’s and against’s to consider; are brand new parts made with good quality materials, have they been batch produced on a tight budget, is the original tooling used to produce the parts, will they fit as well as originals? All things you need to consider before making a decision.

As a team of individuals with years of experience, between us, we’ve seen it all. We have a good idea of when to buy new and when to re chrome.

We’ve found blue!!

Even those with a keen eye for detail would think our 1949 MG Y Tourer started it’s life in white…but believe it or not she was originally Clipping Blue (BMC Code: BU14, ICI Code: 0146 or 3300).

A credit to it’s former restorer this car shows almost no signs of the original blue colour.

We were starting to become a little nervous; the owner’s told us of the blue colour, all of the paperwork suggests it was blue, even looking back through the history, the signs all say she was blue but we could see very little physical evidence of this on the vehicle.

We have now completed the huge task of stripping her and just as we thought we’d covered every angle we removed a bracket. That one bracket told the full story!




Real progress as we finish up on day 2 of the MGYT strip down

Lauren has been hard at work over the last couple of days, stripping our 1949 MGYT of all the removable components.

As this is a complete rebuild project the entire car is to be stripped. The engine was already out of the vehicle which saved us a lot of time but all we have left to do now is a few wires under the bonnet, the bonnet itself as well as the two doors.

All interior, exterior, hood and hood frame is now off the vehicle and stored away safely ready to be assessed for cleaning, repairing or replacing.

The next big job will be to remove the shell from the chassis so it can be prepared and re-sprayed.

As we’ve mentioned a lot throughout our projects, when undertaking any restoration work be sure to take lots of photos. What you think you might remember you may forget. Having photographs is a fantastic way of referring back to how it once was.

1949 MG YT the restoration begins…

Work on our 1949 MG Y Tourer was not scheduled to begin until the beginning of next year but Lauren has managed to squeeze in a couple of days this week to get started on stripping the car. Everything on this vehicle is to removed as it is a complete ‘nut and bolt’ restoration.

The car started it’s life in blue and whoever changed the colour of her has done a remarkable job, every inch of this vehicle suggests it started it’s life a white car…a real credit to it’s previous owner!

As Lauren will tell you, some cars are a nightmare to strip, some of these rusty bolts just don’t want to be loosened. Others are a dream to strip, this being one of them…so far anyway!!

At the end of day one

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

1949 MGYT Restoration at Bridge Classic Cars

MGYT Appraisal Day

We’ve managed to spare a few hours this afternoon to have our 1949 MG Y Tourer up on the ramp for the full appraisal.

From first impressions Asa has reported good news. The hot climate has helped preserve the underneath which is very promising. Every exterior panel needs work but this is to be expected. Nothing is too daunting and everything is achievable.

Once the full appraisal is complete we’ll report back on our findings and then discuss the next phase of the restoration project.

Cyprus – Felixstowe – Ipswich

This morning we welcomed the newest addition to the Bridge Classic Cars family.

Our 1949 MG YT (T is for Tourer) has been owned by the same family from new and has spent it’s entire life over in Cyprus.

The only information we were originally given was “The vehicle has been in the family since new. The vehicle which is cream in colour has been used as a family car. The engine requires a rebore and is out of the car at the present moment. The upholstery and soft top was renovated in Lincoln Green leather just over 7 years ago”

Now in the hands of its proud new owner, Mr MacDonald has been on the look out for some time for an MG Y so when this came available on eBay he was determined to get his hands on it.

She docked in Felixstowe last week from Cyprus and has just arrived with us here in our Ipswich workshop for a full appraisal ready for the full restoration to commence.

Even Mike, owner of NTG (one of the UK’s largest suppliers of MG parts) was excited to see this car, as soon as we told him of the history. He paid us a special visit this morning to have a good look over her, even before we had chance to get her inside!

She’ll soon be brought through our workshops for a full appraisal but even though she may look a little sorry for herself right now I think it is safe to say this is a fantastic little find for Mr MacDonald.

Coming soon to Bridge Classic Cars; a very rare 1949 MG Y Type, currently en route from Cyprus


In 1948 several (currently believed to be 9) “YA” Types (consisting of chassis, engines and some body parts) were imported into Switzerland and given cabriolet bodywork by various coachbuilders, such as Reinbolt & Christé. The idea of the open four-seat tourer had been popular before the war, and in theory there was still a market. As a result a “TC” specification of the XPAG engine was married to a pressed-steel open body with fully folding hood and coach-built doors.

A production tourer, the MG “YT”, was launched at the Motor Show in 1948. It was available for export only in both right- and left-hand-drive models. Only 877 of these cars were produced when production ceased in 1950—it was not the success that MG had hoped for, and indeed other British manufacturers were also having problems selling open-tourer versions of their saloons.

The “YT” Tourer did not benefit from ‘displayed’ woodwork but had the same standard of seat trim. It did have more instrumentation, in that there was a tachometer (or rev counter) in front of the driver, the speedometer was positioned in front of the passenger with a central bank of subsidiary dials in the centre, giving a similar sporting appearance to the TC with a “double scuttle” dash.

1949 MG Y Type

A childhood dream for Mr MacDonald to own one of the 877 that were produced.

This incredible MG Y Type is due to leave Cyprus this Friday and after a few weeks at sea she’ll be arriving in Felixstowe before being delivered directly to our Ipswich workshops for assessment.

At Bridge Classic Cars we offer anything that your classic car desires.

We’ll give this wonderful little MG a fully check over and along with it’s new owner, we’ll decide on the best course of action to get her up and running.

In no time at all she’ll be out and about for all to see and enjoy.

1949 MG Y Type

1949 MG Y Type