We were at the oldest celebration of motoring this Sunday 3rd November, the 2019 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. More than 400 pre-1905 vehicles
Late finish on Friday evening as we welcomed Automotive Photographer Matt Woods along to complete our 1977 MGBGT and 1975 MGB Roadster restoration projects in
Our MGB has transition to the luxurious Evans water for its engine which is waterless coolant to accompany the new water pipe. We first need to drain and flush the system with engine flush and then top it up with Evans coolant. We’re also waiting on a new battery isolator switch to arrive so we can fit that.
We’re delighted to announce that two of our classics have been finished and will be sent off to their owner in Germany very soon. The Tundra MG B was finished a while ago and has been sitting in storage whilst we completed the TR6 but now is the first chance we’ve had to have them both finished and side by side.
With just a few final touches to be made to the Magenta TR6, these two stunning classics will soon be ending their time with us. Watch this space…
This classic tundra MGB Roadster is in for a simple check up and service as it has been stored with us since its completion.
Our newly finished Triumph TR6 and its friend, the Tundra 1975 MGB have been stored up in Bentwaters whilst we work on the third in this trio, a Beverly Hills Jaguar E-Type that’s in for a full 180 transformation. All three cars are owned by the same clients, making it an exciting set of projects. With these two tucked away in our Hanger at Bentwaters, we can get cracking on the Jaguar.
Our 1975 Tundra Green MGB has popped back in for a new carpet before its stored with us. Brian in the trim shop has recently fitted the new carpet sides around the pedals.
For those that might not remember the Green MGB, here’s a photo of it when it first came to us.
Once the carpet had been fitted, we loaded it up onto the lorry to transport it to our hanger.
We were at the oldest celebration of motoring this Sunday 3rd November, the 2019 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. More than 400 pre-1905 vehicles took took to the road.
Over 120 years since the first run in 1896, it was wonderful to see so many of these Veteran vehicles make the journey from Hyde Park in Central London to the coat of Brighton.
It was fantastic to see friends of Bridge Classic Cars, Stephen Norman MD Vauxhall Cars and Jeremy Townsend Director of Communications Vauxhall Cars crossing the finish line in Brighton. We also saw television presenter, Alan Titchmarsh in his veteran vehicle.
To read a more detailed write up of the event, check out the Veteran Car Run’s article here.
Early morning trip to London today to deliver our 1975 MG B Roadster. In our workshops for a couple of small tweaks and a general check over but now safely back home.
Our recently completed 1975 MG B Roadster has already enjoyed a trip around Europe and has been back with us for just over a week being prepared for the upcoming concours competition.
A late trip to the London’s city centre as we deliver the car back to it’s owner all prepared and ready.
Today’s the day we introduce our 1975 MGB Roadster to it’s new home in the city.
First trip out was a big one, we’ve heard from the owner that the trip from London to Luton went very well. Next stop Sicily…
Back in 2018 we were commissioned to source an MGB Roadster for the Managing Director of one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, who had such a car as his first Management Car Plan car and wanted it recreated as was. We understand that he is delighted with the result.
Originally sourcing the car was somewhat of a challenge due to the specific criteria that was involved.
The car must be an original car, with a factory specification finish of Tundra Green. The car must also have the original engine present so all numbers matching.
We tracked down the car in Kettering, looking very sad and untouched and parked up under a tree.
The car has now undergone a full and thorough nut and bolt restoration. No stone has been left un-turned. The complete project can be found within the projects section of our website.
A huge thank you to Matt Woods Photography for a wonderful photo shoot to mark the completion of this incredible restoration journey.
Automotive photographer Matt Woods of Matt Woods Photography has built up a reputation for exceeding client expectations and excellent customer support.
He has been commissioned by leading brands and magazines around the world.
Matt has a passion for cars hence why he specialises in automotive photography. Saying that, Matt regularly takes other work for commercial and business customers.
Throughout Matt’s career he’s had over 250 and counting Magazine Front Cover shoots for a wide variety of publication.
Our 1975 MGB Roadster and our 1977 MGBGT together, possibly for the last time, before they head back to their homes and owners for many many years of enjoyment.
Fantastic images, as always from Matt Woods Photography (apart from the behind the scenes pics, those were taken by me…Craig, good I know)
Late finish on Friday evening as we welcomed Automotive Photographer Matt Woods along to complete our 1977 MGBGT and 1975 MGB Roadster restoration projects in style.
The completed images will follow very soon but here are some behind the scene images of the shoot.
Final stages of our 1975 MGB Roadster rebuild now and the interior fit out is taking shape with the brand new hood being fitted up too.
With the delivery of our brand new quarter lights we are now able to complete the rebuild of our MGB doors.
Here we are fitting up the sound deadening and carpet to our 1975 MGB Roadster.
Here is Ady and Pete successfully running up our MG B roadster engine for the very first time in the restoration project.
Not the easiest of wheels to restore our friends at Wheelcare Refisnishing had their work cut out when we presented two sets of original Rostyle wheel in need of restoration.
Our 1975 MG B Roadster and 1977 MG BGT will soon be sitting on fresh looking rims.
Rostyle wheels are a notable design of automobile wheels of American origin but made under licence by the British firm of Rubery Owen. The Rostyle wheel was especially popular during the 1960s and 1970s.
The wheels had a characteristic pressed steel form with raised ‘spokes’, and were painted aluminium-grey on the spokes and rim and black between the spokes to imitate the open space of true magnesium alloy wheels. They were designed for use without the need of hubcaps or wheel covers but usually had a centre cap carrying the emblem of the car manufacturer.
In the United States, the wheel style was manufactured in Lansing, Michigan, by the Motor Wheel Corporation and found fame in the 1960s and 1970s on Muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO, Ford Torino, Shelby Mustang, Plymouth Barracuda and AMC Javelin. In an American context the wheel style was known as the “Magnum 500”. Hence, the first British cars with “Rostyle” wheels were referred to in early road tests as having “Magnum style” wheels.
The first appearance of Rostyle wheels on the Rover P5B met with descriptions of them by some testers as “raffish” and “gaudy” and ill-befitting a luxury saloon. At that time, some Rover road testers also referred to the wheels as “Ro-style”, suggesting that the name, if not the style, may have first been developed specifically for wheels fitted to Rovers. Although this surfaces as “fact” on forums it is not correct. The name “Rostyle” is a portmanteau word deriving from “R-ubery O-wen” (the manufacturer of the wheels) and “Style”: “ROstyle”: “Rostyle”.
The firms MG and Rover, amongst other British sporty cars in the 1960s often specified Rostyle wheels as original equipment instead of ones made of light alloy or wire spoked wheels. Chromium-plated Rostyle wheels were made for Jensen, Rover and, famously, the Ford Cortina 1600E, originally designed for Ford Chairman Len Crossland’s wife.
Rostyle wheels were the only wheel option on the Range Rover for many years following its introduction. These 16-inch Rostyles were used on the Range Rover until 1986 when they were replaced by alloy wheels. The Rostyles then became optional fitment to the short wheelbase Land Rover (the wheels were not strong enough for use on the long wheelbase models). The Land Rover maintained its optional Rostyle wheels until 1995, becoming the last vehicle to offer them from new.
As well as in Britain, similar wheels were made under license in Germany and Argentina.
Special masks must be made to paint the wheels of restored cars to resemble the originals.
Max Sinclair, the sales manager for Rubery Owen in the 1960 to 1980 period has stated that “We changed the face of motoring, and Mag wheels followed us as their reliability improved.”
Our 1975 MG B Roadster restoration is progressing nicely. With the bumpers having been repaired and restored they have now been fitted to the car. The brakes have been built up and the plates have now been fitted. The badges are in position, everything is lined up and it’s starting to look like a proper car.
Soon we have the wheels fitted and then we’ll know we are nearing the end! The car is nearing completion ready for it’s European road trip next month.
We are currently fitting up the brand new wiring loom, supplied to us by our friends at Autosparks.
Autosparks are the ‘go-to’ people when it comes to brand new wiring looms.
“The origins of Autosparks date back to around the 1920’s when it’s founder, Mr Henry Colomb, formed an electrical business in Beverley Road, Hull.
It is unclear when the progression from electrical to auto-electrical took place although we do have a certificate from the Trade Mark authorities dated July 1954 registering the original company logo as seen below.
Under the ownership of Henry and the management of Mr Cliff Dalton, Autosparks Ltd flourished and by the 1980’s was a well established and well respected company. With Mr Colomb, then retired, living in Malta, and Mr Dalton reaching retirement age, the running of the company was left to a younger family member and with growing competition, the company finally collapsed in August 1991.
Meanwhile I began my business, R D Components, in November 1977, initially manufacturing and selling spares for the legendary BSA Gold Star motorcycle. Within 12 months I was doing full restorations and one of the items I had to make myself was the Wiring Harness. From there I built virtually a full range of Harnesses for all Post-war British Motorcycles, even supplying the reborn Triumph Motorcycles at Meriden. By 1983 I had began producing harnesses for classic cars, as well as manufacturing original equipment harnesses for the prestigious Aston Martin Lagonda marque which continued until the models at the time, the V8 and Lagonda saloons, were phased out in 1990. The rate at which R D Components grew and the quality of its products soon undermined the strength of, and the then complacent attitude of Autosparks. In 1991 we bought and moved Autosparks down to our base in Sandiacre, Nottingham.
Over half of the 30 plus workforce that are with me today were around at the time of the takeover offering an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure that the quality of everything we produce remains very high.
Today Autosparks produces a range of Harnesses for classic Motorcycles, Cars, Tractors and Commercial Vehicles as well as supplying original equipment Harnesses to smaller volume manufacturers including such diverse applications as some of the top British Sportscars, European Road Sweepers and a range of Emergency Vehicles.
Since writing the above, probably ten or eleven years ago, the company has moved forward again. I decided that it was time to bring some younger blood into the ownership of Autosparks so in November 2005 we formed a limited company once more introducing new directors and shareholders. Debbie Johnson, who has for many years ran the ‘business’ side of the company as well as building up a wealth of knowledge of the products joined me as director and shareholder as well as three of the long term staff as shareholders.
Our workforce remains solid with, apart from a few of retirements, the same core members of staff that have served us well for so long.
The front and rear brakes have now been rebuilt and fitted. The front wheel bearings have also been replaced.
The newly refurbished radiator is back in position, as is the new steering rack and steering column.
The front sub frame and rear axle have been replaced, complete with new bush kits.
Front and rear shocks have been replaced along with new leaf springs.
We have replaced all brake pipes throughout and today, fitted the brand new exhaust, complete with fitting kits.
More pictures to show the progression of our 1975 MGB roadster restoration project.
The rear axle of our 1975 MGB roadster is now rebuilt and ready for refit. Pete is currently working his way through the rebuild of the car so now we are at the stage where the car will really start to take shape and you’ll see the progress pick up pace.
We have now successfully re-instated our newly refurbished 1800cc engine for our MGB roadster. The engine has been completed rebuilt by our in-house engine builder Ady and is once again looking stunning alongside the Tundra Green paint finish.
We are now well on the way with our 1975 MG Roadster as we head into the reassembly stage.
With brand new parts as well as refurbished parts on the shelves ready, John and Peter are busy working together to get everything perfectly and secure fitted back into position.
As you can see, the headlights, rear lights, boot fixings are all in position. John is fitting up the new wiring loom and Peter is busy building up the freshly restored running gear.
John loves a photo!!
The fresh Tundra Green paintwork is now complete and polished on our 1975 MG B Roadster. Soon be time for refit to commence.
First few pictures of our freshly painted Tundra Green MG B roadster.
The last few images of the car in final prime ready to be painted
Chris has now started on the top coat paint of our Tundra Green 1975 MGB roadster. Later this week we’ll be able to reveal the new look and get ready for the rebuild to then commence.
The preparation of the body shell is now complete and today we are ready to enter the spray booth to have the first coat of Tundra Green stone chip applied to the underside.
The final primer before paint has now been applied to our 1975 MG B roadster. The body shell has now been seam sealed and is ready to see some green action.
A Deep Brunswick Green high build mix has been applied.
The body shell is now ready for the Tundra Green re-spray which will be carried out next week.
A lot of time and effort has gone into correcting the bodywork of our shell and this is the moment when all the hard work pays off as this original, matching number Tundra Green MG B roadster will be undergo a complete transformation as we bring the body back to life, respecting the original specification.
Our 1975 MG B Roadster has now been treated with a Polyester filler coating. This treatment has a fantastic adhesion to steel and zinc-coated sheet steel and is carried out prior to the high build filler treatment.
The body shall is now in the preparation area to be primed and to have a guide coat applied.
The guide coat will now be cleaned down in preparation for the high build primer stage. The high build primer will give a green tinge to the body shell and is when the car will start to look more like a car. It is at this stage we will look to finalise the shape and lines ready for the new colour to be applied next week.
A stunning finish on our 1975 MG B air box. Restored and stored ready for the rebuild to commence.
Acrylic 2K mix anti corrosive direct to metal (DTM) paint is a high performance two pack compliant coating consisting of an acrylic modified pigmented base coupled with an isocyanate polymer based hardener.
It provides a tough and durable mirror-like gloss finish with excellent chemical and solvent resistance.
Designed for the coating of commercial vehicles, trailers, chassis, military, plant machinery and agricultural equipment, the fully cured coating is hard wearing and durable and demonstrates excellent resistance to weathering.
Various parts for various cars have now been stripped, cleaned, prepped and coated in our 2k mix.
Brian is still busy working through the restoration of our smaller MGB components.
Work continues on the restoration of parts for our 1975 MGB Tundra Green project.
Brian has been doing an amazing job restoring them to their glory.
Here we have the dash, brake parts, windscreen, hood frame, filler etc.
The dash has been wrinkle finished to match the original specification.
Self-etching primer contains phosphoric acid and zinc, it is intended for fiberglass and metals. It will work on just about any metal, whether steel, die cast alloys, or others. and cures very quickly. The acid etches the surface and deposits the zinc, giving itself a slightly rough surface to grab onto. This gives the primer maximum adhesion, without you having to sand the surface to roughen it beforehand.
In order to repair the affect areas of the boot lid we have removed the outer skin, cleaned off the surface rust before repairing, treating, sealing. The outer skin has then been re-applied to complete the task. The boot lid is now ready to be prepared alongside the bodyshell
Our 1975 MGB and 1962 TVR Grantura dials have all been stripped, cleaned and polished ready for refit.
A small piece of welding to complete and the car is now ready for Chris to take control in our paint room. Our 1975 MG B shell is ready and in position for body shaping and preparation to commence.
It won’t be long now til we see her finished once again in the original Tundra Green and ready for the rebuild and assembly to take place.
We begin on the next big stage of our 1975 MG B restoration tomorrow when work commences on the paint preparation.
The welding has been completed and the car is now in the hands of Chris to prepare the shell ready for paint. All of the lines will be perfected and every inch of the body will be assessed to ensure it is absolutely right.
It has been a huge task correcting the body of our 1975 MG B but Tommy is now on the very final stages of the welding work before he can hand the shell over to Chris to be prepared and painted.
New wings, half wings, new outer and inner sills, new front valance have all been fitted and shaped.
Our 1975 MG B restoration is progressing nicely with the rear axle now stripped and ready for refurbishment.
The brake drums and suspension components are also stripped and ready for media blasting.
The metalwork from within the rubber bumpers are also separated and ready for media blasting.
Our window mechanisms are now stripped, cleaned, galvanised and ready for paint.
A lot of work is required on our hood frame to get that back to an acceptable standard. We are looking to refurbish the original hood frame and once stripped and blasted the task should be relatively straight forward, albeit quite time consuming.
The end result, however, has turned out excellent and now that it is galvanised we can look to prepare and repaint.
We have managed to salvage the original seat frames of our 1975 MGB. They were in quite a bad state but we have successfully repaired and re welding the frames before blasting and re-coating.
With the frames now complete we have fitted the brand new MGB Autumn Leaf interior trim, including new seat foams and diaphragms.
The original steering column has now been removed of it’s wheel and clean down, treated and painted ready for refit.
With the engine and gearbox now completed Ady is able to reconnect the two.
The bodywork of our 1975 MGB is nearing completion. We are hoping to have the welding work wrapped up this week so we can then get the shell ready for paint preparation at the beginning of the new year.
Here we have the first photographs of our newly built MG B engine.
The project is progressing very well now and once the carbs are complete we can marry them up to the engine to carry out our first test run.
Having recently had the body sandblasted and primed, we are now preparing old repairs and cutting in new metal prior to re-fitting certain areas with new heritage panels.
The wheels are away being refurbished so we should expect them returned within a matter of days.
The engine is in the final stages of being rebuilt with just the carbs to be completed. The engine should be complete within the next 4 weeks. New photographs will be added next week.
Our trimmer is now ready for work to commence on our 1975 interior re-trim. The seats have been stripped for some time but due to other work commitments they have been safely stored away until now.
We have everything now ready for the re-upholstery work to start.
Our 1975 MG B is now fully stripped and ready for blasting early next week. The shell will be away from ours for a couple of weeks but once blasted we will have a better idea to what extend our repair work will be.
Our 1975 MG B is now fully stripped bare and ready for the body shell issues to be addressed.
More images from the strip down of our 1975 MG B Roadster. As we say time and time again, it is very important to take lots of pictures which carrying out a restoration. What might seem simple to remember may not be so simple when you come to refit.
Work has commenced on our 1975 MG B restoration.
The images are not very clear but we have photographed lots of the areas prior to dismantling so we have a good point of reference for when it is time to rebuild. This exercise is very important when carrying out a full restoration because it will be some time until the refit starts and what you feel you might remember now may not be the case later down the line.
We were recently commissioned to source and restore a matching number MG B in Tundra Green.
Being a very rare colour originally, Tundra Green proved to be a very difficult find but having searched the country high and low we eventually found an abandoned matching number car suiting our criteria perfectly.
We now have the car back in our new workshops in Pettistree and will be future restoration for us at Bridge Classic Cars.