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1978 Ford Transit Restoration

01st April 2021 | Showcase

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The NEC Classic Car Show Birmingham in November, gave us the opportunity to showcase our newly restored 1978 Mark 1 Ford Transit. With more than 3 years of work going into restoring this van back the classic it was, we take you through the journey from start to finish.

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The task was daunting in the beginning with a lot of parts to salvage and categorise.


Stage 1 – Stripping

Transit Restoration Van repair car build car work


Stage 2 – Blast Cleaning

After stripping the transit, we sent it to Steve Green from The Rusty Bug Workshop for non-damaging soda blast cleaning – Steve is an award-winning classic car restorer with over 20 years of experience, we knew the transit was in safe hands.

Workshop Welding Tools Welding Equipment Workshop


Stage 3 – Welding

Extensive welding was required on the cab floors and chassis, using Hobbyweld mixed welding gases to achieve the very best results.

Hobbyweld Gas Canister Car interior restoration

Step 4 – Painting

The cab and chassis were sent to a professional body shop. C.A.R.S in Westerhope undertook the hefty job of painting the Transit, using high quality paints which are sure to last a lifetime.

paint job

Stage 5 – Mechanical

After extensive work on the body, it was time for the rebuild of the 3.0 litre Essex V6 and other necessary mechanical work. Jobs included; New rings and shells for crank shaft, new brake and fuel pipes, disc brakes fitted, cylinder heads fitted with new seats for use with unleaded, callipers refurbished, 7 new tyres and refurbished wheels.

Most of the interior is standard from original and the pick-up body which is currently (March 2017) under restoration is being fitted, along with new floor panels, wood members to attach to the chassis and treatments being applied.

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Hobbyweld Cylinders No rent gas


Article by Stephen Atkinson  |  Visuals by John Holmes

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