Rebirth of the Bronco

June 15, 2013

Remember when Ford made an SUV that wasn’t the size of a small school bus? The company’s first Broncos, made from 1966 to 1977, actually did look like sporty utility vehicles.

Here’s a ’66 Bronco that’s undergoing a “running restoration.” The previous owner bought it at age 16 and drove the Bronco during his high school days. Elliot bought it for $650, and he’s been working all week to get it back on the road for the first time in 12 years.

It still has the original 6-cylinder engine. Elliot rebuilt the carb twice, put new plugs in it, put in new gaskets for the manifold gasket and front differential, and changed all the fluids.

Other extras include the custom rear bumper and roof rack. The bucket seats were borrowed from a Buick Riviera. Elliot has no plans to repaint it just now.


We’re making good progress on the 1968 Volkswagen Westfalia bus we mentioned last fall. Here are some photos of the ongoing interior work.

We’ve completed (almost) the cab section, and put in the sub-floor and vinyl flooring in the living area. This thing will be ready for camping in no time!


We’ve always wanted a Lotus Europa here at Britwerks — and now we’ve got two!

Both are Europa S2s, one yellow and one reddish. The first is a type 54 — only about 200 of which were “federalized” for import to the United States. The second is a type 65, which was made specifically for the American market. Both cars are pretty complete, but one has been banged up. That one is going to get an aluminum frame built from scratch.

Produced between 1966 and 1975, total production of the mid-engined Europa was under 10,000 units. So we feel pretty lucky to get our hands on these. Below, for comparison purposes, is a picture of a 1967 Europa S1.

lotus europa1


1968 Volkswagen Westfalia

October 19, 2012

One of our favorite projects here at Britwerks is this 1968 Volkswagen Westfalia camper bus. I think 1968 is the first year for the Volkswagen’s “new” body style, which among other things did away with the split windscreen. (The design change caused some problems, as a lot of things were one year only, so parts can be hard to find. The owner of this bus saw a camper for sale at the bluegrass music festival at Winfield and decide she had to have it. She went to get her check book (who takes a check book to a music festival?) but by the time she returned it was already sold.

So she bought this one via eBay, out of a barnyard in Iowa. It had been sitting for a long time. Our first pass was to get it running, brakes stopping, lights working, broken windows replaced, crunched door sourced … and a workable tent top.

Phase one went pretty well. The brake master was not reproduced, and I have an extra squirreled away (filed under Unobtainum).

Phase two was to fix all the damage and rust and refresh the interior. We got bogged down in the paint/body work portion, but we’re back on track to finish soon.


This little 1973 MG Midget BSB (British Standard Brass) is going to be Elliot’s first car. It’s a gift from his dad, and we plan to have it running like a top in the near future.


Check out our newly acquired a 1963 Triumph Herald convertible, a very cool car and very rare in the states. Although about 500,000 were sold during while the car was in production, only about 2,500 were imported here.

This car has a 1200cc engine rated at 39 bhp. The Herald won praise for its light steering and ease of repair. It boasts the tightest turning radius of any production car in the world. This old Triumph Herald commercial we found on YouTube illustrates the 25-foot turning radius pretty well:


This is a Bugeye project I’ve been working on. After discovering this car in a barn in Oklahoma, we transformed it from a rusty tub to this near-finished classic. Upgraded to a 1275 A Series engine, front disc brakes and wire wheels, this car will be terrorizing the neighborhood by spring…

There's a reason they call it "Bugeye"
Kitty checks out the interior.


Here’s our MGA 1500 project. The photos show us updating the engine to a MGB 1800cc 5 main so the customer could drive it while the original engine is being rebuilt.

Looks like a snug fit.
Check out those clean carbs!


‘Tintin’ has great taste in cars

December 27, 2011

We haven’t seen the hit movie The Adventures of Tintin yet, but we have spotted the trailer that appears to show the orange-haired boy reporter driving a green TR2. Below is a screen grab of the split-second appearance of this classic car. You can check out our work on our own 1954 TR2 here. Authentic, […]

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Another Austin Healey MkII, this one red …

December 21, 2011

We’ve had this one in the works for a long time. After a friend and I bought it together, I took it apart, had it painted and got started on restoring the parts and systems. But then bad luck and tragedy intervened. I had to undergo heart surgery, and my friend was murdered in a […]

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