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August 9, 2016

Back on the road after 14 years

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our wonderful 1958 MG Magnette is finally back on the road.

Having been stored in a dry, air conditioned garage for over 14 years, it was initially brought in to Bridge Classic Cars with the main objective being to get her road worthy once again.

As with all recommissioning projects it is difficult to know exactly how easy a job can be until you start working on it. Although the car was fully restored 14 years ago it had not moved an inch since.

Luckily, nothing too serious to contend with but still more work than you think it is. Nevertheless, she’s up and running and looking lovely outside the Bridge Classic Cars workshops in Ipswich.

She’s now ready for a trip back to Woodbridge to enjoy the summer shows for years to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5850,5851,5852,5853,5854,5855,5856,5857,5858,5859,5860,5861,5862,5863,5864,5865,5866,5867,5868,5869″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

MGTD Competition Engine Repaint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today, John has been busy working on fitting up more of the 1951 MG TD Competition.

We had a visit earlier in the week from Mike, owner of NTG Motor Services Ltd (MGbits if you know them online), Mike is a great friend of ours at Bridge Classic Cars. As the owner of one of the largest MG parts suppliers in the UK as well as the owner of a beautiful MkII MG TD himself we were only too happy for him to come and see the car.

As you can see from the image gallery, today, John has managed to fit the front lights, the step rails have also been fitted and the engine bay has been detailed with the original MG engine paint.

The final job for today was to tighten all round.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5824,5825,5826,5827,5828,5829,5830,5831,5832,5833,5834,5835,5836″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1971 Triumph Spitfire Stripped

Work is now well underway on the 1971 Triumph Spitfire. As you can see, we’ve stripped the car of it’s components before we repair and prepare the bodywork ready for paint.

1971 Triumph Spitfire Stripped at Bridge Classic Cars

1971 Triumph Spitfire Stripped at Bridge Classic Cars

1971 Triumph Spitfire Stripped at Bridge Classic Cars

1971 Triumph Spitfire Stripped at Bridge Classic Cars

Always take lots of pictures…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s always a good idea and very useful to take lots of pictures before, during and after you have completed the work. Another great tip is to take inspiration from others.

As a team of enthusiasts ourselves, here at Bridge Classic Cars we all enjoy going to car shows and events. It’s at events and meetings that you see a lot of like minded individuals who enjoy speaking to you about their cars. If you are working on your own car and see one similar, or you like a particular style that someone else has used why not see if you can take some photos as future reference.

It’s easy when pulling a car apart to think you’ll remember exactly how it all came together but that’s not always the case. If you have a selection of images to refer back to this makes the job much easier.

We came across another Volkswagen T25 Camper earlier today and as we have a meeting scheduled tomorrow evening with Margaret on the interior of her T25, we thought now would be great opportunity to take a few pictures of what other people have done. It helps bring ideas to life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5788,5789,5790,5791,5792,5793,5794,5795,5796,5797,5798,5799,5800″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Stripping the engine

Mark is settling in well here at Bridge Classic Cars, he’s been part of the family for 3 weeks now and seems to have adopted the VW camper engine as his project. Here are the first pictures of the engine being stripped and worked on.

VW Camper T25 Engine

VW Camper T25 Engine

The bodywork is still being worked on in preparation for paint but this is almost complete so we should see it returned to our workshops in around 2 weeks time.

We have also been working alongside new owner Margaret this week to discuss and get inspiration for the bespoke graphics we intend to use on the exterior.