September 1, 2020

The E-Type’s Getting In Gear

The very special 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 race car has had Kath’s magic touch today receiving a bespoke leather gear shift gaiter.

“There was no original gaiter there for me to go by” explained Kath “I had to design a completely new pattern”.

A bold orange leather has been used to compliment the cars exterior paint work, while grey cotton stitching has been used in contrast but also to be in keeping with the newly painted centre piece also in grey.

Looking superb so far!

Triumph TR6 Trim Transformation

Our trim shop team were in for a real treat last week when we received a request for a full interior transformation on a 1973 Triumph TR6.

“We’ve stripped it all off” explained Brian. “The seats had lost their spring too, so we’ve not only done new upholstery, they’ve also got new foam inside”.

“I’m also doing some bespoke stitching work” Kath explains. It’s a distinctive double diamond pattern and so far, it looks absolutely stunning. Be sure to keep an eye out for more pictures in our next update!

Bonnet And Bodywork On The Jensen’s

The 1957 and 1960 Jensen 541R’s were treated to custom made bonnet supports last week. Along with this, they had their recently restored wings and sills re-fitted.

“Both cars have had their sills and wings completely restored, including a fresh paint job.” Our talented technician Paul explains. “I’ve fitted the restored parts back onto the car and built and fitted their new bonnet supports too, to keep the bonnet steady”.

Both Jensen’s are really starting to return to their former glory now, it’s great progress from the Bridge team.

The Jensen 541R Can Breathe Again

Work continues on the full nut and bolt restoration of the 1960’s Jensen 541R.

Replacement air filters were fitted by expert technician Paul last week. “The original inlet manifold and carburettor didn’t fit” he described. “I’ve replaced them, so she should now have more torque and perform better”.

Paul also replaced the top coolant hose and the bottom hose, both needed cutting to the correct size.

She should sound even sweeter now – good work Paul!

Temperatures Are Soaring For The Scimitar

Dave, one of our expert technicians, discovered a faulty temperature gauge on the 1966 Reliant Scimitar last week.

“The sender unit needed replacing” he describes, “and the wiring was a mess, there were lots of splits and poor joins”. So, along with a replacement sender unit, the wiring has also been redone and thus the temperature gauge is working once more.

The Jensen 541R Has Clutch Trouble

The clutch on the 1960 Jensen 541R hasn’t been working properly. So, our expert technician Dave has built his very own easy-bleed component to get it back up and running.

“You can buy these parts online.” Dave explains, “but I’ve made my own so I can do the work sooner and not wait for parts to arrive”. A great example of the proactive attitude our team have here at Bridge – awesome job Dave!

The Jensen’s Get New Grilles

Both the 1957 Jensen 541R and the 1961 Jensen 541S have been treated to fully repaired bonnet grilles this week, courtesy of our expert technician Dave.

“These aluminium hooks can be flimsy and snap off”, Dave explains, snapping one of them off with ease. “So, I’ve custom built stronger ones to replace them”. Dave then welded the new hooks onto each grille to keep them snug and secure in the centre of the bonnet.

One of many finishing touches that will contribute to the final look of the Jensen’s iconic bonnet.