March 26, 2021

Day 3 – Engine Dismantling And Big End Journal Bearing Issues

Ady has been taking apart the engine to try and understand the root cause of the engine troubles on our lovely 1960 MGA. He’s found that the bearings in the big end journal were so worn they were loose and therefore able to be moved around. The video below clearly displays the issue:

The photos seen below show the following:

  1. Front timing cover before removal
  2. Cover off to show time chain, camshaft and shaft gears
  3. Timing gear and cover removed
  4. Flywheel before removal
  5. Flywheel removal
  6. Backplate removal
  7. Oil pump, pick up pipe and gauls
  8. Sump
  9. Crankshaft
  10. Big end journal
  11. Bearings from big end journal
  12. All bearing laid out

Jaguar MKVII Update: Paint Prep

Our 1954 Jaguar MKVII has most recently been masked, primed and had a guide coat put over the top to guide Chris and Matt when smoothing the panels. The bonnet has already been painted in the original paint and sets as a good guide for how the rest of the vehicle will look.

The doors were prepared ready for primer. The preparation includes making sure the surfaces are clean and the components are masked up. The primer was the applied by Chris.

Before the MKVII was able to go to the paint bay, James had to add some fabrication to correct some spots of rust and corrosion. The right hand rear quarter panel just behind rear arch was showing some signs of corrosion so James cut out the rust from both the inside and outside layers and then fabricated replacements which he welded in.

Almost Out The Door…

Our stunning green 1970 Series 2 4.2 had been completed and was in-fact on its way home with its owners when, just past the gate, the drivers seat broke. This is an area we hadn’t been working on as it wasnt requested but evidently was in need of some TLC. This is often the way with classic cars, bits break through usage and love but we always remind ourselves when things like this happen, that these cars have survived many decades until now!

We fabricated some new bolts and metal elements to fix the broken nut in the chair runner so that the seat now functions good as new!

Peony Red Jensen Fitting And Fixing

Paul and Tom have been working on the Peony Red Jensen 541R today, both fitting more chrome to the body and fixing in place the underside bonnet clips.

Paul has been steadily getting through all the chrome pieces, fitting them to the body and ensuring they all sit perfectly. Tom has been fixing in place the clips which hold in place the bonnet rods and hinges that allow the bonnet to open.

Tom has also assembled the dash, fitted the boot and bonnet as well as fitting the indicators and chrome.

Burgundy E-Type Rear Axel Back In

The rear axel has now been fitted back in our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5. Mauro has been working to replace the seals and rebuild the rear axel so that it doesn’t cause any more issues.

New Clutch and Fly Wheel On Our Etype

Our blue E-Type has had a new lightweight clutch and flywheel fitted after its old one was showing serious signs of wear and had become dangerous. The old thrust bearing, rear oil seal and fly wheel pictured below shows how desperately they all needed renewing. The new flywheel is more responsive, being made from lighter aluminium with a steel insert for the clutch plate.

Live On Set: Sneak Peek Behind The Scenes On Our New Live Draw Production

Last night we hosted our live draw where we announced the winners of our Morris Minor and Triumph Stag, congratulations to Matthew and Gamal.

It was our first live show working alongside local production company, Bruzier.

As we look to continually improve on our live streams, we endeavour to create exciting and interactive content.

Soon we hope to open our doors so that many of you can join us in our productions.

Extra cameras, microphones, and the new large display all help make the experience from watching at home more exciting. But of course week 1 comes with its teething problems.

With the launch of three exciting minis, we hope you can join us for the next one.

Congratulations to Matthew Sudgen who won our 1949 Morris Minor MM Lowlight with ticket number 25 and to Gamal Zindani who won our 1971 Triumph Stag with ticket number 1047!

Behind The Scenes – Mini Madness

With all three minis individually shot, it only left the finale: Bridge Classic Cars does the Italian Job. Directed, shot and produced by our marketing and visual gurus, Ellie and Freddie. The team got together Craig, Hannah and Charlotte with their minis to film a quirky and enthusiastic video for our big reveal. Co-ordinating all three mini’s on the runway for each shot took a few attempts but after an hour or so, we managed to get together enough frames for our reveal video which aired last night on our live draw.

With each mini and driver taking turns in the spotlight, driving stunts were choreographed to allow for each mini and driver to be clearly seen whilst still keeping the quirky personality of the classics.

After the video was shot, we lined up the cars and their drivers for some photos before heading back to the hanger and settling down for an editing marathon.

Behind The Scenes – 1996 Mini Cooper 35

We took our 1996 Mini Cooper 1.3 over to Bentwaters for its photoshoot. We were lucky with the good weather and bright sun for our photos and videos. As usual, the team split in two with Freddie handling the videos and Ellie shooting the photos. Craig and Charlotte later joined to be our faces and drivers for this mini.

Charlotte came to help out for this shoot and sat for some portraits to create some more lifestyle photos for this characterful classic.

Behind The Scenes – 1969 Mini Deluxe MKII

We headed out to Bentwaters to shoot our classic 1969 Mini Deluxe, which is one of three of our most recent mini madness competition release. This mini in particular comes bursting with stories and personality including its own Mini World magazine feature, untouched fuel ration tokens are beautifully aged interior.

Charlotte came to help out with the driving and sat for some portraits and more editorial photos. We love having people involved with the cars as we find it brings the car to life, and with Charlotte being our talented presenter, she’s perfect to also sit in for photos and videos. Prior to each shoot Freddie and Ellie organise with Charlotte what she’s going to wear for each car to match the style, and how we’re going to pitch the visuals.

The log pile made for a great location to shoot this darling classic, as the tones of the mini match the timber perfectly.

Freddie shooting his videos for the mini:

We also get Charlotte to drive our cars around Bentwaters for Freddie to shoot his video. We’re lucky to have access to Bentwaters for our shoots and videos. We have a hanger here on base and find that Bentwaters provides a perfect selection of back drops.

Behind The Scenes – 1980 Mini 1275 GT

Last week we ventured out with our friend and model, Hannah, to shoot our 1980 Mini 1275 GT, which you now know is one of three of our grand mini reveal. This characterful orange classic is not only fun to look at, but also fun to drive. For Hannah, it is her dream car, making her the ideal candidate to model and drive this competition car.

As usual, the team splits into two divisions with Freddie tackling the video aspects and Ellie taking on the photography. By splitting responsibilities and time like this, the team can swiftly get through multiple car shoots in a day, creating content for all our social media outlets.

As we usually do, we shot in RAF Bentwaters where we have a hanger. Driving up and down the 1.3 mile run way, we captured our videos and photos of this spritely orange classic.

We were lucky to have fair weather on this shoot after the unlucky spell of bad weather recently which makes shooting cars in difficult.

We always aim to shoot multiple galleries of each car, including the main product photos you see, the portraits and motion ones, but where we can, we also like to pick a second destination to shoot in to create a wider diversity of photos.