April 1, 2021

Beetle Brakes

Our lovely 1974 Beetle has come in for some TLC. We’ve fitted new wheel cylinders and bled the brakes as well as stripping the brakes

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Amphicar Update

Scott has been working on the engine of the Amphicar, converting the dynamo to an alternator to make the charge more reliable. Scott has also

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Nissan Patrol Returns

Some months ago a well used and much loved Nissan patrol came in for a cosmetic respray and although we tried to purchase new bumpers we ended up repairing and rechroming the originals. 

We also put the Bridge Classic Cars twist into the respray and colour coded the side fenders, side mouldings and wheels in a grey which looked superb against the new green paintwork. Carried out some minimal interior uplift and the customer was very happy.

Sadly after a period of time the owner convinced himself that the chrome was re rusting and returned the car to us for inspection. 
After a close look we established that the rust staining to the bumpers was actually coming from underneath the car and high up in the inner wings and dripping on to the now lovely chrome bumpers and side steps.

 James (Pricey) Price one of our body work technicians dug deep into the problem and the deeper he delved the more apparent it became that to help to stop any further rust giving a problem it would be necessary to take drastic action as you can be seen by these photos. 

This has led to extensive removal and re-welding of parts that were never to be a part of the original scope of works. 

Although we will never be able to capture all of the rust stain transferring areas we think here at Bridge that with what we have done and continuous cleaning from her proud owner will at least give longevity into what is a very usable SUV vehicle.

Peony Red Jensen Taking Shape

Our stunning custom build Peony Red Jensen is really taking shape now. Thanks to the continuous hard work from our skilled classic car technicians, this classic is looking more and more like the beautiful motor it was meant to be. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

1957 Jensen Test Drive

Our classic 1957 Jensen had it’s test drive today and came back with the all clear. John just wants to bleed the brakes and clutch but otherwise its running smoothly! Just listen to that exhaust note from the V8 Corvette engine…

Behind The Scenes With Charlotte

Last night our marketing team and visual gurus, Ellie and Freddie headed over to Bentwaters to shoot some photos and videos with Charlotte. The overcast evening sky made the perfect moody backdrop to shoot our classic 1953 Francis Barnett against.

We think Charlotte’s getting the hang of this bike…

Beetle Brakes

Our lovely 1974 Beetle has come in for some TLC. We’ve fitted new wheel cylinders and bled the brakes as well as stripping the brakes and replacing the parts so that it now stops more efficiently. Paul has also replaced the hydraulic wheel cylinders on all four wheels and fitted a carburettor inlet manifold rubber seal.

Lilac Jensen Update: Engine And Head Cloth

Ady has almost completed fitting the engine back together after its full re-build, part of which was done here and part of which was done at Scholar.

The engine was originally stripped down and inspected for issues when Ady found that the engine needed to be re-bored to suit new pistons. The crankshaft was also reground and new bearings were fitted. Ady also fitted new oil pumps, rear seal conversion on the rear of crankshaft, new core plugs, new timing chain and new camshaft followers. The cylinder head is currently at Coltec, having an unleaded conversion and a reface.

Lydia has started on remaking the headlining on the lilac Jensen project. She first cleaned up all the metal poles that go into the loops across the headline and then inserted the poles inside the loops.

Lydia has also been working on the front seat squab. She began by marking it up so she would know how the pieces go back together, beginning by taking the back of first and then the front covers and adding in 3mm of foam. She then glued in some calico onto the back board to strengthen it when sewing. Lydia then made and added piping to go around the back board and covered the front of the backboard with new white leather. She then glued and sewed the piping in place. She then started making the pocket by drawing around an the original one onto the new leather, sewed the elastic in the top and tacked the folds in place at the bottom. Lydia then folded the edges under and glued the pocked onto the backboard.

Brian has also been working on this Jensen alongside Lydia and has bade the rear seat centre section of of the new leather. He begun by marking out the fabric, adding in extra foam and gluing the cover over the centre, pulling tight the leather over the sides. He’s also re-glued the foam back in place for the front seat squab which was done after he removed the old foam. Brian then made the new wood section for the bottom of the seat frame and added new foam to the side sections. New foam has been added to the middle section for the back of the squab.

Amphicar Update

Scott has been working on the engine of the Amphicar, converting the dynamo to an alternator to make the charge more reliable.

Scott has also fitted and wired the fuel gage:

The underside of the Amphicar has also been masked and painted to make it water-resistant and ready for the water. MarineWare came to assist with the application of this.

Amphicar’s are known for leaking, predominantly through door seals or other gaps. As this is a totally newly restored Amphicar, there is always risk of water ingress from other areas. Whilst taking the advice from others who have restored Amphicars, we were advised if possible, to apply a sealant to the underside of the vehicle. We contacted MarineWare to come and apply 2K Durepox sealant.

We bought the product and Glen Keefe from Technical Sales at MarineWare came to the workshop to go through the process with our paint technicians, Chris and Matt. The process included keying off the already applied paintwork and applying a primer followed by the Durepox resin and hardener in black to match the original paint. This hard and long-lasting sealant will aid our Amphicar in its seaworthy adventures and make sure there are no unwanted leaks.

Rebelle Rally Set For 2021: The First All-Women Off-Road Rally In The USA

All women driven off-roading race, Rebelle Rally, is an intense 8 day feat of endurance and speed across America’s most unforgiving landscapes from Nevada to California.

“Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 8 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and roadbook.”

As the first-ever female-only off-road rally in the United States, it covers 2000kms and includes multiple two women teams, ‘This is not strictly a race for speed, but rather a group tournament that is based on hidden checkpoints, time, and distance travelled. Competitors are required to hit certain checkpoints to increase their score. Each team has the option of using a modified vehicle or a stock car equipped with tools to help them navigate the rough terrain.’ explains Autoblog.

With this years rally approaching, would you enter in the future?