May 5, 2021

MGB GT Brake Issues

We welcomed in this 1968 MGB GT last week which is having some brake and running issues. Firstly, the brake have been bled however the

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Road Test Awaits

We’re currently awaiting a road test on our black 1960 Jensen 541R to see how it runs and if there are any teething issues.

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Awaiting Parts…

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race car is feeling rather poorly at the moment and is awaiting a new clutch from Norfolk Clutch and Brake who

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Land Rover and IFRC Highlight Importance Of Community Aid Units In New Film Series – Premier Tonight

Land Rover and IFRC have one of the longest corporate/humanitarian relationships. Their new short film series highlights the importance of this partnership and the work local community units carry out.

We’re all used to seeing Police, Traffic Officers, Mountain Rescue and the occasional Ambulance Land Rover, but what many people may not realise is that the use of Land Rovers in local community response units, such as emergency responses to humanitarian aid, is vital to their functioning.

Land Rover and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are set to release a series of short films shot on GoPro’s by volunteers in the Red Cross to show their work. Land Rover supply vehicles to response teams to help reach people across the world.

Land Rover and IFRC have worked together for 66 years and form one of the longest running corporate/humanitarian relationships. Throughout this partnership, Land Rover have supplied vehicles and offered experience and expertise. No other automotive company is better suited to the work IFRC do, which often leads workers to hard to reach corners of the world, places where off-road vehicles are vital.

The films will premiere on IFRC’s Facebook Live alongside a panel discussion on the future of crisis response. The first film premiers tonight.

We have seen during this year, like no other, that the future of emergency response is local. Communities have gone above and beyond to support each other and their most vulnerable people.

However, the capacity to respond locally varies vastly by country and area. International organisations like ours need to work with local communities leveraging our National Societies and put their expertise and resources towards strengthening local capacity and addressing inequality.


Each film focuses on “life-changing moments of humanity and crisis, from the streets of Italy, where homeless people are more vulnerable than ever, to the communities still rebuilding their lives after the devastating Australian bushfires in 2020. Local teams also teach life-saving skills to people in remote Mexican communities and support those hit hardest by coronavirus in the UK.”

This last year has been exceptionally challenging for people all over the world and Land Rover is prouder than ever to work with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

These films capture the commitment of the IFRC’s staff and volunteers and the vital importance of going above and beyond to support people at a local level.


Goodwood Revival’s New Look

Goodwood Revival, which is set for 17th-19th September 2021, will take on a new look this this year’s event. The iconic Madgwick Corner will gain an extra viewing station as well as a brand new bridge which will cross over the track.

The Lavant Infield will also take on a different lay out, with the introduction of high street shops and food venues to refuel as well as an opportunity to admire the “stunning selection of 60s GT cars racing in the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy, our most expensive race of the whole event.”

This year Goodwood also has a ‘Make do and mend’ section that looks at and celebrates the craftsmanship of an era where the ethos was to mend and fix.

“It promotes a thoroughly modern ethos – to “reduce, reuse, repair, restore and recycle” – in the most authentic way possible.

Behind the Woodcote Corner will be home to our brand-new Make-Do and Mend area which is where we’ll showcase a host of restoration projects and, more importantly, how you can apply some of these methods in modern day life.”

Other areas include a Festival Of Britain theme at Gate 2, the Victory Parade and the Drivers Club.

You can read more in detail here.

Jaguar XK8 Rust Repair

Pricey has been continuing his work on the 1997 Jaguar XK8 which is needing some thorough rust repair.

There has been more rust discovered in the sills and Pricey has begun to fabricate the left hand rear lower inner and our quarter panel. He’s then fabricated the left hand rear sill section, cut out left hand rear sill section and welded the left hand rear lower quarter panel section. Pricey has then gone one to fabricate the left hand inner rear sill lip, weld the lip in and weld the left hand rear sill section.

Hilux Repairs Continue

James has been continuing his work to correct the rust damage on the Toyota Hilux doors. He is now repeating the same process on the passenger side door. This includes removing rust and replacing it with fresh metal to then beat into place.

MGB GT Brake Issues

We welcomed in this 1968 MGB GT last week which is having some brake and running issues.

Firstly, the brake have been bled however the pedal doesn’t seem to be reacting correctly. We assume there is an issue with the Servo.

We have also noticed that the distributor is broken and the car will not turn off, meaning the only way to stop the engine from running is to stall it. This may be connected to a fuel issue.

1989 Rolls Royce Assessment

In our workshops today we have our 1989 Rolls Royce requiring body work repairs to the arches. Whilst in, the car will undergo a full assessment to see what other works, if any, will need to be carried out.

Road Test Awaits

We’re currently awaiting a road test on our black 1960 Jensen 541R to see how it runs and if there are any teething issues.

Awaiting Parts…

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race car is feeling rather poorly at the moment and is awaiting a new clutch from Norfolk Clutch and Brake who are fabricating a new heavy duty clutch.

VW T4 Back In For Inspection

We recently said goodbye to this VW T4 however its now back in again due to a suspicious knocking sound coming form underneath which we are now investigating.

Lada In For A Service

We recently had this classic Lada in for a restoration and now its back for a health check. We’ve run a service on it and are now beginning to replace the front wheel bearings and the dust covers on the callipers.

Austin Healey’s Engine Troubles

This Austin Healey 1000 has come in with some engine troubles. We identified a water leak and oil in the water. We’ve removed the head to investigate.

Peony Red Jensen Gets New Badges And Headliner

The owner of our Peony Red custom 1960 Jensen 541S took the decision to get the badges painted in a diamond red as he didn’t like how the silver looked. Here’s the before and after:

Kath has also fit the headliner for our Peony Red Jensen. She begun by attaching the metal rods to the edge of the car and then attaching the leather around the windscreen. The next step was to attach the front header rail and then screw it in place, lining up the holes.

Lilac Jensen Seats And Fibreglass

Lydia has been working on the 1960 Lilac Jensen that our director, Gordon, is having restored.

She has perforated the leather which arrived and then made fluted faces for the front squab and base seats with it. Then, she marked out the lines on the back of the leather and onto scrim foam to use as guides. Next up, Lydia could sew in the flute lines to complete the front squab and base flutes. Lydia had to create a seam in the base of the flutes as well as attaching calico to the seams. The seam and calico then get pulled tight on the foam. Lydia’s next challenge was to sew in sidebands onto the front base seat as it wasn’t in the original design. Once confident with the patterns, Lydia could cut them out. She sewed piping down the sidebands before attaching to the sides of one of the fluted base “faces”. Then she piped around the outside of the whole thing and checked to see if the foam would still fit. Lydia then worked out the front squab seat next. She piped the sides of the fluted “face” again. She then lay it on the frame because she had to mark where to trim the sidebands, these had to be adjusted slightly because of the new design.

Lydia then made cuts in the foam for the piping to sit into and to give a good shape. She then glued the piping down into them. She then stapled around the back and the bottom of the frame to hold the front squab in place.

Next up, she marked out the leather for the back pieces for one of the front base seats that she started on before. She then clipped them around the piping of the “face” to check the fit before sewing on.

Below you can see the original foam for the seats. Lydia took this off as the old wadding that was falling apart. She then covered the front and sides of the original foam in new scrim foam. The back has a wooden and calico frame attach to it so she didn’t need to put any on there.

Lydia then moved one to making the second front base seat. She did this in the same way as the other one. She made a fluted face with a seam in the middle, then piped the sides, attached the sidebands and piped around all that. Then she marked out the notches to match the back pieces on.

Matt has been working to repair the fibreglass side panels by applying glass matt repair. Once repaired, the wings, panels and sills can be prepped for primer. They also need to be shaped up after each stage of filler.

Lydia has continued to make the base of the seats on the Jensen. She has marked out the leather and foam with flute lines as a guide for sewing. She has then sewn the flute lines and attached them to the foam. The fluted are now faces finished. Next up, Lydia is set to work out the middle section as this needs to be altered from the original. She began by making a paper pattern on the new middle shape and making it longer and wider. Lydia then sewed the seams across the middle of the fluted faces and made paper patterns for the top sides to attach to the fluted faces. Then she cut leather versions out from the pattern as well as cutting out the middle section using the new middle section pattern she made.

Lydia then piped the sides of the middle section and sewed the fluted faces to this. She followed by piped the other sides of the fluted faces and attached the top side pieces. Next up Lydia marked out and cut out all the pieces for the skirt and sides. She then measured, marked out and cut out strips of calico and sewed all the pieces together for the sides and skirt. She then sewed a strip of calico to the curved piece and sewed calico to the inside seams of the faces. This helps when fitting on the foam. Then Lydia clipped the skirt and sides piece to the main face piece to check the fit.

Lydia has continued to make the rear squab by cutting strips of leather for piping, clipping the pieces together for the sides and bottom and then sewing them together. She used the piping she’d made before and sewed them around the outside of the face. Lydian then sewed the sides and skirt onto it to finish.

Heat Wrapping The TR5 Exhaust

Mauro has been heat-wrapping the Triumph TR5 exhaust using a Header Wrap. This is done to improve the exhaust flow and to reduce the risk of the Scavenging Effect. Scavenging occurs when the rush of the exhaust gas leaves the cylinder pulls in more fresh air and fuel.

It also lowers the temperature in the engine to reduce the risk of overheating. Wrapped headers will increase the torque and horse power by a small amount as well.

Best Vintage Vehicle Restoration & Maintenance

We are pleased to have been recognised by SME News in this year’s UK Enterprise Awards. The annual UK Enterprise Awards proudly encompasses a multitude of exciting and vibrant business industries from across the UK.

Bridge Classic Cars have been awarded Best Vintage Vehicle Restoration & Maintenance.

In the face of unprecedented hardship and adversity UK business owners have demonstrated the upmost dedication and innovation in the ways that they have not only adapted but weathered the Covid-19 storm to ensure the survival of their businesses. 

The aim of the UK Enterprise Awards is to find the best businesses across the nation!