September 10, 2021

Cool Down – Adjusting the radiator of a 1973 MG B GT V8

One of the most important parts of any vehicle restoration, especially classic vehicles, is the cooling system. Often overlooked and undervalued when it comes to work carried out by many. At Bridge Classic Cars, we take a different approach. Every component and aspect of the vehicle is just as crucial as the next. It’s cooling system, is no exception.

This rather fetching Purple 1973 MG B GT V8 has had a completely rebuilt V8 carefully placed into its classic nose but along with that is a brand new radiator to keep the temperatures in check when the customer is out using and enjoying their beloved sports car. With that, a modern solution to its cooling had to be undertaken. The addition of some electric blow through fans.

Now with this type of MG B GT, it’s not as simple as popping them in place on the radiator. Our in-house technician Ady measured the engine bay carefully to determine that around an inch was need to be found. For this, he fabricated a custom set of spacers to allow the radiator to be placed behind the core support and back an inch allowing for the electric fans while also not impacting the routing of any coolant hoses from their factory location. With this type of move, considerations need to be taken to not impact other aspects of this timeless classics use. That’s what we at Bridge Classic Cars pride ourselves on, the ability to work alongside a customer to best facilitate their restoration needs while also making sure that your classic car is working in the best way it can.

Fit and Finish – Adjustments on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

One of the key elements of a build is the fit and finish of its most visible items. The first aspect you notice is always the most tactile, for instance, the doors. They must feel right in the hand, they must fit the appeture set for them by the designers. Without that, you will notice straight away.

Our in-house technician Scott, has skillfully rebuilt the doors on this beautiful 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona to a much better finish than could have ever been dreamt of when the car was first crafted 42 years ago.

It first began with the adjustments to doors themselves. Making sure the angular and crisp bodylines matched up with their counterparts on the long and low doors. After the for and aft adjustments had been painstakingly made along with the door strikers meeting the body striker in just the right place and time back to where they had been intended from the start, it was time to begin work on the internals of the doors themselves.

A rebuild of the window mechanisms needed to be done to ensure the specially sized and shaped windows would line up with both the channels and the seals (which had also been replaced by our technicians). It’s all in the details but with our highly trained and meticulous team, it’s all done just right and to the standards people have come to know Bridge Classic Cars for.

Of course, it couldn’t be complete without the finishing touches. A genuine set of iconic Daytona mirrors to grace its timeless silhouette.

With a project of this depth and complexity, some time is needed between each stage to research and fine-tune the approach that a project (and car) like this deserves. Expect to see more soon on this 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona here on the Bridge Classic Car Blog.

Fully Fueled – Replacing the fuel tank in a 1971 Jaguar XJ6

If you’ve been following along with the progress of the 1971 Jaguar XJ6 we have here at Bridge Classic Cars, you’ll know of the trouble that our amazing technician Dave has had with getting the car to fuel properly.

What began as a simple carb rebuild and set-up has grown into making the fuel system work (and look) just as good as the rest of this underappreciated classic. The old tank once removed looked fine from the outside, but after one look inside Dave knew he had got onto the right track. Rust. The dreaded oxide that plagues all classics but something that we here at Bridge Classic Cars are well used to dealing with and overcoming for our amazing customers.

Replacement tanks are available for this generation of XJ, but this being a very early XJ6 our technician Dave noticed some changes between the two. This is no problem thanks to Dave’s unrivalled skills. He has swapped out the supplied fittings for the return style system (for use on fuel injection cars) on the new replacement fuel tank to a returnless style need for this particular XJ6 with its wonderful set of Webers. Dave has made new plugs for the lines that are no longer needed for this beautiful classic.

Along with the new tank is a brand new set of fuel lines. Because of the rust issues that Dave found through the fuel system, it is best practice to replace the lines from front to back for the longevity of the car. Now the next step, get the new tank fitted up into place along with the new carefully made lines to begin testing to make sure that this XJ6 runs as good as it looks.

Raising the Roof – Revitalising the hood on our 1989 TVR S2 2.9

Our incredibly talented in-house trim expert Brian has been working on the roof of the 1989 TVR SII. The old roof had begun to look quite tired and had sun-bleached in places.

Brian worked his magic on the material of the roof and the removable panels to give this convertible a new lease of life.

Find out more about the TVR SII on our News Page for updates.

This Just In – 1964 Daimler 2.5 V8

Just arrived here at Bridge Classic Cars in Suffolk is this incredible 1964 Daimler 2.5 V8 Automatic for us to get to the bottom of a couple of issues.

Firstly, the owner has noticed a slight leak coming from the automatic gearbox fitted behind the V8 of this gorgeous green classic. This will be thoroughly investigated. All of this by our in-house team of restoration technicians to get to the bottom of the issue for the owner.

Along with the leak, the owner has commented on some interference to the updated radio installed in the car when first turning on the vehicle. This will also be tracked down by our incredible technicians and sorted.

All of the work will be done to the highest standard so the lucky owner of this beauty can enjoy many more miles with her.