September 24, 2021

Coming Soon – 1984 Jaguar XJ

This 1984 Jaguar XJ has recently had a respray done on it by another Bodyshop.

It will be coming in soon to us here at Bridge Classic Cars to have a look at the Bonnet and Decklid. Our in-house paint and bodywork teams will assess the components and then work out a plan to get this stunning old Jag back to top condition.

Keep a lookout on our News Page for more updates on the 1984 Jaguar XJ.

Starting Over – Dismantling and Rebuilding the Interior of the 1956 Jensen 541

This is a perfect example of the level our in-house trim experts at Bridge Classic Cars work to.

The first photo shows what was left of the rear seat of the 1956 Jensen 541. There wasn’t a lot left after years of uncovered storage. But, thankfully our in-house teams could disassemble the old seat to then reverse engineer the piece.

Kath and Brian managed to completely recreate the wooden base piece by piece using the same techniques as the original trimmers. Once the wooden base had been built up and fixed together, it was time to start hand shaping the foam.

The foams of the seats have to be hand faired to make sure it flows perfectly once the covers are made for this particular car. Being able to reference the previous 541 series interiors, our in-house trimmers got the shape of the foams spot on.

Next up for the interior of the 1956 Jensen 541 will be its interior colour choice and the trim team will begin to make its covers.

Breathing New Life – Preparing the Rocker Covers on a 1967 Ford Mustang for Paint

With American V8s the first thing you notice in the engine bay is the Rocker Covers.

One of the most iconic of these is the historic ”Cobra by Ford” covers that graced the tops of some of the most legendary race and sportscar engines the American continent has ever produced.

Our 1967 Ford Mustang has got these very covers fitted on top of its small-block V8. These covers will be refinished in-house by our paint and body teams to make sure that when they go back on, they look just like, if not better, than the day they were fitted.

Step by Step – Servicing a 1930 Packard 740 Waterfield Convertible

It’s not every day that you get asked to service such a rare and unique piece of American pre-war history.

But when the customer arms us with the complete checklist to carry it out, there’s no question on what needs doing. One of our most senior techniains (and workshop controller) John, took charge of working on the vast Packard. Beginning with a full inspection of components and systems while then working his way through each of the service items listed in the book.

When it comes to servicing and maintaining classic and vintage vehicles, Bridge Classic Car has a vast amount of history and knowledge in these matters. From the smallest jobs to the largest restorations, Bridge Classic Cars in Suffolk, UK can always lend a hand.

Fired Up – Starting the 1990 Range Rover CSK

The last time we showed you the assessment done on the wonderful 1990 Range Rover CSK that we currently have in at Bridge Classic Cars for sympathetic restoration.

After the assessment was done by our technician Mauro, the first port of call was to try and get the 3.9 litre V8 to fire into life. From the assessment, we could see all of the soft fuel lines had cracked and were too brittle to attempt to be pressurised. For that, Mauro fitted up a testbed fuel system to ensure the Range Rover would get all the fuel it could need.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the starter motor had failed. Before rigging up the fuel, Mauro installed the brand new starter motor to the engine to make sure the big V8 would turn over well enough to be fired.

With the testbed system in place, it was a case of adding the fuel, the air and spark into the chambers. Success. The now 31-year-old V8 roared into life inside of our workshop.

Next on the list of mechanical checks for the CSK while it’s here at Bridge Classic Cars, is to see if the Range Rover will move under its own power…

Behind the Scenes – Live Draw of the VX220 and TR3A Winners.

There is always a winner with our live draws. On Thursday the 23rd of September that just happened to be Ian Spellman and Rob Richardson.

The team at Bridge Classic Cars arrived as the sun slowly began its drop towards the horizon to prep the location ready for the 7 PM start. The scene was set for a very lucky night for two unknowing people…

First drawn on the live stream was Ian with the winning ticket of 4851 which secured him the stunning 2003 Vauxhall VX220. In a strange quirk of fate, when Charlotte rang Ian to tell him the good news he was actually halfway through his tea! Not a bad start to a Thursday evening for Ian.

Next was the draw of the stunning 1958 Triumph TR3A. As the random number generator whizzed around, you could feel the excitement build. One of 4999 possibilities, each one ultimately changing someone’s automotive life. Lady luck decided that night to choose Rob Richardson to be the next custodian of this wonderful British Sportscar. As part of our draws, we do try to phone the lucky winner. Unfortunately, Rob didn’t answer the phone. But, when he does check his voicemail he is in for quite the surprise…

Also revealed during the live draw was more information about some of the upcoming competition cars. Namely the 1983 Ford Capri and the 1989 TVR S2 2.9 V6. The Capri is available to enter right now over Bridge Classic Cars Competitions (remember, someone, has to win these icons) so head over and enter now!

The TVR will be up very soon so keep an eye out on our Social Media pages on Facebook and on Instagram

To rewatch the Live Draw in case you missed it just click here!

Fresh & Clean – The Painted Engine Bay of the 1998 Honda Integra Type R

This is probably the nicest 1998 Honda Integra Type R you will see. After having all its metalwork done, it was turned over to our amazing and talented in-house paint team to work their skills on.

This Integra Type R had the engine bay prepped for painting the last time you saw it on an update. Now, thanks to our in-house master painter Chris, it is back out of the booth and looks absolutely stunning finished in its original Championship White under the late summer sun.

Next up for the Integra is to begin putting this undervalued future classic back together! Look out for more updates on the News Page.

Coming Soon – 1971 Morris Traveller 1000

We have a rare treat coming into us here at Bridge Classic Cars very soon. This lovely little 1971 Morris Traveller 1000.

This piece of British motoring nostalgia is coming in to be assessed by our in-house restoration team to see what this wonderful little car will need to be in tip-top condition.

Expect to see more on this fantastic 1971 Morris Traveller 1000 at Bridge Classic Cars in Suffolk, UK soon on our News Page.