November 18, 2021

Featured – Bridge Classic Cars on the Norwich City Football Club Website

After our recent trip to Hethel for the handover of Alex Juggins’s 2021 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition that he won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

Bridge Classic Cars alongside Norwich City, Lotus Cars and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation helped to raise £100,000 for the Community Sports Foundation that helps to drive inclusion in the Norfolk area by helping young people from different backgrounds and abilities get into sport.

It was an incredible cause and we are honoured to have played our part in organising, promoting and heading up the competition of the car for the Foundation and all those involved.

Final Piece of the Puzzle – Finish the Seat Base of the 1956 Jensen 541

Kath, one of our absolutely incredible trim team, has been working on the seat of the 1956 Jensen 541 that is at Bridge Classic Cars to be restored for an amazing customer of ours.

Last time you saw Kath finishing the back of the fibreglass bucket seat. Now, it’s time for the final piece of the puzzle. The seat base. Much like the bolsters and the back, the base has been entirely handmade for the individual seat. This way Kath can ensure that it has a perfect fit and sits beautifully in the seat as a whole.

Kath hand formed the foam padding to match each and every curve of the seat. Once she was happy with the shape, it was a case of beginning to make the cover. Finished in matching deep red leather with red piping. It looks absolutely phenomenal. Each piece of the seat base was test fit to the seat itself at every stage to make sure the final fit and finish were perfect.

And as you can see by the final result, it looks absolutely stunning.

Building Update – New Drainage Going into the Bridge Classic Cars Extension

This is another huge milestone in the story of our new workshop extension. All of the drainage work has been put in place ready for the building.

The drainage and pipework are crucial to making sure all of the water runs freely off the building and is diverted away from the new extension. These have been installed to make sure that any vehicles that are inside once we have officially moved in are kept safe, dry and secure whilst they are being cared for by our amazing in-house teams.

These will soon be covered over for the next phase of the building to be completed but we’re very excited with this incredible part of the story of the new Bridge Classic Cars workshop extension.

All in the Preparation – Preparing the 1977 MGB Roadster for Paint

Chris and the incredible team at the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop have been hard at work preparing the 1977 MGB Roadster for its new coat of paint.

With all classic car paintwork, it is all in the prep. Chris is meticulous in his preparation of each individual panel that is on each and every classic car that goes through his team’s paint booth. It was the turn of the 1977 MGB Roadster.

Chris has been busy preparing each panel on the car to ensure they are perfect in terms of smoothness and their fit back onto the car. The wings have had their first coat of colour and are looking absolutely incredible! This is a very light base coat to begin with and most of it will be sanded back off during its preparation to then go back into the booth to be finished.

The bonnet on the MGB has also been in the paint booth with Chris’s team. This is now primed and ready to be sanded back to ensure everything is exactly where it needs to be.

Tight Fit – Replacing the Rubber Seals on the Hardtop and Fixing the Centre Console of the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster

Whilst Fern Grey, the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster, is being mechanically finished in our workshop. The interior is being worked on by our amazing in-house trim experts over in the trim shop.

Brian has been fitting brand new seals to the removable hardtop that has been completely retrimmed and repainted to match the car. These seals are vital to keeping the water out of this stunning roadster when the hardtop is on the car. All new seals have been carefully fixed into the necessary channels to ensure a good tight fit between the body and the hardtop by Brian.

Whilst the trim shop was working on the interior for Fern Grey, Brian also began to repair the centre console before it is retrimmed to match the car. A large crack in the material was found and repaired by the team, making sure to smooth out the surface perfectly so that when it is trimmed in its leather covering, you won’t ever know it is there.

Straight and Narrow – Adjusting the Seat Runners on the 1970 Dodge Charger

Brian and the Bridge Classic Cars in-house trim experts have been working on getting the new bucket seats to sit properly in the 1970 Dodge Charger that is in with us for interior fitting.

When the seats were fixed into the cabin they sat slightly at an angle. The seats are supposed to sit square in the car, which means some modifications were needed to be done to the seat rails. Thankfully, this is no problem for our incredible trim team.

Brian worked on reshaping and reforming the seat rails to fit perfectly into the car and allowed both seats to sit flat, square and evenly in the cockpit of this incredible muscle car.

Solid Foundations – Replacing the Sills on the 1992 Toyota MR2

Paul, one of our in-house restoration experts, has been working on replacing the corroded sills on the 1992 Toyota MR2 that is in at Bridge Classic Cars.

On any classic, corrosion is an issue but caught early it can easily be repaired. As a matter of course the entire door sills are being replaced on the MR2 as these are a safety item and that’s a keystone of any work on a classic car, it’s also something we pride ourselves on at Bridge Classic Cars.

Paul cut out the sills from the front arch to the rear arch and replaced them. Welding them in inch by inch to make sure that they sat straight and true on the car. Now that these are in, the next stage is to get the paintwork/protection onto the sills to ensure they will be perfect for many more years to come.