February 3, 2022

Building Update – Solar Panel Installation

As part of the recent updates to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ, we have embraced modernity! As part of the upgrades, the roof of our workshop is now being lined with Solar Panels.

Along with protecting and preserving classic cars for the future, we feel we must embrace the tide and our responsibility of being more environmentally friendly to reduce our impact on the surrounding countryside even in a small way.

These are being installed onto ours and the surrounding buildings to reduce our energy consumption and make use of the large expanse of uninterrupted sky that surrounds our Suffolk workshop.

Featured – SuffolkAndFast with our incredible 1967 Jaguar Series 1 Racing E-Type

Our friend, SuffolkandFast, shared this a little while ago and it got us feeling all nostalgic about our 1967 Jaguar E Type Series 1 Racer that we built in house.

Mike drove the racer for the photo and video shoot of the car. We at Bridge Classic Cars are massively proud of this project which was entirely built by our amazing in-house team from the ground up. To watch the video that we made to go along with the car, just click on the video below.

Start Over – Repairing the Rust on the 1969 Bentley T1

The 1969 Bentley T1 is currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for our in-house restoration technician, Dave, to begin work on the rust repairs of this classic Bentley.

The state of the body on the Bentley wasn’t in the best shape once our in-house paint and body team took the car all the back to bare metal. Evidence of poor repairs and work done to the car which did not have the best interest or, the longevity of the car in mind.

So, it’s time to sort the T1 out properly. Dave is one of our most experienced technicians and fabricators. He is beginning by sorting out the front sills for the Bentley. These are crucial for the strength and rigidity of the car which our team can then work off of when tackling other areas.

With this process started in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, keep a look out on the News Page for more updates soon on the 1969 Bentley T1 restoration.

Inch Perfect – Fitting Carpets and Panels to the 1977 MGB Roadster

Brian, our master in-house trimmer here at Bridge Classic Cars, has been working on the next phase of the interior of the 1977 MGB Roadster.

The rear was the first port of call for Brian on the journey of getting the interior complete. The rear bulkhead panels and carpet had to be put in place before moving forward. Brian had to retrim a few of the pieces from the carpet kit as they were oversized, the fit and finish on the Roadster has to be 100% right which is the standard of all Bridge Classic Cars interiors.

Brian also had to fabricate and modify some panels to take into account the rear speakers. Carefully, Brian made a template for the speaker grille and cut it out of black perforated steel which will sit behind the quarter panels, now with their hand-cut and finished openings for the speakers.

With the rear bulkhead trimmed, Brian could then start fitting the base panels which have been trimmed in match black carpet. Then the flooring could be laid and glued down into the classic 1970s roadster. Each piece was first offered up by Brian and if the fit wasn’t right, using his huge experience and skill, it could be trimmed to get the perfect fit for the car.

The work is progressing quickly on the 1977 MGB Roadster in with Bridge Classic Cars so keep an eye out here on the News Page for more updates on this fantastic little sports car.

Safe and Sound – Engine for the 1969 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda Installed

The 1969 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ has hit a milestone! The engine and gearbox are now safely and securely in the car.

Jon and Paul have been working on the car for the past few days preparing everything for this moment. Carefully, the engine and gearbox were lowered into the nose of this iconic Mercedes sports car. The technicians lowered it inch by inch into the car, checking all the way that it wouldn’t snag or catch on anything. Thanks to the hard work and diligence of our technician Jon in prepping the engine bay, it all went in without a hitch.

With the engine and gearbox firmly in place by our in-house team, Jon could begin getting the wiring and the rest of the pipework all in place and ready to go. Then, the team begin the slow and important task of getting fluids into the new engine for its first start up very soon.

Building Update – Sorting Through the Stores for New Layout

With the dawn of a new year comes time for a change. At Bridge Classic Cars, we are moving around the layout of our Suffolk HQ. But, only upstairs…

Upstairs, along with our offices, is our extensive stores/parts department. This is where all of the spare parts or customer parts are carefully stored away in sections for easy access by our technicians and parts staff. With the next phase of the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, the trim shop (located downstairs) is being moved upstairs and the stores will be in the workshop above the bench of the individual technician working on a specific car.

So, with that plan in place, the team at Bridge Classic Cars have had to carefully move each individual component and piece off the racking and onto the new racking downstairs. Once everything was downstairs and in place for the projects we have currently in for various work, the team could then begin removing the old racks and making the space ready for the new trim shop.

Along with the trim shop, there is a new assembly area upstairs for special projects and a slight change in layout allows for a new, more streamlined spares department.

We can’t wait to show you the new in-house trim shop once the move is completed!