February 9, 2022

Overhaul – Rebuilding the Brakes on the 1954 MG TF

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop technicians have been working on this beautiful 1954 MG TF which arrived recently. The first port of call? The brakes.

Jon, one of our technicians, began by completely stripping apart all 4 drums on the car. Inspecting each and every component that came off the small British sports car. He found that the rear drums were in need of new wheel cylinders and shoes.

All the other components were in very good condition. So, after fitting the replacements and adjusting everything to spec it was time to move on to the next job for the 1954 MG TF. And whilst Jon was getting everything adjusted, our paint team refinished all the drums in a stunning satin black.

The Smallest of Details – Refurbishing 1956 Jensen 541 Parts

Our in-house restoration team at Bridge Classic Cars put the same level of skill and finish for even the smallest parts of our restoration projects. Applying the same high standards to things such as nuts and bolts as we do to a complete car.

Take for example these pieces for the 1956 Jensen 541 which is in with ourselves for full restoration. When people say a full ”Nut and Bolt” restoration, this is what Bridge Classic Cars means. Jonn, one of our amazing technicians, spent a considerable amount of time getting the nuts and bolts for the suspension components, pedal box etc all in the best condition.

Jonn, cleaned off the years of corrosion on each piece. Regreased every joint and either cleaned or rethreaded any bolts. Meticulously working his way through each piece part by part.

That is how Bridge Classic Cars does a restoration.

The Root of the Issue – Wiring and Heater Valve Issue on the 1973 Jaguar E Type V12

The 1973 Jaguar E Type V12 has been welcomed back into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop recently for our in-house restoration technicians to have a look into a couple of issues and a complete pre-MOT check.

Jonn, one of our amazing technicians, has been working on the car. There were some issues with some wiring under the dashboard. This is to do with the stop light switch, so Jonn cleaned up the wiring and tidied it all away.

Jonn has now begun to look into an issue with the heater system on the V12 E Type. The heater is constantly on in the car for some reason so Jonn is currently looking into the heater valve and all the relevant components to narrow down where exactly the issue is so it can be rectified.

On the Edge – Fitting the Sill Chromework to the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster

The 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster, which we here at Bridge Classic Cars have come to know as Fern Grey, has had the last few bits of trim fitted to the car on the door sills.

Jonn, has been working on getting these onto the car. To begin with, the pieces were dry fitted and offered up to the car to make sure everything around them was correct. Once the techs had got everything ready, the sill chrome was officially and permanently put onto the stunning one-off E Type.

A Rare Find – Finding the Original Radiator for our 1905 Riley 9hp

Sometimes there is such a thing as fate. Thanks to the incredible work of Hilary Mackay at Beech Auctions, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle for the 1905 Riley 9hp is back on its way to rejoining the car.

During a house clearance, Hilary came across an old radiator tucked away. Thanks to her exceptional knowledge of vintage and antique objects, she identified it to be pre-1920s. With the Riley mark on the radiator shell, she looked online to see about pre-1920s Riley’s and came across our project. Seeing as how there are only 3 9hp’s left in existence, it was deduced that this could in fact be our missing radiator.

With that, Bridge Classic Cars had to get hold of it.

Now with it on its way to our Pettistree Workshop, we cannot thank Hilary enough for her help and tracking us down to let us know this rare find and even rarer opportunity.

Featured – 1967 Austin Mini 850 on Petrol Ped YouTube Channel

The amazing 1967 Austin Mini 850 which was converted to all-electric not only will be premiering on Discovery Channels Vintage Voltage on Thursday but it will soon be appearing on YouTube!

The car, which Bridge Classic Cars helped the project by handling the paint and bodywork for, was driven by our friends Simon and Petrol Ped to showcase this incredible project to everyone online.

Keep a lookout on the Petrol Ped YouTube channel for this exciting video.

Tanked – Removing the Fuel Tank of the 1978 MGB GT

The final pieces for the restoration of the 1978 MGB GT are out of the car! Our in-house restoration teams have worked on getting the entire car stripped down to a bare shell over the past couple of weeks.

One of the last bits to be removed is some of the most crucial. After our technician Paul removed the fuel pump and fuel lines from the car, Mauro took over the task of getting the fuel tank and filler out of the car. Although this had been completely drained, we always remove the fuel tanks of cars that require any bodywork doing to them for safety reasons.

With this all removed, the team can now get the beautiful bright orange sports car around to our in-house body shop for them to begin working on the car.

Getting Ready for Work – Sanding and Stripping Down the 1969 Bentley T1

The Bridge Classic Cars paint and body team have been working on the 1969 Bentley T1 before it heads into our restoration workshop for some body repairs.

The Bentley has been completely taken apart by the in-house teams and while the body is going into the workshop, other panels and pieces will be kept in the paint shop and prepared for their repaint. The paint and body team have also been carefully preparing the interior of the car for the workshop team like moving back carpets etc which will be close to the cutting and welding areas.

The paint and body team have turned their attentions to the doors and rear decklid to get them in the best shape possible in preparation for the body returning.

Reworking – Sanding and Preparing the Boot and Fuel Cap for the 1987 Mercedes 500SL

The in-house paint and body team here at Bridge Classic Cars have begun work on the 1987 Mercedes 500SL.

Mauro, one of our paint team, has been getting some of the panels and pieces ready for paint. The team is working on getting the boot lid and fuel cap have been getting worked on to match it up to the rest of the car in terms of its body lines and panel match.

After this is done, it will all be cleaned down thoroughly and stored while the rest of the car is being worked on.

Fit and Trim – New Woodkit and Seats in the 1977 MGB Roadster

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house trim team have been working on getting the final pieces finished in the interior of the 1977 MGB Roadster which is with us for aesthetic restoration.

Brian, our head trimmer, has been working on getting the brand new wood kit into the dash and centre console of the classic convertible. Each piece has to be carefully test-fitted and trimmed to fit perfectly into the recesses before it is evenly glued down into the car.

With all of the wood pieces now in the car and setting up, Brian could turn his attention to getting the seats into the finished interior. The recovered seats and refurbished frames were gently placed into the car and if any adjustment needed to be made, the whole seat was lifted in the car and moved to avoid any snags or marking of the interior.