February 11, 2022

Under the Bonnet – Inspecting the Engine Bay of the 1954 MG TF

The 1954 MG TF is in the hands of our in-house restoration workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars.

As part of the inspection on the car, Jon (our technician) found that the rocker cover gasket had begun to weep due to a break in the gasket material allowing oil to be pushed out the gap in the gasket. Whilst under the bonnet of the classic sports car, Jon also noted that there was excessive play in the steering.

On further inspection, he found that the bushes in the steering joint weren’t in the best shape. So, after ordering replacements for the steering and the rocker cover, Jon set to work getting all the new pieces fitted under the bonnet of the car.

Repadded – New Padding into the Seats of the 1955 Jensen 541

The trim shop at Bridge Classic Cars have cleaned up and repadded the front seats of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Lydia has been working on hand-forming each of the padding pieces for the front bucket seats and shaping them roughly. These all have multiple pieces but the forms needed to be just right before the seat covers are eventually made to fit the fibreglass bucket seats.

Keep a look out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on the interior of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Teardown – Stripping the Interior Pieces for the 1955 Jensen 541

The Bridge Classic Cars trim shop have worked on getting the original interior of the 1955 Jensen 541.

Lydia has been working through each individual piece to get them stripped down to the bases and components underneath to be inspected and assessed. Once they have been assessed, she can begin the work of completely remaking all the padding and covers for the interior.

Bridge Classic Cars have a long history of working on the Jensen 541 and creating the interiors for these amazing GT cars.

Bolster – Fixing the Seat of the 1998 Citroen Saxo VTR

The Bridge Classic Cars trim shop have been working on fixing the bolsters on one of the seats in the 1998 Citroen Saxo VTR.

Lydia has taken off the material on the bolster of the seat and plugged the hole in the padding. After this, she then cut a new piece of seating cloth to hold the plug in. Then, stretching and fitting the bolster back over the edge and fixing back onto the base.

A small but crucial job to making this car last for prosperity.

Kill Switch – Fitting the Battery Cut Off Switch to the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster

The 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster which is in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop has had one of the final crucial safety pieces fitted to the car.

The technicians have fitted the all-important battery cut off switch. We fit these to the majority of our restoration projects as it is a good way of keeping the cars healthy if they are to sit for long periods of time and also just in case it should ever need to be used in an emergency.

With this being one of the final pieces to be fitted onto Fern Grey, soon it will begin road testing before handover to the customer.

New Fan Switch – Fitting the New Fan Switch in the 1973 MGB GT V8

The 1973 MGB GT V8 is back in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop to get a new fan switch fitted.

The technicians noted that the original fan switch wasn’t controlling the electric fans correctly so a new switch was put on order and recently arrived.

After the new switch arrived, it was installed into the car and the coolant topped back up before the car was run up and tested.

New Arrival – 1980 Saab 99 Turbo

The latest addition to Bridge Classic Cars is the 1980 Saab 99 Turbo.

This is currently being stored at our safe, secure storage facility the Hangar before it will come over to our Pettistree workshop to be inspected and assessed by the restoration technicians here at Bridge Classic Cars.

Keep a lookout on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 190 Saab 99 Turbo.

Progress – Working on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

Bridge Classic Cars have been getting back to work on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. The next phase involves working on the inside of the car to get it to the next stage.

Scott, one of our technicians, has been working through the list of jobs to do on the car.

He had to modify the steering column to go from the Jaguar steering rack to the Ferrari steering column while also clearing the bottom of the genuine Daytona instrument cluster. After this, he began to work on the steering boss.

The steering boss needed to be modified to fit inside of the original Daytona column shroud while also allowing the indicators to self cancel.

After all this had been done and tested, Scott worked on getting the gear stick into the same place in the cockpit as it would have been in a real Daytona.

Upgrade – Upgrading the Suspension on the 1973 Jaguar E Type Coupe

The owner of the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series 3 Coupe noted the ride had become hard and uncomfortable. We have some experience of getting E Types to comfortable and riding well which involves some suspension upgrades.

Much like with our 1973 E Type Roadster, we have fitted the Coupe with a set of adjustable Gaz shock absorbers with road springs. Our technician Jon has been working on completing the installation of the new parts into the front and rear of the E Type.

The reason for the adjustable GAZ dampers is so that the dynamics of the car can be set to exactly what the customer finds comfortable. An upgrade like this completely transforms a classic car and is becoming more and more popular for owners who get out and really use their classics.

Diagnostics – Testing the Heater Valve on the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Coupe

Our restoration technician, Jon, has been working on trying to get the heater valve on the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Coupe.

After finally being able to free off the valve, he discovered that this still didn’t fix the issue of the heater being on constantly. For this, Jon has advised that this component be replaced. All other parts of the heating system are working as they should be except the heater valve.

There’s more to come on the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Coupe very soon.

Brackets – Preparing the Hardtop Brackets for the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster

The brackets which hold down the hardtop of the 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III Roadster have been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop.

With the hardtop recently test fit onto the car, the restoration technicians needed the brackets to be finished for the car in order to finish the installation.

Once these have hardened and cured, they will go onto the car and fix to the hardtop and the body.

Body Prep – Getting the 1987 Mercedes 500SL Ready for Paint

The 1987 Mercedes 500SL is in with the Bridge Classic Cars body shop to be prepared for its upcoming paintwork.

Our technician Mauro has been working on getting the bodywork in the best order possible before it’s handed over to the paint team. He has been making sure that every panel is flat and smooth before the body goes in to be re-primed and then its full colour and clear coats are applied.

Things are moving quickly on the R107 500SL so make sure to check in on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for updates.

New Arrival – 1987 Volvo 240GL

The latest arrival into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ is this 1987 Volvo 240GL.

We recently picked up this all-original classic Volvo from the sons of the original owners not far from our Pettistree workshop.

This particular car will be kept in its all original state (including the seat covers which were put on the day the car was bought new).

It will be assessed and inspected by the restorations teams who will find out what, if anything, is needed to get this classic Volvo in top working order.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on the 1987 Volvo 240GL very soon.