February 16, 2022

Keeping Cool – Fixing the Water Pump Bearing and Hoses on the 1954 MG TF

As part of the mechanical work on the 1954 MG TF currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our technician began to look into the cooling system on the classic sports car.

Jon found the bearing for the water pump was incredibly noisy and had far too much movement, along with that he found several hoses split and perishing. So, all of these would need to be changed and the cooling system thoroughly flushed through and cleaned.

Jon worked on getting all of the new hoses to just the right size and orientation to work in the engine bay of the TF after he had replaced the bearing with a brand new piece. After that, the whole car was run up to temperature and checked thoroughly before being taken on road test.

From Scratch – Refurbishing the Soft Top on the 1978 MGB GT

The sunroof for the 1978 MGB GT is on the workbench of the trim shop here at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ and it needs more work than first thought.

Lydia had been working on entirely refurbishing the soft top for the Blaze Orange MGB. As she began to disassemble the piece, the metal railings literally started to crumble in her hands. So, with that, she worked on getting everything broken down into its components and went to our fabrication department to make new rails for the soft top.

Once these had been made and given back to Lydia, she could start to put the refurbished soft top back together and safely put into storage for when our body team have finished the metal repairs on the sports car.

Support – Finishing the New Seat Bases for the 1955 Jensen 541

The front seats for the 1955 Jensen 541 are on the workbench in the in-house trim shop at Bridge Classic Cars.

Brian has been testing fitting each part of the seat bases to make sure everything lines up and fits just right. He then made new wooden cappings to go along with the new metal frames. Once the fit was just right, the new bases could then me covered in Calico before being placed and fitted into the fibreglass bucket seats.

This Just In – 1986 Ford Capri Laser

The latest arrival into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ is this 1986 Ford Capri Laser.

This car is currently undergoing its assessment by the various in-house teams to get this iconic classic Ford into the best shape possible.

Keep a lookout here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 1986 Ford Capri.

Teaser – New Arrival in the New Building

There’s a cheeky new addition to the new building here at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ.

It’s got bundles of character, a world of stories and so much personality that you can’t help but smile on your way past it.

More will be revealed very soon about this wonderful little Morris Minor.

The Light of Day – The 1977 MGB Roadster Project

Now that the aesthetic restoration of the 1977 MGB Roadster is complete, we thought we would pull the 1970s convertible out of the workshop and take some photos to show the work we’ve done on the car.

Every panel, piece and seam have been worked on by the teams here at Bridge and it really goes to show it on this car. Inside and out, we think this car looks absolutely fantastic.

Working Out the Details – Beginning the LHD Conversion of the 1970 Bristol 411

The workshop technicians at Bridge Classic Cars have begun the first steps into the left-hand drive conversion on the 1970 Bristol 411.

The technicians have been inspecting the engine bay and steering system on the classic British sports car to come up with a plan and evaluate the need for any new parts to be sourced or fabricated. Along with that, the technicians have also removed the original mechanical fuel pump from the V8 as part of its conversion.

The first step in the conversion is the removal of the original power-assisted steering system to be inspected on the workbench and researched.

First Fit – Test Fitting the Front Wing on the 1969 Bentley T1

The 1969 Bentley T1 currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ has had the first test fit of its new replacement front wing.

We managed to secure the only replacement front wing in the entire country for this car. This is a reproduction piece that Dave, our technician, has had to work on to get it roughly fitting onto the car. With it now in place hanging onto its mounts, the workshop can now see where it needs to be manipulated and reshaped in order to match up with the classic lines of the Bentley.

The original wing, as you may remember, was heavily damaged and after more inspection, it wasn’t salvageable to be reused on the project.

With this important point in the project, expect to see much more on the 1969 Bentley T1 very soon here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Road Legal – The 1966 Jaguar MkII is Now Registered

Some of you may remember the 1966 Jaguar 3.8 MkII which was part of a consignment of cars that we received from South Africa. Well, it has now gone through the process is fully registered in the UK!

The classic Jaguar now sports its very own black and silver pressed number plates. So, with all the paperwork complete and the iconic classic plates in hand, our workshop fitted them onto the big Jag and we couldn’t help but take some photos of this legendary car. The MkII was a firm favourite with racers, the gentry, the police and the bank robbers.

We’re very lucky to have another one of these beautiful 4 door Jaguar saloons in our building once again. But, keep an eye out for what’s happening next on this amazing car…

One Step Closer – More Bodywork and Removing the Window Regulators on the 1987 Mercedes 500SL

The body team at Bridge Classic Cars are continuing at full pace to get the 1987 Mercedes R107 500SL ready to head into the spray booth.

Mauro has been working on getting every single surface of the iconic grand tourer into perfect shape for our painters to lay down the first coats of ”Selenit Grau”. That is the new chosen colour of the 500SL, originally available on the 280SL Pagodas in the 1960s.

The body team have also worked on getting the window regulators and all brackets, hinges, door strikers etc off of the car and catalogued. Not only for assessment but also to gain access to the inside of the doors to prep them for their new colour.

It’s all moving ahead with the 1987 Mercedes 500SL, and we’re excited to show you the next phase of the restoration on this classic Mercedes.