March 2, 2022

A Loss of Pressure – Inspecting and Diagnosing the 1963 Morris LD

The workshop technicians at Bridge Classic Cars have been getting to the bottom of the hydraulic issues with the 1963 Morris LD.

Our technician Dave has been inspecting the entire hydraulic system in the 1963 Morris LD Van in with us for a list of jobs. The owner has stated an issue with the brakes binding/getting hot along with the clutch being entirely inoperable.

During the inspection, Dave found a lot of the hydraulic system to be quite heavily corroded. The brakes and the clutch system on the LD share the same hydraulic system but in this car, several pipes from the reservoir and the master cylinder were so corroded they had begun to leak.

On further inspection, the technicians believe the clutch and brakes are ok but have been removed to be inspected and refurbished if needed. Along with that, all of the hardware associated with the front drums brakes (including the shoes) have been removed to be inspected and refurbished if needed.

Panel Work – Retrimming the Boot Panels of the 1980 Saab 99 Turbo

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have given the boot trim panels of the classic 1980 Saab 99 Turbo a new lease of life with a full recovering in glossy black.

Brian carefully stripped back the old coverings on the boot panels to assess the panels underneath. Once the trim team could inspect the panels for any damage but all were in good order underneath their covers.

Using the pieces as templates, the trim shop made new perfect fitting covers for the car which will then be put into storage for when the restoration project is complete.

Behind The Scenes – Photoshoot with the 1966 Jaguar MkII

The 1966 Jaguar MkII is easily one of the best looking cars in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. The car has been checked over by our restoration technicians with a clean bill of health so it was time to get it photographed because this MkII, is our latest Bridge Classic Cars Competitions classic up for grabs.

This 1966 Jaguar MkII has a purposeful look but also an elegance to it so the photoshoot that Freddie and Hayley created for the car definitely personifies this part of the car’s personality. This colour combination of White over Grey Leather really does sum up the phrase of ”Grace, Space and Pace” which was so closely connected to the MkII.

The winter sun gave off not only the perfect light for the car but the best angles to truly capture this stunning piece of automotive history. The car from any angle looks incredible but the photos shot near our secure storage facility, The Hangar, are the closest anyone has got to truly being able to show how beautiful this car is in real life.

And to go with those good looks, the 3.8-litre straight-six. The beating heart of the big MkII’s and the reason why in the 1960s, the bank robbers wanted them and the coppers had to have them. The MkII blends the lines between a large 4 door sports car and a wonderful long-legged GT car. At home at both the pub car park, the village green or outrunning the old bill after doing a ”big job”.

Today in 2022, the now 56-year-old Jaguar still has the ability to turn heads and command the road wherever it goes. And, it could all be yours very soon.

Remade – New Foam and Cover for Sofa Cushions

The trim shop at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on something non-car related. Refoaming and retrimming a sofa cushion.

Our trim shop completely remade the foam base and coverings by hand using the originals as templates for the material to recover the pieces.

Retrimmed – Retrimming the C Pillar Caps on the 1980 Saab 99 Turbo

The interior trim shop at Bridge Classic Cars have been working through several pieces from the interior of the 1980 Saab 99 Turbo in for restoration.

The original C Pillar caps had split, cracked and began to degrade so the trim team stripped the pieces back to the foam. Using the original coverings as templates, the trim team could make new coverings for the caps. The foam itself was also cleaned up before the new material was glued on and fitted to the pieces.

Neat and Tidy – Working on the Dash and Interior Wiring Loom of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

With the engine bay wiring loom routed for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona, the Bridge Classic Cars restoration technicians could begin work on the dash and interior loom.

The wiring loom for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona has to be carefully laid out and routed throughout the entire car. Rob, one of our technicians, has been working on cleaning up unnecessary wiring for the car and then making sure the harness is carefully wrapped in loom tape to protect the wires from any chafing and to bundle them together for tidiness.

Rob has split the harness into each of the individual systems like it would have been done on the original Daytona and neatly put them into the wire carriers.

The Change Over – More Progress on the 1970 Bristol 411 LHD Conversion

The Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop have been hard at work continuing the process of converting the 1970 Bristol 411 to left-hand drive.

Work is continuing to modify the firewall and bulkhead to swap all of the necessary brackets and vents over to the other side of the car. For this, original pieces were carefully cut out of the classic GT car and plated over replicating the bases from the right to the left side of the car. This is crucial as in the interior, all of the various heating vents and controls will now be on the other side of the car, in an almost mirror image so everything in the engine bay must be exactly the same to suit.

This project is unique and exciting for Bridge Classic Cars and we cannot wait to show you more progress soon on the classic Bristol 411.

Preparation – Panels from the 1965 Porsche 912 for Final Primer

The technicians in the Bridge Classic Cars body shop have been preparing the panels and pieces from the 1965 Porsche 912 to have their final coats of finish primer laid.

Alan has been working on the pieces for the classic Porsche to get them looking perfect before the finishing primer is sprayed on in preparation for the final colour coat very soon. Hours have gone into getting even the inside of the door jams perfectly shaped for the car and also to address historic repairs done to the Porsche throughout its life on both the door and decklid.

With these both now in perfect shape, Alan can begin the cleaning process before they head into our in-house paint booth.