April 5, 2022

Taking Stock – New Parts and Trims Arrive for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The new rubbers, parts and trims for the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in with Bridge Classic Cars for restoration have arrived at our Suffolk HQ.

As part of the restoration, all of the perished and tarnished pieces will be replaced with the highest quality replacements that our team can source which we do with all of our restoration projects. The classic Morris Minor will be fitted with new rubber seals throughout and a series of new hoses to replace the stiff and brittle pieces that come of the car during teardown.

Along with the rubbers, the team have ordered several new pieces of brightwork to compliment the Minor once it is finished and looking just as it should do. This includes new bumpers, new over-riders, headlight surrounds and a series of new badges and handles.

The team also ordered brand new wings for the Morris Minor project to replace the originals which were removed and assessed by the fabrication and restoration teams.

Stripped Back – Preparing and Priming the Rear Bumper of the 1995 BMW 850CSi

The rear bumper of the 1995 BMW 850CSi has been taken off the car and is being prepared by the in-house restoration team in the Bridge Classic Cars paint and body shop.

Mauro has been carefully stripping, sanding and cleaning up the bumper of the 1990s GT car for the team in the paint shop to prime it. The clear coat on the piece was flaking and the colour had begun to change so the team are refinishing it to the same colour as the body thanks to our state of the art paint scanner.

After Mauro had finished preparing the bumper, it was taken into the paint booth where our painter Alan shot the piece in plastic primer and then high build primer to finish.

All in the Details – Preparing the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on preparing the 1987 Daimler Double Six for paintwork to begin.

The body team have been carefully and meticulously sanding and working each panel ahead of its appointment with our in-house paint booth.

While the team were working on each individual panel to get them perfect, they also welded up and finished off some of the small pinholes to get that flawless finish when it comes time to paint.

Each of the welds then had minimal filler work carried out just to flatten any low points caused by the finishing work.

This Just In – 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo

The restoration workshops at Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have welcomed this amazing 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo for our restoration teams to carry out some work on the classic sports car.

The car’s main reason for coming in is for an engine rebuild. The engine will be carefully inspected and assessed by the team and put together their report on the overall health and condition of the engine.

Along with that, the team have been asked to look into the fuel system, brakes, coolant system, intakes and suspension.

Keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on this fantastic 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo.

Changes – Modifying the Doors, Door Cards and Centre Console on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop has been having its doors, door cards and centre console modified to have several key authentic Ferrari Daytona pieces worked into the interior of the car.

The first part to be installed was the door lights. This involved very carefully measuring up the pieces as a template and drilling out a perfect hole to fit them.

Next, the door cards for the Daytona had to be heavily reshaped and modified to fit the new Daytona pieces. This involved the team stripping back the door card coverings for the fibreglass backing to be cut and reshaped, using minimal body filler in order to be smoothed out underneath its leather coverings.

The centre console had been reshaped and refined to more accurately replicate the original Daytona piece and match the level of detail in the interior of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

Remade – Making a New Window Sill for the 1969 Bentley T1

The team in the Bridge Classic Cars paint and body shop has been working on refitting the trims to the 1969 Bentley T1 after its respray.

Whilst fitting the window retainers/sills, the team found that one was heavily corroded and damaged. So, the team made a new piece using the original as a template to work from and fit into the handmade classic car.

With this piece now done and fitted into the car, the team can carry on getting the 1969 Bentley T1 back together.

Finished Up – Fitting up the Cover onto the Squab Seat of the 1955 Jensen 541

The in-house trim shop at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop has been working on finishing up the rear squab seat on the 1955 Jensen 541.

Lydia and the trim team have made the new red leather covering for the squab seat from scratch specifically to fit the new foam and base intended for the interior of the classic Jensen 541.

Using what was left of the original material, Lydia created templates that she could then refine further to get the best fit and finish for the piece. After each piece had been sewn together, Lydia finished the edging for the seat in matching bright red for the final touch.

Once wrapped around the foam and base, Lydia could systematically staple the covering down to the piece carefully stretching and pulling it for the final shaping.

Adjustments – Adjusting the Carburettors on the 1968 MGC Roadster

The 1968 MGC Roadster is being worked on by the Bridge Classic Cars in-house restoration team to get the classic sports car running just right.

After road tests, the car was running slightly off so Jon set about adjusting the carburettors to get the 6-cylinder running perfect. Upon inspection, he found that 2 out of the 3 carburettors were flooding and allowing too much fuel into the chamber. After adjusting the rest floats, Jon could then work on adjusting and synchronising all 3 carburettors together and ran the car to check the issue had been rectified.

New Pieces – New Clutch and Ring Gear for the 1933 Austin 7

The brand new ring gear and clutch for the 1933 Austin 7 has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ.

These pieces have been machined for us to install into the classic Austin. Our technicians confirmed the customer’s concern of the clutch being burnt out.

These pieces will be fitted back up to the car soon so keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more on this amazing vintage Austin.

Fresh & Clean – 1957 MG A Gets a Viper Valet

The 1957 MG A Roadster has been treated to a full silver valet by the amazing team at Viper Auto Valet here at our Suffolk HQ.

Colin, the owner of Viper, carefully washed down the car to remove any contaminants from the paint before meticulously machine polishing to enhance the beautiful gloss of the vibrant red paintwork.

Viper Auto Valet handles the cleaning of our classics and makes them look absolutely stunning. Check them out by clicking here!

Secured – New Engine Mounts for the 1972 Lotus Elan

The 1972 Lotus Elan +2 which arrived from South Africa recently at the bridge Classic Cars workshop has had its full inspection completed and now, the work can begin on the classic sports car.

The technicians noted that the engine mounts had begun to deteriorate and were moving around too much for our liking. So, the team sourced a new set of replacements to be fitted to the car. Putting the car up on the lift and carefully undoing the old mounts, Jon was able to support the engine from underneath and move the car slightly up and down to free the old mounts.

With these out, he could install the new pieces between the engine and subframe and tighten them down correctly. But before then, Jon had to make some modifications to the mounts as it now made the engine sit around 5mm higher in the engine bay. So, Jon removed the mounts and elongated the holes towards the top of the opening in order to give some adjustability and drop the engine down away from the bonnet.

Along with this, he also adjusted the bonnet catches to line up perfectly and take some of the stress away from the piece and fitted a new bitumen sheet to the underside.

This Just In – 1994 BMW 650CSi

The beautiful 1995 BMW 850CSi has recently arrived into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop to be worked on by our in-house paint and body team.

The team will prepare and repaint the rear bumper and front scuttle panel on this iconic 1990s GT car for its owner as well as do the full inspection and assessment of the car.

Keep a look out here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 1995 BMW 850CSi.