April 7, 2022

Preparing for the Next Stage – 1969 Bentley T1 Ready to have Chrome Reinstalled

The restoration technicians at Bridge Classic Cars have been working alongside the paint and body team to prepare the body of the 1969 Bentley T1 to have its chrome work reinstalled.

After its bodywork and respray, the team have to drill new holes into the body to fit the car’s brightwork onto the driver’s side front wing which was replaced as part of the work carried out.

The team carefully measured each hole by lining up the piece with the others on that side of the car to make sure this piece sat level and flowed perfectly with the piece before it.

Repairs – Repairing Parts of the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite Suspension

The Bridge Classic Cars restoration technicians at our workshop have been working on sorting out the suspension of the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite.

While performing road tests, our technician Dave noticed the handling of the Frogeye Sprite wasn’t behaving as it should do. So, he began to look into the issue and narrowed it down to the front suspension. Upon inspection, he found a few areas which needed attention.

One of the bolts which holds the lower arm into the mounts had a lot of freeplay and should be tight with little to no movement for and aft. Dave found the backside of the bolt had not been rotated correctly and let the nut side be tightened down and torqued correctly. With that, Dave also discovered that there had been previous welding repairs carried out to the front suspension, but in another area, a gap had opened up where the bracket had separated from the frame.

So, he welded this area back up as tight as possible which wouldn’t allow the drivers’ side control arm and track rods to move independently to the car. After that, Dave went through to recheck and torque each part to the correct specifications to get the car ready to go back out for road tests.

By Hand – Retrimming the Dash Top Panel of the 1970 Bristol 411

The dash top and panel from the 1970 Bristol 411 have been in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house trim shop for the team to refinished and retrimmed.

Brian began by carefully dismantling the piece to use the original pieces as a template and get the best fit possible for the new coverings. Any wood or foam for the dash top piece has been inspected and prepared before new material is cut and secured onto the pieces using special adhesives.

Like New – Painting the Engine of the 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house paintshop have been working on preparing and refinishing the engine and parts from the 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible.

The restoration and paint teams have been working on carefully preparing each piece individually for Alan to refinish in the colour-matched Morris green for the engine block and head, while the accessories have been refinished in a tough, durable black.

Colour Matched – Painting the Bonnet on the 1987 Mercedes 500SL

The bonnet of the 1987 Mercedes 500SL has been taken into the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop to be painted by our in-house paint team.

The piece has been beautifully prepared and readied to go into the booth with our painter Alan to shoot the layers of Selenit Grey needed to complete the deep, glossy paintwork which has been done to the body of the classic Mercedes.

New Setup – New Carburettor and Intake on the 1986 Ford Capri 1.6

The 1986 Ford Capri has been in the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop to have its new intake manifold and carburettor fitted to help the classic Ford run easier.

The restoration team have been working on getting the old manifold and carburettor onto the car and checking to make sure everything else looked ok once it had been removed. The issue with running, our technician Jon had narrowed it down to an issue with the carburettor that was fitted.

Because of this and the experience of our technicians, it was decided to upgrade the carburettor to a twin-choke Weber unit. This involved having to change out the intake manifold to work with the new carburettor set-up. Along with that, Jon made the new throttle linkage and set it up to have a better throttle response and be more adjustable.

With everything fitted back onto the car, it could begin testing. As the car sat idling, Jon could adjust the carburettor to get the car running smoothly and then out on road test, the Capri ran like an absolute dream.

This Just In – 1954 Bristol 405 and Parts

The 1954 Bristol 405 and all the accompanying parts have arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars secure storage facility, The Hangar, while it awaits its restoration at our workshops.

The car came straight from Ireland to our storage facility where it will be safely and securely stored. The team also documented several boxes of parts and pieces for the classic Bristol which have been carefully put away in our stores department.

Keep a lookout on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates very soon on the 1954 Bristol 405

Back Together – Refitting the Newly Painted Rear Bumper on the 1995 BMW 850CSi

The newly painted rear bumper is being carefully refitted back onto the gorgeous 1995 BMW 850CSi which is in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint and body shop.

The paint and body team have been working on carefully and meticulously refitting the freshly painted piece back onto the 1990s GT car and making sure it is perfectly aligned and secured to the rest of the car.

This Just In – 1987 Maserati BiTurbo

The 1987 Maserati BiTurbo has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ.

This beautiful 1980s Italian coupe will go into the workshop to be inspected and assessed by the restoration teams who will compile their reports to see what needs to be done on this stunning classic Maserati.

See below for a gallery of the car from its previous owner:

In Colour – Painting the Rear Bumper of the 1995 BMW 850CSi

The rear bumper of the 1995 BMW 850CSi has been in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop for the team to refinish it in matching Oxford Green to the rest of the stunning 1990s GT car.

Alan worked on getting the bumpers completely cleaned down and prepared to go into the booth where the team have paint matched them to the correct Oxford Green paint to match the exterior of the car.

The car looks absolutely incredible in dark green so these will just add to that after being refinished by the team.