May 27, 2022

Inside Job – Repairing the Inner Arch of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop has been working on the crucial repairs to the drivers side rear inner arch of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible.

The inner arch is a cap for the frame rails on the classic Morris which had begun to heavily corrode in some key areas including the cross brace which holds the two rails together.

Along with that, several key mounts which form part of the inner arch were damaged/corroded and require replacements or repairs.

Behind the Scenes – Shooting our 1972 Lotus Elan +2

The saying attached to Lotus and it’s core DNA, Simplify, and then add lightness. That is what the Lotus Elan personifies.

The low slung, lightweight sports car looked incredible in the summer sun. Its bright red paintwork contrasted against the rich green of the pine trees that lined the south loop of our filming location. This is our 1972 Lotus Elan +2 and it’s the latest competition car from Bridge Classic Cars.

The legendary Lotus Twin Cam 4-cylinder provided the soundtrack for our days’ filming. The raspy billow found its way to every surface and bounced back for the world to enjoy. The nimble sports car is known for its characteristic handling and this example is no different. The small racing steering wheel feels directly connected to the front wheels which helps to perfectly place the slant nosed 70s sports car exactly where it is intended.

You can’t help but smile wildly while experiencing the Elan. It gives so much feedback to its driver that you truly become one with the machine, the intended purpose of all Lotus cars. The driver is at the centre of the world.

And now, Bridge Classic Cars wants you to experience this incredible machine and the theatre that surrounds it. It’s the latest competition car and it could be yours very soon.

Head over to the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website and enter now for your chance to live and breathe this dream classic.

Or, check out the video of our 1972 Lotus Elan +2 below.

Like New – Rebuilding the Magneto for the 1905 Riley 9HP

The team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the restoration of the 1905 Riley 9HP at our Suffolk HQ.

The magneto is the next item to be worked on by our technicians. Although this particular component was not originally fitted to the car, it was installed by a previous owner to help with starting the classic pre-war touring car. For this piece, the team have installed new HT leads to the magneto which are made to the specific lengths needed for the car.

Then, the team could get it bench-tested to make sure it was producing a strong blue spark and then got it fitted into the chassis and its drive chain put into place.

Check out the video we have of our technician Dave testing the Bosch ZEV magneto on the bench!

Driving Forward – Driveshafts of the 1905 Riley 9HP in the Car

The team at Bridge Classic Cars have performed the first test fit of the new driveshafts in our 1905 Riley 9HP.

They have been fit into the antique, pre-world war 1 Riley to check for fitment and interference. Also, for the team to check the bearing clearances and ring-gear engagement.

There’s a fair bit going on at the moment with the vintage Riley at our Suffolk HQ so make sure to keep an eye on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more.

Begin Again – Strip Down and Rebuilding the Seat Bases of the 1954 Bristol 405

The in-house trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on stripping down the front seats of the 1954 Bristol 405, in our Suffolk restoration workshop, before rebuilding the bases.

The team always take care when removing the original covers so they can be preserved for reference or pattern making later down the line. The cores of the seats are then stripped back to their most basic features and sanded/cleaned down before the restorative work can begin.

With the bases completely stripped back, the first job was to remake the wooden inner backboards using the originals as a rough template to work from. Once these were cut and refined, the team could create the outer backboards before foaming work could begin.

Cut & Polish – Finishing Work on the Panels of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the final stages of the paint journey on the 1987 Daimler Double Six’s panels.

The team have gently cut back the paint and clear-coat on the panels with finer and finer abrasives in order to create a uniform finish for the pieces. Then, they can be machine polished and buffed to a mirror finish.

Working Together – Fitting the New Sills on the 1978 MG B GT

The workshop team have been getting the new inner and outer sills fitted to the 1978 MG B GT which is in for restoration with Bridge Classic Cars.

The sills are being replaced by the team due to areas of corrosion and damage to the shell which had found their way into the sills of the classic sports car. The inner and outers were carefully cut out of the car before the high quality replacements were offered up and the area trimmed to accept them before being welded in.

Headed Home – 1985 Porsche 911 & 2007 Jaguar XKR Off to Their New Homes

The 2007 Jaguar XKR and 1985 Porsche 911 have left the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ bound for their new homes with their excited new owners.

The cars were collected and delivered straight to the doorsteps of the winners.

We want to wish both of them many happy miles and years with their dream classics.

Behind the Scenes – Live Draw of the 1980 Supercharged Mini Van

Last night, Bridge Classic Cars went to find out who the lucky new owner of our 1980 Supercharged Mini Van was.

At 7PM live on our Facebook page, we welcomed our followers watching along to our competition build which houses all of our competition cars and a couple of our personal cars and finished restoration projects. To begin with, we began our live stream from the inside of our new 1993 Land Rover Defender 90.

Then, Hayley and Freddie took everyone around the various cars which are held inside the building at our Suffolk HQ. Including the beautiful Saffron Yellow 1973 Triumph TR6 and the 1972 Lotus Elan +2. Of course, we couldn’t miss out on the car everyone was there for, the 1980 Supercharged Mini Van.

After the look around, it was time to find out who the new owner of this tiny terror was. The competition had sold out the day before so the entry list, as with all of our entry lists, is pre-published on our website for all to see. With 4999 tickets, we fired up the Random Number Generator.

With the parameters set, with one click of a button the fate of the Mini was sealed.

Its new owner was Peter with ticket 4529.

The team will give the Mini its pre-delivery inspection and one final check over before it is delivered straight to Peter.

Check out the live draw below: