June 10, 2022

Repairs and Remakes – Work on the Seats for the 1954 Bristol 405

The Bristol 405 restoration is on its way with our Trim Shop carrying out several bits of work on both the front and rear seats for the classic 4 door saloon.

The Bridge Classic Cars trim team has remade the elastic webbing which sits beneath the front seats in the classic Bristol. These have been secured onto the refurbished seat bases and the hand-cut foams placed in to check for fitment and alignment.

Next, the team worked on repairing some of the wooden arches of the rear seats in the car. Our trimmer Brian carefully cut out some previous repairs from the piece to securely fix the piece ahead of moving onto to replacing some of the woodwork needed for around the cushion openings.

Loose Edges – Sticking Down the Loose Trims in the 1957 MG A Roadster

The Bridge Classic Cars trim team have also focused on the trims in the 1957 MGA Roadster in our workshop.

Over the years, several of the leather-wrapped trim panels in the classic sports car have begun to loose their adhesive and curl round to the front of the panels or began to fall away from them. So, the trim team have gone through each of the pieces to reglue and secure them adding that little extra touch to the amazingly storied interior of the car.

Small Changes – Upgrades to the 1968 MG C Roadster

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars are working on some wiring upgrades to the 1968 MG C Roadster along with a couple of wiring issues sorted out alongside it.

The team will also be rechecking several systems for the owner and running some other wiring checks to get to the bottom of a few issues.

In Place – New Rear Window Rubber on the 1991 Nissan Figaro

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have installed the all-important rear window rubber into place on the 1991 Nissan Figaro.

The team have carefully cleaned the area before using specialist adhesives and taping the seal down to let the glues cure.

Cutting Back – Colour Sanding the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI

The 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI has been moved into the Bridge Classic Cars paint and body preparation area for the team to being colour sanding the car.

The process of colour sanding is key in the visual aspect of the restoration of the classic Aston Martin to make the paintwork match the incredible work that each and every panel has had done to it by the team.

Our painter Chris, who painted the car, has headed up the colour sanding of the Aston Martin. Using finer and finer abrasives to remove any imperfections and even out any areas of the car.

Rebound – New Binding on the Carpets of the 1957 MG A Roadster

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have worked their magic on the interior carpet in 1957 MG A Roadster.

The carpet set on the 1957 MG A had areas where the binding had begun to separate and fray quite badly. So, our in-house trim team have stepped in to get it looking better.

The team have replaced the binding around the edges of the carpet as well as sewing a new set of floor rubbers into place.

Tailored – New Tonneau and Hood Cover for the 1932 Lagonda Tourer Mocked Up

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have worked on perfectly tailoring the new tonneau and hood cover for the 1932 Lagonda Tourer.

To begin with, our trimmer Lydia made paper templates to create a rough pattern to work from before was transferred onto black vinyl as part of the drafting process. This allowed the trim team to refine the pieces more and more until it was a perfect fit across the interior and the hood frame of the classic Lagonda.

With these templates now where the team needed to be, they can work on creating the final pieces for the beautiful pre-war tourer.

In Colour – Painting the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI

The 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI has been in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth for a key part of its restoration. The classic Aston Martin has now been painted in its final colour!

The team have spent hours preparing the beautiful 1950s GT for this stage of the work to make sure every surface, panel and piece of the car is in perfect shape. Once the team had built up the colour layer by layer, it was then left in our oven to cure completely before it will be moved into our preparation bay to begin colour-sanding.

This is a huge step in the project and we’re excited to show you the next stages of the paintwork on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI.

Delicate Work – Metal Repairs on the 1978 MG B GT

The 1978 MG B GT is having some of the final stages of its metal work carried out by the restoration workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars.

Rob, one of our technicians, has carefully been cutting out the corroded areas of the bodyshell to be replaced with hand-made and high-quality patch panels from specialists.

Rob has replaced the area in the rear drivers side pillar which at the base has corroded all the way through itself. For this, he made sure to inspect the piece entirely and form a panel which will fit tightly and also add strength into the area before welding it in.

Then, he could move onto the rear quarter panel. This had a few areas requiring work, some with small handmade patches and others (like the forward section) having high-quality sourced replacements installed into the bodyshell.

Inner Depth – Repairs to the Inner Sill and Frame of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible

The Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop have worked on repairing the inner sill and frame of the 1969 Morris Minor Convertible in with us at our Suffolk HQ.

The team have worked on removing the corrosion from the key structural areas of the classic Morris Minor with this stage focusing on the drives side rear inner sills and sections of the frame. The work began with carefully removing the affected areas and inspecting just how far the corrosion went into the underside of the Morris Minor.

Piece by piece, the areas were removed and carefully repaired with new replacement or handmade panels to make sure the underside of the convertible was structurally sound and safe.

Refitted – Fitting the Reconditioned Wiper Motor to the 1961 Austin Healey 3000

The 1961 Austin Healey 3000 in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop have had its work completed by our restoration workshop.

Our technicians have fitted up the reconditioned wiper motor under the scuttle/dash of the classic Austin Healey.

After it was installed and the various mechanisms hooked up to the arms and tested, all was ok.

Thorough Work – Working on the 1968 Morris Minor Van

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the 1968 Morris Minor Van at our Suffolk HQ.

Firstly, the car was fully serviced and the valves and tappets were adjusted to specification. After this, the team began to test the classic Morris Minor. Then, upon further inspection further tasks were found.

Firstly, the team discovered a small oil leak coming from the front cover. This was removed from the front of the engine and inspected on the bench for any distortion or cracks which could cause the cover to not seal correctly. Looking further, the team discovered there was a leak coming from the front main seal of the 1000cc engine so a new one was ordered and the front cover’s gasket was stripped back and all the surfaces prepared.

The team also noticed a small issue with the carburettors on the classic Morris. After removing the needle, our team found some corrosion on the end on the needle which was causing the running issue so that was rectified and put back into the carburettor.

The team also replaced several radiator hoses as part of the new heater valve fitted to the back of the engine before the front of the Morris Minor was all put back together.

The car was then thoroughly road tested and inspected by the team who were happy to report all the issues had been resolved.

Overhaul – Working on the Brakes and Suspension of the 1991 Nissan Figaro

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the 1991 Nissan Figaro but this time, underneath it.

The team have been tasked with some work needed on the brakes and suspension of the classic Nissan.

Firstly, the team have replaced both rear shock absorbers due to the shock bodies themselves leaking. Then, they could turn their attention to the brakes on the car. Firstly, the rear brake shoes were replaced and adjusted before the team moved on to replacing the front brake pads.

Lastly, the team replaced one of the front lower arms.

Out & About – Group of Classic Alvis’s at Ufford Park

The team at Bridge Classic Cars recently spotted a collection of vintage Alvis’s at Ufford Park, close to our Suffolk HQ.

Although the weather wasn’t ideal, it’s always a beautiful sight to see such a group of vintage pre-war cars gathered and especially so local to us here!

Stripped Back – Beginning the Strip Down of the 1986 Daimler DS420

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have begun the process of stripping down the body of the 1986 Daimler DS420 ahead of its restoration.

It was noted during the trim and component removal that there were some areas of corrosion on the body of the classic Daimler so the team have begun to look into just how far these extend and the repairs needed.

There is also evidence of previous damage repair to the near side rear door which will need to be addressed by the team as part of the car’s journey with ourselves.