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The roof is now complete

So that’s it…she’s almost complete. The brand new double duck roof is now fitted and secure. We are just waiting back on the registration documentation

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Awaiting the arrival of a Jensen 541S

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At the start of the 1950s the Jensen Motor Company had a financially sound business producing commercial vehicles and building bespoke bodies for other manufacturers.

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Faulty Fan Sensor

When running the car up to temperature we discovered a fault with the fan sensor. A new sensor has been ordered and will arrive with

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Pretty sure it’s not supposed to look like this…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a reciprocating piston engine, the connecting rod or conrod connects the piston to the crank or crankshaft. Together with the crank, they form a simple mechanism that converts reciprocating motion into rotating motion. Connecting

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Brilliant advertising from Jeep

Check out this amazing Jeep advertising campaign from Copenhagen 2007. Advertising Agency: Bates Y&R, Copenhagen, Denmark Chief Creative Officer: Ib Borup Art Director: Peder Schack Copywriter: Tobias Aggergaard Photographer: Pernille

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MGBGT Wiring

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whilst John is busy stripping the MGBGT of it’s interior and exterior components he is photographing and documenting the wiring as it is so that

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Repairing a dashboard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here we have the dashboard from a 1974 Jaguar XJ6 in need of repair. As you can see the cushioning inside has been damaged which

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Driving Ms. Safai!

Mohamed Hadid  took his taste for the finer things in life up a notch or two with his latest purchase on Friday afternoon. The eccentric

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New arrival today

New arrival to the Bridge Classic Cars HQ this morning, a 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster. Our mission: to resolve the leaking master cylinder

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Introducing our new addition to the Bridge Classic Cars family.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]1963 Italian Lambretta Li 125 Series III Slimstyle (TV/GT 200) TS1 230

This Lambretta motor scooter, not “Moped” as often mistakenly referred to, (by definition a Moped has an engine capacity 50cc or below) was built in 1962 and registered in Italy in 1963. It was imported across to the UK in 2005 by Shaun Harkness who loving restored it to factory spec and registered it in 2006. The scooter was then sold to Shaun’s friend and fellow enthusiast Dave Pincott who rode the scooter until giving it back to Shaun 4 years later in part-exchange for another that Shaun had built especially for Dave.

The scooter was ridden for several years and then finally rebuilt into its present carnation in 2015; it is based on a TV 200 with a modern twist and recently won-best-in show at the Troon Mod Rally in May of this year (2016).

The Gold and Green paintwork was carried out by the internationally renowned scooter specialists Gran Sport in Birmingham. The chrome work was all done by London Chroming in the old Kent Road. Engine wise the donor engine is based on a GP 200 with a the world famous Terry Shepherd (TS)1 225cc cylinder with a long stroke crank taking it up to 230cc and a low compression cylinder head. It was further treated to a touring tune by one of the top engine builders and tuners in the UK: Dan Clare, who is now the editor of Scootering magazine. Dan worked his magic and produced a brilliant 19.06 hp with a very usable 14.59 ft lbs of torque….top speed in the region of 80mph. Additionally it has the following:

Chisel Speed M-Tech advance and retard unit on a 12 Volt Ignition system as invented by Martin.

A 60mm crank with a Yamaha 110mm Japanese con rod with RB spec little end bearing built by Sean Brady of Scooterotica.

Reedspeed 6 Plate clutch.

Arthur Francis (AF) Rayspeed close ratio gear box.

Teutonic efficiency at its best it has a set of BGM adjustable shocks front and rear.

BGM stainless steel wheel rims with Swalbe white walls and puncture treatment .

A Mark Broadhurst (MB Developments) big bore BGM clubman exhaust and running gear.

Italy’s finest 30mm Dellorto PHBL Carburettor adds a little oomph with a return of circa 45/50 mpg at 4% oil/petrol mix.

BGM LED rear light

SIP Digital speedo with rev counter and temp gauge.

Custom fuel tank incorporating the toolbox fabricated by Metal Guru, the legend that is: Shaun Burns taking it from 8.1l as standard to circa 13l.

The disc brake is a very rare and sought after 1960’s original from a

All panel work is original Italian TV/GT, sourced from parts fares in Italy by Sean Burns and ex British Scooter racing champion: Andy Francis.

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Our Ford Mustang GT is already enjoying the shows

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Gary recently picked up his 1999 35th Anniversary Ford Mustang GT from us here at Bridge Classic Cars.

He’s had her a little over a week now and is already visiting the many shows he intends to do.

For anyone familiar with Essex Sports and Custom Car Club you may know Gary and his family from his stunning Silver and Maroon Ltd Edition MGTF and now he’s joined the American side!!

Thanks for the photos Gary.

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The roof is now complete

So that’s it…she’s almost complete.

The brand new double duck roof is now fitted and secure. We are just waiting back on the registration documentation so the new plates can be made and fitted and she’ll be ready to set off on the Suffolk roads.

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

Awaiting the arrival of a Jensen 541S

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At the start of the 1950s the Jensen Motor Company had a financially sound business producing commercial vehicles and building bespoke bodies for other manufacturers. As is often the way with successful entrepreneurs, the Jensen brothers enjoyed having their name on their products and having been involved for years prior to the war building small cars in conjunction with Standard, Austin and Wolseley, their attention turned again in the late forties to the possibility of creating a rather more exclusive Jensen.  Richard Jensen was joined in 1946 by Eric Neale and they jointly penned the sleek (and expensive) Interceptor which remained in production from 1950-57. The bodywork was mostly aluminium, but as an experiment Jensen had started making the large boot lids in a revolutionary material formed from hair-thin glass embedded in a resinous gel, ‘Glass Fibre’.

Eric Neale’s influence was immediately obvious in the, new for 1953, Jensen 541. He first created the distinctive ‘mouth’ shape, anticipating the cold air requirements of a possible big V8 although the Austin 4-litre straight six turned out to be the engine of choice, and the rest of the body flowed back from that point. A lattice of wooden body formers provided a reference over which skilled craftsmen beat a skin of aluminium. The finished car was exhibited at the 1953 Motor Show but there was one trick left up Jensen’s sleeve, production cars were to be constructed from glass fibre! As production of the 541 settled down the options available increased. A package incorporating the most frequently chosen extras was applied to the car which was then marketed as the ‘541 Deluxe’ and rack and pinion steering followed shortly in the ‘541R’.

In 1959 work started on creating a slightly larger 541, which would be better suited to long-distance cruising. This car was to have an auto gearbox as standard and was wider and taller than its predecessor, and so was born the new 541S. Some 4” inches wider than the original 541R, while also offering increased headroom and greater luggage capacity, the ‘S’ version was generally considered to be a more practical machine and certainly more comfortable for touring. In addition to a general increase in size, the body styling changed at the same time with distinctive ‘scallops’ being added at the rear and on the bonnet and a new grille. Less apparent initially were the improvements these modifications made to road holding, stability and ride.

In the 541S, Jensen used their own powerful version of the Austin DS5 4-litre straight-six engine featuring triple H4 SU carburettors, a high compression ‘Weslake’ head, custom-made twin exhaust manifolds and an alloy baffled sump/oil cooler. A total of 127 cars were hand-built between 1960 and 1962 at Jensen’s West Bromwich factory, most having GM-licensed Rolls-Royce ‘Hydramatic’ gearboxes. This was unusual at the time as most performance cars were fitted with ‘sporty’ manual gearboxes but the automatic suited Jensen’s criteria for the 541S of effortless speed and luxurious long distance cruising, although twenty-two were fitted with Moss manual gearboxes at their owner’s request. The 541S is also notable for being the first British car to have seat belts fitted as standard equipment and the pioneering use of Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels was carried on from the ‘Deluxe’. Other safety equipment included a padded windscreen surround, fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit and each car was fitted with a quality Motorola radio as standard.

Due to arrive at Bridge Classic Cars very soon.

1960 Jensen 541S - 377HWT

Chassis Number ‘JM/EXP/101 is almost certainly the automatic 541S used by Jensen in 1960 on its stand at the London Motor Show at Earl’s Court. There were three experimental (EXP) cars built, (‘pre-production prototypes’), two being manual and one automatic. ‘101’ is automatic and was registered 750 CEA although the photographs from the show display the car with ‘JENSEN’ on the number plates. It was finished in Pearl Grey and looks superb sat on Stand 134.

This car was registered to Jensen Motors for a period of some two years. A letter in the file from them confirms that during this period it was used for road tests, demonstration purposes and as an experimental car, and according to the letter was no doubt driven by the Jensen brothers and carefully looked after by the Engineering Department. It was featured in ‘THE MOTOR’, October 19th. 1960 and ‘AUTOCAR’, Feb 3rd. 1961 road test reports. Whilst currently registered 377 HWT, there is verification from both DVLA and the Jensen Owners Club that 750 CEA was its original registration. An expression of interest has been lodged with DVLA to repatriate this number rightfully back to this car. An extensive history file accompanies the car and includes the original London Motor Show 1960 Guide, press cuttings of the day, old photographs, past invoices and letters. The show car was originally Pearl Grey but at some point has been changed to its current colour of Maroon, but inside the engine bay an area of original colour has been deliberately left, presumably to aid a return to its factory finish.

First registered in September 1960 this most beautiful Jensen 541S, chassis number JM/EXP/101 is currently reading an unwarranted 75,800 miles.

The fibreglass body is described as being in good general condition, with the paintwork reasonably good but would benefit from some future attention. The Burgundy interior trim appears to have been replaced more recently and, from the photographs, looks to be in good condition. We are told the engine runs well and starts easily and the automatic transmission changes gear well but the ‘kick-down’ is a little hesitant at times. The brightwork has recently been refurbished and all the tyres were replaced last year. The car will be offered with a fresh MOT Certificate at the time of sale.

This extremely rare and beautiful car is offered with fantastic provenance. It was one of three prototypes for the 541S, the final iteration of a model that was very important to the long-term health of Jensen. It was a fetéd and much admired Motor Show car and an important part of Jensen’s history, and on top of all that, it’s a super British classic sports car that would be welcome anywhere.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”6506,6507,6508,6509,6510,6511,6512,6513,6514,6515,6516,6517,6518,6519,6520,6521,6522,6523,6524,6525,6526,6501,6505″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Just before she gallops off into the distant

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One last photo shoot outside Bridge Classic Cars HQ before we wave goodbye to this beauty.

An absolute diamond of a car, our 1999 35th Anniversary Ford Mustang GT has found a new home, and a great home at that.

Mr and Mrs S from Ipswich have a new addition to the family. As car enthusiasts themselves, no doubt we’ll be seeing them again at many shows to come. In fact, our Ford Mustang GT left us at 5pm this evening and is going straight off to Bury St Edmunds for a car meet.

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Removing the overspray on the hubs

Bizarrely, it seemed somebody had decided to paint the wheels of our wonderful little MGTD whilst they were still on the car.

We’ve been looking at these ever since she arrived with us at Bridge Classic Cars, all the way from Canada and today we decided to sort them out so we no longer need to look at them. We removed the wheels, removed the overspray and re-painted so they are now back to how they should be.

Not too much of a time consuming job for Sean and John but none the less, one well worth completing as I’m sure you’ll agree.

As you can see from image 2, John has a very laid back approach to painting the hubs 🙂

MGTD painting the hubs

MGTD painting the hubs

Faulty Fan Sensor

When running the car up to temperature we discovered a fault with the fan sensor.

A new sensor has been ordered and will arrive with us tomorrow morning.

Jaguar E-Type Fan Sensor

The handle has been repaired

When it’s a gorgeous summer’s evening here in Suffolk there’s nothing better than taking out your beautiful 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 for a drive. Maybe find a local pub, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a couple of ‘cokes’ and watch the sun goes down whilst chatting to all the admirers looking at your car.

What you don’t want…or more to the point, what your passenger doesn’t want is the the door to keep flinging open when they least expect it.

Unfortunately that’s the issue we were up against when this one came in to us.

Upon closer inspection, the rod inside the passengers lock had buckled which was causing the latch to remain in the open position…not ideal.

A new handle and locking mechanism was required, once this had arrived to us John got working on fitting back up.

Now the passenger can enjoy the drive just as much as the driver!

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Sean has been busy striping the MGBGT

As we await the new old body shell that will be arriving at Bridge Classic Cars later this month, work got underway today on stripping and removing all of the components from our existing MGBGT ready for the restoration to begin.

Sean joined the Bridge Classic Cars team today and immediately got stuck in to the project.

Just one day down and the removal task is almost done!!

MGBGT Stripped at Bridge Classic Cars

MGBGT Stripped at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD Competition refitting the new roof

Our stunning 1951 MG TD Competition is almost complete, but not before the brand new hood is built and fitted…and today’s the day we get started on this fantastic and very rewarding job.

If you’re going for the traditional look in your classic or vintage vehcile restoration, then double duck is definitely the choice for you. Double duck is the traditional material used for trimming the hoods of pre-war and vintage vehicles. This tightly-woven canvas is a watertight as well as flexible cotton-type hooding solution, ideal for keeping the wind and rain out of vintage Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Aston Martins, MGs, and more.

When our MG TD Competition arrived with us all the way from Canada, the hood was actually very good. Our original plan was to keep the hood as was but once we had resprayed the car the freshness of the new paintwork emphasised the imperfections in the existing roof.

And we don’t like imperfections at Bridge Classic Cars

…so a new roof was planned.

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

MGTD Competition Double Duck Hood

Pretty sure it’s not supposed to look like this…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a reciprocating piston engine, the connecting rod or conrod connects the piston to the crank or crankshaft. Together with the crank, they form a simple mechanism that converts reciprocating motion into rotating motion.

Connecting rods may also convert rotating motion into reciprocating motion. Historically, before the development of engines, they were first used in this way.

As a connecting rod is rigid, it may transmit either a push or a pull and so the rod may rotate the crank through both halves of a revolution, i.e. piston pushing and piston pulling. Earlier mechanisms, such as chains, could only pull. In a few two-stroke engines, the connecting rod is only required to push.

Today, connecting rods are best known through their use in internal combustion piston engines, such as automotive engines. These are of a distinctly different design from earlier forms of connecting rods, used in steam engines and steam locomotives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s one we found earlier.

As you can see, the number 1 conrod found on our 1.9 diesel VW camper engine is completed shattered so Mark has been busy building all new components.

Number 1 conrod shattered

Number 1 conrod shattered

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Our Lambretta will soon be with us

Here’s Shaun saying good bye to his beloved scooter.
Soon to be for sale at Bridge Classic Cars.
More information to follow on this very special 230cc Lambretta.
Shaun saying goodbye to his Lambretta
Shaun saying goodbye to his Lambretta

MGBGT Wiring

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whilst John is busy stripping the MGBGT of it’s interior and exterior components he is photographing and documenting the wiring as it is so that it makes the job of reinstalling that bit easier. Although we’ll be fitting a brand new wiring loom throughout a record may come in very handy as a place to refer back to.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”8306,8307,8308,8309,8310,8311,8312,8313,8314,8315″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Removing and Reconditioning the MGBGT Axle

Mark and Sean have been busy stripping our MGBGT of all of it’s components in preparation for the new body shell to arrive.

As parts are being removed, we are stripping, cleaning, repairing and refurbishing any components that we intend on refitting.

We find it best to refurbish as we go, not only does it add a bit of variety to the tasks in hand (as stripping a car all day everyday can become a bit boring) but it is also a good exercise to analyse what parts can be re-used and whether new parts will be a more cost effective option.

Here we are working on the MGBGT axle, it’s cleaned up and one coat of paint has been applied to freshen it up.

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Repairing a dashboard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here we have the dashboard from a 1974 Jaguar XJ6 in need of repair.

As you can see the cushioning inside has been damaged which has caused the outer lining to be torn.

There are many ‘do it yourself’ repair kits on the market but in order to remove this level of damage the dashboard requires recovering. This is a service we can offer at Bridge Classic Cars.

1974 Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repair

1974 Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repair

1974 Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repair

1974 Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repair

1974 Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repair[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”As Good As New”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our repair work is now complete, the dashboard has been completely re-covered and ready to be re-fitted to Mr Wolton’s XJ6.

Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repaired

Jaguar XJ6 Dashboard Repaired

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An unexpected issue has arisen…

Sometimes, when you are working on vehicles of this age, you discover more issues then you set out to work on.

As we lifted the jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster up onto the ramp the perished bushes could not handle it anymore and the shocks just gave up, leaking all over the floor.

Not a huge issue to resolve but none the less, a very important one. If we hadn’t discovered this when we did this could have gone back out onto the road and given up at any second.

New shocks and bushes were purchased the car was as good as new once again.

Jaguar Etype Roadster shocks and bushes perished

Jaguar Etype Roadster shocks and bushes perished

Jaguar Etype Roadster shocks and bushes perished

1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1 arrived at Bridge Classic Cars

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our newest project has just arrived with us at Bridge Classic Cars, a 1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1.

Long MOT. Soon to be tax free.

Runs and drives like a Swiss Watch. (this is the one to have)

These cars are on the up, “price wise” and this needs to be sold to free up valuable space so this really is a bargain.

Finished in a Portafino Metallic Blue with Cream interior and a Cream ever flex roof with a leather headlining.

The wood work is in superb order.

Before us, the previous owner enjoyed this lovely Rolls for the last 6 years.

Prior to that the previous owner had the car for 26 years and we were told he had bought it from the Emir of Kuwait.

It is a Jack Barclay supplied car showing 42000 miles on the odometer which we feel is genuine but cannot guarantee.

It has excellent coachwork, lovely interior and drives very well. All of which can be improved.

The car has been regularly serviced and it has a replacement exhaust which is Stainless and supplied by P.D Gough

She has also had the major and expensive brake overhaul which was carried out by Seymour and Curd (Rolls Royce engineers in Burgess Hill)

It is actually wearing Spirit bumpers which suits very well, but we do have a set of original bumpers that will need a very small amount of repair and then a re-chrome.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”6180,6181,6182,6183,6184,6185,6186,6187,6188,6189,6190,6191,6192,6177″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Getting the VW Camper engine ready for installation.

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

The VW T25 Camper engine is now well on it’s way. Mark has been busy working on upgrading the original power unit to a 1.9 litre. Giving more power, making motorway cruising a never experience with better fuel economy.

The engine was low mileage and ran like a dream. We decided to get the diesel injectors and pump overhauled. For a new clutch and thrust bearing. The oil sump needed swapping over to allow clean fitment.

A final paint and alloy polish has it ready for installation.

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

VW Camper Engine Rebuild

Festival of speed roars in to Kincardine Castle

The wait is finally over as Deeside’s first speed hillclimb course went to Kincardine Castle today; Sunday, August 21.

Kincardine Castle Hill Climb 2016

Kincardine Castle Hill Climb 2016

Four hundred cars took part, with 130 hillclimb cars and bikes, including the 1956 Ecurie Ecosse D-type Jaguar which has just won Car of the Day at the Ballater Week parade. Motorcycling legend and eight times Isle of Man TT winner Charlie Williams was also there on his 1974 Maxton Yamaha.

A broad cross-section of more than 60 static cars were displayed, including a Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari F50 and AC Le Mans Coupe, Colin Macrae’s MKII Ford Escort rally car, and the Charlie Bang slingshot dragster.

Eighteen car clubs with 240 cars attended, representing Ferrari, Ford, MG, Aston Martin and Subaru, to name a few. Tesla had a special display of their Model S electric luxury cars.

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Passenger rides on our off-roading courses come highly recommended. The Landrover experience offered a thrilling ride tackling the Rocky Road, the Toblerone and Willie’s Drop. A scenic off-road safari, run by the Buchan Off-Road Drivers Club.

The Clan BMX Stunt Team were there to take centre stage with their death-defying stunt shows throughout the day. And our festival marketplace in the walled garden showcased food, drink, crafts, beauty products and local businesses.

There were refreshments provided alongside the castle’s own pop-up cafe. For kids, a climbing tower, carousels and bouncy castles. The finale was the Westburn finance Soapbox Derby allowing gravity, along with a few twists and jumps, to prove that thrilling does not necessarily mean engine-powered.

The event supported the charities Children 1st, Help for Heroes and Mission Motorsport.

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Replacing the halfshaft bearing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This incredible track day car developed a small leak so was brought in to us at Bridge Classic Cars to diagnose and resolve the problem.

Turned out to be a half shaft bearing that needed replacing.

Track Day Car

Track Day Car

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1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

We’ve been so busy recently at Bridge Classic Cars that unfortunately our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster has taken a little bit of a back seat.

Having stripped it bear metal some time ago we were quick to whisk her off to the sandblaster ready to have the sandblasting treatment done but not so quick in asking for her back.

Until now…

Here she is, back with us in the Bridge Classic Cars workshops ready to be repaired and prepared for a full respray.

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Jaguar Etype Series 3 Roadster Sandblasted

Repairing the sump guard

We’ve been in two minds whether to replace the sump guard with brand new or repair the damage area that we have discovered on the original.

Having accessed the volume of damage we have come to the conclusion that repairing the original would be much more beneficial in the long run. Not only is this the more cost effective option but it means we can keep the original part and not replace with an after-market option.

VW T25 Camper Sump

VW T25 Camper Sump

VW T25 Camper Sump

As you can see from the images, the damage to the original sump guard was such a small and minor repair that it made sense to work on the original part. As we have the skills to weld this was not too much of a challenge for Asa.

1989 VW T25 Camper Body Repair

There’s should limited opportunity to cut corners when carrying out a respectable restoration. Only when a car is fully stripped back to metal do you see the true condition you have to work with. At Bridge Classic Cars we pride ourselves on doing things right, you’ll never hear us say ‘that’ll do’ because that just means it’s not right!

We do things right…

Here is the 1989 VW Camper being brought back to life for many many years of family fun. The weakness’ within the body have been identified and the necessary steps have been taken to remove and repair the issues.

1989 Volkswagen Camper T25 Body Repair

1989 Volkswagen Camper T25 Body Repair

1989 Volkswagen Camper T25 Body Repair

1951 MG TD Competition Touch Ups

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The reassembly task is almost complete on our 1951 MG TD Competition, so one last look over to assess for any imperfections in the paintwork.

One last trip to the paint shop we go…

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MG Magnette sets off home

After 14 years sitting in a garage, this wonderful 1958 MG Magnette has been fully re-commissioned by Bridge Classic Cars and now it’s time for her to go home and enjoy the sunny Suffolk weather.

Mr Gladwin Collecting His MG Magnette

1985 Mercedes 280 SL Braking Issues

Mr Butcher of Ipswich, Suffolk recently brought in his beautiful 1985 Mercedes 280 SL for a few niggling issues that he wanted us here at Bridge Classic Cars to take a look at.

The Mercedes SL is always a dream to work on as our team have a lot of experience with these. As we’ve mentioned before Gordon was a former Benson and Hedges Classic Concours winner himself, with a Mercedes 230sl Pagoda roof and competitor on many classic rallies. So Mr Butcher…your car is in very safe hands!!

1985 Mercedes 280SL at Bridge Classic Cars

John discovered a fault with the braking system which needed to be resolved so we fitted brand new brake callipers, sender units and brake discs.

1985 Mercedes 280SL at Bridge Classic Cars

It had been reported to us of an issue with the passenger window not working when it should be, this normally results in a new window mechanism and motor. Luckily, head technician Asa was on hand to repair the fault with the mechanism and save a huge amount of money in not having to purchase a whole new motor.

The fault was found and fixed in no time at all.

As a team of passionate classic car enthusiasts, we enjoy working on classic cars. When you enjoy working on something you naturally go the extra mile. We hear all too often from customers that the ‘all round’ garages do not think of the smaller detail and do not often come up with the solutions. In this case, a new mechanism could have been used but would have cost well over £400 to the customer. As experts in our field we were able to repair the fault for a fraction of the cost. We are happy and our customer is happy!

1985 Mercedes 280SL at Bridge Classic Cars

1985 Mercedes 280SL at Bridge Classic Cars

As we had fitted a new braking system to the Mercedes we thought it was best to run her through a new MOT and full service just as extra piece of mind that the job was complete! We fitted new serviceable items throughout: spark plugs, oil filters, air filter, oil, leads, cap, rotor arm, shock absorbers, steering shock absorber and belts.

A very worthwhile and fulfilling project.

Driving Ms. Safai!

Mohamed Hadid  took his taste for the finer things in life up a notch or two with his latest purchase on Friday afternoon.

The eccentric father of supermodels Gigi and Bella treated fiancée Shiva Safai to a spin in his new set of wheels, a Charles Morgan 3-Wheeler, during an appearance in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon.

Boasting a noisy twin filter engine the unconventional forest green car ensured Mohamed commanded attention while driving close to his Los Angeles home.

Mohamed Hadid £35,000 Morgan 3-Wheeler

The Jordanian-American real estate developer added an authentic flourish by sporting a pair of old-fashioned goggles before taking to the road.

Evidently pleased with his latest purchase, Mohamed later posted a short video designed to showcase the three-wheeled car – which can reach speeds of 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds – with followers on Instagram.

Captioning the short clip, he wrote: ‘It’s that Sunday drive with my lady Shiva. Even though it’s Friday.’

Mohamed Hadid £35,000 Morgan 3-Wheeler

His fiancée later shared her own snap, a selfie of the pair enjoying a leisurely cruise in the open top vehicle alongside the caption: ‘Out with my boo.’

Retailing between £31,450 and £34,995, the Morgan 3-Wheeler comes with tasteful leather seats and a spacious, cockpit shaped interior.

With its three wheel design experts claim driving the vehicle, which has been updated with 21st century technology, requires ‘the mentality of a motorcyclist.’

Mohamed Hadid £35,000 Morgan 3-Wheeler

Mohamed’s outing comes months after he was charged with three misdemeanor criminal counts related to a megamansion project in the upscale Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The charges against Mohamed included illegal use of land, building without a permit and failure to comply with orders from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.

Construction on the 30,000-square-foot project nicknamed the ‘Starship Enterprise’ by irate neighbors was halted by building officials in September after a neighbor complained that construction had destabilized the slope.

Mohamed Hadid £35,000 Morgan 3-Wheeler

Officials ordered Mohamed to demolish and remove illegal additions including an unapporoved 70-seat underground Imax theater and guest suites built below a swimming pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The criminal charges were brought after Mohamed’s appeal of the decision was denied.

City Councilman Paul Koretz in a statement said that Mohamed is a ‘blatant scofflaw and it’s about time he was added to the case.

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New arrival today

New arrival to the Bridge Classic Cars HQ this morning, a 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster.

Our mission: to resolve the leaking master cylinder and work on getting her up and running.

Lucky for us the the brakes work, we were dreading having to roll her off the trailer. I don’t think it would be the lightest beast to try and catch.

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

N1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars

1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Arriving at Bridge Classic Cars