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The scoops are now on…

For the eagle eyed readers amongst us you may have noticed that our usually ‘completed project’ photo shoot was a little incomplete on this occasion. If

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Finally complete

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a very long day and a fantastic team effort from the guys in the workshop our 1966 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1 is finally

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Stripped and off to paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We expected the paintwork to be in slightly better condition that what we discovered so in true Bridge Classic Cars style…we’ll do it the way

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Refitting the interior

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The major task of refitting the interior is upon us. With all of the new components set out in the assembly workshop it was just

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Getting ready for paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 safely out of the workshop and up the road with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich, it gave

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Final week, final big push…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although our schedule is tight our attention to detail will never suffer, it just means we may have some busier and longer days ahead but

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Back Axle Refurb

It’s all go in the workshop this week as the pressure is on for Asa and John to finish the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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Getting ready for a paint run

Here’s a collection of original Maserati Merak parts ready to go off to paint.

Where possible, it is always best to use original parts providing they are in full working order.

Maserati Merak parts at the paintshopMaserati Merak parts at the paintshopMaserati Merak parts at the paintshopMaserati Merak parts at the paintshop

The scoops are now on…

For the eagle eyed readers amongst us you may have noticed that our usually ‘completed project’ photo shoot was a little incomplete on this occasion. If you look closely you’ll see the front headlight scoops are not fitted at the time of the photo shoot and that was a little disappointing for us but unfortunately when you deal with classic cars you expect a few products to be a little trickier to get hold of.

Better late that never the light scoops arrived and it was the the tough decision of whether to have them painted body colour or silver. The team were split on this but after a bit of research we found that originally they would have all been silver so this is the decision we made…and boy, were we right with that decision.

Here’s the results:


Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Light Scoops

Stripped ready for bodywork preparation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It doesn’t take long to strip a car of it’s components.

If you are new to restorations do ensure you document where certain parts you have removed originally came from. It seems like a simple thing to remember but when you have a million and one things going through your mind, you might find, when it comes to rebuilding the car you have no idea where the piece you have in your hand actually goes…we’ve all been there.

Here is our 1966 MG Midget stripped of its external parts including all lighting and brightwork.

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Fitting the Maserati Merak Suspension

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Work is underway today to fit the front suspension to the Maserati Merak.

As we are used to so very often, a full classic car restoration is never as straight forward as the guys on the TV show you.

We are currently working from a very old but original Maserati Merak manual, the biggest problem being that the entire book is printed in Italian…makes life very tricky!

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Sneak peek at our 4am photoshoot

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Not all of our projects end with a midnight completion followed by a 4am photo shoot scheduled but our 1966 Jaguar E-Type has not been a normal project.

As always, Jason from Sugar and Spice Photography in Felixstowe has done an absolutely incredible shoot for us.

Normally we like to take our restorations to a beautiful setting, somewhere in the heart of this wonderful county we live in but on this occasion time was against us so our assembly room became our studio…

…and we must say, it makes a pretty lovely setting!

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Anglia Car Auctions – Saturday 18th June

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Just over £1.8 million was invested in 200 cars on Saturday 18th June and with an unusually high number of outstanding provisional bids, the final sales total is expected to increase to around £2 million.

Notable results, premium inclusive are: the 1965 Mercedes 230SL Pagoda at £73,500, 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo £57,750 and the 1994 Porsche 968 Club Sport at £29,400, lot 25 the 1971 Ford Escort Mk I 2.0 Gulf Racing Special fetched £16,065 and the last lot, number 302, the 1951 Ford Pilot V8 made £11,550 and the 1975 Maserati Merak at £38,850.

Some stunning cars went through on the day and as I was the first in the hall it gave me a great opportunity to photograph some of them for you to see.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4740,4739,4738,4737,4736,4735,4734,4733,4732,4731,4730,4729,4728,4727,4726,4725,4724,4723,4722,4721,4720,4719,4718,4717,4716,4715,4714,4713,4712,4711,4710,4709,4708,4707,4706,4705,4704,4703,4702,4701,4699,4698,4697,4696,4695,4694,4693,4692,4691,4690,4689,4688,4687,4686,4685,4684,4683,4682,4681,4680,4679,4678,4677,4676,4675,4674,4673,4672,4671,4670,4669,4668,4667,4666,4665,4664,4663,4662,4661,4660,4659,4658,4657,4656,4655,4654,4653,4652,4651″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1966 MG Midget in for restoration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today we welcomed the a 1966 MG Midget, in with us for a few weeks undergoing a restoration ready for the great line up summer shows here in Suffolk.

She’s come in to us from Stowmarket and our plan is to strip her of all internal and external components.

The bodywork will then be prepared ready for a brand new full spray. The chrome work will then be assessed and a decision will be made as to whether to re-chrome or renew the various parts.

We expect the work to be completed within a 5-6 week time frame.

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Finally complete

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a very long day and a fantastic team effort from the guys in the workshop our 1966 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1 is finally complete.

A few slight alterations that need to be made but as it’s now 11pm and we’ve all been in since 6am this morning I think these alterations can wait til the morning.

See the images of her in position in our assembly workshop at the end of the night.

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The front plate is on.

It’s a race to the finish line now as we are working late into the final evening before the auction which takes place in Kings Lynn tomorrow.

The number plate has now been fitted to the front and the great news is…it went on the first time of trying. Anyone who has fitted a self adhesive number onto a car before can appreciate that this is a great feeling!

Jaguar E Type Number Plate

Jaguar E Type Number Plate

Stripped and off to paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We expected the paintwork to be in slightly better condition that what we discovered so in true Bridge Classic Cars style…we’ll do it the way it should be done.

Today, Asa and John spent the day stripping the 1951 MGTD of it’s chromework and adjusted the position of the engine to ensure that the paintwork can be carried out to the condition that a car of this calibre should be.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4573,4574,4575,4576,4577″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At Bridge Classic Cars, we find it very useful to take a lot of picture when working on a vehicle. Not only does this create a fantastic story for future owners so they can see exactly what work as been carried out and to what standard (exceptional I must add!). It also helps piece a car back together. It’s is easy to think you’ll remember where everything went but when you’ve slept on it for a few nights you may find yourself questioning a few things.

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1951 MGTD arrived in Suffolk

It’s been a long time coming, with a long trip from Canada but our 1951 MGTD has finally arrived with us here at Bridge Classic Cars.

MGTD at Felixstowe Docks

Here we are collecting her from Felixstowe docks. It was a beautiful sunny day and a lovely trip back from Felixstowe. As I sure you can imagine, we got a lot of admirers along the way.

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

1951 MGTD at Bridge Classic Cars

 

 

Quality control mixed with the odd slip of a screwdriver…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Towards the end of a restoration is the best time to have that final look over the paintwork, really look into the detail of the finish to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it to be.

As I am sure you already know, different lighting shows cars off in a different way. One minute the car looks completely spotless and perfect but then you take it into the daylight and you start to see the imperfections or slight blemishes.

Now is our time to do this and let’s also be frank…we’ve just spent the last week bolting bits back on so however hard we try, sometimes a screwdriver slips or a door isn’t perfectly straight on your first attempt. The point I am getting at is imperfections and slips happen, we try our best to avoid them but it happens.

So today, our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 returns to the paintshop and with all of the imperfections masked up ready we set off for the final touching up.

Jaguar E Type Returning to Paintshop

Jaguar E Type Returning to Paintshop

Jaguar E Type Returning to Paintshop

Jaguar E Type Returning to Paintshop

Jaguar E Type Returning to Paintshop

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Lights, Camera, Action at Empire Cinemas in Ipswich

Exciting news from The Empire Cinemas Official website

Ipswich, June 2016: This Winter, Empire Cinemas, the UK’s largest independently-owned cinema chain, will be rolling out the red carpet in Ipswich as part of a £35m redevelopment complex.

A state-of-the-art, twelve-screen Empire Cinemas complex will bring a new era of entertainment to the redeveloped Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich. The new opening is part of a larger retail and leisure development from Capital & Regional and Drum Property Group.

Representatives from Capital & Regional, Drum Property Group and Empire Cinemas gathered this week as they ‘handed over’ the cinema to Empire’s Chief Executive, Justin Ribbons. Empire Cinemas will now fit out the multi-screen cinema and create 45 new positions as excitement starts to build ahead of the grand opening this Winter.

The cinema will include two IMPACT screens. IMPACT boasts a bigger screen, bigger sound and altogether bigger experience; with superb stadium seating and extra leg room, IMPACT is the ultimate way to enjoy blockbuster movies.

Appointed as General Manager is Adam Root, who comes to Ipswich from the Walthamstow branch. With over 18 years’ leisure industry experience, Adam’s cinema career started at the Empire Cinema in Basildon in 2009 where he joined the busy eighteen screen cinema as an Assistant General Manager. He moved to Empire Bishop’s Stortford as General Manager in 2010 where he focused on enhancing the customer experience at the six screen Hertfordshire Cinema. However Adam is delighted to come to Ipswich given his local links with the area: “I am really excited to take on the stewardship of the brand new state-of-the-art Empire cinema in Ipswich. I lived in Ipswich for a couple of years as a child and still have family there so it will be great to be working in a town that I already hold great affection for. We have some fantastic plans for the new cinema and I can’t wait to get started with them”

The cinema will be surrounded by nine new well-known food and drink operators including Byron Burger, Wagamama, Coast to Coast and Prezzo. Stores include New Look with a new flagship 14,000 sq ft unit and TK Maxx relocating to a more prominent ground floor unit at the centre. Women’s fashion retailer Select have also opened at the centre, alongside Boots and health food brands Grape Tree and Holland & Barrett. Further cinematic developments about the site are set to follow.

Justin Ribbons, Chief Executive of Empire Cinemas commented:
“We are delighted to be opening the newest addition to the Empire family in Ipswich and look forward to entertaining film fans from across the area for many years to come.”

Empire Cinemas’ cater for all; from Empire JNRS, which offers families the chance to see a family favourite every weekend for pocket money prices; to Empire Seniors, where the over 60’s can watch a selection of the best recent and classic films every Wednesday, including tea or coffee and a biscuit. Empire Cinemas also welcome parents with babies through their Empire Parent & Baby screenings, providing a relaxing environment for parents/guardians to enjoy the latest releases with the lights up and sound down, every Monday morning. Other offers include SAV£RDAY Tuesday, which offers customers a chance to see current films for a ‘credit crunch busting’ price, and Last Chance To See Thursdays, which screens selected films coming to the end of their run at Saverday prices.

In addition to the very latest film releases, there will also be a variety of Empire Extra screenings, where customers can experience big stage productions and events on the big screen from the comfort of their local cinema – be it theatre, opera, ballet, music or sport, customers can sit back and enjoy the big screen experience in high definition where you’re always guaranteed the best seat in the house at a fraction of the theatre ticket price.

For more information on this exciting development please check out the Empire Cinemas Ipswich Facebook page:

Refitting the interior

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The major task of refitting the interior is upon us.

With all of the new components set out in the assembly workshop it was just a matter of piecing together what parts go where before Asa and John got stuck in with the re-trim.

It’s always a huge task on any restoration but one that is so rewarding, you can be working hard for days on the exterior of the car, stand back and not really notice a progress with your efforts but once the interior starts to take shape it’s a whole different story.

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The oversized number plate arrives

It’s all about the finishing touches…so when our original number plates arrived from Sheldrake and Wells in Ipswich, before we committed to fitting them onto the vehicle we offered them up to the bodywork to see how they looked.

The front stickers looks fantastic but the rear just didn’t look right so it was back time to come up with a plan be.

We remembered from our previous experience with the Jensen 541S restoration that oversized number were available on the market so we looked into what size these were produced in.

Luckily the oversized number plates that are produced for the classic vehicles are 520mm x 150mm which was the perfect size for what we required so we decided to get them re-produced.

Original Raised Number Plate Ordered

Jaguar E-Type Raised Number Plates

New Oversized Number Plate Ordered

Jaguar E-Type Oversized Raised Number Plates

New Look to the Building Exterior

Work is well underway on the new office and reception at Bridge Classic Cars and today we started the improvements on the exterior of the building too.

Thanks to the guys at GB Roadart on Farthing Road in Ipswich, after a brief consultation with Paul we were happy with the prices they gave and little under a week later the lads arrived to lay our new yellow lining.

GB Roadart Farthing Road Ipswich

 

GB Roadart Farthing Road Ipswich

GB Roadart Farthing Road Ipswich

GB Roadart Farthing Road Ipswich

Just need a nice downpour now to wash away the chalk marks but it looks great.

Hidden classic car collection

Today, Bridge Classic Cars were personally invited to view a very unique and special collection of classic cars.

It was a lovely sunny morning, we were surrounded by beautiful green fields and picturesque views for miles. The gates we were looking for were tucked away, almost hidden amongst the trees. As we entered the gardens, incredibly, it was like time had stood still. Wherever you looked you were welcomed by the site of another classic motor vehicle. It was like the scene from a movie or one of those many programmes you see on the TV!

Each and every vehicle in this unique collection has been used and enjoyed by the current owners and we were lucky enough to view the huge collection of photographs and listen to the great stories relating to them all.

Unfortunately, as happens all too often, the years have passed by and now the collection is not enjoying the roads of today!

Almost all of the cars in the collection have been dry stored for many years, apart from the few that you can see that have been covered over.

Every vehicle we have seen today is now up for sale but the current owners have made it clear, they would love the collection to go to be enjoyed and not just taken away to be left to deteriorate further. The collection does not need to be sold, however, to the right buyers that are willing to bring them back to life, they have now made the decision that they can go.

Amongst the collection is:

  • 1923 Studebaker Light 6 EL Phaeton
  • 1925 Peugeot Bebe Commercial
  • 1937 Chrysler Wimbledon
  • 1937 Studebaker President
  • 1947-1958 AC Sports Saloon 4 Door
  • 1947-1958 AC Sports Saloon 2 Door
  • 1970 Dodge Polera Convertible 383 V8 (1 of 800 built)
  • 1977 Ford Ltd 4 Door 351 Cleveland V8
  • 1979 MG Midget 1500 with Hard Top
  • 1955 Ford Consul, with 45000 miles

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

Hidden Collection Of Classic Cars

 

Ready for preparation and paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type away for 24 hours to have the ceiling cloth and glass re-fitted it gave the team a small window to crack on with the next restoration.

The 1971 Jaguar E-Type convertible is well on it’s way to being stripped but with the paint shop ready and waiting we just needed to remove the final few pieces and get her ready for her full respray.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4485,4486,4487,4488,4489,4490,4491,4492,4493,4494,4495,4496,4497,4498″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once the entire body has been stripped and everything that needs to be removed has been you are left with a very naked shell.

Here we are loading it up ready to take it to Trevor at Needham Market ready for it’s full respray.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4499,4500,4501,4502,4503,4504,4505,4506,4507,4508,4509,4510,4511,4512,4513,4514,4515,4516,4517,4518,4519″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Ceiling cloth and glass fitted

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now back from Car Glass and Trim, the ceiling cloth and glass are almost complete. We were hoping to have it turned round within the 24 hour window we had but unfortunately not everything can go according to plan.

Only a few alterations that need to be made so all should be complete within the next few days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4482,4480,4479,4478,4477,4476,4475,4474″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whilst Asa and John were working on the ceiling and glass Gordon was able to cover the boot area with sound deadening pads.

We do like to use sound deadening pads on our restorations where possible as helps to create a nicer sound and feeling when you drive the car. It’s not a huge job to do but one well worth doing.

1966 Jaguar E-Type Rubbers and Ceiling Cloth

1966 Jaguar E-Type Sound Deadening

1966 Jaguar E-Type Sound Deadening

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Bridge Classic Cars At Kersey Mill

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With both our 1990 Jaguar XJS and 1999 Jaguar XJR Supercharged now prepared and ready for this week’s classic car auction in Kings Lynn, as with all of our classic cars, it was time for the final photoshoot.

Jason - Sugar and Spice Photography - 1990 Jaguar XJS

The setting we chose was the stunning grounds of Kersey Mill, just outside Hadleigh in Suffolk.

We’ve known Alison and Steve at Kersey Mill for many years and we are so grateful that they allowed us around the grounds for the morning.

Jason - Sugar and Spice Photography - 1999 Jaguar XJR Supercharged

As always, Jason at Sugar and Spice Photography does a superb job for us. The great thing about Jason is he’s a true professional, he’s a master at what he does which means I can sit back (apart from when I’m taking pictures of him sitting back) and let him get on with the job in hand.

It was also lovely to see a Riley RME 1500 parked up at Kersey Mill, was shame the owner was not nearby otherwise they too could have joined in the shoot.

Riley at Kersey Mill

Riley at Kersey Mill

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Getting ready for paint

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 safely out of the workshop and up the road with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich, it gave John the afternoon to get on with stripping the 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible, ready for paint.

And has it was such a lovely day today, we set the car up outside so John could top up his tan at the same time!!

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Fitting the Ceiling Cloth and Glass

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today was a deadline that we couldn’t afford to miss!

We had our time slot booked in with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich to have the new ceiling cloth and glass fitted. With only a matter of days to go until our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 appears in the classic car auction held on Saturday 18th June at Anglia Car Auctions, it is vital, now more than ever, for us to meet all deadlines set out.

Full restorations, at the best of times, can be challenging and pressured but when you add strict time scales to the mix it makes our jobs that bit harder…but hopefully that bit more rewarding if and when its complete.

We uncovered a slight problem first thing this morning when we noticed a small water leak from behind the dash. Normally this would be something we could work on when she returns from the glass fitting but when the leak could be from behind the dash this is not a risk we were willing to take.

None the less, the fault was found and resolved and we could once again set off up the road to see Kevin and the guys at Car Glass and Trim.

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Preparing the new spokes and tyres

The brand new multi-spoke EType wheels have been fitted to the original specification tyres: Michelin 185 VR 15 XVS (185/80R 15 93V)

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

1966 Jaguar E-Type Spokes Wheels

Final week, final big push…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although our schedule is tight our attention to detail will never suffer, it just means we may have some busier and longer days ahead but that’s what makes the team at Bridge Classic Cars so great!

It’s the beginning of our final full week and still lots to do in our Ipswich workshop.

If all goes well we have a daily and hourly schedule to adhere to but it’s not always as simple as we hope.

Today was the start of the chrome re-fit. It’s at this time of the restoration where we start to see the finished product taking shape.

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Elveden Classic and Vintage Car Show 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By kind permission of Lord & Lady Iveagh and following the enormous success of last years Elveden Classic & Vintage Car Show, we are delighted to return to the walled courtyard gardens on the Eleven Estate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4311,4312,4313,4314,4315,4316″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A day out in Felixstowe

On such a glorious summers day and being so close to the beach we would’ve been mad not to take a trip out to Felixstowe to enjoy the sunshine today.

We parked up and took a little walk along the front heading to The Fludyers Hotel for a coffee and we bumped into this beauty!

A real head turner, I’m sure it has it’s mixed opinions but we love it!!


VW Splitscreen Camper - Felixstowe Beach Front

Back Axle Refurb

It’s all go in the workshop this week as the pressure is on for Asa and John to finish the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 restoration, ready for the auction the week after next.

And quite often the case with restoration projects, just as you think things are on track you meet an unwelcomed problem.

Today, we discovered that the back axle was not in full working order and that can only mean one thing, remove the entire back section, diagnose the cause of the problem and find a solution.

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

Whilst the back axle was off the vehicle we felt it was only right to dismantle the individual components and give it a full refurb, including new springs, shocks as well as freshly painting the casing and exposed areas.

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Rear Axle Refurb

Fitting the E-Type with sound deadener

FatMat Sound Control has been manufacturing Sound Dampening products for years now.

Sound Deadener plays a vital role and is one of the most crucial enhancements you can make to your vehicle! FatMat extreme will Stop Nasty Rattles, Vibrations, Road Noise.

Jaguar E-Type FatMat Fitting

Nothing even compares to the value and quality that you will get with FatMat Sound Dampening products. The key ingredients to any vehicle are the way they perform, the way they drive, the way they look and of course the way they sound.

Automobile manufactures for years now have left one of these elements out. And that’s Sound deadener! Although they usually do add some sort of sound dampening protection it does not and cannot meet the needs and demands of today’s industry.

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FatMatStandard vehicles for most of us just is not an option, we want power, we want looks, we want it to rumble and we want it to sound good! The side effect of all these upgrades are that you will add a great deal of heat, inside and outside noise, vibration and rattles.

Fatmat & Rattle Trap products will eliminate all of these effects and make your ride sound and feel like a million quid!!

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