1959 Jensen 541R

Primed And Ready

Classic car technician Al has been applying primer to various parts of our 1959 Jensen 541R. The underside of the bonnet was the first to

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More Interior Work

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has had more interior work completed by Lydia recently. Lydia has continued her work on the seats which are now almost

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Good As New

Our friends at Wyatt Polishing recently completed some restoration work and zinc plating for a number of seat runners and bonnet struts for the Jensens

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Prep Work

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued to make progress through its restoration journey over the last week or so. Lydia has been hard at work

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Getting Back Together

Progress has continued on our 1959 Jensen 541R over the last week. After previously painting the chassis, classic car technician Mauro continued his work painting

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Lots Of Welding

Classic car technician Rob has continued his work on our 1959 Jensen 541R. Following the return of the doors from the sandblasters, Rob has been

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More Progress…

Since the chassis of our 1959 Jensen 541R has been back in the workshop, classic car technician Rob has been busy rebuilding the car. He

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Jensen Bonnet Strips

Our classic car technician, Clinton, has been making parts that will ultimately go on to be fitted into one of our ongoing Jensen projects. The

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Primed And Ready

Classic car technician Al has been applying primer to various parts of our 1959 Jensen 541R.

The underside of the bonnet was the first to have epoxy primer applied before the outside of the bonnet had its primer applied too.

Once the bonnet was complete, Al turned his attention to the doors, boot, wings, and body of this rare classic car. All of these had high-build primer applied.

Work continues on our classic Jensen 541R as it makes progress through its restoration journey in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

More Interior Work

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has had more interior work completed by Lydia recently.

Lydia has continued her work on the seats which are now almost complete. Once the front base cushions are finished and fitted, the seats of our Jensen 541R will be ready to be installed in the car.

Alongside her work on the seats, Lydia also made the cubby box as well as completing work on various panels.

Brian has also been doing some work on the seats too. He bolted the front seat base frame to the wood section before trial fitting it into the seat tub. Brian then went on to make the patterns for the top wood sections and cut these out. The top wood sections were then fitted to the base seat frames.

Brian went on to add the wood sections to the inner edge of the base frame to allow the cover to be stapled in place later on. The base seat frames were then put into the seat base tubs.

Our 1959 Jensen 541R continues to make good progress and it will be interesting to see it continue through its restoration journey with us.

Wheel Arches Primed

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has recently had new seat covers made, and lots of prep work completed ready for it to move on to the next stage of its restoration journey.

Classic car technician Al has been looking at the wheel arches of this rare classic vehicle and has applied polyester primer to them.

Now most of the car has been primed, it is almost time to paint it.

Our 1959 Jensen 541R continues to make good progress and work will continue until it is ready to drive out of the workshop and back onto the road.

Seat Covers And Panels

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has had more interior work completed by Lydia over the last week. She has now finished putting the new covers onto the two front squabs. Lydia has also finished covering the two front base tubs too.

Now that new covers have been made and fitted, Lydia has turned her attention to making the new foams for the rear squab and the rear base frames.

While Lydia was working on the interior of our Jensen 541R, Chris was continuing his filler work on the body. Several panels were removed in preparation for their final checks and so that they were ready for primer.

Classic car technician Al has also been working on our 541R. He repaired the off-side A post before masking up the body ready for its polyester primer to be applied. Primer was applied and, as you can see from the photos below, things are looking good!

Now that the primer has been applied to our classic Jensen, it can move on to the next stage of its restoration journey and be another step closer to being back out on the road.

Good As New

Our friends at Wyatt Polishing recently completed some restoration work and zinc plating for a number of seat runners and bonnet struts for the Jensens currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

When components like this look as good as they now do, you can tell that the fully restored cars they become a part of will be as beautiful as ever.

Prep Work

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued to make progress through its restoration journey over the last week or so. Lydia has been hard at work finishing her prep work on some metal parts of this rare classic car. Lydia’s prep work is to get these components ready to be painted at a later date in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop.

In addition to the work she completed on some of the metal parts of the car, Lydia also spent some time shaping the new foam which will eventually be part of the door armrests, ceiling pad, and dash pad. The centre panel also got cleaned up during the process.

As well as Lydia’s prep work, Monty also did some welding work to repair some of the components Lydia went on to prepare for painting.

The backboards of our 1959 Jensen 541R had new covers fitted by Lydia too. She sewed piping around the covers as well as sewing the pockets up and onto the backboards too.

Getting Back Together

Progress has continued on our 1959 Jensen 541R over the last week. After previously painting the chassis, classic car technician Mauro continued his work painting various components that will eventually be re-attached to the newly painted chassis.

While Mauro was painting, Brian continued work on the car’s interior. Although none of the interior components are actually inside the vehicle at the moment, preparation has already begun for things to be installed later on in the restoration process.

Brian fitted the metal brackets to the front and rear door cappings as well as fitting metal brackets to the rear quarter panels too.

Classic car technician Rob was also working on our 541R by bolting the roof frame back onto the chassis. Rob also bolted the body back onto the chassis as well. This has gone a long way in bringing the frame of our 1959 Jensen 541R back together and it is now much more recognisable.

Another big milestone that was achieved this week was the fibreglass work being finished on the car. Once this was done, Chris was able to apply epoxy and inside seal the body. Chris went on to remove the old paint from the bonnet, as well as paint more components, before moving on to putting the panels back onto the chassis ready to be panel levelled.

Chris ultimately put the body of this rare classic car back together and it is now ready for final gapping and panel levelling before moving on to the next stage of its restoration journey.

Our 1959 Jensen 541R has come a long way this year and, as 2022 draws to a close, we are very excited to see progress continue in the new year. By this time in 2023, this classic car will look very different to how it does now (and extremely different to how it did when it first arrived in the workshop).

Sandblasting, Repairs, And Painting

Our team of classic car technicians continue to work on our 1959 Jensen 541R.

Lydia has been stripping the old foam, leather, and vinyl off various interior pieces and prepping some of the metal work for repainting by sandblasting and sanding to remove rust, old paint, and glue.

While Lydia was working on the interior of our 541R, Al was continuing his work on the fibreglass bonnet. After his previous repairs on the underside of the bonnet, he cleaned the underside ready for the rest of his work to be completed. Once he had done this, he continued with his repairs. Al found some previous repair work that had been completed at some point in the car’s past. These repairs did not meet Al’s high standards so, despite making his repair work more challenging, he repaired the bonnet in full, including re-doing the previous bad repairs.

Mauro has also been working on our 1959 Jensen 541R. He has been refurbishing multiple components of this rare classic car. Alongside his refurbishing work, Mauro also painted the chassis too.

As work continues on our 541R, we look forward to seeing progress continue to be made as it moves through its restoration journey here at Bridge Classic Cars.

The Restoration Continues – 1959 Jensen 541R

Our workshop team have been hard at work with the restoration of our 1959 Jensen 541R.

Lydia has been stripping various interior parts ready for them to be re-covered and fully restored to their former glory. Brian has also been working on the interior of our Jensen 541R. He repaired the rear quarter panel top wood section. He did this by first marking out the side window surround panels and rear window top panel. He then cut out the new panels and the new rear quarter panel wood.

These wood sections were screwed together to form the rear quarter top panels. Brian then cut out the rear quarter side panels from mill board before bending the panel to shape. He then glued and stapled the side panels to the top panels.

The kick panels were then marked and cut out as were the glovebox end panels. Brian then went on to cut out the footwell panel and rear boot trim panel.

While Lydia and Brian were working on the interior of this rare classic car, Al was repairing and rebuilding the underneath of the bonnet.

Classic car technician Paul prepared the front upright bearing spindle for crack testing too.

Chirs has also been working on our Jensen 541R. He has been completing fibreglass work, filler work and panel gapping. Chris also removed the panels from the chassis so that it can be sent away for sandblasting.

Some components of our 1959 Jensen 541R have been refurbished and will soon be ready to be re-installed in the car as it continues to make good progress through its restoration journey.