1986 Fiat X1/9

2 New Arrivals

Earlier today, we welcomed two more classics into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop – our 1981 Austin Allegro Vanden Plas and our 1986 Fiat X1/9.

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Repairing our 1986 Fiat X1/9

To begin with, Jon has taken over the preparation of our 1986 Fiat X1/9. He is carrying on with repairing this rare and quirky sports car, beginning with getting the bonnet releases to work correctly.

Jon had to remove the catch and latch out of the car to modify it in order to accept the new cable. In order to get everything routed correctly through the car, he had to dismantle the scuttle panel. But with everything now in place, he could work on getting everything back in place and move onto the next job on the list.

First up was an inspection of the brakes on the car. After clearing the disc of any surface rust, Jon could them back onto the car but not before inspecting all brake lines, hubs and bearings. He then inflated all tyres to the correct pressure before refitting them to the car, except for the offside rear which must be left off in order to replace the cambelt.

He then sorted out a few small jobs on the car such as repairing a battery terminal and make new wooden shims for the battery tray of the car and stripping the air cleaner to clean it out and fit to the car.

While Jon was busy working on the X1/9, our workshop manager John has been working on getting the headlight motor to work correctly. The nearside motor would go up and down on its own and the offside one wouldn’t return into its storage space. John stripped out the motors, and had to replace the brushes and diodes in the offisde motor. Once he got everything back into the car, he replaced the fuses with fresh unit and everything worked perfectly.

Back on the car, Jon worked his way through and replaced the fuel filter and also rubbed back and cleaned down the brake pipes in order to check everything was ok. The next step was a common issue with the X19 series of cars, the ignition coil kept heating up. So, Jon actually fitted a new coil to confirm this was a general problem and not an issue with the original coil. The new one also heated up, so the original was put back on the car and John regapped the spark plugs, check all of the earthing straps and anything else he could. Ran the car up to temperature and the coil still kept getting hot, so after the cambelt is changed – he will continue investigating.

Whilst replacing the timing belt/cambelt on the X1/9, Jon began by taking the timing cover off to align and set the timing marks before removing the belt. Then, as a matter of course, Jon removed the tensioner and backing plate. After pulling the old pulley off of the backing plate, he could press the new tensioner pulley onto the plate and refit to the car. Whilst everything went back together, when Jon began to refill the coolant the engine began to leak.

Looking into it further, Jon discovered that the tensioner backing plate was leaking coolant. So, he removed the engine mount (which also uses the tensioner backing plate) and then could work on cleaning the surfaces up before making a new gasket for the plate. Along with the gasket, Jon could begin work on getting the tensioner pulley back on the plate and then align the timing marks before refilling the coolant system and thoroughly checking for any leaks.

Now, the car is ready to head off for its MOT very soon.

X19 Gearbox And Spitfire Diff

Tony recently collected the gearbox of our 1986 Fiat X1/9 ready to go back in the car. While he was out, he also collected the diff from our 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

Refinish – Painting parts of our 1986 Fiat X19

Our paint and body team have been working on the 1986 Fiat X19 to get this quirky 1980s sports car looking as good as possible.

Overall, the paintwork on the car is in very good condition but there were a few areas which needed the careful and skilled attention of our painter, Chris. Those areas were the front and rear bumpers as well as the removable roof panel. So, after rubbing them back Chris laid down several coats of thick, glossy, hard wearing black to rejuvenate these parts and get the car looking as good as new.

2 New Arrivals

Earlier today, we welcomed two more classics into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop – our 1981 Austin Allegro Vanden Plas and our 1986 Fiat X1/9.

1981 Austin Allegro Vanden Plas

Clearly a stunning car, our Allegro looks to be in fantastic condition. Once it has had a check over by the workshop team, it will be going live ready to be won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.


1986 Fiat X1/9

Formerly part of the Robert Furniss Riding collection, our 1986 Fiat X1/9 has now made its way to us here at Bridge Classic Cars.

This will also be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions in the very near future.


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Coming soon to Bridge Classic Cars

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll see lots of new classics arriving at our workshops, all believed to be in fantastic condition so we are not expecting to have to carry out much work on these…but I’m sure they’ll be something!

First up, we have a super impressive Fiat X1/9 Bertone. First registered in 1986 the car was once part of a very well known collection of classic cars. The Robert Furniss Riding collection was featured quite heavily in the national press after Robert sadly passed away leaving his collection to H&H classic auction for it to be sold off, with all proceeds going to the RNLI.

The entire collection made over £1.4 million.

Part of the collection was his 1986 Fiat X1/9 Bertone but instead of this being sold off in auction, it was gifted to his friend who has been looking after it ever since.

Believed to be the only Vanden Plas in this colour combination. We believe the car requires very little work but we will put it through the workshops to get her tip top and ready for competition.

Finally, our beautifully restored 1972 MG B Roadster. This will most certainly be a popular one in our competitions. We all love an MG B Roadster and being so wonderfully presented, coming in to the summer, this will be a perfect competition prize.