1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

The secret key…

Whilst cleaning up and refurbishing our 1972 Jaguar E-Type’s dash we discover, tucked neatly behind the dash, a rusty key. We have no idea what

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2k DTM work…

Acrylic 2K mix anti corrosive direct to metal (DTM) paint is a high performance two pack compliant coating consisting of an acrylic modified pigmented base coupled

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Refurbishing a collection of dials

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our Jaguar E-type dials are amongst a large collection of dials currently en-route to our good friends Speedy Cables to be refurbished. Authorised distributor of Smiths,

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The secret key…

Whilst cleaning up and refurbishing our 1972 Jaguar E-Type’s dash we discover, tucked neatly behind the dash, a rusty key.

We have no idea what the key is for but what a fantastic hiding place.

Brian has now stripped and cleaned the dash surround ready for the newly refurbished dials to be refitted.

Jaguar E-Type Full Re-Trim

It’s not always about re-inventing the wheel. When it comes to full re-trims sometimes we have no options but to re-produce the interior from scratch. Either the patterns are not readily available or the colour options that we intend on using are not standard. Other times however, full interior kits are available to purchase and when the choice of colour combination is standard this is more often than not the most cost effective way of working.

When buying any trim that has not been produced especially for your vehicle please be aware that they are produced using a generic template so it is not simply a case of buying them and they fit perfectly first time. You may still require an expert with the tooling and skills to manipulate the shapes to fit a specific area.

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type interior will be finished in a standard Jaguar colour of Cinnamon. With this in mind, we have called in the assistance of Aldridge Trimming to supply us with a full Cinnamon kit for us to work with and this kit has now arrived in our workshops.

Aldridge Trimming:

Aldridge Trimming Ltd, is a family run business that has been established for well over half a century and three generations. The business was founded in the 1930’s and initially provided a local general trimming service for cars of the 20’s and 30’s era. Over the years, the business has evolved and expanded and we now employ 28 staff and have gained a world-wide reputation for quality British made interior trim, to original standards.

As well as our mail order side of the business, we also provide a bespoke trimming service for owners who bring their vehicles on-site. With a large workshop covering 20,000 sq ft and twenty skilled trimmers and machinists, we have the capacity to provide trim fitting services for well over 100 classic cars per annum. 

Whilst mainly focusing on the Jaguar Marques (specifically from the 1950s onwards), we also support Austin Healey, Triumph, Mercedes (from 1964 onwards) and Ford cars from the 60’s and 70’s era. We can manufacture anything from a sunvisor to a complete interior trim set for virtually any classic car including many modern vehicles (if the customer can supply original patterns) and we are constantly adding to our product range. 

Recently featured on National Geographic’s “Car S.O.S.”, we were involved in restoring 5 cars to their original condition. 

We provide an extensive range of trim kits for local and international mail order as well as being a supplier to some of the major Jaguar, Triumph and Ford Restoration companies both in the UK and Worldwide.”

Brightwork away for polishing

More chrome and brightwork heading over to Tony at Wyatt Polishing for a re-chrome and polish.

In our collection today we have parts for our Jensen 541R, Jaguar E-Type and TVR Griffith.

Restoring more parts of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

We have now stripped our Jaguar E-Type heater box of all of its individual components. Parts of this will have to be purchased new due to how badly corroded they have become.

Once the new parts are in we can then look to rebuild the box and store away ready for refit.

Jaguar E-Type: restoring the radiator and various parts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With Darren completing the ‘Direct To Treatment’ on various car parts over the weekend Brian has it the road running this week and made huge progress on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type project. The radiator is now rebuilt, having been stripped, cleaned and painted.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”26927,26924,26925,26926,26928,26929,26930,26931,26932,26933,26953,26934,26936,26938,26943,26937,26939,26940,26941,26952,26942,26944,26945,26946,26947,26950,26948,26949,26951″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2k DTM work…

Acrylic 2K mix anti corrosive direct to metal (DTM) paint is a high performance two pack compliant coating consisting of an acrylic modified pigmented base coupled with an isocyanate polymer based hardener.

It provides a tough and durable mirror-like gloss finish with excellent chemical and solvent resistance.

Designed for the coating of commercial vehicles, trailers, chassis, military, plant machinery and agricultural equipment, the fully cured coating is hard wearing and durable and demonstrates excellent resistance to weathering.

Various parts for various cars have now been stripped, cleaned, prepped and coated in our 2k mix.

Restoring more parts of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Work continues on restoring the existing parts from our 1972 Jaguar E-Type project. Rather than sourcing new, Brian has been worked on perfecting what we already have. It may be time consuming but a little effort goes a long way and will save a lot of money in the long run.

It is also nice to rescue existing parts where possible as it’s part of the vehicles history.

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Restoring parts on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

More parts are being stripped, dismantled, cleaned and polished for our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. Here we have the light surround getting the full clean treatment.

Over the coming weeks we will hopefully have all loose components cleaned and repainted and in storage ready for the rebuild to commence.


The light clusters have been completely dismantled and clean inside and out.

And finally, a lot of attention has been paid to the four exhaust outlets to give them a new lease of life.


Uncovering signs on rust on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

From a far, the paintwork on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type looks lovely. The light blue finish is striking but upon closer inspection there are a lot of imperfections that we knew we needed to address.

The car was painted approximately 10 years ago but unfortunately it looks as though the car may have been repaired and painted with moisture in the air. The body has signs of micro blistering all over which is not good news.

Many causes of micro-blistering occur when vehicles are repaired or painted under adverse conditions.

You can minimise the chances of blistering by ensuring your paint area is kept clean and dry. During paint application, you need to use the correct thinner with each and every coat of paint.  It is certainly not advised to apply cheap quality thinner where the moisture content is often above specified levels.  You should apply sufficient primer and topcoat in even coats.  Ensure a sufficient primer film is left after sanding followed by a similar film weight of topcoat.  Low film build of either or both weakens the paint structure and can very easily lead to blistering. Spot or localised repairs are very noticeable as the feather edge part of the area would undoubtedly have a low film weight.  Low film weight is one of the most common causes of blistering, combined with adverse environmental conditions.

The car will now be stripped back bare as we see signs of rust appearing and this will need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Painting and preparing without correcting issues first will result in a similar effect happening within a matter of months.


Refurbishing a collection of dials

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our Jaguar E-type dials are amongst a large collection of dials currently en-route to our good friends Speedy Cables to be refurbished.

Authorised distributor of Smiths, CAI and VDO products Speedy Cables is an independent small company located in South Wales employing around 20 people with a variety of professional, engineering and craft skills engaged in the customisation and repair of instrumentation and the manufacture of custom control cables and custom drive cables.

The market sectors in which the company operates is varied. Historically it was predominantly automotive including replica cars, classic cars, classic motorcycles, taxis, kit cars, motor sport and military, whilst they continue to serve those sectors they also serve the agricultural, industrial and security sectors.

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Restoring the E-Type centre console and ashtray

As you can see, the ashtray is in desperate need of some TLC. A restoration of the ashtray is a necessity with this one. Brian is busy stripping down, clean and getting ready to apply the crinkle finish paint.

And here is the end result, after a few hours of hard work.

Our V12 comes to life after many years in storage

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type restoration project is now well underway and with the V12 engine loaded on the test bed Ady has managed to get it up and running and up to temperature.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sMVNHb1kFA” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Jaguar E-Type V12 parts to be blasted

Work has now begun on the rebuild of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. Brian is sorting through the components that will need to be media blasted, painted and refurbished to get them ready and on the shelf for the refit stage.

The rear cradle is ready for blasting and the rear wishbone assembly is ready for dismantling.

Refurbishing the Jaguar E-type diff

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 diff has now been stripped, cleaned, galvanised and repainted. This is now on the shelf ready to be re-fitted when the time comes.

Running up our V12 engine

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type’s V12 engine is now fitted up to the test rig to check it’s running capabilities. It turned over first time with very little effort which is great news so Ady now knows what he needs to work on to refurbish and prepare the engine for refit.

Refurbishing our E-Type gearbox

No rest for Brian over the Christmas period as he began work on the refurbishment of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type V12 gearbox.

The external components have now been stripped where necessary, blasted, cleaned and repainted.

With the individual parts complete and repainted we have now reassembled the gearbox and is ready for refit.

1972 Jaguar E-Type Collection Day

Today we collected one of our next projects, our 1972 Jaguar E-Type.

As you can see, the car is a stalled restoration so we have taken on the project to complete the works required. For a shell that has been painted and stored for over 10 years she is in remarkable condition with only a few imperfections and micro-blisting to address in our paintshops.

The car is coming to us as an almost complete car but parts still need to be stripped and refurbished before the re-fit.

Coming Soon – 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are very excited to announce one for the future here at Bridge Classic Cars. Here we have our 1972 Jaguar E-Type which has been partly restored many many years ago but has sat in storage ever since.

Ben has been in touch with us asking for some assistance to complete the work on his uncle’s car and get her back on the road.

The paintwork is in fantastic condition considering how long ago it was painter. We love the colour and once a few of the imperfections and blistering have been addressed we’ll have a great base for the rebuild and refit.

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