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Lotus Europa Repairs

Classic car technician Jonn has been carrying out a further inspection of our 1970 Lotus Europa and carrying out any repairs that were needed. He

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A Honda S2000 Arrives

Our 2005 Honda S2000 recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop from its home in Gurnsey. It is currently in storage at our secure

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Volvo Appraisal

Classic car technician James has been conducting an appraisal of our 1980 Volvo 245GL. James found that: On the surface, the bodywork and overall condition

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One Step Closer

The two Johns have been continuing our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle’s progress towards finishing its restoration with us here at Bridge Classic Cars. The wiring was

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A Quick Fix

Before our 1991 Ford Escort RS Turbo went out to Bentwaters with Molly and the team for filming, classic car technician Jonn took a look

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A New Heatshield

Our 1970 Lotus Europa has been in the skilled hands of classic car technician Jonn who has been making and fitting a new heatshield. Jonn

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TR3 Appraisal

A 1957 Triumph TR3 recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. It wasn’t with us for long but, during its short stay, the workshop

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Work Begins Again

Now that our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series 1 is back in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, classic car technician Jonn has begun his work

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Cougar Repairs

Workshop manager John has been working on our 2001 Ford Cougar. He has been looking into why the seat release was failing as well as

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Working On Our TR6

Classic car technician Jonn has been working on our 1973 Triumph TR6 which will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. Jonn

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Condition Appraisal

Our 1989 BMW 325I has been undergoing a condition appraisal with Bridge Classic Cars workshop manager John. As you can see from the photos below,

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Another New Arrival

A second new arrival has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop today in the form of another BMW 325i. This time though it is a

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Almost Ready

Classic car technician Jonn has continued his work on our 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 as it will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars

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Off For An MOT

Since being in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our 2001 Ford Cougar has gone for an MOT today. Looking back on its history, it looks

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Cougar Brakes

Classic car technician Steve has been looking at the corroded brake discs on our Ford Cougar. After removing the corroded discs, new pads and discs

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Complete And Gone Home

Our 1981 Austin Morris Mini 998 wasn’t with us very long, but classic car technician Jonn completed the appropriate repairs before waving it goodbye as

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Back For A Service

Our 1991 Volkswagen Transporter T4 has returned to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for a full service. Classic car technician Jonn has been checking it

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Servicing A Classic

Classic car technician Steve has been servicing our 1935 Wolseley Super Hornet Special. It only arrived in the last couple of days but Steve has

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A Classic Arrival

Earlier this week, we welcomed a very ‘special’ classic vehicle into the Bridge Classic Cars Workshop. Our 1935 Wolseley Super Hornet Special has arrived with

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Lotus Europa Repairs

Classic car technician Jonn has been carrying out a further inspection of our 1970 Lotus Europa and carrying out any repairs that were needed.

He drilled out the broken boot striker plate and flattened it before re-riveting it to the boot lid and fitting new screws to catch and secure. Upon testing, the boot locks work as expected.

Jonn then went on to tighten the front suspension bolts before greasing all points. He then stripped the brakes and cleaned and checked them. He then delipped the drums, refitted and adjusted them. Once the wheels were re-fitted and torqued up, all the tyres were pumped up, including the spare.

The connections to the horn were repaired and new rear light lenses were fitted. Jonn investigated why the reverse lights were not working and, after tracing back to the loom, he was unable to find reverse light wires from the loom and the gearbox doesn’t have a reverse light switch anywhere.

Jonn then looked at the choke cable fitment and routing and ordered a long cable. The nearside door panel was removed to find out why the passenger door didn’t lock via the key. Jonn freed the locking mechanism and worked it back and forth. He tried to lock the car with the key and it now locks.

The fuel tank was drained and the return hose was replaced with new clips. The tank was then refilled and checked for leaks – none were seen.

Jonn is now waiting on parts to finish the prep work for this beautiful classic going live on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

A Honda S2000 Arrives

Our 2005 Honda S2000 recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop from its home in Gurnsey.

It is currently in storage at our secure Hangar but, eventually, it will go into the paintshop to bring it back to its full beauty.

When it first arrived at the workshop, workshop manager John and technician Jonn assessed the car and found some corrosion. They also removed quite a lot of dirt from the rear arches. The condenser was also found to have deteriorated and detritus was found in and around the roof.

Morris Traveller Non-Starter

Classic car technician James has been assessing our 1967 Morris Minor Traveller. It came into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop as it would not start.

After charging the battery, James removed the spark plugs and cleaned and regapped them to the correct specification. The distributor cap was removed before the points and condenser were replaced. James then checked the timing and replaced the distributor cap and rotor arm along with the HT lead set supplied by the customer.

Once the battery charged, James started the car and found a fuel leak from where the fuel pipes joined the carburettors. This was removed and the pipe was replaced. The car was then restarted and checked for leaks and all was ok.

James carried out a short road test. He ran vehicle the car for a short time and it was running rough when hot and under load. After substituting the coil pack for a good known second-hand unit the car ran better and not lacking power. The car is now running and starts instantly as the customer requested.

Issues that James found during his assessment were:

  • Corrosion on the nearside front inner chassis leg
  • Corrosion on the nearside chassis to cross-member
  • Corrosion on the nearside rear floor around the front of the spring mount
  • Corrosion on the nearside rear floor to sill.
  • Both rear wheel arch closing panels are corroded and holed
  • The Nearside rear tyre has zero tread on the inside edge
  • Offside rear brake binding
  • Engine oil leaking from sump
  • Gearbox oil leak from rear case/speedo drive
  • Play in nearside front wheel bearing
  • Nearside rear wheel (and spare) different type to other wheels fitted
  • The fuel cap seal is deteriorated/missing
  • Coolant leak from radiator/thermostat area in front of engine

Overall the car has had numerous patches welded in many areas, of which, most are now starting to deteriorate again.

Volvo Appraisal

Classic car technician James has been conducting an appraisal of our 1980 Volvo 245GL. James found that:

On the surface, the bodywork and overall condition appeared to be good on top. Underneath however there are several areas of corrosion, some heavy surface rust on the front and rear suspension components, and some more extensive corrosion needing repair in other areas, such as the nearside floor to sill along most of its length and the offside floor to sill at the front and rear. The offside rear has had a previous repair but needs rework, and a hole in the upper inner wheel arch needs to be addressed.

James checked the state of the car ahead of an MOT. To make sure the car passes, it will need a new headlamp on the driver’s side as the reflector is dull, both indicator/side lamp lenses are holed and discoloured, wipers and a windscreen, all of the tyres are perished and cracked (despite having good tread) and the rear brakes are binding.

The front brakes are corroded, as expected after being stood for so long, and there appears to be a slight leak from the rocker cover gasket. Due to the age and unknown history, James has recommended a cam belt change and a full service.

Otherwise, the exhaust and brake hoses look to have been done and are in good condition, but the battery will need replacing. There is slight play in both inner steering rack joints and James was unsure if the additional alarm is connected or if it would cause future issues in the future.

One Step Closer

The two Johns have been continuing our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle’s progress towards finishing its restoration with us here at Bridge Classic Cars.

The wiring was put in for the interior light and the wing mirror was put on and polished too.

A Quick Fix

Before our 1991 Ford Escort RS Turbo went out to Bentwaters with Molly and the team for filming, classic car technician Jonn took a look at it to make sure everything was how it should be.

During his inspection, Jonn noticed that the header tank mount was pulled out of the wing. A new fixing for the header tank was fitted, tightened, and secured.

Jonn did a thorough inspection of the car and made some more repairs, when needed, such as stripping and fitting a new cambelt and water pump, as well as replenishing the anti-freeze. Additionally, Jonn aligned the steering wheel to ensure it was completely ready for its new owner to jump into the driver’s seat and get on the road.

This is an exciting addition to the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions lineup and we are very much looking forward to launching it very soon!

A New Heatshield

Our 1970 Lotus Europa has been in the skilled hands of classic car technician Jonn who has been making and fitting a new heatshield.

Jonn first made a mock-up of the heatshield from cardboard before making the alloy shield itself. He then went on to fit the new heatshield. While working on the car, Jonn noticed that the alternator wiring is in a poor state so this will need to be rectified before the car becomes available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

The fuel filter mount and filter were also secured in place.

Workshop manager John also did some wiring work inside our classic Lotus.

TR3 Appraisal

A 1957 Triumph TR3 recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

It wasn’t with us for long but, during its short stay, the workshop team put the beautiful classic through a thorough appraisal to investigate an oil leak that its owner had noticed.

Classic car technician James conducted the appraisal and said that the overall condition of the car was generally good. It has recently had 4 new tyres and the discs are 12.7mm thick and brake pads 7.5mm. Underneath there were some areas where moisture was getting under the underseal, ideally, this needs cleaning back and retreating. Two areas had some more serious corrosion, the rear valance at the nearside, and a small area to the back of the offside wheel arch/boot floor is corroded and coming away. The oil leak from the engine appears to be high up, probably from the push rod tubes, but the front of the oil sump also looks to be weeping.

On further inspection, there is a leak of transmission fluid from the gearbox area centrally. Underneath the exhaust is fouling the gearbox mount bolt slightly, and on inspecting the rear drums, the shoes appear to be contaminated. On the top side of the car, it would appear the fuel tank cap seal has deteriorated, the central boot lock will not secure, and the ignition switch is a little temperamental. Finally, on checking the car over after being dropped off, the nearside front wheel centre nut was loose. This has been tightened but needs to be kept an eye on so that it does not loosen again.

The TR3 has gone home with its owner for now but we are looking forward to hopefully seeing it back in the workshop soon.

Work Begins Again

Now that our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series 1 is back in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, classic car technician Jonn has begun his work on getting it ready to get back out on the road.

In the early stages of this new round of work, we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our racing E-Type.

Cougar Repairs

Workshop manager John has been working on our 2001 Ford Cougar.

He has been looking into why the seat release was failing as well as fixing the rear wiper.

Our Cougar continues to make good progress through the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and we are looking forward to seeing it leave us soon.

Working On Our TR6

Classic car technician Jonn has been working on our 1973 Triumph TR6 which will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

Jonn fitted new cold start cables and looked at the fast idle speed cable too.

Condition Appraisal

Our 1989 BMW 325I has been undergoing a condition appraisal with Bridge Classic Cars workshop manager John.

As you can see from the photos below, there are some areas that need attention. We look forward to the car coming back to us so we can get it looking as good as new again.

Another New Arrival

A second new arrival has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop today in the form of another BMW 325i. This time though it is a 1989 model to alongside our other 325i from 2001 which is also in the workshop.

This particular BMW 325i is in for a condition appraisal from our team of classic car technicians.

Almost Ready

Classic car technician Jonn has continued his work on our 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 as it will soon be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

After finishing some diagnostic work, Jonn fitted a new nut to the drag link ball joint on the offside of the vehicle. Once this was done, both ends were checked and were found to be secure.

As well as some work on the suspension, Jonn also noticed that the flexi brake hose has been rubbing. Workshop Manager John was also working on our classic Austin Healey as he was rectifying an electrical issue.

Getting Ready For Competition

Our 2020 AK 427 has been in the care of classic car technician Jonn as he has begun his work to get it ready to be won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

During Jonn’s initial inspection, he noticed that the sump gasket was split and weeping. This was due to it being overtightened, so this was something Jonn resolved. The top hose was modified before a new J hose was modified and installed.

Another issue to be resolved is the alternator support bracket rubbing the water pump pulley. Chris from the paintshop also came through to the main workshop to check the paint colour ready for some paint repairs to be made.

Off For An MOT

Since being in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our 2001 Ford Cougar has gone for an MOT today. Looking back on its history, it looks like it should have no issues passing as it seems to have been well cared for.

While with us, along with the work classic car technician Steve did on its brakes, it has also had its wheels refurbished and some work completed on its electrics.

It won’t be much longer until our Cougar drives out of the workshop and heads back out on the road.

Cougar Brakes

Classic car technician Steve has been looking at the corroded brake discs on our Ford Cougar. After removing the corroded discs, new pads and discs were fitted to both the front and rear of the car.

Getting Our TR6 Ready To Be Won

Our 1973 Triumph TR6 will soon be going live on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. Before that happens though, classic car technician Jonn has been checking it over to make sure everything is ready for its lucky new owner.

Part of Jonn’s work included getting all of the rear lights working, replacing the aftermarket steering wheel with a more period-correct one, and getting the stereo loom ready for the stereo to be fitted.

The stereo was then fitted and tested and found to be working as expected. Jonn went on to adjust the handbrake as well as fitting new door locks on both sides. A new clutch pedal anti-slip pad was fitted too.

Complete And Gone Home

Our 1981 Austin Morris Mini 998 wasn’t with us very long, but classic car technician Jonn completed the appropriate repairs before waving it goodbye as it returned to its owner.

While working on the car, Jonn noticed that the engine oil level was low so this was topped up. The radiator was also topped up. Jonn then went on to remove the carb pistons and chambers so he could inspect and set them.

The jet depth was measured with a vernier so Jonn could adjust accordingly.

Once Jonn had finished working on our classic Mini, it was time to say goodbye as it left the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

New In – 1981 Austin Morris Mini 998

We have recently welcomed our 1981 Austin Morris Mini 998 into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. While it is with us, our team of technicians will be working on the carbs, as well as investigating a noise that the owner has heard coming from the car.

It will also undergo a full appraisal before leaving us.

We love a classic Mini so we are very pleased to have one as good-looking as this with us.

Getting Competition Ready

One of the newest additions to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop is our 1957 Austin Healey 100-6. Coming to us from a good friend of ours in South Africa, this beautiful classic will eventually go on to be a competition car through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

However, before that happens, classic car technician Tom has been hard at work inspecting and assessing the car as well as repairing and replacing various issues and parts found along the way.

Working On Our Clyno

Classic car technician Steve has been working on our 1926 Clyno to help get it back out on the road.

Newly relined brake shoes were fitted before Steve noticed that a manifold gasket was leaking. 2 gaskets ended up being removed and replaced.

Assessing A Future Competition Car

Classic car technician Jonn has been assessing our 1976 TVR 2500M in preparation for it to soon go live on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.

Jonn set up the jet depths and noticed that there was debris in the float bowls. Once this was sorted, the inspection could continue. Jonn was happy that all the brakes are in good condition which means that our classic TVR is one step closer to being won by its new owner very soon.

An Injured Morris Minor Returns

Our 1960 Morris Minor is returning to the workshop following an unfortunate bump.

While parked at home, this beautiful classic was hit by a passing vehicle causing damage to various parts. Amazingly, this is actually the second time the car has experienced this type of accident. Back in 2021, we welcomed it back into the workshop for similar repairs.

Once our classic Morris Minor arrives with us, our team of classic car technicians will assess the damage before putting a plan in place to repair it and get it back to its owner as soon as possible.

Back For A Service

Our 1991 Volkswagen Transporter T4 has returned to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for a full service. Classic car technician Jonn has been checking it over and has found some issues that he is working to resolve.

One of the wheel cylinders is seized and one of the wheel rims is badly cracked. Jonn cleaned a calliper before noting that the brake pipe to the offside rear wheel cylinder is seized.

A new pipe and ends were made to fit before Jonn had to untwist the driver’s seatbelt. The foglight earth wasn’t connected so this was connected to the slam panel earth. Once this was done, the foglights were working as they should. Finally, Jonn fitted new belts to our T4.

A Closer Look At A Pre-War Classic

Our 1926 Clyno has been in the care of classic car technician Steve as he has been inspecting the vehicle to see what work needs to be completed while it is here with us in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Steve noticed that the wire from the nearside rear light is corroded and the offside front shackle grease nipple is missing.

Work will start on resolving these issues, and any others that arise along the way very soon.

A Finished Service And Going Home

Since our 1935 Wolseley Super Hornet Special arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, classic car technician Steve has been giving it a full service. This has continued with Steve finding that the bottom of the carburettor was leaking and a new gasket kit was needed. There was also play in both track rod ends but this has been adjusted and resolved.

Steve stripped the carburettors ready for them to be cleaned and the new gaskets fitted. The owner of the car had found the timing advance linkage on the floor of their garage. Steve fitted this back onto the car in preparation for it to return home. New points, condenser, and rotor arm were also fitted.

As our 1935 Wolseley Super Hornet Special gets ready to leave us in the next day or two, we are enjoying admiring it in the workshop for as long as we can.

Servicing A Classic

Classic car technician Steve has been servicing our 1935 Wolseley Super Hornet Special. It only arrived in the last couple of days but Steve has already got straight to work.

Multiple grease nipples were greased, and the brakes were checked, cleaned, and adjusted. Steve went on to put new engine oil in and replace the spark plugs. The gearbox and diff oils were also replaced as part of the service.

A Classic Arrival

Earlier this week, we welcomed a very ‘special’ classic vehicle into the Bridge Classic Cars Workshop. Our 1935 Wolseley Super Hornet Special has arrived with us for a service.

We have had several older vehicles in the workshop lately and this is another that adds to that collection.

As you can see from the photos below, this is a beautiful car that has clearly been well looked after and loved throughout its life.

Getting To Work On Our SS100

Classic car technician Jonn has been starting work on our very special 1939 Jaguar SS100. His investigation was centred around some of the issues the owner of this beautiful classic car has reported to us.

Jonn also removed the stickers that have been placed on the car throughout its life. The removal was done with a heat gun after Jonn had taped the area to protect it. These have all been kept in a folder which will be returned to the owner to help keep a record of the history of this special Jaguar.

Workshop manager John also worked on our SS100 by repairing the wiper motor.