Classic car technician James has been working on the engine of our 1954 Bristol 405.
The carburettors and refurbished/correct air filters arrived back at the workshop and were fitted to the engine. The three mounting brackets were cleaned thoroughly, and then fitted with the carbs using new gaskets. Then, the linkages were added and adjusted, and finally the air intake pipe and air filter housing.
James also tidied the ignition leads and secured them.
Classic car technician Steve had to remove the carburettors from our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 recently as he noticed that one of the sliders was sticky and the paint was starting to flake.
The removed carbs will now be rebuilt to make sure they are in the condition we expect them to be when the finished car drives out of the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
After classic car technician Tom catalogued the components of our Cobra Project, he got to work removing the engine from this classic car.
Now that the engine is out, it will be refurbished before being returned to the car further along the restoration process.
As you can see from the photos below, it was quite a bit of work but, now that it’s done, things can progress for our Cobra project.
The engine of our Ford Transit MKII Tipper has been in the care of classic car technician Steve recently as he has been stripping the engine. While stripping the engine, Steve found that the coolant passages were blocked and it had a damaged bore so will need reboring along with new pistons.
Steve also found the old gasket sealer at the bottom of the sump, before various engine parts were vapour blasted.
The heater box was stripped, cleaned, and its internal parts were recommissioned before the centre dash console was cleaned too. The heater vents also underwent a big clean.
While Steve was working on the engine, classic car technician had the wheels of our Tipper in the paint shop where he primed them ready for painting.
Rebuilding the engine of our 1954 Jaguar XK120 has begun which is an exciting part of the restoration.
After dismantling the engine, it was noted that the head has severe corrosion close to and within the sealing part of the head. This means that it is not serviceable but, fortunately, we have a good replacement that could be used.
There also appear to be some vital parts missing, which will need to be replaced such as the rev counter generator and blanking plate on the opposite side, the oil pipe from heads to block, the distributor, the oil distribution block and the oil filter housing, the dipstick, the pulley that bolts onto the crank damper, and the dynamo bracket/dynamo.
The heads have been prepared and are ready to be rebuilt and the block has been rebored to +40 along with 1 new liner as the piston was seized.
Our MGA hasn’t been in the workshop for very long but it has already been in the care of our new classic car technician, Nigel.
Nigel has been hard at work taking this beautiful classic car apart and removing the engine and gearbox.
It hasn’t taken Nigel long to settle in and get stuck into restoring classic cars here at Bridge Classic Cars and, as you can see from the photos below, he has jumped straight into it!
After the engine and gearbox of our 1954 Jaguar XK120 were removed from the car, they were separated and strapped securely to a pallet ready to be shipped to Rushton Engineering, who will be rebuilding them.
Once they are back with us, in a little while, the classic XK120 will be able to continue making progress through its restoration journey in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
Since our 1978 MGB GT returned to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop recently, classic car technician Rob has removed the engine and installed a new DAB radio.
The engine was removed in order to replace the crankshaft rear oil seal. Removing the engine from a classic car is never a small job but the experienced workshop team were able to get things done in preparation for our MGB GT to go back to its owner again soon.
Our soon-to-arrive 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 will be undergoing a full restoration in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. This will actually be the 4th concourse restoration for one of our regular customers and we are very much looking forward to getting the work underway.
In preparation for this, we have sourced an English British Leyland engine that will eventually go into the car. As the car is left-hand drive and part of the American production run, it features the lower-performing American version of the engine which was limited somewhat due to emissions restrictions.
Before the engine goes into the car though, it will be recommissioned to match the future condition of our Spitfire.