1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4

Interior Work Begins

Brian has started work on our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe. He has been making the centre console lid. He did this by making

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Refitting Our DB2 Grill

After the re-chromed grill of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 arrived back at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, classic car technician Steve fitted it back

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Ignition Cable

Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1 has been in the hands of classic car technician Steve. Steve soldered the original ignition advance control cable

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Carburettor Removal

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

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DB2 Interior

Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I has been in the care of classic car technician Brian as he has been working on various parts

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An Italian Celebration

On Friday night, Freddie and Molly attended an event at The Marquis. To celebrate the owner’s cars returning from this year’s Mille Miglia, there was

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Aston Reverse Lights

Workshop manager John has been working on our very special 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 and has been fitting new reverse lights. Our rare Aston continues

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Aston Electrics

Workshop Manager John has been working on the electrics of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4. He has been checking all of the wiring and switches

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A DB2 Story

We have recently made a new friend in Godfrey Schiele who is a local Aston Martin owner. His 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 will soon be

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Doors And More

Classic car technician Scott has continued his work on our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4. After getting the engine back into this rare classic car, Scott

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DB2 Engine

It has been a little while since our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has had its engine fitted. However, that has now changed thanks to classic

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Interior Work Begins

Brian has started work on our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.

He has been making the centre console lid.

He did this by making the wood base, adding the wood edge sections, glueing this to the base section, making a new foam top section, cutting to shape, and fitting foam to the wood base.

Refitting Our DB2 Grill

After the re-chromed grill of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 arrived back at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, classic car technician Steve fitted it back onto the car.

As you can see, the already stunning classic looks even more impressive with its grill reinstated.

Ignition Cable

Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1 has been in the hands of classic car technician Steve.

Steve soldered the original ignition advance control cable end to the new inner cable as the original was broken and we were unable to source a new one.

Whilst also fitting the refurbished dials, it was noticed that a locating bracket stud was missing so this was replaced before fitting

Carburettor Removal

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.

Going In The Right Direction

Bridge Classic Cars workshop manager John has been continuing his work on our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 as it gets closer and closer to leaving us and being returned to its owner.

The trafficators have been fitted up and installed and John has also fitted the under-bonnet light. Once everything was wired in, John tested it all to make sure everything was working as it should be.

DB2 Interior

Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I has been in the care of classic car technician Brian as he has been working on various parts of the interior.

He has fitted the door pockets, the front window surround panels, the lower A post panels, the dash tray top panels, the dash top panels, the rearview mirror, as well as various bits of trim.

Some of the chrome work has also been put in the car and Brian also made and fitted the sound deadening for the footwell area. This was glued in place before the carpet was fitted and the front seats were installed too.

An Italian Celebration

On Friday night, Freddie and Molly attended an event at The Marquis. To celebrate the owner’s cars returning from this year’s Mille Miglia, there was Italian food, Italian cars, and plenty of fellow car enthusiasts to chat to.

We took our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I with us and it looked perfectly at home next to some other very impressive vehicles.

Freddie and Molly had a great evening and would like to thank everyone at The Marquis who made them feel so welcome.

Aston Reverse Lights

Workshop manager John has been working on our very special 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 and has been fitting new reverse lights.

Our rare Aston continues to be the focus of the Bridge Classic Cars team and it is looking better and better with each day that passes. We are sure the owner will be very excited to see it in its finished state very soon.

Aston Electrics

Workshop Manager John has been working on the electrics of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4.

He has been checking all of the wiring and switches to make sure everything is working as it should. As it stands, only the wipers are working but John will no doubt get everything up and running very soon.

Once John has completed his work, all the switches will be in the same position when on/off and the issue of no power going to the dash will be resolved too.

A DB2 Story

We have recently made a new friend in Godfrey Schiele who is a local Aston Martin owner.

His 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 will soon be coming into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for an assessment to see what work will need to be completed to recommission the car in the future.

We already have a 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 in the workshop which is undergoing a full restoration, so we know how beautiful these cars can be. The one currently owned by Godfrey though has an interesting story behind it.

When Godfrey purchased his DB2/4 from Stradbroke, it had around 70,000 miles on the clock and he has owned it ever since, meaning this incredible classic has only ever had 2 owners from new.

In 1979, work commitments meant that Godfrey had to spend some time in France. As a result, his DB2/4 was put away and has stayed there pretty much ever since. Godfrey was kind enough to send us some photos of his car and we are very much looking forward to seeing it in person in the near future.

Doors And More

Classic car technician Scott has continued his work on our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4. After getting the engine back into this rare classic car, Scott turned his attention to the doors. He fitted and built up the doors before fitting the glass, handles, and trim.

On a car that is as rare and as beautiful as this, jobs like this are equally as important as the larger parts of the restoration. The attention to detail that the workshop team have to have is extremely high and, as you can see from the photos below, Scott has demonstrated this perfectly with his recent work.

Scott also finished off the brake lines of our DB2.

DB2 Engine

It has been a little while since our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has had its engine fitted. However, that has now changed thanks to classic car technician Scott putting it back into the car.

This is a big step in the restoration of this very rare Aston. With only 451 made, it’s important to us and our customer that we bring this early Aston Martin back to life.

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars is looking forward to seeing the progress continue on this special project.

Fitting Interior Pieces

Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has been in the hands of classic car technician Brian. He has been working on the metal trims for the tailgate. These were trial fitted so they could be adjusted and the fit checked.

Brian went on to cut the leather for the inside of the tailgate before glueing the leather to the top of it and trimming it to the correct shape. The process was repeated for the bottom of the tailgate. The top trim plates were drilled and screwed into position – these will be removed later on to be covered in leather.

The metal struts in the kick panel area were the next focus of Brian’s attention. He glued leather around these which gave them a much more pleasing look and style.

Top to Bottom – Priming the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bonnet

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop have been busy continuing work on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 we have at our Suffolk HQ for restoration.

Alan, one of our incredible in-house paint experts, has been working on the underside of the bonnet for the DB2/4. This part of the bonnet has had the same treatment as the top of the piece. Alan has carefully sanded, filled and resanded every square inch of the bonnet included the wheel arches to make sure the piece has the best foundation for the primer.

Like the top, it had a layer of epoxy primer followed by a polyester primer laid on top of the beautiful front clamshell.

This piece of the DB2/4 is a piece of art in its own right and we cannot wait to see the bonnet laid onto the body which is being worked on by our restoration technicians in our workshop.

Good as New – 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 Gauges Back from Refurb

The gauges for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 currently undergoing restoration at Bridge Classic Cars have returned from being refurbished.

We sent the dials and units off to a specialist refurbisher and the results look absolutely incredible. Along with being restored, they have all been perfectly calibrated to a very small tolerance. It’s beautiful to see the craft and skill that our trusted specialist partners put into pieces.

The gauges will eventually go into the dashboard of the classic Aston Martin which is being finished to the same very high, very process standard.

Expect to see more on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page very soon.

Primer and Ready – 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 Bonnet in Primer

The Bridge Classic Cars incredible in-house paint team have been working hard to get the bonnet of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 into each stage of primer.

Our in-house painter Alan has been working on the one-piece front clamshell of the DB2/4, perfecting every line and surface on the panel getting it ready for the first stage before it is painted.

The first stage is a normal epoxy primer which is a standard primer used on most projects. But, over the top, the DB2/4 Bonnet is then covered in a Polyester primer.

After the primer has properly cured, Alan can then begin the next stage before the final colour is shot on the panel. So, expect to see more updates on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 restoration here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page very soon.

The Next Level – Continuing Work on the Bonnet of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1

Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint team have been working on the bonnet of the stunning 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 currently in with ourselves for restoration.

Alan, one of our incredible Paint team, has been working on getting every surface of the bonnet as perfect as possible. And that is literally every single surface, including the wheel arches and the underside of the bonnet.

The work put into the classic Aston Martin is reflected in every single panel and piece on this gorgeous sports car. Alan has worked meticulously on every surface of the single-piece panel to make sure that once painted, it is all works together.

Closing In on Perfection – Working on the Bonnet of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint team have been hell-bent on achieving perfection for the bonnet of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 that is in with ourselves for full restoration.

Alan, one of our incredibly talented painters and bodywork specialists, has spent hours perfecting every line and curve on the single-piece clamshell that makes up the whole front end of the classic Aston Martin.

This piece is crucial because it is one single piece and has no adjustment as you would do with a front end made of several pieces. So, each of the body lines and curves must sit perfectly with the rest of the body which is in our workshop with Scott, one of our restoration technicians.

So, Alan has been meticulous working on sections to get them perfect.

Fresh and Clean – Painting the Hubs for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint team have just finished working on the hubs for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1.

Chris, our head painter, has delivered the freshly refinished hubs for the Aston Martin to Scott, our restoration technician, in our workshop for when final assembly calls for the hubs to be fitted up to the car.

Finished in a stunning satin black, the hubs look better than new!

Held in Suspense – Refitting the Front Suspension to the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1

Work on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 continues with Bridge Classic Cars as our in-house restoration technician Scott begins to put together the front suspension of the DB2 back into its freshly powdercoated frame.

Scott has been carefully refitting the newly refurbished pieces into the DB2 so as not to mar either the frame of the piece itself. Scott has taken the time to even test fit mounting bolts before installation to see whether the powdercoating will need to be taken down to allow the bolt to neatly and securely go into its allotted place.

With so many newly refurbished parts, Scott has methodically worked through the front end of the car so as not to have to remove any components to install others around it. The first piece, is the stunning cast steering rack.

There will be more very soon on the progress of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Protected – Lacquering Parts for the 1955 Aston Martin 2/4 Mk1

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth has been busy working on several projects that we currently have in. One of those is some of the components from the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4.

After the pieces have come back from their various cleaning treatments, our paint shop has finished them all in matte lacquer in order to protect them from any moisture or contaminants. Once the lacquer had completely cured, they could then safely be handled and given over to our restoration technicians to put back on the car during its assembly.

Going Back Together – Refitting the Body to the Frame on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

The 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 that is in with Bridge Classic Cars for full restoration has hit an important milestone today. The body, which has been worked on by our paint and body experts for several months, has finally been reunited with its stunning freshly powder coated frame.

Scott, one of our restoration experts has been working on getting the body and several of the bigger panels back onto the frame in preparation for its next stage of bodywork. With so much work done to the body of the DB2/4, it’s also crucial for our technicians to check mounts and placements for when the car is in final assembly. With so much hard work and effort put into the car, it’s worth taking the time to make sure each delicate part fits exactly right to show just how beautiful this stunning sports car truly is.

Expect to see more updates on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 very soon here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

Primed and Ready – Body of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1 Primed

Chris and the team in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop have been busy at work preparing and priming the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1 for the next phase in the restoration.

Chris and the team carefully prepared each panel and part individually to make sure they were properly prepped before entering the spray booth. Each part has been given a coat epoxy primer to help seal the material beneath which has been so carefully worked on by the Bridge Classic Cars restoration teams.

With everything primed, it was time to move on to the protective coating on some of the other pieces and parts of the shell. For the most durable protection against road grime and weather, the team here use Raptor Guard. Applied to specific pieces, it helps to protect any of the pieces from moisture and is well worth using for a classic that is destined to be used and enjoyed.

Whilst the primer and the raptor guard on the shell were left to cure, Chris began to prepare and spray Raptor on some of the floor panels, the transmission tunnel and other pieces which will be exposed to the elements.

Fine Features – Sending Parts from the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 for Refurbishment

The trim work on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 is absolutely beautiful. Simple and elegant but there is quite a bit of it.

These are the latest pieces of the DB2/4 Mark 1 to be sent out to a local specialist for replating and polishing. This is being done to make sure that every piece of the brightwork on this stunning 1950s sportscar will be uniform and stunning. Although they may seem small, every piece of the car must be perfect to match the work the team here at Bridge Classic Cars have done on the car during its restoration.

There will be more updates very soon on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 very soon here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page.

A Closer Look – Finding Hairline Cracks in Brackets on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

During the disassembly of the suspension components of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 that is in at Bridge Classic Cars for restoration, our restoration technician Mauro found some hairline cracks in a few of the pieces.

The pieces that Mauro found were the rear suspension brackets. Along with our workshop controller, John, the parts were recorded and a plan being worked out how to move forward with these particular parts before sandblasting.

Core Components – Teardown of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2 Front Axle

It’s crucial with a restoration to take note of what you take off the car. Our in-house restoration technician Mauro is fanatical about this. So, the job of tearing down the front axle of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 that we have at Bridge Classic Cars naturally fell to him.

Bolt by bolt, piece by piece Mauro has gone through the entire assembly on the ’50s sportscar. Carefully and meticulously Mauro labelled and catalogued each piece ready for assessment and refurbishment.

This DB2 is having a full restoration in-house by our incredible teams. Keep a lookout for more updates on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 on our News Page

First Steps – Priming Parts on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Previously, our in-house technician Lydia was busy preparing some components and pieces from the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 for paint.

Well, those parts have now had their first coats of primer sprayed after being carefully prepared by Lydia. Any form of corrosion whether it is surface or deeper was painstakingly assessed and rectified by our in-house body and paint teams. As you can see, the results are wonderful.

This however is not the final stage for these bits from the DB2/4. Keep a watch on our News Page for more updates on this project and others!

Update on the Aston Martin

Here’s a big update on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. Clinton has been continuing his work on the car and has given us the low-down on what has been done recently.

If we start at the rear of the vehicle, he’s finished putting the four corners in, the outside edge of the boot lid was corroded so this has been repaired with fabrication and welding, a new boot hinge has been created and Clinton is waiting for parts to arrive to complete the boot. One bigger change to the boot has been the removal of two large handles on the boot. When the car arrived with them on, we thought something wasn’t quite right, so we went on a visit to Stratton Motor Company because they had a DB 2/4 in their own showroom. It was there that it was confirmed that the handles should not be on the boot lid.

The front “pod” of the car on the right-hand side had to be repaired due to corrosion. The guys in the fabrication and welding bay are now waiting for the inside of the bonnet to be painted before they can fit the inner frame parts back in. The doors also need looking at as they won’t shut properly.