Bridge Classic Cars workshop manager, John found that the hose was not sealing on the water pump of our 1959 Jensen 541R, so he found another pump and fitted it into the engine.
Our 541R is getting closer and closer to being completed and we are looking forward to seeing it leave the workshop very soon.
Brian has been giving our 1959 Jensen 541R some attention. He screwed the door cappings to the top of the door panels and fitted the chrome trim along the top of the door cappings, before cutting & filing holes in the chrome trim to fit around the quarter light brackets.
He then adjusted & fitted the chrome trim to the top of the door capping.
Classic car technician Rob has continued his work putting our 1959 Jensen 541R back together.
The steering wheel has been stripped and a new rim has been fitted to the refurbished hub. The rear screen is also back in the car and there has been great progress made in the engine bay.
Rob also fitted the clutch slave cylinder and he made up and fitted the pipework before bleeding the clutch.
Lydia and Brian have been working hard on the interior of our 1959 Jensen 541R. Brian has been making and fitting the door panels, while Lydia has been focussing on the interior carpets and seats of our classic Jensen.
The restoration of this beautiful car is getting closer and closer to being finished and we are looking forward to seeing this progress continue.
Over the last few weeks, a lot of progress has been made on the restoration of our 1959 Jensen 541R. Both the interior and the exterior of this beautiful classic car are looking very different now and are getting closer and closer to being completely finished.
Classic car technicians Brian and Lydia have been working on the interior of our 541R. Carpets have been fitted, the headliner has gone in, vinyl installed, and the rear seats have been fitted too. Other interior work included the dash, glovebox, door panels and more.
While Brian and Lydia were working on the interior, classic car technician Rob has been working on getting the exterior of our Jensen 541R back together. As you can see from the photos below, he has made extremely good progress. His most recent work has involved fitting the bonnet flap operating mechanism, installing the window latches, and building and fitting the front seat runners.
Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued to make good progress as its interior is coming together nicely. Both Brian and Lydia have been working hard to make the interior of the car look as good as the exterior.
They have made and fitted the carpet for the boot lid. They also made the patterns and trial-fitted the interior carpets before cutting these out and fitting the carpets too. Edges were sewn before the kick panel boards and carpet were made and fitted too.
Sound deadening was cut out and fitted to the bulkhead and to the gearbox tunnel before Brian made a wooden bracket for the interior light. Brian went on to cut out vinyl for the rear pockets and he glued leather to the subframes while fitting the sill carpets.
Classic car technician Alan has been busy painting several components of our 1959 Jensen 541R. These were then passed on to Rob who is continuing his work rebuilding this beautiful classic car.
As well as the main body of the car being rebuilt, our interior trim team, Brian and Lydia, have been working hard on the interior. Brian has been cutting and fitting the carpet while Lydia has been getting the boot sorted.
Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued to make great progress towards being fully restored, leaving the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, and returning to its owner.
As classic car technician Rob continues his work rebuilding this beautiful classic car, Mauro has been painting various components black in preparation for them to be re-fitted to the car soon.
Classic car technician Brian has been working on part of the interior of our 1959 Jensen 541R.
He continued his work on the dash by sanding the dash panel smooth before covering it in vinyl. The vinyl was marked and cut out before it was glued onto the panel. Holes for the dials were then cut out of the vinyl ready for the dash panel to go back into the car soon.
Classic car technician Brian has been working on our 1959 Jensen 541R and has been making parts for the dash of our rare Jensen.
Brian started his work on our 541R by cutting out vinyl for the dash top. He then sanded the dash smooth before filing out the slots for the air vents. The vinyl cover was glued to the dash top and was trimmed to shape as well as having the air vent slots cut out too.
Once the dash top was covered, Brian undid the ends of the dash crash pad so it could be cut down to fit the car. The crash pad was trial-fitted into the car before having its ends re-covered.
Rebuild progress on our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued recently with classic car technician Rob still working hard to bring this newly-painted classic back to life.
Rob has now fitted the left-hand wheel arch, and the sills and doors have also been put on. Inside the car, the handbrake lever has been installed too.
The wiper motor has been rebuilt and the rear bumper has been fitted too. The door quarter lights have been assembled and are in place and the dynamator has been fitted. Rob also installed the water pump and fitted the C post trims and lights.
The rebuild of our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued recently with classic car technician Rob making and fitting the front floors. The boot floor rear panel was fabricated before being bolted and riveted into place. The front hubs were also assembled and installed.
Rob went on to assemble and fit the rear brakes and hubs. The steering rack was put on and the boot lid was fitted. The wiring is progressing well and the right-hand front wheel arch was fitted too.
To allow the gearbox to be removed and replaced from inside the car, without the need to remove the engine, Rob made some modifications to the bulkhead.
As you can see from the images below, things are really starting to take shape on our 541R.
Work to rebuild our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued recently with classic car technician Rob building up and fitting the front suspension. Along with the suspension, Rob also got the engine back into the car.
The heater motor was built and installed before Rob went on to install the rear shocks too.
A new fuel tank and brake servo were fitted to our classic 541R and the new floors were made and installed as well.
With the rebuild of our 1959 Jensen 541R continuing, it keeps getting better and better to look at and is getting to be more car-like with each passing day.
Classic car technician Rob has continued his work on our 1959 Jensen 541R. He has made and fitted the bulkhead heat shields, as well as bolting the rear axle and front suspension cross member into place.
The engine of this rare Jensen is now also back with the car. Rob actually came up with an innovative new way of getting the engine back into the car and this is something the whole team will look to implement going forwards.
As we are well-known for some of our restoration work on Jensens 541Rs, it shows that the experience the classic car technicians, like Rob, have is allowing them to come up with new ways of restoring these cars and keeping them on the road for as long as possible.
We will certainly be delving deeper into the new engine fitting process very soon but, for now, it is exciting to see our 1959 Jensen 541R coming back together nicely.
Our 1959 Jensen 541R has continued its transformation with more paintwork being completed. This time it was the sill covers and bonnet flap being painted by classic car technician Al. Prior to this, Al also prepped and painted the wheel arches.
While Al was painting the bonnet flap and sill covers, classic car technician Chris was applying Raptor paint to some of the panels. The bonnet, boot lid, and wings also had Raptor applied before the fixings and support were re-fitted.
As more of this rare classic car gets painted, it is becoming more and more obvious that it will be a stunning car once its restoration is complete.
Various parts of our 1959 Jensen 541R have been with classic car technician Mauro in the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop.
The wheels of our rare Jensen have been primed while other components have been painted black.
Now that the chassis has been painted, with the addition of these newly painted parts, progress continues to be made on our 1959 Jensen 541R.
Our 1959 Jensen 541R has recently been painted green. While the car looks great in its painted state, it’s always exciting to see some of the steps in more detail that led to the finished paint job.
Classic car technician Al took some photos during the process and, as you can see from the photos below, his hard work and skill have led to a job well done.
Once Al had finished painting our 541R, he went through the process of flatting using a 1500 trizact followed by a 3000. The car was then polished and cleaned ready for fitting up very soon.
Classic car technician Al has been giving our 1959 Jensen 541R a new coat of paint.
After he prepped the freshly primed body, Al mixed the paint using the paintshop scales to make sure the paint was exactly the right consistency to use on the car.
Once the paint was mixed, Al made sure the body was completely clear of dust and debris. It was at this stage that the paint began to be applied. After the first coat of paint was on and fully dried, a second full coat was added.
A drop coat was then applied to help get rid of any patchiness that may be present in the new paint. Finally, 2 coats of lacquer were applied (5 minutes apart) and the car looked great in its new green colour.
Our 1959 Jensen 541R continues to make progress through its restoration journey here at Bridge Classic Cars. Recently, classic car technicians Mauro and Brian have been working on this rare vehicle.
Brian’s focus was on the interior of the car. Specifically, the front seats. Brian has been making the new front seat base frame wood sections. While Brian was doing this, Mauro was focused on the wheels of our Jensen 541R. The rims were given a coat of primer ready to be painted later on.
Our 1959 Jensen 541R has had more work on its interior completed recently.
Lydia finished the base cushions for the front seats, covered the pair of rear quarters, made the headlining, covered the rear centre panel, and covered the glovebox door.
While Lydia was working on the interior of our classic Jensen, Al was conducting his final checks that the chrome surround and flap fit the repaired bodywork before putting it into primer. The sills and bonnet were also primed.
Chris was also working on our 1959 Jensen 541R. His focus was on the fibreglass roof.