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Finishing Touches

Before our 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 gets delivered to its new owner, classic car technician Jonn has been doing some finishing touches to this beautiful classic.

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Odd Jobs

Our 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 has been with Bridge Classic Cars workshop manager, John as he resolves a few issues with the vehicle before it goes

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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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Frogeye Carpets

Our new interior trimmer, Lydia, has got straight to it by working on our 1958 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite. As this will soon be going

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Going Home

Our 1967 Austin Healey 3000 has gone home! After being in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for a few weeks, it is now ready to

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Time For A Service

Our 1967 Austin Healey 3000 has been undergoing a service with workshop manager John. As you can see from the photos below, some rust issues

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Painting Our Frogeye

It wasn’t too long ago that our 1958 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop after we picked it up from Scotland.

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A Classic Frogeye

Another stunning car has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1958 Austin Healey Sprite, commonly known as the Frogeye

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Finishing Touches

Before our 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 gets delivered to its new owner, classic car technician Jonn has been doing some finishing touches to this beautiful classic.

He first attended to the non-existent washer system. After finding a suitable place to mount the bag and pump, Jonn made a bracket to support the bag etc. He then found the switched ignition feed on the fuse box and routed the wiring along the bulkhead and into the car.

He then mounted the switch in the dash and ran the wire back through the bulkhead to the pump. Jonn Earthed out the pump on the frame and ran the washer pipe into the car.

Jonn drilled out the bulkhead scuttle panel and mounted the centre washer jet and connected it. He then topped up the washers and tested them.

Finally, Jonn removed and cleaned the spark plugs, wiped over the car, fitted the roof, ran the car up to temperature and was happy with the vehicle.

Odd Jobs

Our 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 has been with Bridge Classic Cars workshop manager, John as he resolves a few issues with the vehicle before it goes live on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions in the very near future.

As you can see from the photos below, John has been working on various components in preparation for it to be won.

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 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.

Work Begins On Our Austin Healey 100-6

Our 1957 Austin Healey 100-6 hasn’t long been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop following its long trip over to us from South Africa.

However, classic car technician Tom has already been hard at work inspecting and assessing the beautiful car in preparation for it to eventually be won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

Frogeye Carpets

Our new interior trimmer, Lydia, has got straight to it by working on our 1958 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite. As this will soon be going live on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions Website.

Lydia has been fitting the carpets and door panels to our classic Frogeye and, as you can see from the photos below, they certainly look great and has gone a long way in bringing our Frogeye another step closer to being won very soon.

Going Home

Our 1967 Austin Healey 3000 has gone home!

After being in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for a few weeks, it is now ready to be returned to its owner and get back out on the road.

We have loved having this beautiful classic car with us and we are very pleased to see it go home and be enjoyed as it should be.

Austin Healey Progress

Quite a bit of work has been completed on our 1967 Austin Healey 3000 over the last week. While classic car technician Jonn was working on our classic Healey, he fitted a new connector block which is used to join the wires from the regulator to the Dynater.

The old regulator needed to be bypassed, and the new connector was used for this. Once this was fitted, the car was run and the charge was checked which Jonn was satisfied with.

Austin Healey Work Continues

Classic car technician Jonn has been working on our 1967 Austin Healey 3000. He cleaned out the carbs and fitted new float chamber seals. Once this was done, Jonn moved on to preparing the car ready for the dynamo to be stripped and removed.

The coil was removed in order to gain access to the dynamo. Once the dynator was fitted, the coil was re-fitted ready for the regulator wiring to be connected.

Jonn has made good progress on our Austin Healey 300 and we are very much looking forward to it being returned to its owner very soon.

Classic car technician Mauro has also been working on our Austin Healey by flatting and polishing it.

Time For A Service

Our 1967 Austin Healey 3000 has been undergoing a service with workshop manager John.

As you can see from the photos below, some rust issues were found and will need to be resolved before it can be returned to its owner.

Welcome To Our Austin Healey 3000

A new addition to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop is our 1967 Austin Healey 3000. We collected this beautiful classic car from its owner who happens to live locally to us.

While it is with us, our team of classic car technicians will inspect and assess the car after it has been off the road for several months. We will prepare it to get back out on the road ready for its owner to enjoy it over the summer months.

The collection process has already highlighted that several components had seized after being in storage but, we are looking forward to getting our Austin Healey 3000 back in driving condition.

Painting Our Frogeye

It wasn’t too long ago that our 1958 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop after we picked it up from Scotland. This classic Sprite actually belonged to William Gordon, who won the 1958 ‘Frogeye’ we had as a competition car through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

When he received his prize, he decided that his old car (the one we now have) could move on to new owners. Now that it has been assessed and inspected, work has begun to prepare it to be a competition car in the near future.

It has recently been in the paint shop with classic car technician Alan who has been stripping the car ready for painting, so it looks great for whoever is lucky enough to win it when it goes live.

1 Frogeye Out & 1 Frogeye In

When William Gordon won our 1958 Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions, we took a long drive up to Scotland to deliver his new classic car to him.

When we arrived, it wasn’t long until we noticed another Frogeye quietly poking its head out from inside William’s garage.

What eventually happened was that William’s new Frogeye (that he had recently won) left our trailer, and the Frogeye he already owned was put on the now empty trailer and made the journey back down to Suffolk with us.

Now that it is here in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, it will undergo a thorough assessment and inspection before hopefully becoming another competition car in the very near future.

A Classic Frogeye

Another stunning car has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1958 Austin Healey Sprite, commonly known as the Frogeye thanks to its prominent bonnet-mounted headlights.

After initially being supplied to America, it came back to the UK in 1963. The previous owner has owned the car since 2008 and has completed various modifications to the engine and gearbox to help make it more usable on modern roads.

Our 1958 Austin Healey Sprite is a beautiful classic car and we are very excited to have it with us in the workshop.

Austin Healey Progress

As classic car technician Steve has been spending a bit of time with our 1959 Austin Healey 3000 lately, he has noticed a few issues that needed to be addressed. Over the last week, Steve has been working to resolve these issues ready for it to be driven to Hampshire by its owner very soon.

The first task Steve completed was to fix the driver’s side door check strap back into place. Once this was done, he went on to fit a new rear fuel filter.

A small oil leak was found from a previous sump repair. Steve removed the sump and it was cleaned and welded to resolve the minor oil leak.

Steve also cleaned the carburettor pistons and float bowls too.

Our 1959 Austin Healey 3000 continues to be prepared for its upcoming road trip. It won’t be too much longer before we say goodbye as we watch it drive out of the workshop and back out on the road again.

Welcoming Our 1959 Austin Healey 3000

Our 1959 Austin Healey has only been here at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for a few days but it has already been the focus of classic car technician Steve.

As the car is with us for recommissioning in preparation for its owner to drive it back home to Hampshire in the coming weeks, Steve has been thoroughly assessing its condition. Prior to arriving with us, it was being stored locally to us, so we are fortunate enough to have it in the workshop for a short while before it heads back out on the road again.

Steve noticed that the front anti-roll bar bushes were worn and needed to be replaced. He also spent some time greasing the various grease nipples to ensure these were exactly as they should be.

The front brakes were cleaned and checked before Steve reassembled them. When it came to the rear of the car, the rear wheel cylinders had seized and were corroded. Surface rust on the drums was also found so these needed to be cleaned too.

Classic car technician Mauro refurbished the rear brake drums in our paint shop and the difference this made to their overall look was quite dramatic.

After looking at the brakes, Steve continued his checks and found that the fuel cap seal was cracked. He also noticed that the fuel pipe was loose and rubbing on the chassis so he fitted a new bracket to resolve this issue.

Another issue identified was that the correct amount of fuel was not showing on the gauge. Steve removed the fuel sender unit and freed off the float which made the fuel gauge accurate.

Our 1959 Austin Healey 3000 will likely only be with us for a short time but it is a beautiful car that we will certainly enjoy having in the workshop while it is here.

This Just In – 1961 Austin Healey 3000

The gorgeous 1961 Austin Healey 3000 has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for the team to carry out a relatively small job on the classic sports car.

The car has come in for the team to replace the wiper motor for the car.

But, it’s always lovely to have another one of these in our workshop.

Heading Home – Work on the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite is Complete

The 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite has been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for our restoration technicians to get the amazing little sportscar back into perfect running order.

The team have worked on rebuilding and adjusting the brakes and working on the hydraulic system which not only controls the brakes but also works the clutch as well. The slave cylinder had to be replaced due to a leak from a seal which was causing an issue bleeding the system to make sure the whole circuit remained pressurised.

Along with that, the team found several issues with the suspension of the classic Austin Healey. This required some of the important substructures of the car to be carefully rewelded, as well as removing and correctly installing parts of the wishbones.

To take a look a the entire project, click here!

Adjustments – Getting the 1955 Austin-Healey 100 Running Right

The restoration workshop technicians at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop based out of our Suffolk HQ have been working on diagnosing and fixing the running issue on the 1955 Austin-Healey 100.

The car came into us to look into a running issue once the car got up to temperature or if the weather itself was hot. Our technician Jon began by looking into the various systems in the engine bay such as the fuel system and intakes. He noted that the classic Healey was idling rather quickly so he rolled back the idle speeds on the carburettors to give everything a good baseline to work from. However, the carburettors are not the throttle stops so were bought down to a safe speed achieved from the screw. He did notice that the car would ”run on” after being switched off when hot but would start up near enough straight away afterwards.

Upon inspection of the points inside the distributor, Jon discovered the car fitted with electronic ignition which helps with the diagnostic as it is one system that would not need adjustment and could be relied on as a baseline.

Along with that, Jon checked and read the spark plugs on the classic Austin-Healey. After very slightly adjusting the spark plug gapping, he installed them back into the car to move on to the timing. With the timing, Jon managed to slow down the idle speed a little more. Then, he could begin road testing the car.

After numerous tests and adjustments, Jon has got the car’s engine into a good place. Although he has noted that when coming to stop at a junction it will momentarily go towards stalling, the road performance of the classic Austin-Healey is exceptional and pulls very well through each gear. The car will continue to be road tested and adjusted to get it just right for its owner.

This Just In – 1960 Austin-Healey 3000

This stunning 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ.

The ”Big Healey” will go through each of our restoration departments to be assessed and inspected by our restoration technicians to find out if the car requires any work to be completed on it. Each of the teams will compile their inspections and report back on the condition of the 1960 Austin-Healey 3000.

New Piece – New Clutch Slave Cylinder on the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

The new clutch slave cylinder for the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite has arrived at Bridge Classic Cars to be installed on the classic sports car.

Once the piece is in place and the hydraulic system completely bled, the workshop can begin to test and check over the rest of the car as part of the jobs requested by its owner.

Mirror Finish – Machine Polishing the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

At Bridge Classic Cars, we have a phrase called ”Dead in Red”. This is what we’ve found to be the best description of red paint after years of oxidization and exposure to the elements.

So, while we have this stunning 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite in our workshop we thought it was time to bring back the paint to its beautiful glossy and deep finish. The car has been both machine and hand polished to not only bring back the depth of the red paint but also protect it for years to come and allow its paint more longevity.

As you’ll agree, it looks absolutely wonderful now the paint is bright and vibrant.

Moving Along – Working on the 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

The 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite in the Bridge Classic Cars has been moving forward towards the goal of running and stopping perfectly.

First on the list of jobs was for our technician, Dave, to look into the cooling system on the iconic classic sports car. Dave began by looking at the radiator, which on inspection had a broken mount for which he fabricated a new replacement for. With the radiator out, the workshop could then work on replacing the water pump for the car.

Dave found the old water pump wasn’t in the best of shapes so it’s good that we had been asked to replace it with a customer supplied unit. During this time, he took the opportunity to completely flush out the cooling system and clean up the outlets. With this, it was found the thermostat was packed almost solid. The battery on the car has also been replaced and the battery tray rust treated.

After this had been completed, Dave could begin his inspection of the suspension and brakes as part of the car’s pre-MOT check. He found the driver’s side track control arm was loose and the bolts which held it were so corroded they couldn’t be tightened accurately. So, he removed the old bolts, cleaned the threads in the arm and replaced it with new hardware from our stores. Whilst inspecting the braking system on the Frogeye, Dave discovered that the master cylinder had become corroded internally from sitting which in turn had caused the wheel cylinders (which were recently fitted) to seize. Replacements were going to be needed to get the brakes on the Frogeye working correctly.

With this and waiting for several parts, Dave could now move on to the next jobs on the list…

Austin Healey Sprite

We’ll hopefully be welcoming this little Sprite in soon for some work – keep your eyes peeled!

Austin Healey’s Engine Troubles

This Austin Healey 1000 has come in with some engine troubles. We identified a water leak and oil in the water. We’ve removed the head to investigate.