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Sympathetic – Metal Work on the 1987 Volvo 240GL

The 1987 Volvo 240GL has been in the Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop to have its bodywork and underpinnings repaired.

The team have worked on removing any of the corrosion from the bottom of the classic Volvo. The car had several areas which required the team to cut out pieces and make new replacement panels to weld in. The lower sills and wheel arches were cut out and the new pieces welded in carefully, inch by inch.

Each of the areas are fully inspected and checked before being cut back to the point the corrosion began. After the area is cut back and cleaned, it was treated to make sure the corrosion would not spread any further. The sills were capped off and ground back smooth.

After this, the team will hand over the classic Volvo to our body and paint team.

Refinished – Repainting the Rocker Cover of the 1973 Volvo 1800ES

The 1973 Volvo 1800ES rocker cover has been refinished by the in-house paint and body shop here at Bridge Classic Cars.

The team carefully stripped back the part, meticulously cleaned and then shot in hardwearing silver.

Now with this part curing in the in-house paint oven.

Moving Forward – Work on the 1973 Volvo 1800ES

The restoration team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the inspection and repairs on the 1973 Volvo 1800ES.

Our technician Dave began this round of work by removing the rear bumper of the classic Volvo in preparation for it to be moved into our body and paint shop. After that had been removed, catalogued and stored the team could get on with the list of work.

Part of the work needed was for Dave to do some welding at the rear end of the car. Part of the rear spring hanger had cracked and needed to be rewelded to make sure everything was safe and secure in the car.

Next was a few issues with the wheels interfering with several components of the running gear. At the rear, Dave found that the set screws on the disc were not fitted all the way into the threaded insert and were contacting the back of the wheel not allowing it to be tightened down flush to the hub.

On the front, Dave found the front tyres had been contacting both the frame rail and anti-roll bar (as seen by the witness marks on both pieces).

Assessment – The Workshop Team Inspecting the 1973 Volvo 1800ES

The team at Bridge Classic Cars have been going through and inspecting the 1973 Volvo 1800ES ahead of work beginning on the classic Volvo.

The owner of this unique and rare Volvo has asked our team to look into a series of works to update and refurbish aspects of the car along with some diagnostics work into some issues which have presented themselves.

We’re excited to show you the progress on this amazing project very soon.