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Beetle Wheel Trims

We have sourced some original VW wheel trims for our 1974 Beetle. These have now been sent off for re-chroming before they will eventually go

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Progress Continues

Classic car technician James has continued to make great progress in getting our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle ready to leave the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and

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One Step Closer

The two Johns have been continuing our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle’s progress towards finishing its restoration with us here at Bridge Classic Cars. The wiring was

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Beetle Headliner

Classic car technicians Brian and Lydia have continued their work on the interior of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle. They screwed the rear wooden frame rail

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Our Camper Is Live!

Our 1977 Volkswagen T2 Kombi is live on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website. With a 1970cc air-cooled flat-four engine and automatic gearbox, it has

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A Summer Arrival

A very summery arrival has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1977 Volkswagen T2 Kombi. This stunning camper is a

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More Repairs On Our Beetle

Classic car technicians Christian and Monty have been completing more repairs on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle. This time, they have been focussed on the scuttle

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Beetle Service

This charming Beetle came into us due to a breakdown caused by a condenser wire rubbing against the body and causing issues with the distributor.

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Beetle Brakes

Our lovely 1974 Beetle has come in for some TLC. We’ve fitted new wheel cylinders and bled the brakes as well as stripping the brakes

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VW Paint complete

The first stage of our 1991 VW T4 Campervan paint has been completed. With the entire body masked and painted in a solid white, the

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Mauro’s VW Golf Mk1

Our engineers work 4 day weeks, meaning saturday through to monday is their time, but that doesn’t stop them bringing their own cars in to

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VW Wheel Arch Welding

James has been working on the corrosion damage of our 1991 VW T4 Transporter Campervan. He’s been focusing on finishing off the sliding door and

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T4 To Be Rust T-Total

James has just begun disassembling the VW T4 Transporter Campervan ready for its bodywork and paint. This includes taking off the bull bars, the glass,

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Beetle Wheel Trims

We have sourced some original VW wheel trims for our 1974 Beetle.

These have now been sent off for re-chroming before they will eventually go onto the car ready to go back home to its owner.

Progress Continues

Classic car technician James has continued to make great progress in getting our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle ready to leave the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and head home to its owner.

The door pin switches were replaced to ensure the interior lamp works when the doors are opened and a new bumper trim was fitted to the front, along with the external door mirrors (both sides). A new quarter light catch was fitted to the driver’s side front window, then both front wheel bearings were replaced.

Both front wheels and brake callipers were removed and the discs and bearings were taken off. It looked like the bearings had been replaced before, but the outer races were not in good condition. They were knocked out and new inner and outer bearings fitted, they were greased and refitted along with the brakes and wheels.

James also fitted new front seat belts and stalks. There are only a few minor jobs left to address before Delilah goes home.

One Step Closer

The two Johns have been continuing our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle’s progress towards finishing its restoration with us here at Bridge Classic Cars.

The wiring was put in for the interior light and the wing mirror was put on and polished too.

Beetle Headliner

Classic car technicians Brian and Lydia have continued their work on the interior of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle.

They screwed the rear wooden frame rail to the frame bars, before fitting the rear edge of the headliner to the back edge of the car. The front edge was then fitted to the front of the frame and the metal trim panel was put on to hold it in place.

Brian stapled the rear flap of the headliner to the rear wooden frame bar before glueing the front flap of the headliner to the frame bars.

Once the headliner was in place, the rear side panels were glued and the rear carpet was glued over the top to keep everything secure and where it should be.

Ready To Go Back Together

Our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle is coming to the end of its stay in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop. Before it leaves though, Chris has been finishing the painting of our classic Beetle known as Delilah.

After it came out of the paint booth and Chris had worked his magic, you can see from the photos below that the new coat of paint has made the already beautiful Beetle even more eye-catching.

We are certainly looking forward to seeing Delilah continue on her restoration journey with us and seeing her eventually go back home to her owner.

Our Camper Is Live!

Our 1977 Volkswagen T2 Kombi is live on the Bridge Classic Cars Competitions website.

With a 1970cc air-cooled flat-four engine and automatic gearbox, it has period-correct paintwork with block graphics. It comes with a history file containing several previous invoices and is an excellent choice for days out exploring.

More information can be seen here.

A Summer Arrival

A very summery arrival has entered the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the form of our 1977 Volkswagen T2 Kombi.

This stunning camper is a fantastic example of an iconic vehicle, and we are very excited to have it with us. Once it has gone through a thorough inspection and assessment with our team of technicians, the plan is to give you the opportunity to win this perfect summer accessory through Bridge Classics Cars Competitions.

More Repairs On Our Beetle

Classic car technicians Christian and Monty have been completing more repairs on our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle. This time, they have been focussed on the scuttle and the front wing.

Once these areas had been sorted, the rear wing was also repaired.

Christian and Monty have done a great job with the repairs to our Beetle and we are looking forward to seeing ‘Delilah’ returned to her owner in the not too distant future.

Taking Our Beetle Apart

One of the most popular cars of all time, our Volkswagen Beetle is a car you will likely see on a regular basis while out driving. However, what you probably won’t see is a VW Beetle that has been stripped of most of its interior and a good chunk of its body too.

If you are in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop though, that’s exactly what you will see as our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle is currently being stripped by classic car technician Chris.

While stripping our Beetle, Chris made some repairs to the bonnet and the front bumper mount.

The owner of our Beetle calls her Delilah because of the 3 Ys at the beginning of the number plate. Delilah is set to have quite a bit of work completed during her time in the workshop and the strip-down is the first stage of the process.

A New Arrival – 1974 Volkswagen Beetle

The newest arrival has arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop and it is our beautiful Volkswagen Beetle.

Affectionately known as Delilah (thanks to the first part of the number plate), this iconic and extremely popular car has come to us for a full restoration.

Everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars will look after Delilah until she is ready to be returned to her owner looking better than ever.

Behind The Scenes – 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm

Our 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm is currently available to win in our latest Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. If you head over to the competitions website, you will see that there is a video, presented by Molly, and several photos showing this classic car in all its glory.

What you won’t see though, is the hard work and the creativity that goes into making the video and getting the best photos of the car.

The photos below will give you just a little insight into what happens behind the scenes of these classic car shoots.

The team always have fun (driving classic cars around an old air base is always exciting), and do their very best to show every aspect of the cars being offered in our competitions.

The final video and photos can be seen here.

Entry Is Open – 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm

Our very rare 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm has been inspected and assessed by the workshop team here at Bridge Classic Cars. We have just received the good news that it is ready to go and it can now be won in our latest competition.

With so few of these cars still on the road, this is your chance to win a rare piece of motoring history.

You can find out all the information you need about the car and how to enter by heading to Bridge Classic Cars Competitions – good luck!

This Just In – 1975 Volkswagen Beetle

Bridge Classic Cars have welcomed this 1975 Volkswagen Beetle into our Pettistree workshop recently for our in-house restoration teams to assess and report on the condition of the car for its owner.

After the team has assessed the car and thoroughly inspected it, they will come up with a list of jobs that need to be undertaken on the classic aircooled Volkswagen to get it back into safe and running order.

Beetle Service

This charming Beetle came into us due to a breakdown caused by a condenser wire rubbing against the body and causing issues with the distributor. Ady is attending to the engine problem whilst Mauro carries out a service.

Basil The Beetle Broken Down At Bentwaters

This poor little 1972 Volkswagen Beetle named Basil broke down last week and was brought to our hanger on RAF Bentwaters to be stored until it comes into the workshop to be fixed.

We have now transported the car over to our workshops for work to commence.

T2 Polished Like New

Our 1976 VW T2 Westfalia has made its way up to the hanger after a thorough polish to finish its service. We can’t believe how good its looking now! Next up, a photoshoot…

1976 VW Westfalia T2 Bay Campervan Arrival

This stunning ray of sunshine is our new 1976 VW Westfalia T2 Bay Campervan that just arrived today, in perfect timing for the upcoming stay-cation summer! We’ve got a few bits to do on it to neaten it up but otherwise its almost ready to go! Keep your eyes peeled to see what’s going to happen to this little yellow camper…

Here’s some lovely photos from the previous owner of them enjoying camping in it and even using it as a vehicle for both their son’s weddings.

Beetle Brakes

Our lovely 1974 Beetle has come in for some TLC. We’ve fitted new wheel cylinders and bled the brakes as well as stripping the brakes and replacing the parts so that it now stops more efficiently. Paul has also replaced the hydraulic wheel cylinders on all four wheels and fitted a carburettor inlet manifold rubber seal.

VW Paint complete

The first stage of our 1991 VW T4 Campervan paint has been completed. With the entire body masked and painted in a solid white, the paint shop can then move on to paint the lower half a steel grey.

Mauro’s VW Golf Mk1

Our engineers work 4 day weeks, meaning saturday through to monday is their time, but that doesn’t stop them bringing their own cars in to work on – the grind never stops!

Mauro has a lovely 1976 VW Golf MK1 that he’s bought over from his home in Portugal. The polo just needed some general TLC and a service. With fresh stone chip applied under the body and in the wheel arches, this charming VW is ready to go again.

Mauro has driven his VW all over Europe and fondly recalls his continental road trips in his beloved classic.

VW T4 Full Steam Ahead

James has been working on removing the old tow bar on our 1991 T4 transporter as the owners don’t need it anymore. He aims to renovate the original bumper to neaten up that area. Chris has been working on sanding and smoothing down the body of the T4 in preparation for paint.

The seats have also been recovered and re-padded with new foam. Kath began by removing the cover, glueing splits foam back together to improve comfort and adding a piece of calico to stick over the top of the foam to reduce splits in the future. Kath also added 3mm of foam to the frames for added comfort on those long road trips.

Kath also discovered the centre of the seat foam has split so she added calico to it and stuck it around three sides. The next step was to stick the foam back in place before refitting the cover. To ensure the cover fit back on neatly, Kath had to push and mould the cover back into shape. She then needed to hook the bottom back into place, pull the back section through to front and hook it onto the same spikes as the front section. Once fitted, Kath could hammer the spikes back to secure the cover.

The doors and side panels have been masked, primed and repainted, ready to be fitted back onto the shell later down the line.

VW Camper welding continued

James has been sanding and smoothing the door frame window sill using the wire wheel on the grinder.

Four out of five doors have been prepared and are now ready for primer. James has discovered that the 5th door doesn’t need such extreme work meaning its ready to go to Chris tomorrow after its been lined up on the van to make sure it still fits straight.