Ferrari Daytona

Glovebox Radio Installed

Classic car technician Brian recently installed the glovebox radio in our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. He started by making the cardboard patterns for the inner

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Ferrari gets modified

Scott has been doing modifications and fittings on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. He’s fitted the rear bumpers, modified the number plate lamp because the

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Daytona Seats

Lydia has continued making the seats for our Ferrari Daytona. Now with a whole new colour pallet, this is more than renovating the seats, its

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Daytona Goes Green

Our specialist classic car painter, Matt, has been working on spraying our Ferrari Daytona its new green colour. Having sat in primer, Matt could then

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Saying Goodbye To Our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The time has come to say goodbye to our Ferrari Daytona replica.

Since it first arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop back in 2020, our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona has gone through a huge transformation and now looks incredibly different to how it did upon its arrival.

From its paintwork to its engine to its interior, you would be forgiven for thinking the car that is leaving the workshop is a different car from the one that rolled in at the beginning of its restoration journey.

The restoration of our Daytona has been extremely challenging but equally as exciting. Seeing it in its almost finished form has certainly made all of the hard work our team of classic car technicians have put into this project very much worth it.

As our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona leaves us and returns to its owner, we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for this special classic car.

Glovebox Radio Installed

Classic car technician Brian recently installed the glovebox radio in our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. He started by making the cardboard patterns for the inner section of the glovebox that would hold the radio.

He then cut out the base from mill board and the centre sections from plywood. To make sure everything was exactly the right size, Brian trial-fitted the front panel and radio before moving on to the next step in the process.

After a successful trial-fitting, Brian went on to fit the side panels of the glovebox as well as making and fitting the rear bracket. Once this was complete, he could cut and glue the Alcantara (a synthetic suede-like material that is referred to as a “material of the future”) to the front edge of the glovebox.

The radio was then put into the box and everything was ready to be installed in the car.

Once the glovebox and radio were in the car, Brian turned his attention to the glovebox lid. He first fit a piano hinge to the lid and screwed it in place before fitting this to the dashboard in the car.

The finished product of the glovebox and radio look very impressive and we are very pleased with the result.

Our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona is getting closer and closer to being complete and we are extremely excited to see this beautiful car drive out of the workshop and back to its owner in the very near future.

Working On The 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

Scott, one of our classic car technicians, has been hard at work on the restoration of our 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

From having his head under the bonnet to being under the car itself (and everywhere else in between), Scott continues to restore this incredible car so it can be back on the road where it belongs.

Spotted – The 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona Photographed On Its Way Home

The 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona was spotted by a member of local classic car group, East Coast Retros, on its way back to our Suffolk HQ.

The Daytona had a short trip out to one of our trusted specialists to check over a couple of the systems on the car before the team fire it up for the first time and begin to test the car properly.

Progress – The Team Working on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working their way through some of the smaller jobs on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

These little jobs are as crucial as the larger bits of work in the restoration of a classic car to make sure that every little piece and part of the car is fit perfectly and work correctly when needed.

Bedded Down – Carpets into the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on fitting down the handmade carpet sets into the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

The trim shop has spent a lot of time making sure that each individual piece of the interior fits perfectly and aligns just right with the pieces that join into it. For this, our trim team have test fit all of the pieces countless time making revisions and changes to ensure the whole interior works in its entirety.

With everything working together, the team began the process of getting the final parts of the carpet set and trim panels into place inside the classic Daytona replica.

Best Fit – Sound Deadening, Carpets and B Pillar Trims on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The interior trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the interior of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona to get each of the new pieces to work in the car.

The trim team have worked on getting the carpet panels fitted into the car backed with high-quality sound deadening. This means each individual piece had to be tried in place and any adjustments made to make sure that each panel would fit and fit perfectly with the others around it.

With the side panels now in place, the team could get the footwell carpet panels into place and work on finessing the carpets in.

Then work could move on fitting the B Pillar trims. Each of these had test fit and worked on to match the rest of the car.

Heavy Lifting – New Boot Strut for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The restoration workshop have been working on some of the smaller details of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

This time, it was the boot lid prop/strut. Scott, one of our technicians, has carefully reworked the prop to make sure it extended and locked in place with the full weight of the decklid placed on it. Then, it was taken off and refinished to match the rest of the hardware on the classic Daytona replica.

Up and Over – New Headliner on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The in-house trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on getting the headliner sorted on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

The team began with a basic paper template so they could make sure the final piece had the best possible fit and finish to match the rest of the bespoke interior going into the classic Daytona replica. From there, the whole piece was transferred to fabric. The original headliner was used as inspiration as it had metal strips welded in to give the vertical lines in the padding, this new headliner has the same pattern but is stitched.

We’re excited about the progress on the Arrow Daytona and look forward to showing you what’s happening next on the classic Ferrari replica.

Progress – Working On the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona Carpets and Centre Console

The in-house trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on fitting out the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. The team have handmade each piece for the car and that includes every section of the carpet set of the classic Ferrari replica and the newly modified centre console.

The team used original pieces removed from the car at the start of its restoration process to use as templates to create tight-fitting and neat pieces which will make up the driver’s footwell.

The centre console, which has recently been lengthened by the team, has also begun its journey to be finished in matching material to the rest of the classic Ferrari tribute. Firstly, a pattern was made from black fabric for our trim team to refine and place out any seams or edges that will need to be made for the piece. Once this template was made, the team could then begin transferring the template onto the lush green leather.

One After Another – Working on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The restoration team at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have been working on making progress on several key jobs to do with the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

After fitting the heater matrix in the classic Daytona replica our technician, Scott, hand made a new demister plenum specifically for the car. This had to be put into place for Scott to begin working on testing and measuring for the pedal box of the car.

Scott took his measurements for pedal placements and widths to modify the pedals themselves to make them exacting replicas of original Daytona pieces. While the pedals and lever themselves were being modified, Scott cleaned up the entire pedal box assembly and preparing the clutch and brake master cylinders along with the brake servo to be sent off to a local specialist to be refurbished for the project.

Changes – Modifying the Doors, Door Cards and Centre Console on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop has been having its doors, door cards and centre console modified to have several key authentic Ferrari Daytona pieces worked into the interior of the car.

The first part to be installed was the door lights. This involved very carefully measuring up the pieces as a template and drilling out a perfect hole to fit them.

Next, the door cards for the Daytona had to be heavily reshaped and modified to fit the new Daytona pieces. This involved the team stripping back the door card coverings for the fibreglass backing to be cut and reshaped, using minimal body filler in order to be smoothed out underneath its leather coverings.

The centre console had been reshaped and refined to more accurately replicate the original Daytona piece and match the level of detail in the interior of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

Fitted Up – Fitting the Heater/AC Unit and Handbrake to the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The workshop at Bridge Classic Cars has worked on getting the AC/Heater Unit fitted into the interior of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

Scott has made brackets to adapt the mounts on the AC/Heater unit to the dash structure in the Daytona. The piece was carefully test fit into the car and bolted down before the freshly retrimmed dashboard was placed over it to make sure the fit and finish were perfect on the car.

Next, he turned his attention to the handbrake on the car. The lever has been fitted with a genuine Daytona cover and then the bracketry fitted onto the transmission tunnel, painted and bolted down. Then the necessary cables could be run to the rear brakes.

Mounts – 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona Brackets for the Radiator, Oil Cooler & Air Conditioning

The 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona is in the process of the Bridge Classic Cars workshop getting everything fit up and secured into the car.

This time, Scott has been working on getting the radiator, air-conditioning and oil cooler mounts made for the car and the components installed into the car. For this process, each component has to be put into the car to make sure there is no interference between these systems and any others in the engine bay or under the dash of the classic Ferrari replica.

Once each of the pieces was test fit into the car, Scott could take off the brackets and finish welding them and then primer and paint them in durable satin black.

Start of the Process – Retrimming the Dash of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The dashboard from the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona is in with the Bridge Classic Cars trim shop to be recovered after its reshaping by the restoration technicians.

The dashboard has undergone several modifications and revisions while in the body shop, so with that, it has gone upstairs to our in-house trim shop to be retrimmed in black vinyl. This retrim is completely bespoke to the dash with every hole, seam and panel hand-cut and templated by the team.

Lydia made individual templates for each piece using reference materials and photos of the original Daytona pieces to first test fit for the vinyl pieces, and so that any revisions could be made to create an entire piece that fit the dashboard perfectly for the classic Daytona replica.

Before and After – More Pieces of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona Refinished

Both the workshop and paint teams at Bridge Classic Cars have been working together to clean up and refinish several pieces for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona.

The parts from the engine bay of the Daytona were meticulously sanded, cleaned and prepared the pieces before they were taken into our spray booth to be refinished in glossy and matte black depending on the piece.

After the pieces had completely cured and hardened, the workshop team could begin putting the parts back together and ready to be put back into the car.

Perfect Fit – Modifying 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona Glovebox

The glovebox of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona is being worked on by our restoration workshop at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ. It’s having some modifications done to give this piece of the car the perfect fit.

Scott has been in charge of working on the fibreglass pieces of the dash to get the entire dash (and all the pieces) fitting perfectly and as close to an original Daytona as possible. Scott has had to cut and section the glovebox door to allow the pieces to have a uniform opening and close lines for that complete and flawless fit you would expect from a restored Daytona.

The Bridge Classic Cars restoration technicians have an excellent of understanding working with composites (especially Fibreglass) due to our extensive work on the Jensen 541 family of cars. So, working on the Fibreglass 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona means we can make sure that the fit and finish of the entire car is perfect.

New Finish – Parts from the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona in Satin Black

The in-house paint shop at Bridge Classic Cars have taken some of the parts from the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona to be refinished.

With the Arrow Daytona project making great progress, some of the parts from the iconic car have been taken from our restoration workshop into the paint shop to be prepared for refinishing. Alan, has worked on sanding down and cleaning each part individually ready for its time in the paint booth.

Each of the pieces was hung and then shot in a heavy-duty and durable satin black to match the rest of the pieces in the car. These will be packaged and put into storage for when the project calls for them.

Neat and Tidy – Working on the Dash and Interior Wiring Loom of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

With the engine bay wiring loom routed for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona, the Bridge Classic Cars restoration technicians could begin work on the dash and interior loom.

The wiring loom for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona has to be carefully laid out and routed throughout the entire car. Rob, one of our technicians, has been working on cleaning up unnecessary wiring for the car and then making sure the harness is carefully wrapped in loom tape to protect the wires from any chafing and to bundle them together for tidiness.

Rob has split the harness into each of the individual systems like it would have been done on the original Daytona and neatly put them into the wire carriers.

Every Fibre – Modifying the Dash and Centre Console of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars are on a mission to making sure the interior of the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona in with us for restoration is as close as possible to the real thing.

Part of that job is the fit and finish of the dash and centre console. Scott, one of our technicians, has been put in charge of modifying the fibreglass pieces that make up the dash and console fit perfectly and look authentic to the car it pays homage to.

Piece by piece, he has cut and reshaped the fibreglass to allow not only the tightest fit between individual components but follow the contours of the original using reference photos and videos to guide him. This being fibreglass, Scott has a certain amount of movement within the material to get it lining up and fitting just right before putting in filler pieces and strengthening the whole panel.

This process of reshaping and modifying the dash and console is not one to be taken lightly but crucial in the execution of the project as a whole.

Progress – Working on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

Bridge Classic Cars have been getting back to work on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. The next phase involves working on the inside of the car to get it to the next stage.

Scott, one of our technicians, has been working through the list of jobs to do on the car.

He had to modify the steering column to go from the Jaguar steering rack to the Ferrari steering column while also clearing the bottom of the genuine Daytona instrument cluster. After this, he began to work on the steering boss.

The steering boss needed to be modified to fit inside of the original Daytona column shroud while also allowing the indicators to self cancel.

After all this had been done and tested, Scott worked on getting the gear stick into the same place in the cockpit as it would have been in a real Daytona.

The Genuine Article – Real Daytona Wheels for the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona

The Bridge Classic Cars workshop here in Pettistree, Suffolk has had an incredible delivery. A set of refurbished genuine Ferrari Daytona wheels.

These will be fitted to the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona which is undergoing a thorough and complete restoration by our in-house restoration teams. These wheels have been refurbished which must be done by specialists due to their magnesium construction.

This is going to be an amazing addition to the car once the restoration is complete by the team.

Ferrari gets modified

Scott has been doing modifications and fittings on the 1979 Arrow Ferrari Daytona. He’s fitted the rear bumpers, modified the number plate lamp because the car is made of fibreglass, whereas the number plate lamp is made to go on a metal car, the position of the headlamp mechanism has been adjusted and the headlamp motor has been fitted, he’s rewired the motor and checked that it functions properly, the horn has been fitted and it’s got new wiring, and the front grill has been fitted. Scott is now starting to modify the side lamp covers because they’re genuine Ferrari lenses and so they won’t fit in their original state.