interior

Volvo 240 interior refit

Today the interior was refitted; seats, seat belts and boot areas that were removed for metalwork/welding. On refitting the passenger seat, we found the back

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Seat runner update.

Just a little update here about the 1974 red Triumph Stag. The owner of the car reported to us that they were having trouble with

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Marine Upholstery

We’re lucky enough to have our own interior trim department in house here at Bridge Classic Cars, which allows us to maintain our high-quality services,

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Alfa Romeo Trim

We’ve received some footwell carpet for a 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider which Lydia has sewn vinyl sides on. Before: After:

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TR6’s New Trim

The trim shop has made the centre console for the radio. This entails measuring each section, cutting out those sections from the leather, and then

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Jensen 541 Interior Work

Fitting inner glovebox top section and outer panel. We have glued the vinyl to the bottom section, fitting hinges to the glovebox lid, fitted lock to the lid before fitting lid to the glovebox outer panel.

Brian has also made up the leather door straps, glued leather together ready to be sewn and bolted leather straps to the door panels.

John has also bee fixing a water leak in the engine. Water way blanking stud is missing so he has made up a new one and fit.

Volvo 240 interior refit

Today the interior was refitted; seats, seat belts and boot areas that were removed for metalwork/welding. On refitting the passenger seat, we found the back rest bolts had worked loose and fallen out, these were refitted with thread lock to stop them coming undone again.

Seat runner update.

Just a little update here about the 1974 red Triumph Stag. The owner of the car reported to us that they were having trouble with moving the seat runners. So we took the seats out of the car and realised that there were missing parts, which should solve the mystery.

Starting on the Aston Martin carpets!

Kath has been starting on the carpet for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 this week.

The list of carpet pieces she’s made includes the front tunnel carpet, the rear under-seat carpets, the carpet that goes underneath the front of the gearbox, the top gearbox carpet, the gearbox tunnel carpets, the right-hand and left-hand foot well carpets, the carpet that goes around the throttle peddle, the rear foot well carpet and the rear boot-side panel carpet.

Each piece of carpet has got binding around some or all of the edges. This is made from the dark grey leather that was chosen, and is sewn on, right-side to right-side of the leather and carpet. It’s first stitched along the edge, and then the leather gets folded over to the under-side of the carpet and gets sewn again. The new carpet is grey to match the leather binding, whereas it was green and white carpet originally, with green binding.

Repair vs Re-new: Porsche Boxter

Having recently attended our Classic Car Show the owner of this Porsche Boxter has asked for our help and assistance on some remedial works required on his electric hood.

The clear perspex rear screen is coming away from the hood itself so needs re-attaching. Brian has had a closer look and in order for this to be repaired properly the roof will have to come off the car. Brian feels that re-attaching the existing screen to the hood may only be a temporary fix as the existing holes may be duplicated and therefore the new stitching may not be as tight and secure second time around.

With the entire hood being removed is there an argument to say ‘just replace the hood with one off the shelf?’ The most cost effective solution would be to do this. A bespoke hood manufactured would not be required as there are companies out there that have already produced the hood from a pattern so rather than reinventing the wheel go with a company that has been there and done that!

At the end of the day, the hardest bit is removing and fitting the hood so to fit a brand new one that is beautifully tight would give you the best results.

Small interior changes happening for the Aston!

Brian has been covering the top parts of the dashboard and the cover for the rear hatch hinge in the chosen new dark grey leather, for the Aston Martin DB2/4. He took the original leather off each of the pieces and cleaned off any old glue, before applying the new leather.

Marine Upholstery

We’re lucky enough to have our own interior trim department in house here at Bridge Classic Cars, which allows us to maintain our high-quality services, lower costs and provide tailored custom interior trims for our clients. With a skilled team of three, we attend to worn out, dirty and tired interior, replacing and reworking everything from vinyl, calico, leather, fabric and carpet. We also design new interiors and help classic car owners pick their new colours, materials, and styles to suit the car depending on its age, purpose, or style.

As well as classic car interiors, we also offer boat and yacht interiors as the same keen eye for detail and discipline goes into luxury boat interior as it does for luxury cars.

If you’d like your boat or car interior trim reworked, brightened up or totally re-designed, get in touch at info@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk or give us a ring on 01473 742038 and we’ll be happy to discuss your plans.

Continental Bentley gets a refresh!

One of the recent projects in the trim shop has been to make new seats for a Series 3 Continental Bentley. The old seats were getting a bit tired looking so it was time for a cleaner look!

Lydia was behind taking off the old covers and making the new ones. She started by taking the base seats and removing the old covers off, before moving onto the front squabs and then the rear seats… All were held in place using various methods.

The new base seats were the first to be made. These were a simple construction of a large piece of leather cut to shape with a piped skirt sewn around the sides.

The front squabs were created next. These had an armrest in the side of each one. The “faces” of the front squabs were fluted, with a surrounding piece of leather sewn around it, with piping, and then a piped “skirt” around that. The armrest comprised of a main piece that wrapped around the middle of the armrest form, and then two piped sides. There was a tab that was sewn in and formed the purpose of being able to pull the armrest out of the seat. The back of the front squabs had a backboard, covered in the leather, and then a binded carpet below it.

The rear squab seat was next. This was a similar design to the front squabs, consisting of fluted faces and an armrest in the middle of them. The armrest this time was a large blockish design, which came out on a screwed mechanism. Their was a covered backboard on the top half.

The rear base was the final one to make. This was a similar design to the front bases, comprising of plain design “faces”, with a piped “skirt” wrapped around the sides and sidebands. The other end of the “faces” was French-Seamed.

Once all the new covers were sewn up, it was time for Brian to fit them back on the original frames, using similar methods to the original ones, to attach them. All the seat frames were spring-based and in great usable condition.

Alfa Romeo Trim

We’ve received some footwell carpet for a 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider which Lydia has sewn vinyl sides on.

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1997 TVR Chimaera Hood Repair

An enquiry has come in to repair the clear screen in the hood of a 1997 TVR Chimaera. Unfortunately this is not an easy job and therefore means could be quite costly in time and labour.

The best and most effective option on this occasion is to fit a new hood that is pre-made.

This may be the route the owner opts to choose at a later date. We will wait to hear and hopefully look forward to seeing this stunner in our trimshop sometime in the future.

Ferrari Daytona Seats Finished

We thought we’d take a closer look at the finished Ferrari Daytona seats that the trim shop have made. Having had to make these all from scratch with appropriate modifications and alterations along the way, these seats are looking amazing. Finished in a green leather, they will match the colour tone of the Daytona paint work perfectly. We can’t wait to see them fitted in the Ferrari when its ready!

Lydia has also been working on covering various interior panels for the Ferarri as well. The first image shows the pair of console side panels in their original state before Lydia took off all the old leather, foam and plastic vents. She then cut new leather and foams out after cleaning the metal up, applied a layer of 3mm foam to the fronts of the panels and applied a layer of 3mm foam to the fronts of the panels. Lydia made sure that the leather was tucked in and glued underneath, then she added a layer of 3mm foam which was applied to the backs of the panels. All these fabrics were trimmed and tucked around the holes for the plastic vents to fit into.

Lydia then moved onto making the headlining for the Ferrari Daytona. She marked out the headlining fabric and foam for it, she then made slits for the flute lines on the foam so that the headlining fabric to lay better. She then fluted 14 flute lines, checking how it looked as she went. The finished result may look like a flate piece of fluted fabric, but it will become the headlining when fitted into place in the Daytona.

Little Eva’s New Interior

Our 1961 Morris Mini Delux has had some extra refurbishments recently. It needed the carpet neatened and new footwell mats.

Our trim shop made templates, marked out the correct measurements on the carpet material, cut it out and marked out the binding, they then sewed on a heel mat to the footwell mats and fitted all the pieces in. The base carpets also needed regluing.

The finished work has left Little Eva looking very smart.