spitfire

On Goes The Bonnet

Rob has continued with the rebuild of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. The headlamp bezels have been fitted and the bonnet has now been fitted to

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Spitfire Work

Classic car technician Steve has been working on our 1968 Triumph Spitfire. He removed the broken hand brake pivot and fitted a replacement. He also

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Spitfire Engine

The engine has been the centre of attention for Mauro and Rob lately. Mauro painted some of the engine components in black satin dtm while

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Storage Car Work

One of our storage cars, a 1968 Triumph Spitfire was looked at by technician Steve recently. He cleaned the washer bottle as the pump was

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Competition Prep

Classic car technician Neil has been servicing our 1979 Triumph Spitfire in preparation for it to eventually be won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

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The Rebuild Continues

Classic car technician Rob has continued making good progress putting our 1976 Triumph Spitfire back together. He has now fit the left-hand door, the windscreen

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Paint And Reassembly

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has made a lot of progress recently. After having its body painted in Java Green, it left the Bridge Classic Cars

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Wheel Arches

Rob has welded the inner wheel arches back onto the bonnet of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. He did this before the outside of the bonnet

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Polyester Priming

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop with technician Alan. Alan has been applying polyester primer to the doors,

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Spitfire Bulkhead

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire bulkhead has been modified by classic car technician Rob, to ensure the bonnet gaps are correct. Rob then finalised the door

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Spitfire Carpets

Classic car technician Brian has been completing some interior work on our 1973 Triumph Spitfire. He began by glueing the carpets back around the footwell

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A New Arrival

Our 1973 Triumph Spitfire has recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. It will now be assessed by the workshop team before eventually becoming

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Spitfire hood repair

We’ve been repairing the hood frame on our 1977 Triumph Spitfire. This involves straightening out the linkages and then drilling out old pop rivets. Once

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Workshop Walkabout

There’s been a lot going with week already and its only Wednesday! Take a look at what’s been going on s far. Range Rover Sport

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Sealing up our Spitfire

Our 1971 Triumph Spitfire arrived with us last week with leaks all over the place. Ady, our specialist engine technician has been diagnosing the faults

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New Arrivals!

We’re always excited to see fresh classics arrive at our workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars. So, here’s a first look at the new arrivals

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Radio And speakers

Neil has been working on the radio and speakers of our 1968 Triumph Spitfire.

Spitfire Rear Carpet Piece

The piece of carpet for the rear shelf that was supplied with the kit for our 1976 Triumph Spitfire was incorrectly finished and didn’t fit. It required a complete remake to make it sit in the vehicle as it should. Lydia cut out the new piece of carpet and shaped it in the vehicle, before adding pleats to improve fit. She then glued this to the car and secured the new edging under the carpet piece which sits on top.

On Goes The Bonnet

Rob has continued with the rebuild of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

The headlamp bezels have been fitted and the bonnet has now been fitted to the car too. The door seals and B post capping finishers were fitted and the hood frame was bolted on.

Rob cleaned the hood frame catches and fitted them.

Spitfire Work

Classic car technician Steve has been working on our 1968 Triumph Spitfire.

He removed the broken hand brake pivot and fitted a replacement. He also replaced the worn o/s/f top ball joint that was causing corrosion to the joint.

The o/s/f track end boot was split so this was replaced. The n/s/f complete track rod end was also replaced as the old one had excessively worn.

Steve then adjusted the tappets and fitted a new rocker cover gasket. While working on the car, Steve noticed a hair line crack on the gearbox rear housing so he has marked this for repair.

Spitfire Engine

The engine has been the centre of attention for Mauro and Rob lately.

Mauro painted some of the engine components in black satin dtm while Rob unmasked the engine block and thoroughly cleaned it. The crankshaft and rear seal plate were fitted and the steering column was built up with new bushes, switches and reconditioned hardware before being fitted to the car.

The door handles were fitted with new lock barrels and keys and fitted to the car.

Rob then made the dashboard mounting plates and fitted them to the rear of the dashboard.

Storage Car Work

One of our storage cars, a 1968 Triumph Spitfire was looked at by technician Steve recently.

He cleaned the washer bottle as the pump was blocked and the hand brake had a broken pivot. Steve also noted that the rear shoes were wearing thin.

Competition Prep

Classic car technician Neil has been servicing our 1979 Triumph Spitfire in preparation for it to eventually be won through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

The Rebuild Continues

Classic car technician Rob has continued making good progress putting our 1976 Triumph Spitfire back together.

He has now fit the left-hand door, the windscreen chrome insert, and the door weather strips and top cappings.

Rob also painted the brake callipers and rebuilt them with new pistons and seals before refitting them to the car. He then blasted, painted and refitted the window guide channels before stripping the brake pressure valve to clean and paint it.

Paint And Reassembly

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has made a lot of progress recently. After having its body painted in Java Green, it left the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop and went back to Rob in the main workshop.

Rob has now begun the process of reassembling the car. After reassembling the rear brakes with new and reconditioned parts, the bodyshell was refitted and bolted down.

The new and reconditioned parts have also started to be fitted as the restoration of our classic Spitfire continues.

Wheel Arches

Rob has welded the inner wheel arches back onto the bonnet of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. He did this before the outside of the bonnet was painted.

More parts are being cleaned and blasted before Rob electroplated them.

Polyester Priming

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop with technician Alan.

Alan has been applying polyester primer to the doors, boot lid, and bonnet. The first stage of this was to reapply epoxy primer to give them corrosion protection. Then all of the parts were sprayed with polyester primer.

Spitfire Bulkhead

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire bulkhead has been modified by classic car technician Rob, to ensure the bonnet gaps are correct. Rob then finalised the door gaps before repairing the anti-roll bar brackets on the chassis.

The boot lid was repaired and trial fitted before the front wheel arches were removed from the bonnet to allow the paint shop to paint the underside of the bonnet.

Alan from the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop then stripped the panels back to bare metal ready for epoxy primer to be applied. The chassis has been epoxy primed and painted in java green.

The Restoration Begins

The restoration of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 has begun.

This is another exciting project for us as it is for a returning customer who currently lives in France. It is for this reason that the left-hand drive configuration will stay with the vehicle.

We have already restored three classic cars in our customer’s garage, and we are very much looking forward to making progress on the 4th. Undoubtedly, this one is going to be a stunning car when it is complete.

The restoration has been started with classic car technician Rob getting to work on stripping down the car.

Spitfire Carpets

Classic car technician Brian has been completing some interior work on our 1973 Triumph Spitfire. He began by glueing the carpets back around the footwell cross members and then glued the footwell carpets in place too.

The tunnel carpet was fitted under the trim panel before Brian trimmed the binding on the cockpit carpet. He went on to add some extra foam over the tunnel area and repaired the gearshift gaiter.

A New Arrival

Our 1973 Triumph Spitfire has recently arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. It will now be assessed by the workshop team before eventually becoming a competition car on Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

During our travels around the country picking up and delivering classic vehicles, we visited Paul Williamson Cars up in Scotland who had the Spitfire in the showroom.

We have had several Spitfires in the workshop over the years and this one looks to be a great example.

Work Continues – 1977 Triumph Spitfire

Classic car technician Jon has once again been investigating the running issues facing our 1977 Triumph Spitfire. After his initial investigations and subsequent work with the brake fluid being used in the car, he has had to continue his work to find the cause of the running issues being experienced.

Jon stripped the carbs so he could thoroughly inspect them. He found dirt in both float bowls so these were blown out before Jon cleaned them out ready for reassembly.

The fuel lines were also blown out and the filter was removed and cleaned too. Jon found a small leak at the gearbox end of the fuel line so he fitted new seals to rectify the issue.

After this was all done, Jon balanced the carbs and rechecked and adjusted the ignition timing. Although Jon was keen to take our 1977 Triumph Spitfire out for a test drive to ensure everything was moving in the right direction, unfortunately, the weather was not suitable on his first attempt.

During his investigations, Jon bypassed the ballast resistor in the wiring loom by running the power wire directly to the coil. Doing this got the car running perfectly. Jon found an ignition-fed live wire which he traced back to the rear of the fuse box where he soldered the wire from fuse number 1 to the coil-positive terminal.

Jon tested everything and all was working as expected. The last thing to do was to tidy up the wiring and to refit the components.

Now that Jon has been spending some time with our Spitfire, it looks to be making good progress and will soon be back with its owner and on the road again.

Just Arrived – 1977 Triumph Spitfire

There’s nothing quite like an eye-catching classic car arriving at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Our 1977 Triumph Spitfire certainly fits the bill to be an attention-grabbing vehicle.

Not only does it stand out in its yellow colour, but it’s also a beautiful-looking classic car.

It has come in for our classic car technicians to investigate some running issues so hopefully, it won’t be too long before it is back out on the road where it belongs.

Spitfire’s New Hood

We’ve got a lovely triumph spitfire in at the moment that has had a new hood made up by our trim shop. This is the only modification we’ve done to this spitfire as its going elsewhere for the rest of its restoration journey.

Kath had to hoover out the back of the spitfire to prepare it for its new restoration work.

Kath first had to cut holes out of material to make the hood. The front latches have been screwed in place. Kath then bolted the hood frame to car and attached the rear plate to the hood with 3 fasteners.

The next stage was to fit stud button fasteners to rear body so that the hood can be secured in place. Kath then had to clip the cover around the hood bars inside, pull the front material over the header rail and clip in place.

A crucial step in this process was to leave it over night to stretch and then continue in the morning. Once everything was clipped down and glued in, Kath then had to fold back the hood to trim off excess material. She then riveted a metal channel into the rail and inserted a rubber seal inside channel.

Spitfire hood repair

We’ve been repairing the hood frame on our 1977 Triumph Spitfire. This involves straightening out the linkages and then drilling out old pop rivets. Once these steps have been completed, we ensure it fits back on the car without any further modifications.

Workshop Walkabout

There’s been a lot going with week already and its only Wednesday! Take a look at what’s been going on s far.

Range Rover Sport 2016

One of our directors, Gordon, had his Range Rover Sport’s tyres refurbished, ready for the cold winter months ahead. Now fully refurbished, Gordon’s Range Rover is ready to take on the elements.

Jaguars New Stripes

As seen in our blog yesterday, the 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race Car has now been finished! This has been an incredibly exciting project that has been in progress since 2016. Over the last few days, the finishing touches have been added such as the pinstripes on the bonnet and fine-tuning the engine. The bonnet itself has also be re-installed to make sure it fits after the recent engine works.

Craig’s Mercedes 500SL

Our other director, Craig, is in the process of choosing the leather for the interior and the spray finish for the fuel tank. It’s deciding details like this that make classic cars so personal to their owners.

Morris Minor

One of the more notable updates on the Morris Minor 1000 is the new hood. The trim shop has done a fantastic job yet again to make the perfect custom hood, allowing this Morris Minor to be more usable throughout the changing seasons. Our technician Scott has also been trying to figure out the reason for the play in its front wheels. The mystery is yet to be solved…

The front suspension has also been tightened, the curtesy light wiring is being installed and Adam is troubleshooting the electrics.

Grey Jensen 541R

Lots of little updates for the Grey Jensen 541R such as preparing the door rim before it goes to the trim shop, stripping the bonnet ready for paint, made the curtesy light switch by hand, installed the hand brake cables and panhard rod as well as the speedo drive.

Triumph TR5

Our 1968 Triumph TR5 is awaiting its interior but it has had its heater installed!

Blue E-Type

Our blue 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 is awaiting on a new steering rack, clutch slave cylinder and bumper to be fitted. The parts have been ordered so the E-Type should be looking good as new in no time!

Ford Transit

This lovely 1953 Ford Transit is almost ready to leave us now. We’re just waiting on some new 6 volt bulbs for the headlights and then it’ll be ready to go!

Blue Jensen

We’re giving the blue Jensen a general nut and bolt service. It came in to have its clutch, exhaust and breaks replaced which have been or are in the process of being fixed.

Peony Red Jensen

The Peony Red Jensen 542S has had its seats made up. The next step is to complete the set and install them. Our trim shop never fails to impress us with their stunning interior projects.

Peugeot 504

The Peugeot 504 has now had all its interior trim completed. The last few pieces include making and fitting the hood which had to have the leather glued to the frame once made up.

Black Jensen

The black Jensen is visiting our paint shop for some touch-ups and corrections in the paintwork.

1988 Nissan 300ZX

Ady our engine specialist has taken apart both exhaust manifolds on the Nissan 300ZX.

Amphicar

The fuel pump has been rewired, two bilge pumps are set to be added, the brakes have been bled, the grease nipples re-greased and the heater has been ordered.

Range Rover TDI

A new gear stick gaiter has been made and fitted by the trim shop. Our range rover is making steady progress to be completed soon.

Black Spitfire

Although we don’t have the Black Spitfire back with us, we do have the task of replacing the half shafts. We’re hoping we can order in new pieces however we may need to take these apart instead and refurbish them ourselves.

Sealing up our Spitfire

Our 1971 Triumph Spitfire arrived with us last week with leaks all over the place. Ady, our specialist engine technician has been diagnosing the faults and working out what needs to be done.

“I’ve taken the sump off and taken the cover off the engine” Ady explains, “then cleaned an replaced all the seals”.

We won’t know until the engines all put back together if this has solved the problems, but we hope it has. Check back in again soon for what happens next!

New Arrivals!

We’re always excited to see fresh classics arrive at our workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars. So, here’s a first look at the new arrivals joining us this week.

First up, it’s our 1996 Nissan Patrol. In for a paint job, re-chroming and body preparation.