[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last month we told you how delighted we were to feature in the May 2016 edition of the EADT’s Suffolk Magazine with a fantastic piece
When your back is against the wall and deadlines are looming your suppliers are as important as your technicians. Tony Burgess at Wyatt Polishing in
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now back from Car Glass and Trim, the ceiling cloth and glass are almost complete. We were hoping to have it turned round within the 24 hour window we had but unfortunately not everything can go according to plan.
Only a few alterations that need to be made so all should be complete within the next few days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4482,4480,4479,4478,4477,4476,4475,4474″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whilst Asa and John were working on the ceiling and glass Gordon was able to cover the boot area with sound deadening pads.
We do like to use sound deadening pads on our restorations where possible as helps to create a nicer sound and feeling when you drive the car. It’s not a huge job to do but one well worth doing.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With both our 1990 Jaguar XJS and 1999 Jaguar XJR Supercharged now prepared and ready for this week’s classic car auction in Kings Lynn, as with all of our classic cars, it was time for the final photoshoot.
The setting we chose was the stunning grounds of Kersey Mill, just outside Hadleigh in Suffolk.
We’ve known Alison and Steve at Kersey Mill for many years and we are so grateful that they allowed us around the grounds for the morning.
As always, Jason at Sugar and Spice Photography does a superb job for us. The great thing about Jason is he’s a true professional, he’s a master at what he does which means I can sit back (apart from when I’m taking pictures of him sitting back) and let him get on with the job in hand.
It was also lovely to see a Riley RME 1500 parked up at Kersey Mill, was shame the owner was not nearby otherwise they too could have joined in the shoot.
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 safely out of the workshop and up the road with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich, it gave John the afternoon to get on with stripping the 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible, ready for paint.
And has it was such a lovely day today, we set the car up outside so John could top up his tan at the same time!!
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today was a deadline that we couldn’t afford to miss!
We had our time slot booked in with Car Glass and Trim in Ipswich to have the new ceiling cloth and glass fitted. With only a matter of days to go until our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 appears in the classic car auction held on Saturday 18th June at Anglia Car Auctions, it is vital, now more than ever, for us to meet all deadlines set out.
Full restorations, at the best of times, can be challenging and pressured but when you add strict time scales to the mix it makes our jobs that bit harder…but hopefully that bit more rewarding if and when its complete.
We uncovered a slight problem first thing this morning when we noticed a small water leak from behind the dash. Normally this would be something we could work on when she returns from the glass fitting but when the leak could be from behind the dash this is not a risk we were willing to take.
None the less, the fault was found and resolved and we could once again set off up the road to see Kevin and the guys at Car Glass and Trim.
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The brand new multi-spoke EType wheels have been fitted to the original specification tyres: Michelin 185 VR 15 XVS (185/80R 15 93V)
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although our schedule is tight our attention to detail will never suffer, it just means we may have some busier and longer days ahead but that’s what makes the team at Bridge Classic Cars so great!
It’s the beginning of our final full week and still lots to do in our Ipswich workshop.
If all goes well we have a daily and hourly schedule to adhere to but it’s not always as simple as we hope.
Today was the start of the chrome re-fit. It’s at this time of the restoration where we start to see the finished product taking shape.
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By kind permission of Lord & Lady Iveagh and following the enormous success of last years Elveden Classic & Vintage Car Show, we are delighted to return to the walled courtyard gardens on the Eleven Estate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4311,4312,4313,4314,4315,4316″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
On such a glorious summers day and being so close to the beach we would’ve been mad not to take a trip out to Felixstowe to enjoy the sunshine today.
We parked up and took a little walk along the front heading to The Fludyers Hotel for a coffee and we bumped into this beauty!
A real head turner, I’m sure it has it’s mixed opinions but we love it!!
It’s all go in the workshop this week as the pressure is on for Asa and John to finish the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 restoration, ready for the auction the week after next.
And quite often the case with restoration projects, just as you think things are on track you meet an unwelcomed problem.
Today, we discovered that the back axle was not in full working order and that can only mean one thing, remove the entire back section, diagnose the cause of the problem and find a solution.
Whilst the back axle was off the vehicle we felt it was only right to dismantle the individual components and give it a full refurb, including new springs, shocks as well as freshly painting the casing and exposed areas.
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last month we told you how delighted we were to feature in the May 2016 edition of the EADT’s Suffolk Magazine with a fantastic piece on our very own Jensen 541S restoration.
On Wednesday 25th May we received a lovely email into the office from a Mr and Mrs Smith:
“I was thrilled to see the car I owned for 31 years restored to pristine glory in the Suffolk magazine, I have several photo’s of the car under restoration, I and a colleague made the tubes and did the welding on the chassis but sadly time over took me you see I am in my 77th year. The Jensen originally came from Ipswich a publican owned it and used it to go onto the beach at Felixstowe I bought it from a man in Hadliegh and drove it home about 2-00am with a very noisy exhaust what a thrill. I still have several cars we currently use for local trips an Austin A40 Somerset & a Ford Consul Mk1 also a number of others from 1923 to 1979 I do have some photo’s of the 541s and we do live in Suffolk on the Norfolk border I and my wife would love to come and see your workshop. Regards William Smith”
On Saturday 28th May, we welcomed Doreen and William Smith to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops to have a chat and show us some images that they had from when they owned the 1961 Jensen 541S. They loved the canvas print that we had on display in the workshop and we showed them the full gallery of the restoration project and the fantastic photoshoot from Sugar and Spice Photography, held at Seckford Hall in Woodbridge, Suffolk
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This week we welcomed a new member to the Bridge Classic Cars team.
John, a motor vehicle technician with over 28 years experience within a local franchised dealer.
He’s joined the Bridge Classic Cars team at one of our busiest times so we are thrilled to have him on board and we look forward to seeing his area’s of expertise put to the test: servicing, repairs and diagnostic faults. John is qualified in MOT testing, he’s also a qualified air conditioning and diagnostic technician, he’s an ATA accredited technician and a qualified First Aider.
As a keen classic car enthusiast himself, John owns a Ford Escort RS2000, MkI.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Resplendent in it’s new Red paint, our Jaguar Series 1, 4.2 E-Type will now be fitted up.
Asa and his team are used to working on tight deadlines but this one is the tightest deadline we have ever had.
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As a regular traveller to Aberdeen and with a 4am start it is always good that when you go to collect your hire car that there is one there as Europcar is in great demand.
Ted and his team always try and go the extra mile in getting me a diesel car with Bluetooth as the roads from Aberdeen to Elgin are not the best.
Ted and his team at Europcar, Aberdeen Airport.
You are always greeted with courtesy and a smile from Tammy (Second Left) but that is not to say that the others are not just as courteous.
As a VIP status customer with Europcar they always try and upgrade me where they can into the next range of vehicle.
On Tuesday 24th May 2016 I arrived as normal and Ted asked if a Focus would be ok for this week to which I agreed.Whilst filling in the paperwork he asked if I was travelling alone. When I said ‘yes’ he smiled and handed me the keys to:
2016 Mercedes SLK 250D
On arriving at the Mansion House Hotel and Country Club in Elgin I was greeted and signed in by Becky who, straight away, saw the car and insisted on a sit-in.
Becky, sitting outside The Mansion House Hotel and Country Club, Elgin
When you return to Aberdeen Airport with your car it has to be inspected for damage. Again you are welcomed into the office whilst one of Ted’s team checks the car and signs it off. (Whilst left alone this gives you the opportunity to fill your pockets with the free sweets!)
Thanks Ted and the team, see you Tuesday! (I am rather partial to Range Rover Sports)
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Time management can be a full time job in itself when you’re restoring a classic vehicle.
You always have to be one or two steps ahead of yourself as tasks take time and time is a costly element to restorations.
We’ve all been there when you go to fit a crucial part onto the care only to realise that you forgot to order a seal for it..and then you’re told it will take 10 days to come it means you are then 10 days behind! Nightmare!
A schedule and timeline is very important when restoring as it ensures that all of the tasks that need to be carried out can be started and finished at the right time for the next one to start and finish. One slip up can cost a lot of time.
This week at Bridge Classic Cars has been a very important week for planning as we have some very strict time restrictions that we need to adhere to. With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 due to return from the paint shop any day now not only did we need to plan for the next stages of this restoration, we needed to start to plan for our next one as well as clearing some space in the workshop for her return.
Last week you may have seen we collected our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible from the ship at Felixstowe docks. With only a few days spare before we see the return of our 1966 Jag we needed to start working on removing the engine and stripping the car of it’s components ready for phase 2.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4244,4243,4242,4241,4240,4239,4238,4237,4236,4235,4234,4233,4232,4231,4230,4229,4228″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
It’s been a busy few days at Bridge Classic Cars. The chrome-work has been sorted and organised ready for the rebuild and we’re expecting our Jaguar back any day now.
Here is a few of the guys getting her ready for top coat earlier today..
When your back is against the wall and deadlines are looming your suppliers are as important as your technicians.
Tony Burgess at Wyatt Polishing in Thetford is one of our suppliers.
Tony’s company are expert metal polishers and a Chroming centre.
A keen classic car enthusiast himself he always goes the extra mile but in this instance he has gone further than that.
Bought as a part restoration and only arriving at our workshops 2 weeks ago Tony took the chrome and returned it to us in 2 weeks.
The quality of Wyatts Polishing work is superb and we want to thank Tony and his team for all his efforts and the service he gives us.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For some time now we’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our latest restoration project, a 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible.
After a long trip over from the states it was great to finally hear the news that she had arrived safely into Felixstowe docks.
So at 8am this morning we set off up the A14 to the docks at Felixstowe to collect her.
It’s situations like these that have make you realise just how lucky we are to have one of the largest container ports in the UK right here on our doorstep. In a way, I think we take it for granted just how close we are to Felixstowe.
So we arrived at the warehouse and sat ourselves amongst the large queue of HGV’s, all waiting to collect their loads ready for the day ahead.
We were eventually advised to drive round the back of the warehouse and await further instruction from the guys there…so we set off.
I half expected to go round the last bend of the warehouse and see our Jaguar E-Type hidden between a huge stack of empty pallets but no, far from it intact…
…turns out Bridge Classic Cars wasn’t the only company awaiting the arrival of their imported classic car today.
Check out this stunning Ford Mustang GT just hanging around.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4154,4156,4158,4159,4161,4162,4163,4164,4165,4166,4167,4168″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And there she was, appearing from no where…admittedly not in the most elegant of ways…our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible.
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Although the car was 80% restored and freshly painted we were never going to happy with the paint finish. It would of been easy to bolt on the missing parts and sell as is, but Bridge Classic Cars name would be on it. We discussed at some length and the decision was to repaint. Stripped and sent to our paint shop it is now blocked and nearly ready for paint.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The lights ahead were changing to red…as I started to slow my pace on the dual carriageway all I could hear was this raw grasp of something coming up behind me. As I looked in my rear view mirror I caught a glimpse of the bright red back end of something soon to be appearing beside me…as I looked down to my side there she was, a future classic!
Here I was witnessing my first 2016 UK right hand drive Ford Mustang Fastback and if possible, looking and sounding even better than you imagine, quite rightly described by Ford themselves as ‘a legend redefined’.
And it was even more pleasurable today to see a collection of these beauties on show in our hometown, at John Grose Ford, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich.
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The Ford Mustang is one of the most famous cars of all-time; it’s arguably up there with the Volkswagen Beetle, Citroen 2CV and Porsche 911. However, Ford’s best known sports car has never been officially sold in the UK, and even grey imports that made it here have all been left-hand drive.
But the brand is making amends with the all-new 2016 model, and Auto Express has got its hands on one of the first UK-spec cars. However, there’s a lot more to the latest Mustang than simply engineering it as a right-hooker, as it’s the first of its kind to get fully independent suspension front and rear, while Ford’s engineers have worked hard to ensure that the car delivers the kind of handling and performance that European customers and roads demand.
From the outside, the newcomer certainly looks like it means business. There are retro touches to the design of the nose and tail, plus a bulging bonnet and muscular wheelarches. And while the Mustang is a big car, it’s well proportioned and makes its presence felt on the road.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”4129,4130,4131,4132,4133,4134,4135,4136,4137,4138,4139,4140,4141,4142,4143,4144″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inside, the dash has a mixture of retro design touches and modern displays. The rotary audio controls and bank of toggle switches to change driving modes are positively old school, while Ford’s latest eight-inch SYNC2 infotainment touchscreen and large central trip display are easy to use.
Overall, build quality is good, but there are some hard plastics and cheap-feeling buttons dotted around, plus the silver plastic and chrome trim on the centre console are a bit on the tacky side.
The long body means the Mustang is pretty practical for a coupe. There’s plenty of room up front, while the back seats are usable, too. In fact, the equally large (and more expensive) Nissan GT-R has far less room for back seat passengers.
Practicality is one thing, but what really matters is how the new Mustang drives. Fire up the 5.0-litre V8, and you get a traditional burble from the exhausts. Blip the throttle, and the whole car shakes, while selecting Track mode from the Driving Modes screen adds a bit more volume. It’s not as loud as a Jaguar F-Type, but it’s still a pleasing sound.
The six-speed manual gearbox has a short and crisp shift, which is helped by a user-friendly clutch. In reality, the six gears are there to help boost efficiency, because when you press on, fourth gear is all you really need to make fast progress.
Indeed, if you want to get anywhere near the claimed 20.9mpg economy figure, then you’ll find that the big, torquey V8 is happy to turn at 750rpm in sixth at 30mph if you’re cruising around town.
It’s in corners where the Mustang really needs to impress, though, and it does exactly that. The steering is light yet responsive and there are three levels of assistance – with Sport mode adding decent weight to the wheel. The traction control system has four settings; Track mode reduces the amount of electronic intervention to allow you to play with the throttle on the exit of bends, or there is the option to turn it off completely.
The 5.0 GT model comes with a limited-slip diff as standard, and the combination of fast steering and quick throttle response means the Mustang will tail slide all day if you’re so inclined. But there’s more to the Ford than just power oversteer, as the chassis also delivers decent handling. The suspension isn’t overly stiff, but body roll is well controlled and the car has an agility that defies its large dimensions.
This GT version also benefits from Brembo brakes, and while the pedal is quite sharp under foot, there’s plenty of strong and consistent bite from the six-piston calipers. The Mustang also features an Electronic Line Lock function, which is a party trick Ford has taken from drag racing.
The system fully applies the front brakes, which then allows you to spin up the rear tyres with the throttle. It’s designed to get the rears warm for standing starts at the track (Ford states that the system is for track use only), but it’s a bit of a novelty in truth. Use it frequently, and you’ll soon be on first-name terms with your local tyre fitter, as you eat your way through endless sets.
So, the Mustang is impressive in corners, yet it’s equally accomplished when you want to take it easy. The ride is comfortable at motorway speeds and only really becomes unsettled over big bumps, while tyre and road noise are well suppressed considering the big rubber tucked away at each corner.
There’s a minor issue with forward visibility due to the large hump of the bonnet ahead of you. But overall the Mustang is easy to manoeuvre, plus you get a reversing camera as standard.
We’ve established that the Ford is an accomplished drive, it looks good and benefits from useful electronic tech, but perhaps the most astonishing thing about the car is its price. In the US, the Mustang has a reputation for delivering affordable performance, and that’s something it maintains in the UK.
A price tag of £33,995 is excellent value when you consider the performance on offer, while standard kit includes sat-nav, climate control, keyless entry and go, auto xenon lights and all of the mechanical bits already mentioned – which is more than enough to overlook some of the cheaper cabin materials on show.
If you want a car with similar performance, then the BMW M235i is equally fast and is arguably better built, yet it doesn’t have the character or charm that the Mustang simply oozes from every pore.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Key Specifications”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Step foot through the front doors of John Grose Ford, Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, right there in front of you will be one of the most beautiful modern day sport cars you’ll ever find…in stunning orange…it’s the 2016 Ford Mustang, UK specification, Right Hand Drive.
Use it as your high days and holidays sports car, enjoy it when the sun comes out but be sure to look after it and cherish it, this car is a future classic and in years to come this will be the car sitting in the showroom at Bridge Classic Cars![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]