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Inspecting our new arrival

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Having taken the long trip down the M6 from Nantwich, our newest arrival, a 1973 Reliant Scimitar is now with us at Bridge Classic Cars.

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A clean and a test drive

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On the day we put our 1968 MGBGT into storage the weather was awful and even the short 100yd distance from the trailer park to

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Blasting more of our E-Type components

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the return of our painted Jaguar E-Type body imminent, Tommy has been working through some of the final pieces that require his attention.

Today, he has been busy blasting some of the smaller components as well as piecing together the recently acquired and very rare pedal box set up.

Once blasted, the pieces have undergone a single layer of primer. These will now be finished in gloss black.

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The cars are out on the hottest day so far.

A night’s relaxation at Morston Hall in Holt, Norfolk is always a lovely experience with it’s Michelin Star cuisine and beautiful grounds. And it’s even more of a pleasure to have Head Chef and owner Galton Blackiston drifting in and out of the beautiful rooms making you all feel very special.

Upon arrival I saw this lovely Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 111. I soon tracked down the owner Tony Yallond and had had a fifteen minute, very interesting chat about his car and garage experiences.

Tony also has a Chinese eye at home in the garage.

Former market trader Tony seemed very relaxed after his lunch at Morston with his very elegant wife and companion.

Tony followed us out to let us see inside his lovely Rolls and upon opening the door of his well used car the smell of old leather and wood set us up for the day.

We said goodbye to Tony and headed for a walk by the sea to be approached by this lovely Alvis wafting up the drive.

After a short conversation with the owner we carried on our walk to the car park area where we saw the immaculate MGA sitting resplendent in the April sun with its picnic table and chairs it was surround by various boats of all shapes and sizes.

Briefly I asked the owner if he wanted to be famous and let me put it on our websites which he replied with a smile that he was already famous.

Walking round the other side of the car park we came across this very unusual and rare Dodge Coronet. It’s rarity was in its right hand drive and with an absent owner I could only guess that it hit these shores via somewhere like Australia.

Earlier in the day, whilst tracking down the owner of the Rolls I had a very interesting conversation with a gentleman and his wife who said the Rolls was sadly not theirs but he did have at home a Mk1 Ford Cortina.

When I asked him if he used it much he told me as a part of his retirement that he travels around Suffolk and visits our churches and photographs his car with the church and writes about the experience.

I left all our details with him and I hope he gets in touch as I would love to run this very interesting story on our website.

‘Gordon’

Inspecting our new arrival

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Having taken the long trip down the M6 from Nantwich, our newest arrival, a 1973 Reliant Scimitar is now with us at Bridge Classic Cars.

Immediately we see that the paint is in need of some TLC. Whether we look to respray it or to keep the ‘patina’ finish and just carry out a thorough detail, something will be done.

One of the exhaust brackets has also come loose but once we get her in the workshops on Monday we’ll carry out a full assessment and put a plan into place.

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Andy visits Bridge Classic Cars in his new toy

It is always nice when like minded friends visit us at Bridge Classic Cars.

I have known Andy Kenward since my days at Guinness Runcorn in 1996 and we have kept in touch ever since.

Andy is a true Classic Car enthusiast and has had to his credit some beautiful cars.

Andy had a beautiful Ferrari 348 until recently and a gorgeous yellow triumph stag.

In the days of the Norwich Union Rally which became later the Aviva Classic Car rally we drove our cars from Norwich to Silverstone.

I competed in my fully restored 1938 Vauxhall 14 J Type registration COD 623 in maroon with black wings (where are you now?)

Andy’s recent visit, he brought one of his toys, this pristine Vauxhall VX220 Turbo with it lovely reg.

After the customary tour of the factory we headed off to the Levington Ship for a burger lunch. A lunch and venue I can truly recommend.

Open top, very sunny day and a very fast car. Lovely.

…Gordon

Reshaping the new MGYT floor

Although our MG YT came fitted with solid floors, they had seen better days and needed attention. We felt the car deserved better so rather than repainting the old flooring we made the decision to reshape and build a new floor.

New lease of life for the Twister chrome

The Twister Yacht chrome window frames have now returned and looking stunning. Justin time for the summer season to begin. Time to get them fitted up and for the Twister to get back on the open seas!

Running up the Maserati Merak engine for the first time

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After months of hard-graft rebuilding the engine, Don Warman was back with us today to run up the 1976 Maserati Merak engine for the first time. This is the first time since it has been fitted in the recently restored car so it was a big day for all involved.

A small issue with a hose leaking but John was quick to act and resolve the problem so Don could continue with what he needed to do.

The engine runs beautifully, a few small tweaks are needed but a very successful day.

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First stages of paint

The pictures show the first stages of paint.

Smooth stone chip has been applied to the inner wings, high gloss black to the centre of the bonnet section, floors and bulk head.

We have continued the smooth stone chip to the underside of car.

New wiring loom, fitted and ready to go

With the new wiring loom fitted and complete, just one more job before the car is ready to go, a good clean and polish.

We’ve replaced the new wiring loom, rewired the fan, replaced the door switches and tailgate switch, replaced the cigarette lighter, fitted the new map light, replaced the faulty hazard switch, replaced the faulty main beam lamp and repaired the wiring to the nearside head lamp.

We’ve even found an MGBGT badge tucked away in our stores and as we have one missing in here we’ve fitted that too!

1983 Mercedes 230E called in today to see us…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You can’t get more local to Bridge Classic Cars than living one road up.

Francis called by the workshops today with his beautiful 1983 Mercedes 230E. The front arches are starting to show signs of wear, mainly through years of mud and grit being stored behind where the mud flaps used to be. Now is the ideal time to tackle the issue to prevent it going any further.

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Damaged 1969 MGBGT Arrived Today

Earlier this week we received approval by the insurers for Bridge Classic Cars to carry out the repairs on the 1969 MGBGT we recently inspected.

As the bumpers are factory fitted, original bumpers it is important for the customer that we source or repair original bumpers. Neither he, nor the insurers wish for the chrome work to be replaced with aftermarket so it is important that we source original.

We will first assess whether the originals can be removed and repaired. If this stretches the budget too far then other original bumpers will be sourced, repaired and re-chromed as necessary.

First we need to strip the front so we can prepare the repair the damaged areas and prepare the bodywork for paint.

MGB Roadster MOT and Valet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Only a few minor alterations required to get our MGB Roadster fully up to date with a current MOT.

As you can see from the pictures, the car is already absolutely beautiful and wants for very little. As she’s been stored away for a number of years so a good clean would help bring her back to life.

We managed to twist the arm of Paul Johnson Valeting to pop by this evening to carry out a full valet. I was keen for him to concentrate a lot of his efforts on the multi-spoke wheels. The wheels were starting to show the first signs of wear so now was the perfect time to tackle the issue.

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Fitting a new wiring loom

Arriving with us on Saturday, John has got stuck in to fitting the brand new wiring loom to our 1963 MGBGT.

The loom has been supplied to us by the car’s owner Mark so all we need to do is fit it up and get it back on the road.

If you wish to simply use us for our expertise, like Mark has done, then we are more than happy to help.

A lot of our customer’s have products in storage themselves or choose to buy their own components, this is not a problem to us, providing you have the right parts that is.


A sunbeam collection out for the day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We were delighted to be greeted at The Swan in Brome by this amazing collection of Sunbeams. We couldn’t resist taking a few pictures whilst we were there.

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Jack visits Museo Lamborghini and Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our good friend and associate Jack Brown is very fortunate, with his job, to be able to travel the world and see some of the most amazing sites. This week he has been to Modena in Italy, home of the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums.

Source: Wikipedia

Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari (also known as Museo Enzo Ferrari) is a museum in Modena focused on the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Ferrari sports car marque. The museum complex includes two separate buildings, a former warehouse that belonged to Enzo Ferrari’s father, and a new building designed by the architectural practice Future Systems. The new 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) building houses, in a large gallery, a permanent exhibition displaying some of the most noteworthy Ferrari’s automobiles, including rare cars of the 1950s, Formula One race cars and more recent sports cars.

The exhibits feature Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati cars and also a large video-projection depicting the life of Enzo Ferrari.

The Museo Lamborghini (or Lamborghini Museum) is an automobile museum owned and operated by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The two-storey museum opened in 2001, and was renovated in June 2016 to provide exhibit space for more models. The goal of the museum is to cover all major milestones in the Lamborghini’s history. For this purpose, the museum displays a family tree that shows all the models ever produced by the company. The current gallery contains iconic supercars such as the 350 GT and the Sesto Elemento, and one-off and concept cars such as the Veneno and the Miura concept.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”11229,11230,11231,11232,11233,11234,11235,11236,11237,11238,11239,11240,11241,11242,11243,11244,11245,11246,11247,11248,11249,11250,11251,11252,11253,11254,11255,11256,11257″ title=”Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, Modena, Italy”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”11258,11259,11260,11261,11262,11263,11264,11265,11266,11267,11268,11269,11270,11271,11272,11273,11274,11275,11276,11277,11278,11279,11280,11281,11282,11283,11284,11285,11286,11287,11288,11289″ title=”Museo Lamborghini, Modena, Italy”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Testing our E-Type Engine on the Dyno

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Friday Craig and Asa spent the afternoon with Ady at Scholar Engineering to test run our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race Replica Engine.

The 4.2 E-Type engine has been fitted with upgraded Weber Carburetor for optimum performance.

During the test we were able to achieve just under 250bhp but Ady is confident with a little tweaking and a new distributor he’ll be able to achieve much more.

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Empire Cinema, Ipswich Officially Open

Empire Cinemas, the UK’s largest independently-owned cinema chain has opened it’s newest and most state-of-the-art cinema right here in Ipswich tonight.

It was a packed house in the Buttermarket for the VIP evening to celebrate the opening, including an appearance from the Mayor himself.

To view all of the images from the VIP opening night check out the official Empire Cinemas Ipswich Facebook page.

Jaguar E-Types outside Bridge Classic Cars

The sun was shining this afternoon and with the door open and our 1971 V12 roadster on the front ramp we couldn’t resist parking up our 1965 Jaguar E-Type and our 1970 Jaguar E-Type out the front to show off this wonderful collection.

  • 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 – Green
  • 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 – Red
  • 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster – Golden Sand TBC – bare metal, on the ramp

A few pictures from the chromers

Here we have a couple of up dated pictures taken by Tony at Wyatt Polishing as he gets stuck in to the MGYT chrome work.

We should be expecting all of the chrome back with us next week just in time for the refit.

1970 Jaguar E-Type returns for service and MOT

Our 1970 Jaguar E-Type Shhhhhhhhhhhshhh has returned to our workshops for the yearly MOT and service ready for the summer.

Asa has already carried out an all round check in our workshops to ensure he is generally happy before it moved into our MOT workshop, Bridge MOT Centre, next door ready to be tested.

Fitting the bespoke polished floor

Images of the underneath of our 1976 Maserati Merak.

Dave and John are currently designing and producing the bespoke polished flooring that will be fitted later in the week.

Investigating the camber issues

With reports of uneven tyre wear to the offside front we were asked to investigate to see whether we could establish and rectify the issue. The camber had already been adjusted and it had been looked at by a number of other garages who were unsuccessful in diagnosing the problems.

Our Tommy has been trained in this kind of issue so he was quick to jump on to see whether he was able to find the problem.

With all of the adjustments reset he already had a good idea of what it may be. Whilst underneath he saw a bush that was not looking as healthy as it should but he needed to investigate further before making any decision.

After the adjustments had been made John took her on a test drive to see what movement, if any, would occur.

As expected, the bushes that Tommy found previously had not operated as they should and the adjustments that had been made previously were already way out. So it was time to remove the affected parts.

After a new set (both sides) of suspension arm bushes had been fitted the issue looked to be resolved.

Recommissioning our 1971 MG B Roadster

We’ve just arrived back to our Ipswich workshops having collected the beautiful little MGB Roadster for recommissioning, ready for the summer.

We were first introduced to the car back in October 2016 during our 1951 MGTD photoshoot at Priory Hall in Hadleigh. She’s been garaged for a couple of years and only taken out on a handful of occasions but in remarkable condition.

From first impressions Asa is very confident that it will not take a lot of work to get her ready for the summer. An MOT, engine service and general inspection will hopefully be enough to have her back on the road.

 

A clean and a test drive

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On the day we put our 1968 MGBGT into storage the weather was awful and even the short 100yd distance from the trailer park to the storage unit was enough to get mud on the arches.

…and we can’t leave a freshly restored car like that, it’s just not right.

It was a beautiful sunny day today so it was the perfect day to head over to Hadleigh to see our 1968 MGBGT. As it has been a few since it left our workshops I thought it was best to go on a little run into Layham before giving her that good clean that was promised.

 

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