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Riley Burning

Pricey has been burning off leftover under-sealer and old paint before it goes to sandblasting. He then scrapes it off so that as little is

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XJS Almost Ready To Go

As part of its pre-delivery inspection, we’ve carried out a thorough service and our technician Paul is currently addressing the issues that have arisen from

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Chevron Up For Auction

We recently had a photographer from Car and Classic come over to Bentwaters to photograph our stunning Chevron B20 for an upcoming auction. The Car

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Here In The Flesh

Our little blue Austin Mini has finally landed in the workshop and is ready to be fitted with its new back seats and have a

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XJS’s New Brakes

Our 1989 Jaguar XJS that has recently been finished is currently undergoing a pre-delivery inspection during which we’ve discovered it needs new brakes.

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DB2/4 Paint Stripped

We’ve pulled in the helpful hands of Kath and Lydia to tackle the paint stripping on our Aston martin DB2/4 Mark I. Normally found in

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1951 Riley Disassembly

We’ve started on the restoration on our Riley which is in for body refurbishment and paint. Currently the fabrication bay have taken the body from

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TR5 Fine Tuning

Our 1968 Triumph TR5 is on the home straight with just a handful of fine tuning tweaks that need to be carried out. We’ve noticed

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Jaguar MKVII Update

Our 1954 Jaguar MKVII has had its cylinder head welded to resolve corroded water ways. Ady has also started revuilding the engine after its been

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DB2/4 Clean Up

Scott has been cleaning and restoring more parts from the DB2/4, making sure they’re read to be fitted again.

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Parts Of A Bygone Era

This contraption we were given seems to be an old fashioned Jaguar air conditioning diagnostics unit. We love discovering bits and bobs that no longer

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Another Mini In

This stunning baby blue 1989 Austin Mini is coming into the workshop soon. Keep an eye out for where this mini will end up…

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Amphicar Floor Repaint

We’ve started repainting the floor on our 1965 Amphicar. Chris began by taking out the bolts and masking up the struts that would remain cream.

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Francis Barnett Winner

Congratulations to Mike Parsons, who’s just taken delivery his 1953 Francis Barnett Rigid Body Trials Motorcycle. Mike’s winning ticket was number 130. Mauro drove all

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New Paint On The DB9

Craig’s DB9 is currently in the paint shop undergoing some paint corrections after the epoxy primer was applied to treat a small amount of corrosion

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Francis Barnetts PDI

Mauro is carrying out a thorough Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) on our classic bike before it makes its way down to the south coast to winner,

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Riley Completed

Our 1953 Riley RMS has been completed, having had its overdrive removed and it now awaiting collection from the client.

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Ford Anglia Service

Our 1959 Ford Anglia has been polished and is now being inspected as part of its service. We’re replacing the oil cylinder as we found

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DB2/4 Stripping

Scott has been stripping down the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I in preparation for the rest of its restoration. This is a time consuming

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Jaguar XK8 Painted

Our 1997 Jaguar XK8 has been prepped and readied for primer and then followed up with its final paint stage. Matt also masked up for

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MG B GT Finished

We have finished our 1968 MG B GT which needed the brakes taken apart, cleaned, adjusted and bled, as well as setting up the pointers

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MG Midget Finished

Our 1971 MG Midget has been completed and sent back off. We replaced the faulty distributer cap and set up the timing for the carburettors

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Good As New

Look at the difference in these seats before and after they’ve been cleaned! Colin, from Viper Auto Valet set out to bring out 1959 Ford

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Back To The Farm

Our 1996 Toyota Hilux has been finished and sent back to the farm for its owners to finish themselves. Our task was only to correct

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Sill Rebuilding

Pricey has been taking apart and rebuilding the lower rear sills, entire lower sill, rear inner sill and floor as all of it were showing

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New Ford Anglia In

We’ve just welcomed this quirky barn find 1959 Ford Anglia into the Bridge Classic Car family. It’s looking rather dusty at the moment however for

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Spot The Difference

Notice anything about these two images? We were stunned to see the difference in colour once Colin for Auto Valet had cleaned the seats on

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Life On Two Wheels

On these sunny Sunday afternoons we don’t just jump in our cars here at Bridge! Two of our technicians, Mauro and Tom spent Sunday enjoying

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Tr4 Goes Camping

We love receiving updates from winners about what they’re getting up to with their cars. Adrian has gone camping with his campervan and Tr4. What

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Jaguar XK8

Pricey has discovered a rotten left hand subframe mounting point/chassis leg. To deal with this, Pricey cut out the outer layer to reveal a rotten

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Toyota TLC

James has been using the original spot-weld marks on our Toyota Hilux to realign the drivers door skin. James has made a spacer for the

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Ford Model T’s Bench Seats

Our 1915 Model T’s front seats went down so well with its owner, he’s requested that we also cover the bench seats in the back with the same intricate hand styled buttoned leather. Being hand made, Kath and Brian need to work closely together to make sure that they mimic each others work as closely as possible.

Grantura Paint Touch Up

We’ve added a small paint touch up on our 1962 TVR Grantura as the door had been rubbing on the sill. Chris, our paint shop manager, has address the issue.

Axel Removing And Welding

Scott has removed the rear axel on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 to fit new brakes and started spot welding the seat mounts from underneath which were showing signs of wear.

Bristol’s Door Disassembly

We’ve been stripping the door of our 1974 Bristol so that we can access the rubber to replace it. This includes Mauro taking apart both door cards to fit fresh seals.

Honda Integra Type R In For Work

This 1998 Honda Integra Type R has come in today to have some paintwork attended to. We’re removing the engine and gearbox to be able to sandblast and paint corroded under bonnet bracketry and weld in new metal to replace parts lost to corrosion.

We’re also refurbishing the wheels and replacing 4 bolsters on the front seats.

Riley Burning

Pricey has been burning off leftover under-sealer and old paint before it goes to sandblasting. He then scrapes it off so that as little is left as possible.

Ford Escort Twin Cam Re-Wiring

John, from Baylham Automotive Solutions has been working on our 1969 Ford Escort Twin Cam which needs a full rewire to modernise the loom to be compatible with modern features. The majority of the loom is in good condition and John has found that 90% of it simply needs to be cleaned and restored however there are parts that need to be made up and modified such as a modified headlight relay and the dynamo converted to an alternator.

XJS Almost Ready To Go

As part of its pre-delivery inspection, we’ve carried out a thorough service and our technician Paul is currently addressing the issues that have arisen from the service. There was a noise at the rear end caused by worn brake pads which were rubbing metal to metal on the brake disk. One brake was cracked as well. The steering rod arm was also showing signs of wear and the steering rack gage has been replaced. Paul has also replaced the front pads, rear disks and nearside front wheel bearing along with the other normal checks such as changing the oil and oil filter, repairing the switch for the roof and charging the battery.

Chevron Up For Auction

We recently had a photographer from Car and Classic come over to Bentwaters to photograph our stunning Chevron B20 for an upcoming auction.

The Car and Classic auction starts soon and bids open in 9 days! Keep an eye out on the website linked below to track its progress.

Fast And Furious Toyota Supra Sells For $550k

Fast and Furious’ iconic Toyota Supra recently sold at auction for a staggering $550k. The car, which was one of two that the late Paul Walker drove in production, is speculated to be one of the most expensive Fast and Furious cars ever sold.

The car was built by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California which was then overhauled into ‘Slap Jack’s’ Supra that featured in the ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ movie.

Here In The Flesh

Our little blue Austin Mini has finally landed in the workshop and is ready to be fitted with its new back seats and have a thorough service before we decide its fate…

A Letter From An Old Friend

We’ve been contacted by a gentleman who has told us he had worked on our Ford Model T as a young mechanic back when Potters of Framlingham was still in service. His email, which is shown below, describes the involvement of different Suffolk trades that went into the maintenance of our Ford.

Good day to you,

I have a particular interest in the restoration of the Model “T” Ford. When I was a young mechanic working for A G Potter I was involved in the removal of it from a shed in Marlesford and its subsequent partial restoration under instruction from the old hands (long gone), who used to work on “Ts”. It did have only 2 wheels but Ron Allen, a director of Potters, negotiated a deal with the local hand coach painters ( Rowe and Snell of Swefling) who had a hand cart with two model T wheels and did a swap for more modern ones. They, in fact, are responsible for the hand-painted coach finish.
I understood then that the magnets in the flywheel generator needed re-magnetising hence the six-volt battery in the back. I was supposed to rectify this, and it would have been a major job.
I used to enjoy my time with this beautiful old motor and look forward to following its journey through your workshops.

Peter Robinson
Once a long time ago workshop foreman for AGP Framlingham

Congratulations To Another Winner: Ford Anglia

We’ve just delivered Kevin’s 1959 Ford Anglia. Kevin tells us he’s been entering since our 1976 Triumph Spitfire, which was our fourth ever competition! Perseverance has paid off for Kevin, what a great win. Congratulations and we wish you many happy miles in your new Anglia!

MG B V8 Arrival

We’ve been working on the engine for this MG B V8 and now the rest of the car has finally come in for us to fit the engine.

Happy 60th Birthday Little MG A

Our 1960 MG A’s owner got in touch to tell us that it’s his classic’s 60th birthday, marking 60 years since it was first registered. Happy birthday MG A!

E-Type Into The Paint Booth

The body of our 1973 Jaguar Series 3 Roadster has made its way to our paint shop to start on the colour prep which includes coating it in epoxy primer. You can see the before and after video below.

Brian has also been fitting the second squab cover to the frame. He’s pulled the cover over the frame and stapled the front section to the bottom of the frame. Brian then stapled the rear flap to the bottom of the frame, fitted the brackets to the base of the seat, cut holes in the sides for the brackets to fit into and then bolting the squab to the base of the seat.

He then moved onto fitting the headrest stalk to the new headrest foam, fit the cover to the foam and stapled the cover to the headrest stalk. Brian then glued the vinyl to the headrest plates and screwed the headrest plates to the headrests.

Last Night’s Live: The Results And BTS

Congratulations to Kevin Collett who won our 1959 Ford Anglia with his lucky ticket number 2709! Kevin is now the proud owner of a quirky little Ford Anglia and we wish him many happy miles in it!

Take a look behind the scenes on last night’s live as Charlotte talked about the Ford Anglia and our Mercedes CL 600 which is still up for grabs, she introduced the Jaguar MK1 and teased with a yellow VW T2 Campervan!

Bentley Continental’s New Seats

Lydia has been working on re-doing the seats on a Bentley Continental. She’s totally recovered them with new leather which she fitted after testing her template patterns. After many weeks of sewing, gluing, measuring, testing, fluting, adding calico and piping, the seats are now finished.

Behind The Scenes: Mercedes CL 600

The team headed over to Bentwaters recently to shot our Mercedes CL600, our recent competition car. Although an overcast day, the lighting was perfect to capture the sheer light interior trim which contrasts with the mahogany beautifully. The paint, which is a subtle pale blue silver, sparkled under the light.

Amphicar’s Gearbox Out Again

The gearbox has been crunching in our 1965 Amphicar so we’ve removed it to try and address the issues with the syncro-mesh when changing down gears.

Aston’s New Steering Solution

Paul has been working on Craig’s 2005 Aston Martin DB9 which recently showed some severe signs in its power steering. The bushings had been wearing on one side, showing that the power steering mechanism had been sitting unevenly. We are now endeavouring to solve this by replacing the bushings and bearings.

XJS’s New Brakes

Our 1989 Jaguar XJS that has recently been finished is currently undergoing a pre-delivery inspection during which we’ve discovered it needs new brakes.

Chevvy On The Waiting List

We’ve got this fantastic 1957 3600 Chevrolet Truck in for a new clutch however we’re currently waiting on the parts to arrive. So until then, its on show sat on the ramp.

Bristol’s New Exhaust

Mauro has been working on our 1973 Bristol which has had its exhaust manifold refacing due to leaking. He’s also added new spark plugs.

Ford Model T’s Custom Battery Box

We’ve also created a cover for the battery box on our 1915 Ford Model T. Brian put together the foam and leather, and then added the buttons with make this beautiful dimpled effect.

Barn Find E-Type’s Engine Re-works

Ady has been working on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 Coupe. He’s taken the clutch mater cylinder off, identified that the pipe on the radiator needs re-soldering, the radiator needs reconditioning, the servo needs to be replaced, and both front callipers have been stripped, cleaned and put back on. Ady has also discovered the the near side rear calliper is leaking on the E-Type too.

The clutch slave cylinder and flexi pipe have been renewed, new fuel pump has been fitted and the carv fuel bowels have been cleaned out.

Fiat 500 In The All Clear

Our Fiat 500 has passed in MOT with flying colours and has now been completed and awaiting collection. We’re delighted to see this little Italian Fiat back on the road.

Triumph Dolomite’s Refurbishment

John recently completed the work on our Triumph Dolomite as the wheel cylinders were leaking and ceased, he replaced the dynamo, and then took apart the brakes to be refurbished.