Brian spent a short while cleaning up the TVR dash and centre column to assess whether it would be acceptable enough to be refitted without
As you can see from previous posts, Ady is well on with rebuilding and upgrading our 1963 TVR Grantura engine. We are now in a
Our TVR Grantura has had a few tweaks made including a new rev counter, fuel gage and hand brake cables.
Our 1962 TVR Grantura has come out of hibernation and into the workshop to have some TLC. Tom has made a bonnet latch to attach to the current lever. This is more of a cosmetic comfort alteration and simply makes the mechanism more use friendly.
We’ve also noticed that the speedo isn’t working correctly as the indicator tends to shake as it moves, making the speed readings inaccurate. A new earth cable has also been fitted.
We’ve had a wondeeful response to our 1962 TVR Grantura featuring in the May edition of ‘Sprint Magazine’ from the TVR Car club.
Amongst TVR Grantura enthusiasts, our restoration has been interesting to follow. Our restoration diary is also a great bank of information looking into the inner workings of these gorgeous classics. For all of our other restorations, check out the ‘Current Projects’ section of our website.
Our other Grantura, an example that was raced by TVR from the factory has departed us this week too. the new owner plans to restore the vehicle and take her racing! ra
Bridge Classic Cars’ 1962 TVR Grantura restoration has been featured in the May edition of Sprint, the monthly magazine from TVR Car Club!
Pick up the May edition to read our article or check out our restoration diary below ? https://www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk/…/co…/1962-tvr-grantura/
As you may well know, we love a TVR Grantura here at Bridge Classic Cars.
Friend of Bridge Classic Cars, David Hall has been undertaking his own home restoration. After seeing our stunning completed blue Grantura, he’s been to us for a bit of advice on his own project.
Keep up the great work, David! We look forward to seeing her completed.
We’re delighted to present to you our recently restored TVR Grantura! ?
A stalled restoration, this Grantura was brought to us at Bridge Classic Cars to complete restorative works. We’re honoured to have brought this wonderful British sports car a new lease of life, what are your thoughts?
Thank you to Butley Priory for allowing us to shoot at such a wonderful location.
Check out the entire restoration diary via the following link:
Our 1962 TVR Grantura restoration is now complete and in preparation for the final photo shoot we called upon the skills of our good friend Mike at Shine Supply UK to give the car a Level 1 detail.
The final photo shoot was unfortunately postponed mid-way through due to the wonderfully unpredictable Suffolk weather.
Thank you to Butley Priory for your initial welcoming, although the shoot was short lived we hope to see you very soon to complete the day.
The rear clear, lightweight plastic window has now been refitted to the car.
The window was in a severely damaged state. However, Tom has been able to polish up the rear window, ready for it to be installed into the car once more.
Next on the Grantura is making the windscreen fluid reservoir and plumbing that into the vehicle.
Progress continues on our TVR Grantura. Most of the tailor-made interior has been refitted now. Grilles and vents have also been fabricated and added to the car. It really is in the finer details that sees a restoration truly come to life.
Tom has been removing the entire brake system, servicing and cleaning them and is now in the process of reinstalling them back onto the car.
Tom working on refitting the brakes on our 1962 TVR Grantura
Tom has been making great strides in the restoration of our 1962 TVR Grantura. He’s recently serviced the brakes, fabricated new brake lines and fitted a new battery.
Great progress is being made on our 1962 TVR Grantura. Tom’s cleaned the dash up as well as custom fabricating a glovebox from aluminium. We’ve also installed the fuel filler cap and fuel pipe along with refitting chrome bumper trims.
In the most recent phase of our 1962 TVR Grantura’s restoration we’ve replaced the brake slave and master cylinder. It was then treated to a new roof lining by Donna in our trim shop.
Tamas and Dave have been busy refitting the TVR components back onto the car. The Grantura has been treated to a new radiator and lights.
In our trim shop, Donna has completely rebuilt the TVR’s door cards using the existing door cards as a template. The contrasting blue body colour against the vivid red interior will look truly stunning when complete on this fabulous TVR.
Both the brake and clutch master cylinders are currently being prepared, ready to be refit on our gorgeous blue Grantura.
Tamas has been working on the window mechanisms of our 1962 TVR Grantura this week. The frames are now in position and he is now concentrating his efforts on improving the movement of the mechanism as it seems unnecessarily tight to operate.
Using the existing door cards we have replicated the design, including the stunning pocket concept, to create brand new door cards for our 1962 TVR Grantura. Finished in Poppy Red.
With a very limited amount of existing interior to go by we have had to design and manufacture the full interior set for our 1962 TVR Grantura.
Originally, the carpets would not have been edged but we chose to improve where we could and fitted out our carpet set with new colour coded edging.
The door cards have been re-manufactured using a rough template taken from the original door cards.
Donna is currently working on designing a new pattern for our 1962 TVR Grantura door cards. She is using the existing material to help with the design.
The door cards will be finished in the same colour as the new seats that have been made.
Meanwhile, the seats are almost complete.
Work continues on the TVR Grantura interior rebuild. Donna is working on recovering the seats with the Poppy leather and has manufactured the new piping.
Running up our 1962 TVR Engine after rebuild.
Prior to Ady rebuilding the engine, it had been left in bits for many years with the main block being buried in the garden. This was a big engine rebuild but very satisfying when completed and running…
Work is progressing well on our 1962 TVR Grantura as we continue to fit up the exterior, at the same time working on the full interior re-trim. The dash is complete and ready to fit before we look to wire up the entire car.
Images have emerged of our 1962 TVR Grantura in dis-repair some years ago.
As much as it is not nice to see a wonderful classic looking so sad it is still lovely to find images like this.
Donna has now completed the re-trim of the dash in Poppy Red leather. The dash has been handed back to Brian to reinstate the refurbished dials.
Working on cleaning and polishing our TVR parts ready for the rebuild. The warning lights, ignition and hinges have all been polished now and ready for refit.
The original badges have also had the polishing treatment.
Our 1962 TVR Grantura interior is starting to take shape with Donna now working on rebuilding the existing seats, dash and side panels.
We have chosen Poppy Red as the interior colour. Against the blue exterior this will be a beautiful colour combination.
The dash is now re-covered so it is now over to Brian to refit the refurbished dials whilst Donna can move on to the seats.
Donna has now began work on stripping our TVR Grantura interior trim and prepare the frames ready for the new design. The framework will be cleaned up and refurbished ready before Donna builds back up with new cushions and leather work.
The existing dash will be stripped down and replaced with new leather and refurbished dials.
Working through the assortment of TVR parts in need of restoration. The bonnet springs and runners have now been blasted, painted and ready for re-fit.
The engine is now in and the components are now being fitted up by Ady.
Meanwhile Brian and Owen have been working through cleaning and polishing the light clusters and bright work.
The parts have been cleaned and blasted and treated to a covering of galvanising spray to protect them against future wear and tear.
Rather than sourcing new, we have spent some time tackling the original chrome work to see how well the chrome work can be polished and the results are fantastic…
Final job to do in the paint shop before our 1962 TVR Grantura can head back next door to the assembly shop; refitting the bonnet.
Ready now for assembly.
Our 1962 TVR Grantura body shell is now painted and currently in our oven going through the final stages of setting.
The colour has now been chosen. The original idea of a Chevrolet Laguna Blue has now changed to a lighter, brighter alternative and she looks stunning. The bonnet and doors have been treated in blue primer ready for top coat to be applied.
And here she is; first pictures of our incredible 1962 TVR Grantura painted and currently in our ovens being heated.
Preparing the fibre-glass body of our 1962 TVR Grantura ready for repaint. The colour has not been 100% confirmed as yet but we are looking at the finish being in blue, similar to the Chevrolet Laguna Blue.
With the workshops being closed and limited staff in it was a great opportunity for Ady and Tommy to clear some space and get the newly built engine back into position.
More chrome and brightwork heading over to Tony at Wyatt Polishing for a re-chrome and polish.
In our collection today we have parts for our Jensen 541R, Jaguar E-Type and TVR Griffith.
Brian has done a remarkable job of restoring the original horn push of our 1962 TVR Grantura.
The block has now been refaced and repainted, the bores re-honed, the pistons are fitted and the crankshaft has been timed in.
Brian is currently working on polishing the TVR’s expansion tank and cap.
The results are amazing and no need for stripping and re-chroming on this one. The original ‘patina’ characteristics are present but will not look out of place against the newly refurbished body which is great news.
Brian spent a short while cleaning up the TVR dash and centre column to assess whether it would be acceptable enough to be refitted without re-covering.
As much as it has brought life back into the tired looking parts we feel it is best to re-cover for maximum impact. Against the newly painted body shell it is just not quite good enough to be refitted as is.
Our 1975 MGB and 1962 TVR Grantura dials have all been stripped, cleaned and polished ready for refit.
As you can see from previous posts, Ady is well on with rebuilding and upgrading our 1963 TVR Grantura engine.
We are now in a position to bring in the body shell and to prepare for paint. The majority of the body shell has been restored a number of years ago, elsewhere, and the work has been carried out beautifully so very little preparation is required to get this up to acceptable standard for paint.
We are currently in the process of porting the cylinder heads of our 1962 TVR Grantura. Porting refers to the process of modifying the intake and exhaust ports to improve the quality and quantity of the air flow. Porting the heads provides the finely detailed attention required to bring the engine to the highest level of efficiency. More than any other single factor, the porting process is responsible for the high power output of modern engines.
This process can be applied to a standard racing engine to optimise its power output as well as to a production engine to turn it into a racing engine, to enhance its power output for daily use or to alter its power output characteristics to suit a particular application.
Our very own Ady has been porting heads for many many years and is now somewhat of an expert in the field.
We have now carried out the unleaded conversion on our 1962 TVR Grantura.
To carry out an unleaded conversion first we have stripped the cylinder head and checked for any imperfections wear. The existing seat have been bored out to remove.
Our new inserts (above) have been fitted into the original seat with a 6 thou interference. A very thin layer of oil has been applied before a three angle profile is machined into the valve seat. The new seat is checked for concentrically and is ready for the valve to be fitted.
Early 2019 we’ll be able to introduce a new project to the workshops, a classic TVR Grantura. It is coming in as a stalled restoration with the previous company no longer trading and leaving the customer with an unfinished project.
For now we have the engine in for a full rebuild with the body shell and components appearing early in the new year.