Wow, what a beauty! Our completed Jaguar E-Type restoration project was visited by it’s owner at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Upon seeing this lovely
We are currently in the middle of fitting up the brand new hood to our Golden Sands 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster. Not always the easiest
We have fitted up the hood frame to ensure all areas fit as they should before covering with the brand new hood.
Our rear off side bumper required some repair work due to it being ill-fitting. A replacement bumper was becoming difficult to source so we opted
To convert the wiper motor from left hand drive to right hand drive we’ve called in the assistance of our good friends and world renowned
We’ve just taken delivery of our brand new aluminium Jaguar V12 radiator with cowls and fans, including header tank. Alicool produce Intercoolers, radiators, oil coolers,
Tommy has been hard at work today blasting and refurbishing our 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster top and bottom wishbones.
Jaguar E-Type Front Brake Caliper Conversion Upgrades from SNG Barratt These four pot front brake caliper conversion kits are manufactured in England using Ductile Cast
On his recent visit to the UK and to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops here we have the Bridge Classic Cars team (minus John who
Our completely rebuilt Jaguar E-Type V12 engine has now arrived back from Rushton Engineering. The body will soon arrive back from our paint shop ready
This week, the task of removing the paint from our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster didn’t come without its dramas. With the car in position, the
Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster finally got given some fresh air today as we let her outside for a bit. Here we are outside
Another busy week was flown by again, with lots of new drop-offs to the workshop and big progressions on current projects!
Our trim shop expert Brian has been working on our grey 1957 Jensen 541R. He’s been marking out the leather for the rear parcel shelf and then glueing leather.
When the fabric has been marked out and fitted, the next stay is to trim off the excess around the window edge. The leather for rear quarter panel pockets has also been cut out and glued into the pockets.
The same process has happened for the side window surround panel which included screwing the parts in place and fitting the ashtray.
Our engine specialist Ady has taken about the engine on our 1934 Austin Nippy. We’ve identified that there seems to be an issue with the cylinder bores. After further inspection, Ady diagnosed the issue as possible broken or cracked piston rings. This is a relatively quick job and Ady told us he hopes it’ll be done in the next few days.
We often find that even after an issue is addressed, it may not be solved as it’s common to find teething problems afterwards. We hope this quirky nippy will be back to working order again soon!
Our black 1960 Jensen 541R has had another layer of fresh paint and imperfection corrections that it’s acquired from knocks and bumps in the workshop. Gaining imperfections like this are common when parts are regularly being fitted and moved.
This beautiful gold 1971 Jaguar E-type V12 Series 3 had picked up some sort of contaminant that had rusted the inner engine and wheel components. Our skill technicians addressed the issue by applying acid rust killer and cleaning down all of the parts. They were then re-painted and reassembled. Some of the nuts and bolts were also completely replaced.
Painted by hand by our bodywork technician Chris who taped the sides to guide his hand and carefully applied the red paint.
We’ve had two more Jensen’s arrive this week for restorations, adding to our already growing collection! We’ll be sure to let you know how these restorations develop!
This beautiful 1961 Navy Jensen 541S:
And this sleek silver 1959 Jensen 541R that’s in for some electrical works:
Two of our classics have been treated to professional valets this week by our good friends at Viper Valeting in Ipswich.
Firstly was our beautiful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 that’s spent the long summer days on some great British road trips. Now squeaky clean and ready to be tucked up securely in our specialist storage facility over winter.
Also cleaned, was our 1949 MG YT ahead of her appearance at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance this week. She’s been nominated for an award so we’ve all got our fingers crossed for her!
The wonderful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 has been taken on a lovely little road trip this week.
Her owner, who lives overseas, came to collect her from our workshop to spend a short trip away. With the sun shining, the roof down, and some lovely long empty roads – it looks like absolute heaven!
The Jag has since been returned to us to be kept snug in our secure storage facility, eagerly awaiting her next road trip. We look forward to seeing her next adventure!
Wow, what a beauty! Our completed Jaguar E-Type restoration project was visited by it’s owner at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Upon seeing this lovely Jaguar, he couldn’t resist but to take her out for a drive.
Seeing clients of ours happy makes the hundreds of hours spent on our restorations well worth while. We took a look back at how this restoration began and what a transformation this Jaguar has undertaken.
This Jaguar E-Type is now ready to be enjoyed for many a happy mile to come.
With the owner of our stunning restoration out of the country for many months a year our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster is now in storage for the winter within our showroom facilities.
We have worked alongside the guys at Carcoon for many years and their products are amazing and perfect for classic car storage. We have installed the Carcoon Evo in many single garages over the years.
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The unique ‘active airflow’ system (worldwide patent), comprises of two air treatment units which operate continuously to provide super-atmospheric, circulating airflow for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Importantly, the circulating air is taken from inside the storage unit itself, which effectively isolates the flow of air from the outside environment. With a running cost of approximately 2 pence per day, who can’t afford that kind of protection?
Having spent a few weeks touring the North Norfolk coastline our 1971 Jaguar E-Type is now back in our workshops having any snags and issues found addressed. Once complete, the car will be stored away with us for the winter in one of our brand new Carcoons within our storage facility.
Before we deliver the vehicle to our storage unit we have fully valeted and detailed the vehicle.
Whilst the owner is overseas we will maintain and service the vehicle on a regular basis and ensure the car is kept in top condition for the owner’s return.
Carcoon – The EVO model is probably the most versatile Carcoon of all. This model comprises of a base mat and a separate top cover. Simply drive the car onto the base mat, place the top cover over the car, connect the zipper and plug in the 12 Volt power supply. This model is ideal if your car is located away from the garage door, meaning that you do not have direct access to drive it straight onto the base. The beauty of the EVO Carcoon is that it can be accessed from any side. This model can also be custom made to accommodate any vehicle size, including extra tall vehicles. Even reduced height units can be custom made.
April 2nd 2016; we first announced our plans to import our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster from Canada, with a view of restoring her back to the original and deserving factory specification.
Having been used as a drag car, the body had been subjected to numerous modifications including fibreglass doors, boot lid with air ventilation cut in. The rear arches had been cut out to house much larger rims and tyres, traditionally used for the quarter mile strip.
Although not fitted, a Dodge Viper back axle and large Chevy engine also came with the car which suggested these were used at some stage in the modifications.
Fast forward over 3 years, many many hours of hard work and dedication. With a smidgeon of modern day upgrades and a Golden Sands colour change from the original factory specification, here we have the finished piece.
A wonderful example of outstanding British luxury and breathtaking beauty, say hello to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster.
We are now connecting a power to our bespoke rear storage compartment of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type convertible.
The double USB will be capable of connecting phones and smart devices for charging as well as options to connect up refrigeration or any other portable device. We are installing a number of power supplies throughout the vehicle as well as Bluetooth and digital radio capabilities also.
We are now completing the refit of our bespoke interior trim in our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster.
The rear storage unit is looking sensational in maroon carpet piped in maroon. This space underneath the panel behind the front seats is traditionally redundant but we have created two bespoke storage compartments which will be finished off with a leather covered lockable top. The storage units will house electrics to be able to power up small appliances such as refrigeration boxes or charging points for portable devices.
We are currently in the middle of producing a bespoke maroon over-mat for our 1971 Jaguar E-Type’s boot space. The over-mat will form an extra layer of protection for the beige boot carpet and will tie in perfectly with the car’s interior. The car would have originally come from the factory with a light coloured boot area which we have kept to the original style. we have now added the extra over-mat which will be more practical for everyday use.
Great teamwork in the workshops today as Dave completes the work on his bespoke storage compartment surrounds.
The storage compartment is a unique piece to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster, utilising the spare area behind the front seats. Our storage compartment will consist of two removable and lockable padded lids. Within the storage unit you’ll have access to a power supply for charging your devices of external refrigeration for road trips.
Our frame work has been produced in house to run around the outside of the compartment. Brian has taken control from Dave and has rounded the edges before highly polishing them to bring up the amazing finish.
We are currently in the middle of fitting up the brand new hood to our Golden Sands 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster. Not always the easiest of jobs but once complete feels one of the most rewarding.
We are also progressing well with our bespoke storage unit in the rear of the car. The rear compartment will be covered in the same perforated leather used to cover the front seats. The look and style will kept similar throughout but underneath will be two lockable storage compartments with additional power outputs; ideal for refrigeration or charging devices.
Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type is now equipped with the new fitted boot lining.
It will take a little time to settle in and for the creases to be removed but it means the rear is just about finished!
The windscreen of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster is now in place. Dave can now work on fitting up the hood frame and hood.
Our rebuilt V12 engine can now be seen in the heard running and sounding stunning in the car…
We have fitted up the hood frame to ensure all areas fit as they should before covering with the brand new hood.
The rear end of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster is now complete. The rubbers have been fitted up around the bumpers, the over riders have also been added so now we can move forward to concentrate on the bespoke storage compartment we are manufacturing.
We are now fitting up our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 with its new in-car entertainment system.
We have kept with the original look installing a retro fascia but with amazing capabilities. Our Autosound set up comes complete with all of the latest technologies, RDS FM, DAB, DAB+, iPhone, Bluetooth music streaming, Bluetooth hands free calling and much more…
Full specification also includes; rear USB input, rear Phono aux input, subwoofer output, amplifier output, iPhone and iPOD compatible (earlier 32pin iPods will play but not charge), DIN-D size, 4 x 45 watts output, ISO connector, 12V negative earth, Non volatile memory – retains radio memory presets even when all power is disconnected.
As well as this, the car will house four hidden speakers to create a full surround sound effect. The rear speakers will be hidden behind the rear side panels and the fronts will be under the front foot well.
We are also installing two addition USB charging points in the front and within our specially designed rear compartment will be power to operate any additional external devices: refrigeration, tablet devices, lighting etc.
We are currently in the process of manufacturing a bespoke storage compartment in the rear of our Jaguar E-type roadster.
The compartment will be hidden by a lid that will be finished in the style of the front seats.
It will be fully lined and have power facilities built in.
The manufacturing process has now begun, the lids have been made up and we are now waiting on the arrival of our leather so we can start to piece it all together.
Here are some more pictures of the car in position…
With the iconic Jaguar E-Type bonnet making up almost half of the exterior of the car, the day we are able to fit up the bonnet is the day an E-Type restoration really starts to take shape.
With the bonnet off and the full engine on display the car looks relatively incomplete but now you can see just how beautiful she looks and how striking the Golden Sands with red interior combination is.
Dave has now successfully re-instated the air intake to filter set up within the engine bay compartment.
The radiator surround has also been fitted into position.
…and the rubbers are also now being fitted up around the door.
Although the rear panel sections are covered in material, here at Bridge Classic Cars we insist on carrying out our work to the highest of standards.
Breakages in the plastic moulding could be easily hidden up with a quick fix solution and then covered in vinyl or leather but as we have an expert plastic welder in the form of Brian, we use his skills to carry out amazing repairs on items that could be deemed as irreparable.
Brian is used to carrying out plastic weld repairs in the motorcycle racing scene with competitors coming from far and wide to utilise his skills. These skills can be easily transferred to the world of cars so our panels, in the hands of Brian, will soon be broken no more…
We have just received our Jaguar E-Type V12 steering wheel back from the guys and girls at Myrtle Steering Wheel and Steering Wheel Restoration. They have successfully refurbished an original Jaguar E-Type V12 steering wheel for us, a perfect addition to our 1971 E-Type restoration.
The long awaited arrival of the E-type parcel shelves. Over the years we have accumulated a lot of Jaguar contacts and we felt we had exhausted the majority of these when we searched for replacements for our parcel shelves.
We finally received a new pair and have been able to fit them up into the car.
Dave has successfully re-manufactured the strengthening bars that hold the driver and passenger’s seat into position.
Our objective was to lower the seat as much as we could to allow for more head room and hopefully a more comfortable driving position.
The new structure has resulted in the seats being able to be lowered almost 1.5 inches but maintaining everything that will be required to keep the them safe and secure. the new bars have been colour coded to be in keeping with the Golden Sands finish.
There are fores and againsts’ with the Jaguar E-Type V12 engine; the fores are that it is a truly stunning engine that looks and sounds incredible…the againsts is that it is so big and tight that it is difficult to take close up pictures of things 🙂
Here we have the new heat shields now in position. As always, Dave has worked methodically on getting these into position and we are very happy with the results.
We’ll now start to look at the interior fit…
Our rear off side bumper required some repair work due to it being ill-fitting. A replacement bumper was becoming difficult to source so we opted for repair work instead.
Dave carried out the repair work in-house to ensure a perfect fit. Once completed the bumper went away to Wyatt Polishing to be re-chromed and polished ready to be fitted back up.
We have been lucky enough to have sourced a used but original Jaguar E-Type V12 steering wheel. We can now look to refurbish this ready for install in our 1971 V12 E-Type when nearing completion.
After months of searching and now having commissioned a small batch of pulley’s to be made especially for us we have managed to source a brand new V12 pulley from elsewhere.
The great news is that we can now fit up and finish off under the bonnet and still have some spare pulleys on the shelf for if and when we might need them.
The pulley has been fully balanced up and is ready to be fitted.
The moment we’ve been waiting for…the first piece of the stunning interior starts to be fitted up inside our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster.
The bespoke choice of Golden Sands mixed with the maroon/burgundy interior, matching hood and mats all work perfectly together.
We are also looking into some special features within the car, stay tuned to find out more…
It is one of those stories that couldn’t be written.
For many months we have been on the hunt for a Jaguar E-Type V12 pulley. Some examples have come and gone. We’ve tried plan A, B and C and have gotten nowhere.
Having called pretty everyone who knows anything about Jaguars in the hope of finding one on their shelves we were close to running out of options so we decided to design the pulley ourselves and have it re-manufactured using the latest machining technologies.
Yesterday Dave had completed the drawing and found himself standing in front of our precision engineers in Claydon, Suffolk to explain exactly what needed to be done.
One of the machinists then came out with one of the most inspiring sentences we’ve ever heard…’my neighbour has an E-Type V12.’
So off we went and sure enough here is the very V12 pulley we require, taken directly from his fully functioning V12 E-Type.
Just like Cinderella’s slipper it fits so now a trip back to Claydon. With the latest CNC technologies we will be able to reproduce a batch of the pulley’s just in case, one day, we get a call from a restoration company desperately in need of a Jaguar E-Type V12 pulley.
We are now making the final few touches to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type brake and clutch system. Next week we aim to run her up for the first time in situ to see how we get on and what tweaks may be needed.
We should be expecting the final part of the interior back any day now which means we can then concentrate our efforts on fitting up.
The front end of our E-type is almost complete with the lights and surround now in position. The front grill surround just requires tightening and it’ll be ready to be fitted.
The nose cone, grille and badge is now in position and looking amazing. The front headlamp assembly and bumpers will follow very soon.
The pipework is now fitted to the brand new aluminium radiator which means the radiator can be positioned and fixed securely.
Week 1 in our new Pettistree workshops and no slowing down for us as we continue to make good progress on our current projects.
Dave has been busy fitting up the new pipework and hoses to the engine bay of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type as we look to finish off the engine ready for the bonnet to be refitted.
With the bonnet taking up almost half of the entire car, when fitted, this will completely transform the look of the car and is always a sign of just how close we are to completion.
Not as simple as it looks, the fuel tank is now successfully fitted and the pipework in position.
One day in to the fit up of the brand new V12 wiring loom from Autosparks and it’s been a really successful day. The majority of the loom is now in. The boot area and centre are complete and the engine wiring is in position but just need finishing.
We are a couple of looms short but these have been ordered and have been shipped next day.
The centre section and dashboard are complete.
This afternoon, we’ve tested the fit of our hood frame once again.
The frame came with the car when it arrived to us from California but it was not fitted. We carried out a dry fit during the strip out process and it fitted nicely which reassured us to continue with the work. Now that we are a little further along with the build we have refitted the frame to ensure the lines are still as they should be. We have also added a new hood frame canopy to the existing frame.
Now that we are confident with our findings we can remove the frame and get to work on the preparation and paint.
The refurbished expansion tank is now installed.
Work is now underway on installing the full wiring loom. Once the rear section of wiring is complete the fuel tank can be fitted into position which will draw to a close the work on the rear section of the build.
The Jaguar E-Type panel is now built and ready for the dials to be fitted up.
Dave’s been busy working on the rear end of our E-Type getting ready for the fuel tank to be fitted into position.
The fuel filler cover has also been re-attached too!
Off to China our samples go as we work alongside our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster’s customer in decided the final colours for the hood, leather and vinyl.
To convert the wiper motor from left hand drive to right hand drive we’ve called in the assistance of our good friends and world renowned Jaguar specialists SNG Barratt. They’ll look to refurbishj the unit as well as carrying out the conversion.
The day has come where I will no longer be seeing this beautiful piece of V12 engineering out side my office window but will soon have to view her further down our workshops sitting proudly inside the car.
Today’s the day we re-fit the newly rebuilt V12 engine back where she belongs, sitting within our Jaguar E-Type roadster shell.
…and the operation was a huge success with the engine now safely inside the car ready to be built back up.
We are now days away from being able to marry up our V12 engine to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type so with Dave busy rebuilding the suspension components Tommy and John are refitting the front frame and bonnet to ensure everything fits as expected.
And it does…
We are now into the rebuild stage of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12.
The half-shafts have been built up ready to be fitted back up and part of the full front end re-assembly.
John has spent the afternoon building up the Jaguar E-Type roadster’s upgraded shocks ready for the refit to begin.
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Welcome back to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops our Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster. Now finished in Jaguar Golden Sands sitting proudly next to our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 both ready for rebuild.
Huge progress will be made next week as the team return from their holidays.
Today we had a visit from Brian Classic Assessments and the owners to look at the progress of our Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster. Unfortunately they were a few days too early from seeing her in the new Golden Sands finish but none-the-less they were very happy with seeing the second stage primer.
Now we have the big decision to make on what interior finish.
We’ve just taken delivery of our brand new aluminium Jaguar V12 radiator with cowls and fans, including header tank.
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Our Jaguar E-Type Roadster is due to be painted tomorrow, here she in after her second stage of primer.
The blowers are on and we are just waiting for her to toughen up before moving into the paint booth ready for paint.
Tommy has been hard at work today blasting and refurbishing our 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster top and bottom wishbones.
The first of two coats of primer have now been applied to our Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster.
We are now only days away from the stone chip areas to be drawn out and the brand new Jaguar Golden Sands colour to be applied. The car will be totally transformed by this time next week and we can’t wait!
Jaguar E-Type Front Brake Caliper Conversion Upgrades from SNG Barratt
These four pot front brake caliper conversion kits are manufactured in England using Ductile Cast Iron or Aerospace grade 7075 aluminium. They are all fitted with OE quality modern British seals and 303 grade stainless steel pistons and pins. The kits fit straight onto the original suspension uprights without any modification and utilise the original brake discs and hoses. All are supplied complete with Mintex brake pads.
SBS9086/1 – Iron – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9086A/1 Aluminium Silver – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9086AB/1 Aluminium Black – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9293A/1 Aluminium Black S2 4.2
Supplied With Vented Brake Discs
Vented brake discs offer increased heat dissipation over standard solid discs, making them ideal in situations requiring frequent and/or heavy braking, such as competition
SBS9093AB/1 – Aluminium Black – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9293A – Aluminium Silver – S2 4.2
Brake Pads Sold Separately
JLM9515 – All E-Type
Work continues today on the paint preparation as we build up and re-shape to give our E-Type roadster the perfect lines once again.
We are now preparing the bodywork ready for paint. At this stage we are expecting the preparation to be approximately 150-180 hours.
On his recent visit to the UK and to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops here we have the Bridge Classic Cars team (minus John who was skiving for the afternoon) with the owner of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster and Brian Page from Classic Assessments.
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.
We have now positioned the newly rebuilt V12 engine in our workshops ready to be fitted to the reinforced engine stands.
Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster is now ready for the paint preparation.
At this stage we are estimating a further 150-180 hours will be spent on the preparation before the complete respray commences.
Various conversations have been had but at this moment in time the colour combination is undecided. Our original plan of black with red MAY be altered but at this stage of the build this is not a a problem. With preparation and primer to concentrate on we still have time to make the colour combination decision.
The colour choice will be solely down to the new owner and his/her preference.
This morning, we had the pleasure in meeting Brian Page of Classic Assessments as he visited our workshops to learn a little more about Bridge Classic Cars.
The reason for his visit was to inspect the work we have carried out and our plans for our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. As the workshop was full of our classics we were able to show Brian various stages of the current projects we have; our 1924 Riley 10.8HP 11/40 Sports Tourer, our 1949 MGYT, our 1976 Maserati Merak, our 1960 Jensen 541S, as well as our 1965 Jaguar E-Type and finally over to Colchester to see our 1967 Jaguar E-Type.
It was a very busy morning but hopefully very worthwhile for Brian.
The body will soon arrive back from our paint shop ready for the full concours rebuild.
This week, the task of removing the paint from our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster didn’t come without its dramas.
With the car in position, the compressor all set up and ALL of the correct PPE in place ? Lauren got to work on he job of painstakingly removing every inch of the excess paint from the body shell…
…that was until disaster struck and Lauren found herself with a spec of 46 year old Jaguar dust in her eye. Even though her mask was on, her goggles were securely fastened that little time still managed to find its way in.
So with an afternoon spent in A&E and a good flush of the eye Lauren was back to work and back tackling the E-Type body.
The body work reshaping is now been completed on our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster.
The body will now be prepared for the new black finish to be applied.
It was a huge task correcting the body of this roadster because of the alterations that had been made previously but Tommy has done an incredible job. He has barely turned his head away from this project since returning from Christmas but now we have reached the light at the end of the tunnel.
The very final piece before she goes off into our paint shop, we will remove all of the excess paint that is still remaining on the shell.
Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster finally got given some fresh air today as we let her outside for a bit.
Here we are outside the Bridge Classic Cars headquarters on Deben Road in Ipswich.
It was a little nippy out but the sun was shining.
The Jaguar E-Type, one of the most admired classics. Even in the restoration stages the Jaguar E-Type roadster is still a stunning site and brought a smile to everyone who passed by the doors today.
We often get a few looks in as we are working away during the day but when we park something up outside it’s always lovely to hear people’s comments.
Work continues on the inner arches of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster.
The body preparation task is nearing completion and here we have more more images of the inner arches.
Once the arches were complete and Tommy was happy with the results, he applies a layer of Zinc primer for extra security in those unexposed areas.
Zinc rich primers are used to protect steel surfaces from corrosion. Unlike regular paints or epoxies which resist corrosion by forming an impermeable barrier between the metal and atmospheric moisture, zinc rich primers provide corrosion protection by electrical means.
Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster is really starting to take shape now as we enter the final stages of bodywork preparation.
The new arches have been shaped and fitted and the new boot lid has been laid into position.
A huge difference from when it arrived with us, with it’s huge ‘cut out’ arches and gigantic exhaust.
We refer a lot to bringing a classic back to life and this project is a true example of that. And what a car it will be…
The newly formed bonnet air-duct for our Jaguar E-Type roadster has now been fitted.
It’s been a solid task for Tommy since returning from his Christmas break but what a fantastic job he is doing.
He’s managing to transform the body of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster from a drag car back into the beautiful iconic classic it should be.
The arches have now been cut out ready for the new arches to be reshaped. The new floor pan is fitted and this afternoon he will be tackling the front air duct area…which is a big area to tackle.
The completed V12 engine of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster.
Steve at Rushton Engineering has carried out an amazing job on the engine. It has been completely stripped, chemically cleaned and meticulously rebuilt.
We have renewed, as standard, crank shells, timing chain and tensioner, piston rings, valves and springs.
Both heads have been skimmed, bores honed and carburetors stripped and rebuilt. The fasteners have been electroplated, pulleys, brackets etc have all been powder-coated. The heads, carburetors and many all other parts have been vapour blasted.
We have modified the oil distribution head and sump with remote oil filter housing and oil cooler.
As Tommy is nearing completion on the repair work on the existing body we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newly built body panels.
Before arriving here at Bridge Classic Cars, sometime in it’s life our 1971 Jaguar E-Type had been altered to what we believe was going to be a drag vehicle.
But after a huge operation carried out by Tommy to repair the body it has now been converted back to it’s original state. In order to complete the task in time and within budget it was more cost effective for us to have new panels produced.
The Martin Robey group of Companies is the largest and most comprehensive source of spares and services for classic to modern Jaguar motor cars. They own a lot of the original castings and templates used by Jaguar.
Due to the Martin Robey brand being internationally recognised the lead time on particular items can be a number of weeks and months so do ensure you manage your build effectively to limit your down time.
Our V12 engine is now nearing it’s completion and will be married to the body when it returns from the paint shop.
Every classic car that comes through the doors of Bridge Classic Cars has a story, in fact every classic car you see on the road today has a story. Each and every story is unique and this one is certainly that…
The Jaguar E-Type is one of the most iconic British cars ever to have graced the roads and our 1971 V12 comes with an exceptional story.
Before arriving in the UK, the previous owner had made some very unusual changes to the vehicle. We believe the intention of the changes was to convert the vehicle into a drag or racing car. Although some may consider converting a beautiful classic E-Type into a racing car is madness, the changes had been carried out to an exceptionally high standard; brackets had been fitted in places that t0 the inexperienced eye would easily be mistaken for a factory fitted bracket.
In order to restore this beautiful machine back to its former glory, first we are having remove all of the work that has been carried out so far. This is a huge job but our Tommy has been given the project and he will oversee all of the works required to bring it back to its original form.
Her are some images of the welding work that has been carried out so far. New panels have been ordered and are awaiting delivery so the work you can see so far has all been carried out on the original bodywork.
Tommy has been assigned the task of working on our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster.
We are working alongside her new owner Steve to bring this beautiful creation back to life.
Having recently restored a stunning Austin Healey (I’ll try and get some photos!), Steve will be carrying out the majority of the work himself but we will be completing the bodywork preparation and carrying out the full respray in Black before handing her back to Steve to complete the restoration.
Here’s some of the work that Tommy has already carried out on the bonnet area:
We’ve been very busy of late and as this project is our own it has unfortunately had to take a back seat.
Work is due to commence on the body later this week as we have lots of welding to do. The chromework is also due back to us later this week.
Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type v12 Roadster is now ready for the big task of welding. As we have mentioned previously, this beauty spent some time in the US with the intention of being a drag car.
With this in mind, a lot of unnecessary changes have been made to the shell so it’s now the job for Will to put her back to how she should be. New arches will need to be fitted up and welded into place.
We can’t wait for her to be back to her best, ready to be refitted. The chrome is back with us now and doesn’t look as pretty wrapped up in a box!
We’ve been so busy recently at Bridge Classic Cars that unfortunately our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster has taken a little bit of a back seat.
Having stripped it bear metal some time ago we were quick to whisk her off to the sandblaster ready to have the sandblasting treatment done but not so quick in asking for her back.
Here she is, back with us in the Bridge Classic Cars workshops ready to be repaired and prepared for a full respray.
A trip up the A14 is due soon as we get our 1971 Jaguar E-Type 3 Roadster chrome work organised, ready for refurbishing.
When organising the chrome (or all parts in general) it is important to document what you have to start with so it helps when it’s returned; A. to check you have it all and B. it helps work out what each individual part is and where it belongs.
Aftermarket parts these days are wonderful. As time goes on original parts for classic cars are becoming harder and harder to find so there is absolutely a market for aftermarket parts but if you are lucky enough to have original parts that are repairable then it’s best to do this if it is a cost effective solution.
Off we go to Wyatt Polishing in Thetford, Tony does wonders with chrome-work!
With our 1966 Jaguar E-Type away for 24 hours to have the ceiling cloth and glass re-fitted it gave the team a small window to crack on with the next restoration.
The 1971 Jaguar E-Type convertible is well on it’s way to being stripped but with the paint shop ready and waiting we just needed to remove the final few pieces and get her ready for her full respray.
Once the entire body has been stripped and everything that needs to be removed has been you are left with a very naked shell.
Here we are loading it up ready to take it to Trevor at Needham Market ready for it’s full respray.
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!!
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.
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.
And there she was, appearing from no where…admittedly not in the most elegant of ways…our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Convertible.
Now the fun starts!
We finished preparing and packing the Jaguar V12 E-Type engine, manual gearbox and limited slip diff, ready to be loaded up and taken to Steve at Rushton Engineering in Cullompton for the full concours restoration.
The engine was originally purchased as a runner from a retired Jaguar restoration company owner along with an amount of other E-Type spares.
At Rushton Engineering, all classic car engines rebuilt to exacting standards. It will be completely stripped, chemically cleaned and meticulously rebuilt.
They renew, as standard, crankshells, timing chain and tensioner, piston rings, valves and springs. Both heads will be skimmed, bores honed and carburettors stripped and rebuilt. Fasteners are electroplated, pulleys, brackets etc are podercoated and the heads and carburettors are vapour blasted.
We’ll soon be welcoming in to the workshops 2 new classic car projects. They are currently en-route from Canada so will be hitting our shores in approximately 5 weeks time.