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1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

Chroming various parts

Images back from Tony at Wyatt Polishing as he continues to work through the various re-chroming and re-polishing projects we have given him. Here we

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A Fitting Tribute: Jaguar E-Type Memorial Plaque

What a wonderful gesture! The current owner of this E-Type has paid tribute to their late family member with this beautiful commemorative plaque. We’ve also embedded one of their favourite cufflinks into the vehicle. The installation of this plaque marks the end of this vehicles restoration here with us at Bridge Classic Cars, what a story this car has to tell!

We cannot wait to hear about the journeys the new owner has planned for her.

Jaguar E-Type Centre box

What a turnaround! We’ve sourced, stripped and re-trimmed this Jaguar E-Type centre box to a black / tan colour scheme in a matter of days. Great work, Kath.

1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Final Fitting

Our beautiful Series 3 Jaguar E-Type is now so close to completion.

The interior restoration has been completed, it’s now a task of reinstalling the final few pieces of interior trim and completing the wiring and electrical systems.

Bob has diagnosed a few minor niggles within the electrics which he will be working on this week. Bob will also be fitting an immobiliser to this lovely Series 3 E-Type

1972 Jaguar E-Type Airbox Fabrication

Dave has been working on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. It’s quite common for the air box’s on E-Types to corrode in the wheel-side corner. Dave has repaired the airbox ready to be sent down to our paint shop.

1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

Paul has continued work on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3. He’s been busy installing the following:

  • New heater box
  • New brake vacuum tank
  • New washer bottle
  • New radiator with cooling fans
  • New front brake assembly and callipers
  • New brake and clutch fluid reservoir
  • New brake master cylinder
  • Refurbished rear axle assembly

Bob has also been working on this vehicle, installing an alternator charging regulator.

1972 Jaguar E-Type – New Exhaust System

Paul has fitted the brand new Bell stainless steel exhaust system to our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. Bell are a stainless steel exhaust manufacturers based in Swindon, UK. They have been manufacturing exhausts systems and silencers for over 40 years, specialising in high quality exhaust manufacturing for classic cars.

@benjohnson_12 – September 2019

Ben shared new vs old images of his 1972 Jaguar E-Type restoration project to his followers on his Instagram page. Thank you for the share Ben, glad you like the journey with us…

Jaguar E-Type Interior Refit

The brand new Cinnamon upholstery is now being fitted in to our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. The seats are re-covered and ready for install when the rest is ready. We hope to have the majority of the interior work fitted in time for the weekend.

Fitting our Jaguar E-Type with the new aluminium radiator

Alicool produce Intercoolers, radiators, oil coolers, fuel tanks and aluminium fabrication work. The company was set up thanks to the coming together of industry leading professionals. Their design and drawing team have 25 years’ experience in aluminium cooling products and have worked on projects from super car cooling packages in air, water and oil to radiator design for cooling in the vintage and fast road market place.

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type has been fitted with a lightweight 66mm high performance alloy core radiator. Over 45% more efficient than the original copper and brass radiator. This radiator will keep race or road cars perfectly cool even in high ambient conditions. Alicool water cores are vacuum braised in a controlled atmosphere to comply with IS09001 quality assurance standards. Available with oil cooler for automatic models.

Repairing our E-Type Door Hinges

Due to excessive play, Dave has stripped back our original Jaguar E-Type door hinges and rebuilt them to house a new centre pin.

Building up the Jaguar E-Type doors

Mauro is currently in the process of building up the 1972 Jaguar E-Type doors. The chrome work is being refitted, the rubbers are going back into position and the window and frame is now, once again, secured.

Work begins on the interior re-trim

The seats belonging to our 1972 Jaguar E-Type are now in the process of being stripped, blasted and the frames painted, as we prepare for the full colour change re-trim.

The interior will be recreated in Cinnamon using an existing pattern from upholstery specialists Aldridge Trimming.

The full kit is now with our in-house upholsterer Donna has she will make the necessary tweaks to ensure they fit perfectly.

All internal components; cushions, wadding etc will all get assessed and replaced where necessary.

Source: Aldridge Trimming

Aldridge Trimming Ltd, is a family run business that has been established for well over half a century and three generations. The business was founded in the 1930’s and initially provided a local general trimming service for cars of the 20’s and 30’s era. Over the years, the business has evolved and expanded and we now employ 28 staff and have gained a world-wide reputation for quality British made interior trim, to original standards. 

As well as the mail order side of the business, they provide a bespoke trimming service for owners who bring their vehicles on-site. With a large workshop covering 20,000 sq ft and twenty skilled trimmers and machinists, they have the capacity to provide trim fitting services for well over 100 classic cars per annum. 

Whilst mainly focusing on the Jaguar Marques (specifically from the 1950s onwards), they also support Austin Healey, Triumph, Mercedes (from 1964 onwards) and Ford cars from the 60’s and 70’s era. They can manufacture anything from a sun visor to a complete interior trim set for virtually any classic car including many modern vehicles (if the customer can supply original patterns) and they are constantly adding to our product range. 

Recently featured on Channel 4’s “Car S.O.S.“, they were involved in restoring 5 cars to their original condition. 

Fuzz Townshend visits Aldridge Trimming

Following our features in ‘Car SOS’ over the years, Fuzz Townshend came and had a look around our workshop to show you what we get up to on a daily basis, hope you enjoy!

Posted by Aldridge Trimming on Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Jaguar E-Type: Rubbers, Windows, Fuel Tank

The intricate door rubbers have been expertly fitted by Mauro today.

He has also painted up the existing windows to freshen up the look before re-fit.

The fuel tank has also been fitted this week so the car is really now starting to take shape fast.

Rebuilding our E-Type doors

Mauro returned from his holiday this week and got straight into rebuilding the doors of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type.

Chroming various parts

Images back from Tony at Wyatt Polishing as he continues to work through the various re-chroming and re-polishing projects we have given him.

Here we have bright work from our TVR Grantura, Jensens 541R’s and Jaguar E-Type.

Fitting the E-Type suspension

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type is now back on it’s wheels having completed the re-fit of the front suspension and back axle.

Jaguar E-Type Pedal Box, Handbrake Refurb, Body Parts

Work continues on refurbishing parts for our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. The handbrake lever has been stripped, polished and rebuilt. The pedal box has also been cleaned up and is now ready for refit.

We have also now fitted up the bonnet catch which holds the bonnet and also the fuel filler cover.