1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

2020 In Reflection

It goes without saying, 2020 has been tough for everyone but there have been some positives! Bridge Classic Cars turned 16, we welcomed in more

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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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The secret key…

Whilst cleaning up and refurbishing our 1972 Jaguar E-Type’s dash we discover, tucked neatly behind the dash, a rusty key. We have no idea what

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2k DTM work…

Acrylic 2K mix anti corrosive direct to metal (DTM) paint is a high performance two pack compliant coating consisting of an acrylic modified pigmented base coupled

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2020 In Reflection

It goes without saying, 2020 has been tough for everyone but there have been some positives! Bridge Classic Cars turned 16, we welcomed in more unique and interesting cars, expanded the team and took new ventures.

2020’s Winners

This year we introduced our competitions back in May. With an uncertain year ahead of us, we wanted to provide some excitement to our followers, and what better way than to offer the chance of winning a car for less than £20! It wasn’t easy at first, but now with over 21 winners and up to 4 competition cars running at the same time, we’re doing better than ever. So far we’ve given away £561,197.00 worth of classic cars!

This week we’re delivering our latest winning cars, our 1974 VW Beetle that was won by Colin Knight and our 1995 Jaguar XJ6 who was won by Nick Nicola just before Christmas! We’re being careful to make the delivery as safe as possible, complying with tier 4 guidelines but we can’t wait to see Colin and Nick’s reactions!

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Race Car Replica Completion

Its been a long restoration, but we were delighted to announce the completion of our very own project, our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Race Car Replica. Its come a long way from the decrepit shell we started with in 2017. Every detail, right down to the colour has been custom made and designed. This truly is a Bridge Classic Car. You can see it’s story here.

The Year Of The Jensen

We love every and any classic car and are in turn, we’re equipped to fix and restore any classic too, but 2020 for us was the year of the Jensen. We’ve had eight 541R/541S’s in this year, some of which are still with us being completed. With only 193 Jensen 541R’s and 127 541S’s ever made worldwide, to have so many in at all really is outstanding, let alone all at the same time.

The 541R models were manufactured between 1957 and 1960 when they were later replaced by the 541S that ran from 1960 to 1962. Whilst each car is incredibly unique with its story and bespoke restoration, they are also very similar, and as you can imagine, with 8 very similar cars in at the same time, it took a while to get our heads around which was which when referring to them.

Expanding the team

2020 saw the birth of the Trim Shop. Whilst we’d had individual trim specialists working with us before, we were yet to dedicate a department to it! Last year saw the creation of the Trim Shop, giving the speciality its own workshop and team which continued to grow throughout the year. Originally just Kath and Brian, we have welcomed a new face to the team recently. Lydia has now joined us and is another much-valued member of the trim shop. Having our own trim department allows us to continue keeping all our restorations under one roof, limiting the outsourcing as much as we can.

We’ve also had Ellie join this year, adding to the marketing department. Previously we had just Freddie, and briefly Charlotte doing our marketing, but as the company started to grow, we found the need to take on another set of hands for our marketing and visuals.

One of a kind – Chevron B20

We’ve had some very unique cars in this year, including this original 1972 Chevron B20. Its seen top racing drivers, international races and a big crash in its lifetime and nowWe’re selling this on behalf of the owner but in the meantime, we’re enjoying housing this incredible special car. You can find out more about its history on our blogs.

Introduction of editorial shoots

The latter part of this year saw us start shooting some of our cars in a more editorial and creative style. Whilst we’ve always organised high-quality shoots of all our competition and for sale cars, we decided to add models to some of the shoots to make them a bit different.

Now we have both Freddie and Ellie on shoots, it means we can also get behind the scene insights into our shoots.

Bespoke restorations; A tribute

Another interesting and heartfelt restoration this year was our 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 that we restored. In memory of their late uncle, the owner paid to have a commemorative plaque fitted by the handbrake. We also embedded one of their Uncle’s favourite cufflinks above it as well. As we always say, each restoration is special and every car carries its own stories, but this one was particularly special.

Car Show 2020

Last January, we had our open morning car show that proved to be incredibly popular. After having to cancel our 2021 January open morning show, we hope to organise one for later this year.

She’s My E-Type On Paper

Our stunning 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 is with us again for a range of repairs, fixes and upgrades.

To start with, the car’s not running. Therefore, our engine experts have her up on the ramp ready for closer inspection.

Dave, one of most experienced classic car technicians is changing the ignition. Once this is completed the engine should be able to be fired up. This will enable the team to start with various other fixes.

Tom, one of our specialist classic car technicians has repaired a couple of the cars more minor niggles. “There was a problem with the handbrake light” Tom explains. “We managed to tweak the switch and have sorted that out.”

Tom’s also investigated an issue with the accelerator panel and the windscreen washers. Both of which should now be rectified.

A new chrome rear bumper has also been fitted by Tom and Paul this week. The bumper was supplied by the customer and expertly fitted by our specialist technicians.

The car also has an oil leak. Tom has cleaned under the car, to give our engine expert Ady a better look at where the oils coming from. ” I suspect it’s coming from a washer between the engine and the oil relief valve” Ady’s told us.

We won’t know whether the fixes are successful until we get her engine back up and running. We have every confidence in our classic car experts. Let’s get this beautiful little sports car back on the road soon!

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.

Refurbishing our E-Type dash

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type dash top, glove box and dial section have now been cleared up, repaired and polished ready for the dials to be refitted.

Jaguar E-Type: Sound Deadening

The boot area of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type has now been cleaned up and fitting with a new Tetrosyl sound deadening layer. Not only does this tidy up the area but also acts as a sound barrier to cut down the noise level inside the car. making for a more pleasurable driving experience.

Tetra Pad Textured Sound Deadening Pads are designed to absorb vibrations in sheet metal panels and provide an effective sound insulation. Formulated to give maximum flexibility even in cold conditions, these may be applied to vehicle panels, floors, engine compartments, garage doors etc.

The secret key…

Whilst cleaning up and refurbishing our 1972 Jaguar E-Type’s dash we discover, tucked neatly behind the dash, a rusty key.

We have no idea what the key is for but what a fantastic hiding place.

Brian has now stripped and cleaned the dash surround ready for the newly refurbished dials to be refitted.

Jaguar E-Type Full Re-Trim

It’s not always about re-inventing the wheel. When it comes to full re-trims sometimes we have no options but to re-produce the interior from scratch. Either the patterns are not readily available or the colour options that we intend on using are not standard. Other times however, full interior kits are available to purchase and when the choice of colour combination is standard this is more often than not the most cost effective way of working.

When buying any trim that has not been produced especially for your vehicle please be aware that they are produced using a generic template so it is not simply a case of buying them and they fit perfectly first time. You may still require an expert with the tooling and skills to manipulate the shapes to fit a specific area.

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type interior will be finished in a standard Jaguar colour of Cinnamon. With this in mind, we have called in the assistance of Aldridge Trimming to supply us with a full Cinnamon kit for us to work with and this kit has now arrived in our workshops.

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 our mail order side of the business, we also 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, we 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), we also support Austin Healey, Triumph, Mercedes (from 1964 onwards) and Ford cars from the 60’s and 70’s era. We can manufacture anything from a sunvisor to a complete interior trim set for virtually any classic car including many modern vehicles (if the customer can supply original patterns) and we are constantly adding to our product range. 

Recently featured on National Geographic’s “Car S.O.S.”, we were involved in restoring 5 cars to their original condition. 

We provide an extensive range of trim kits for local and international mail order as well as being a supplier to some of the major Jaguar, Triumph and Ford Restoration companies both in the UK and Worldwide.”

Brightwork away for polishing

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.

Restoring more parts of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

We have now stripped our Jaguar E-Type heater box of all of its individual components. Parts of this will have to be purchased new due to how badly corroded they have become.

Once the new parts are in we can then look to rebuild the box and store away ready for refit.

Jaguar E-Type: restoring the radiator and various parts

With Darren completing the ‘Direct To Treatment’ on various car parts over the weekend Brian has it the road running this week and made huge progress on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type project. The radiator is now rebuilt, having been stripped, cleaned and painted.

2k DTM work…

Acrylic 2K mix anti corrosive direct to metal (DTM) paint is a high performance two pack compliant coating consisting of an acrylic modified pigmented base coupled with an isocyanate polymer based hardener.

It provides a tough and durable mirror-like gloss finish with excellent chemical and solvent resistance.

Designed for the coating of commercial vehicles, trailers, chassis, military, plant machinery and agricultural equipment, the fully cured coating is hard wearing and durable and demonstrates excellent resistance to weathering.

Various parts for various cars have now been stripped, cleaned, prepped and coated in our 2k mix.

Restoring more parts of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

Work continues on restoring the existing parts from our 1972 Jaguar E-Type project. Rather than sourcing new, Brian has been worked on perfecting what we already have. It may be time consuming but a little effort goes a long way and will save a lot of money in the long run.

It is also nice to rescue existing parts where possible as it’s part of the vehicles history.

We have managed to save the lights, badges and filler cap this week.

Restoring parts on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

More parts are being stripped, dismantled, cleaned and polished for our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. Here we have the light surround getting the full clean treatment.

Over the coming weeks we will hopefully have all loose components cleaned and repainted and in storage ready for the rebuild to commence.

 

The light clusters have been completely dismantled and clean inside and out.

And finally, a lot of attention has been paid to the four exhaust outlets to give them a new lease of life.

 

Uncovering signs on rust on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type

From a far, the paintwork on our 1972 Jaguar E-Type looks lovely. The light blue finish is striking but upon closer inspection there are a lot of imperfections that we knew we needed to address.

The car was painted approximately 10 years ago but unfortunately it looks as though the car may have been repaired and painted with moisture in the air. The body has signs of micro blistering all over which is not good news.

Many causes of micro-blistering occur when vehicles are repaired or painted under adverse conditions.

You can minimise the chances of blistering by ensuring your paint area is kept clean and dry. During paint application, you need to use the correct thinner with each and every coat of paint.  It is certainly not advised to apply cheap quality thinner where the moisture content is often above specified levels.  You should apply sufficient primer and topcoat in even coats.  Ensure a sufficient primer film is left after sanding followed by a similar film weight of topcoat.  Low film build of either or both weakens the paint structure and can very easily lead to blistering. Spot or localised repairs are very noticeable as the feather edge part of the area would undoubtedly have a low film weight.  Low film weight is one of the most common causes of blistering, combined with adverse environmental conditions.

The car will now be stripped back bare as we see signs of rust appearing and this will need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Painting and preparing without correcting issues first will result in a similar effect happening within a matter of months.

 

Refurbishing a collection of dials

Our Jaguar E-type dials are amongst a large collection of dials currently en-route to our good friends Speedy Cables to be refurbished.

Authorised distributor of Smiths, CAI and VDO products Speedy Cables is an independent small company located in South Wales employing around 20 people with a variety of professional, engineering and craft skills engaged in the customisation and repair of instrumentation and the manufacture of custom control cables and custom drive cables.

The market sectors in which the company operates is varied. Historically it was predominantly automotive including replica cars, classic cars, classic motorcycles, taxis, kit cars, motor sport and military, whilst they continue to serve those sectors they also serve the agricultural, industrial and security sectors.

Restoring the E-Type centre console and ashtray

As you can see, the ashtray is in desperate need of some TLC. A restoration of the ashtray is a necessity with this one. Brian is busy stripping down, clean and getting ready to apply the crinkle finish paint.

And here is the end result, after a few hours of hard work.

Jaguar E-Type V12 parts to be blasted

Work has now begun on the rebuild of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type. Brian is sorting through the components that will need to be media blasted, painted and refurbished to get them ready and on the shelf for the refit stage.

The rear cradle is ready for blasting and the rear wishbone assembly is ready for dismantling.

Refurbishing the Jaguar E-type diff

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 diff has now been stripped, cleaned, galvanised and repainted. This is now on the shelf ready to be re-fitted when the time comes.

Running up our V12 engine

Our 1972 Jaguar E-Type’s V12 engine is now fitted up to the test rig to check it’s running capabilities. It turned over first time with very little effort which is great news so Ady now knows what he needs to work on to refurbish and prepare the engine for refit.

Refurbishing our E-Type gearbox

No rest for Brian over the Christmas period as he began work on the refurbishment of our 1972 Jaguar E-Type V12 gearbox.

The external components have now been stripped where necessary, blasted, cleaned and repainted.

With the individual parts complete and repainted we have now reassembled the gearbox and is ready for refit.

1972 Jaguar E-Type Collection Day

Today we collected one of our next projects, our 1972 Jaguar E-Type.

As you can see, the car is a stalled restoration so we have taken on the project to complete the works required. For a shell that has been painted and stored for over 10 years she is in remarkable condition with only a few imperfections and micro-blisting to address in our paintshops.

The car is coming to us as an almost complete car but parts still need to be stripped and refurbished before the re-fit.

Coming Soon – 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

We are very excited to announce one for the future here at Bridge Classic Cars. Here we have our 1972 Jaguar E-Type which has been partly restored many many years ago but has sat in storage ever since.

Ben has been in touch with us asking for some assistance to complete the work on his uncle’s car and get her back on the road.

The paintwork is in fantastic condition considering how long ago it was painter. We love the colour and once a few of the imperfections and blistering have been addressed we’ll have a great base for the rebuild and refit.

The car will be in our workshops later in the year.