Our newly finished Triumph TR6 and its friend, the Tundra 1975 MGB have been stored up in Bentwaters whilst we work on the third in this trio, a Beverly Hills Jaguar E-Type that’s in for a full 180 transformation. All three cars are owned by the same clients, making it an exciting set of projects. With these two tucked away in our Hanger at Bentwaters, we can get cracking on the Jaguar.
We’re delighted to announce the completion of our beautiful magenta 1973 Triumph TR6 which has now be sent into storage with us. It headed over this morning and we felt very lucky to have such an expert lorry driver at our disposal as Bentwaters looked like a scene from the Arctic Circle. Mauro is one of our talented and hard-working technicians but also has a history as a lorry driver and is in charge of driving our lorry. We always know our lorry and cars are in safe hands with him at the wheel.
We’re expect to shooting this TR6 for its final celebratory photoshoot soon. Watch this space!
Tom has recently fitted the chassis plate on our lovely Triumph TR6 which is almost ready to go, with just a few adjustments left to make.
The Triumph TR6 has recently had new spotlights installed. Our next step is to install the switch. The client has asked that we install the switch in a discrete place so that the interior still keeps its original look.
Mauro has also installed the new steering wheel, with the cover made by our trim shop, into the TR6 which is looking very smart!
Our beautiful 1973 Triumph TR6 is looking amazing! We’re currently waiting on a few elements to arrive such as some new spotlights and steering wheel. We’ll keep you updated with its next stage in its restoration journey when those parts arrive!
We’ve been focusing on perfecting the paintwork for our Triumph TR6, making sure the metal bodywork sits perfectly.
Currently its sitting in a filler spray awaiting a high build primer before its painted for the final time.
The work continues on our gorgeous TR6. Its recently received a new spare tire which is kept safely beneath a wooden door flap in the floor of the boot. When closed, the TR6’s boot looks neat and spacious.
Our Trim shop expert Kath has refurbished the steering wheel cover as well. This entails taking off the old one and marking out sections for the new cover. Once marked out, the two sides are sewn together and it is stretched over the wheel. The centre seam is levelled up with the centre. The two sides are then hand stitched together in a criss-cross stitch, pulling the thread tight at the stitch progresses.
When Kath reaches the end of the fabric, the thread is knotted and finished off. The centre cover was then attended to. This entailed cleaning the centre cap and re-glueing all the loose vinyl and sticking the centre back in place.
Once finished, the centre cover is wiped over, cap attached to the wheel with small fasteners and its ready to fit in the car.
Our electric specialist, Adam, has also been attending to the TR6 by re-wiring and fitting the radio. Now this beautiful Triumph is both ready for any road trip and its playlist.
Another week has flown by! Once again we’ve had photoshoots, new arrivals and spectacular developments on our current projects.
On Tuesday we shot the second half of the content for our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 race car replica. For this, we took it to the track at Bentwaters where our skilled F1 Test Driver, Mike O’Connor, put it through its paces.
We’ve also shot our new competition car, the Jaguar XJ6. Here’s a sneak peek at the XJ6 in motion. For these kinds of shots, we often get Ellie to drive and Freddie to shoot the car in motion. This allows moving shots to be done efficiently when it’s separate to a staged shoot with a model/talents such as the Jaguar race car above.
The XJ6 has already gone live and has proved to be incredibly popular with almost a quarter of the tickets having sold out in one day! Get your tickets quickly as the launch sale is ending soon!
A stunning Jaguar XJ6 auto and a classic 1979 Daimler 4.2 Sovereign XJ6 Series III Automatic have also arrived this week, ready to be a competition cars. You can find more about the Jaguar and Daimler here!
The sill and footwell carpet has been cut and glued down as well as the carpet around the gearbox tunnel. Brian has fitted the front and rear footwell carpets on the passenger side too. Metal rails & air vent covers have been fitted to the scuttle panels. The passenger side scuttle panel and front footboard have both been fitted in place this week.
Although a lot of the carpets and back seats have been made, there’s still the front seats to make and fit.
Upon inspection, we identified some modifications needed on the grey Jensen’s doors to make sure all components align correctly.
Our 1973 Triumph TR6 has had new speakers and speaker holders made and installed by our technician Mauro who’s been working exclusively on the TR6. Adam, our auto electrics specialist has also been doing some work on the TR6, changing the sidelights to indicators to comply with UK road laws.
The new bonnet has been attached on the 504, the latches have been modified, gaps lined, bonnet painted and now fit! It’s so rewarding seeing this beautiful car looking whole again!
We’ve had a rubber mystery in the workshop, but luckily enough Gordan used his detective skills to figure out a nifty solution! The Peugeot 504 was in need of new rubber sills however we couldn’t find anywhere that sourced them. By matter of chance, in our Amphicar box of spare bits and bobs, we found some rubber extras that fit the 504 perfectly! A tip for anyone looking for Peugeot 504 rubber sills, head over to Gordons Imports and get some Amphicar rubber!
The Peugeot 504 has also been started for the first time in quite a while! This was its debut since being reassembled and its sounding good!
The Morris Minor 1000 is ready for a test drive! It will be the first time it’s been started and driven in a while so it’s going to be an exciting development! To get the Morris ready for its start-up, our engine technician Ady has cleaned the carburettors and given it a pre-startup service.
Our trim team has been fitting the rear centre section in place, cutting out sound deadening and glueing it to bodywork behind where seats go.
The rear squab section has also been fitted in place, the carpet has been cut to be placed in front of the rear seat base, the rear seat section has been fitted in place, and the leather has been glued to the seat subframes.
Sound deadening has been installed in the rear footwell & tunnel sides, passenger side, passenger side bulkhead, and the front footwells.
The door frames are also undergoing some modifications so that the window glass sits more comfortably. The doors will need to be taken apart and re-welded back together.
Our Peony Red 1960 Jensen 541s has had new door catch fixing plates installed. Our technicians have also made a cover to go over them to stop them from falling down into the sills of the car. They have then been welded into position.
The Triumph TR6 is on the road to recovery with the final tweaks being done. The engine levels have been checked as have the gearbox and rear axels. This stage is mostly a pre-drive service to make sure everything is in the right place and ready for the car to be driven for the first time. The battery holder needs to be installed and the engine to be tuned. Once these last details are done we can turn it on and see how it drives and address any teething problems that may arise.
The Amphicar is currently going through another in-depth stage of troubleshooting the electrics. Much like the TR6, our technicians’ are applying the final checks in preparation for starting the car up for the first time.
The Peugeot 504 is almost finished! The exhaust and break lines have been installed as well as the seat belts which have been added by our technician Scott.
The black 1960 Jensen 541R has come out of paintwork recently to address the corrections made. All the chrome has now been re-installed so it’s looking shiny and new!
Our Lada is one of our most recent patients. We diagnosed it with rusting sills and floor, which is being addressed and corrected by one of our fabricators, Ant. These refurbishments are done through a series of stages that include welding and applying filler to resolve the ageing. Think of it like getting a dermatological facial!
Our blue jaguar e-type is awaiting its chrome bumper and new steering rack to be fitted. The sun roof has also been fixed. This included taking apart the faulty switch and cleaning the components and then insulating the terminal. Once fitted back together, the sun roof was back to working perfectly again.
Our gold and red 1962 Jensen 541S has had its oil changed and water purged from the engine by our engine specialist, Ady.
Ady is also working on the Austin 7 Nippy engine which is currently at COLTEC to be assessed.
The exhaust has been reinstalled into our Nissan as well as the link pipe between the two exhaust manifolds.
Our trim shop expert, Kath, has been busy making multiple covers for the magenta Triumph TR6. The hood and tonneau now have covers that have been created out of black vinyl. Velcro has been sewn on and all the individual parts are then sewn together. Kath has also made a bag for the jack which followed a similar pattern to the tool bag.
Our week has been very busy with two photoshoots at the start of the week and new projects arriving in the workshop.
Our trim shop has been fitting the frame to the TR6. This includes riveting straps to the frame bars, marking positions for fasteners around the rear of the hood and fitting those fasteners in position. The next step is to clip the front edge of the cover in place while the fasteners are riveted to the metal bar inside the hood.
Brian, one of our trim shop specialists the glued velcro to the sidebars and screwed in metal channels for the side rubbers. Once all the fasteners have been fitted, Brian could then fit the cover to the car.
Our Lotus Esprit has had a new water pipe fabricated from stainless steel to replace the old aluminium one that had rusted. This was made by hand in our workshop.
Although finish, the 1967 Jaguar E-type series 1 race car is always an ongoing project with new alterations being done frequently. This week a new door latch and release cable was fitted.
Our 1965 Triumph TR5 has had its split dashboard repaired. Refurbished by hand in our workshop, its now ready to be re-installed.
The trim shop has added wadding to the rear-seat centre section, glued the cover at front & back down and turned the fabric around the hinge at the back. The seats have also had the sides glued and pulled tight. Wadding has been added as well as extra foam to the side section of the rear seat base.
Primer has been done and its now ready for the fiberglass to be smoothed and corrected and the colour to be applied.
The Gold and Burgundy Jensen 541S had an issue with its engine which Ady, our engine specialist soon diagnosed as a cracked oil way. Oil was leaking into the water pipe. To discover the issue, Ady had to fill the oil way with water and push air through the pipe to identify the issue.
Both Monday and Tuesday were jam-packed for our marketing team with two photoshoots for our race cars, the Jaguar E-Type and the Chevron B20. We’re excited to share the results of these shoots. A big thank you to Ellough Park in Beccles for allowing us to shoot on their track and to Mark O’Connor who featured in the Jaguar E-Type photos. As an F1 test driver and stunt driver, he was the perfect person to get behind the wheel and model for the shoot!
The trim shop has made the centre console for the radio. This entails measuring each section, cutting out those sections from the leather, and then from those pieces, creating a gaiter for the gear stick and an outer shell for the radio console.
The next step was to make and fit the carpets which includes bolting them down and adding deadening to the tunnel.
The speaker panel was next to be made and fitted. As well as the leather, the speaker panels also needed foam padding adding to it.
Once again, the trim shop has done an amazing job fitting the new interior to the TR6. With the seats added back in, it’s looking really smart!
The Purple 1973 Triumph TR6 has recently had seatbelts and tyres installed making by our team.
New seatbelts were installed on our TR6! There may be a few pieces missing but at least it’s now a safe drive!
It also had its first start-up today, but to get it running perfectly, we’ll be handing it over to our engine specialist Ady.
You can trust here at Bridge Classic Cars that your car will get full attention from our team of specialist technicians, and the proof is in the pudding!
A brand new windscreen has also been recently installed.
The owner of our TR6 specially requested for the original tyres to be fitted, so we ordered a set of original TR6 Michelin XAS tyres from Longstone Classic Tyres.
We understand that some people want their cars fitted with modern refurbishments and some prefer to keep the originality intact. Both are great options when restoring a classic car and equally have their own pros and cons, however its never too much trouble to acquire or make original custom fittings to make sure the car is just right. Its all in the finer details!
One of our classic car technicians Mauro has been working on the injectors on our 1973 Triumph TR6.
“I’ve refurbished the fuel injector pumps” Mauro explains. Which is a fairly involved process of stripping all the removable parts and giving them a thorough clean.
There are then several tests carried out to ensure all the components are working as they should. Mauro successfully got them working and reassembled the parts.
“I’ve then fitted the front and back batch of the fuel injector pumps back onto the engine.” Mauro describes. He’s also found time for less invasive work including fitting the rear view mirror and the sun visors.
The dashboard wiring has also been completed. The dashboard panel has then been fitted back onto the front with the dials and rigged up and ready to go. And what a beautiful front dash it is!
Recommissioning classic car engines is a speciality of ours here at Bridge Classic Cars. We have several highly skilled classic car technicians able to carry out this type of work, along with full engine rebuilds where required.
Get in touch with our friendly team today for more information on our classic car engine services.
Our exciting 1973 Triumph TR6 is in our in-house trim shop getting some very special treatment. The body has been painted an electric magenta, meanwhile the interior will be finished with a very complimentary biscuit leather.
Kath and Brian, our interiors experts has been working on the seats for the TR6. “We fitted the diaphragm and webbing to seats” Kath describes, “then made the foam for the middle of the base, stuck that into position, then glued down the calico flaps.”
They then added foam either side of the centre foam piece to create the seats shape and again glued down the calico flaps.
“We then added foam around the base of the seat” Kath continued “then fitted the cover over and Brian trimmed it up.” The vinyl was then pushed through to the back and fitted into place.
Thereafter the foam for the squab of the seat was fixed into place and glued, ready to have it’s cover fitted.
For the headrest, the chrome eyelets were fitted into place ready to be placed over the headrest and have any excess fabric trimmed off. Wadding was then fitted to the seat ready for the cover to finally be fitted over the back of the seat and fixed into place.
The covers were then pulled down over the seats to fit snugly into place. “We clipped the bottom ears into place to hold the covers firm” Kath explains “then stick any loose ends under too.”
Any loose ends were glued into place to hold to cover still and tidy up all the edges.
Finally, the seats had their metal adjustment handle fitted over the top.
We think the biscuit leather looks almost good enough to eat!
Our interior trim expert Brian has been spending time with our stunning 1973 Triumph TR6 this week.
The eye-catching magenta classic is undergoing a full restoration with us and currently is getting some special treatment in our in-house trim shop.
Brian begins with the underlay. “Starting with the rear section,” he explains “I mapped out all the underlay sections then positioned and glued them into place.”
He then began on the wheel arches, “I glued foam onto the wheel arch sections” Brian explains “then glued vinyl onto them, glued the rear bulk head carpet into place and fitted the wheel arch panels over the top”.
After fixing the cockpit panel, Brian turned his attention to the side panels of the car. “I added material to the inside posts and glued in these triangular panels.”
Brian then fitted the carpet sections for both the sills and rear foot wells. Finishing off by fitting the front foot well carpets.
We are obsessed with this colour combination, magenta paint with a biscuit interior. Our customer selected these colours, as the car arrived with us totally different! It’s one of the many exciting parts of bespoke classic car restoration.
What colour combination would you choose?
Our super-star trim shop duo Kath and Brian continue work on the exciting 1973 Triumph TR6.
Now all the interior leather seat covers and panels are complete, they’re ready to be fitted into the car.
The team have also added the bespoke biscuit leather door panels. Now they’re fitted in place, the final additions are added like door handles and window crank.
It’s so exciting seeing a colour combination coming together, what do you think to this colour scheme?
Our 1973 TR6 is ready and waiting to enter our in-house trim shop. She’s had a ton of restoration work done on the engine and body, so now it’s time to restore her interior.
Her owner has opted for a gorgeous biscuit leather for the interior. We think it’ll set the magenta paintwork off a treat! We’re looking forward to seeing the colour scheme come together over the next few weeks.
One of the seats on our 1973 Triumph TR6 was broken. Recline seats break quite often, so Dave, one of our classic car technicians, has been TIG welding the guide of the mechanism to rectify the issue.
“I took apart the mechanism to prepare it for welding,” explains Dave, “then re-positioned the broken part into the correct position and welded it.”
It’s these small fixes that often cause the most discomfort or frustration when driving a classic car. If your pride and joy isn’t as comfortable as she used to be, get in touch to see how we can help – 01473 742038.
Mauro, our master mechanic here at Bridge has been completing work on the doors of the 1973 Triumph TR6.
Along with getting all the mechanisms working on the handles and windows, Mauro had been busy finishing up other bits. “I’ve also finished the surrounds on the doors and windows,” Mauro explains. “So all the rubber seals are now in place to make the doors water tight.”
As so often found when restoring classic cars, many components simply cannot be sourced and need to be fabricated in-house.
Mauro, one of Bridge Classic Cars vehicle technicians has today been fabricating a new window bracket on our Triumph TR6 restoration, in place of the original bracket that has rotted away. Fortunately, a matching bracket on the passengers side window was still in tact so Mauro was able to replicate the bracket’s design. It’s the little details that make all the difference to the final result. Superb work, Mauro!
Mauro has now also fitted the restored steering column into the vehicle.
The wiper engine, washer fluid reservoir and fuse box have also been fitted to the car.
Mauro then moved onto installing the heating ventilation system.
After completing the ventilation system, Mauro moved onto restoring the TR6’s windows. He’s cleaned up the glass and restored the metal brackets to beautiful condition. The windscreen surround has also now been fitted into the car, ready for the windscreen to be fitted.
Superb work, Mauro.