Its been a busy week, with once again, many cars leaving, lots making big milestones and photoshoots!
This stunning 16th Century Elizabethan hotel created the perfect backdrop to shoot the regal 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche with our friend Giles, who made the perfect model.
We’re currently selling the Rolls Royce, so if you’d like to look this suave, head over to our website to see more about it!
You can see our Behind The Scenes video on our Instagram Reels!
Our ray of sunshine, the Yellow 1973 Triumph TR6 has just left the workshop!
It came in with some issues concerning the gearbox so we swiftly replaced the clutch slave cylinder and it was back up and running in no time!
It was delivered back to its owners this morning.
We’ve recently received another Jensen to restore. Although it’s currently a dull white, it will soon blossom into a beautiful Peony Red! This is a really exciting project for us as it’s going to be an amazing transformation!
Earlier in the week it had its fiberglass body worked on, smoothing down the exterior and adding a layer of stone chip to the inside. You can see that here.
Since then, our technicians Chris and Ant have tidied the metal plate work by welding and smoothing the exterior to make it all uniform. A primer has been added and a DTM satin paint applied on top.
The chrome pieces for the Jensen have also been sourced and cleaned, ready to be applied.
The doors have been refurbished with rust and holes corrected and parts of the inner door having been refurbished.
We’ve recently bought a 1974 VW Beetle for a near future competition car! We cant wait to get started on this beautiful green vehicle!
Our gorgeous 1973 Triumph TR6 interior restoration is now complete.
The car itself is back at home with her owner Nigel. Meanwhile our specialist in-house trim shop team, Kath and Brian, have been working hard at creating this stunning diamond stitched maroon and grey leather interior.
This unique stitch work was the vision of Nigel, who came to us with little more than a simple sketch on a piece of A4. He had already made up his mind on the colour combination he wanted, to compliment the exterior paintwork he’s also having done.
The final threads were sewn earlier today and… Wow! What a fantastic end result! We cannot wait to see these interior works of art in their new home, snug within our maroon 1973 Triumph TR6. We’ll have to wait for Nigel to bring her back once fitted to show her off, we’re so looking forward to it!
Kath in the trim shop has continued work on the 1973 Triumph TR6 this week. The seats are coming along nicely where we continue the customers vision of double-stitched diamond detail throughout.
“I started by plotting out the lines for the diamond pattern onto the seat face,” Kath explains, “then I mounted the side bands onto foam, sealed them around the edge then sewed both parts together.”
Calico is then added onto another piece of foam then stuck to the seat face so the calico will attach to the seat face when fitted. Kath’s then put pipework down the side of the seat face and sewn up the sides and bottom flap.
For the headrest, Kath’s mounted the side skirt onto foam, trimmed round the edge then sealed it up. “I then made an eyelet hole,” describes Kath, “I marked out and cut the piping strips, attached the metal to the eyelet hole and piped around the squab skirt”.
Kath then clipped both parts together to ensure they fit snug and she had the positioning correct. She then sewed ears onto the bottom of the skirt and then base of the chair onto the skirt.
Et voila! As Kath then expressed – “That’s one down, one to go!” It’s looking good Kath!
Meanwhile, Brian has been making the window trims. “I trimmed the leather neatly around the edges, then fixed them into place.”
Brian then added the finishing touches to the seats. Pulling any loose flaps and fixing them into place. “I’ve then added the lift-up bar and screwed that into place” Brian describes, “then added the chrome recliner handle and the headrest.”
The seats are now fit for a king! Great work Brian!
Our trim shop duo Brian and Kath have been working wonders on the 1973 TR6 interior.
Brian started by making this centre console cover, pulling the leather around the edges and gluing it to the rear.
He’s then made the trimming and speaker panels in the same way. “I stapled the leather around the speaker panels,” explains Brian. “Seamlessly cutting and turning the holes for where the speakers will go.”
Meanwhile, superstar seamstress Kath has been marking out and stitching the stunning diamond design onto the leather. “This pattern will be featured on the cockpit panel, the wheel arch panels, door panels, seats and headrests,” she explains.
Kath uses much of the original interior as a guide to create the new pattern. She marks out the pattern on the new leather, cuts it to shape and clips it together, ready to be sewn.
Kath’s also made these headrests, they too share the diamond stitching. “This diamond pattern looks beautiful,” expresses Kath. “But it’s very tricky pattern to work with! Along with ensuring all the diamond lines themselves are exact, I also must ensure the diamonds line up nicely along the edges of each panel or section. It’s not so easy to get right!”
Brian then completes the headrests by fitting the foams into the leather covers. “I stapled the leather together around the metal poles of the headrest. Then screwed their newly covered metal plates back into place to hide away the staples.”
Here’s the rear cockpit and door panels Kath’s stitched with Brian then gluing them into their final position. “I trimmed back the foam here to reduce bulk,” Brian explains. “Then I stapled around the edges, trimmed off any excess and cut slots into the leather for the pockets to eventually go.”
It looks like these two have been very busy bees over the last few days! As the car itself is back home with it’s owner, we can’t see the interior back in position just yet. But, keep your eyes peeled for more updates as we hope to be showing off the final result very soon!
Our trim shop team were in for a real treat last week when we received a request for a full interior transformation on a 1973 Triumph TR6.
“We’ve stripped it all off” explained Brian. “The seats had lost their spring too, so we’ve not only done new upholstery, they’ve also got new foam inside”.
“I’m also doing some bespoke stitching work” Kath explains. It’s a distinctive double diamond pattern and so far, it looks absolutely stunning. Be sure to keep an eye out for more pictures in our next update!
We’ve got an interesting project underway here at Bridge Classic Cars. This gorgeous 1973 Triumph TR6 is having a full restoration but, we don’t actually have the car in the workshop…
The owner himself is working on the car at home. However, he’s requested to help of our tremendous trim shop team Kath and Brian to do a full interior restoration.
We’ve worked on a design for the seating and interior panels. Much of which will incorporate a diamond stitch design requested by the owner. The colour scheme will also compliment the exterior paint and continue the maroon theme but include some grey leather to contrast.
We can’t wait to see the two projects merged together. Team work makes the dream work!