1955 Aston Martin DB2 / 4 ‘Mark I’

Tear Down – Stripping the Bumpers of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Mauro, one of the Bridge Classic Cars in-house restoration technicians, has been stripping down the bumpers, grille and brightwork on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 that is undergoing restoration at Bridge Classic Cars.

These pieces have been carefully broken down into individual components to be sent off for various treatments for them to be refinished to a standard fitting of the car. The brightwork on the Aston Martin is a key focal point to such an iconic sports car that they need to fit just right as well as look the best.

With that, Mauro has been carefully removing each bolt from the bumpers and brackets to make sure they are in good condition and if not, they are replaced. The bumpers, grille and all other parts are carefully catalogued and stored until they are ready to be sent off to local specialists that we have been working with for many years on our other world class restoration projects.

The level of detail that Bridge Classic Cars holds itself to, even in terms of the breakdown of each component, is purposely high to ensure the best final finish of our restorations.

Keep a look out here on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 soon.

A New Start – Sending the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Guages to be Refurbished

The gauges and dials in the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 are some of the most beautiful out there. Simple black Smiths units with white lettering and easy to see layout. This style of dial is so synonymous with classic sportscar that anything else would look amiss in such an elegant and deserving car.

The rest of the car is currently undergoing a full restoration at Bridge Classic Cars but these units are being sent away to a specialist to be rebuilt and entirely refurbished to match the high level of fit and finish our in-house restoration teams will be doing to the car.

Once the dials are back from their refurbishment, they will be carefully stored until our in-house trim team is ready to fit them into the stunning dash and get them securely placed in the car.

All in the Prep – Preparing the Suspension Components on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 for Sandblasting

Bridge Classic Cars take pride in that our in-house restoration technicians will go the extra mile to make sure that all of our restoration work is done to a world-class standard. Take, for example, these suspension components on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 that is in at Bridge Classic Cars for complete restoration.

Our restoration technician Mauro has been carefully taking apart each of the suspension components down to their bare bones before these parts are sent off to be sandblasted. All though these could be simply cleaned up and repainted, this DB2/4 Mark 1 is having the full treatment that Bridge Classic Cars is known for. Piece by piece, Mauro took apart every component to be inspected for any damage or defect and then catalogued.

Every bearing or bushing was pressed out of the housings before it goes off to be stripped all the way back to bare metal.

Expect to see more on the DB2/4 Mark 1 very soon here on the Bridge Classic Cars blog.

Inch Perfect – The Frame for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Back from Powdercoating

The chassis for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 at Bridge Classic Cars is back from being powder coated by a local specialist. The results are absolutely amazing.

The benefits of powder coating are seen in this example. The even, glossy and complete coverage is the results you get when a chassis is coated and is also more weather-safe than traditional methods.

Now that the frame is back, Lydia is working on preparing the body in our in-house paint shop ready for its slot in the paint booth.

Keep a lookout on the Bridge Classic Cars Blog for more updates on this amazing DB2.

Solid Foundations – Getting the Frame of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Ready for Powdercoat

The frame and body for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 that is with us here at Bridge Classic Cars have been separated ahead of the frame being sent off for powder coating.

The body will remain here with our in-house paint and body teams to continue work while we wait for the other parts to come back.

Powder coating frames gives not only the best finish but the best protection for the chassis so it’s worthwhile having it done to this amazing car.

Making Moves – Steering Teardown on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Here at Bridge Classic Cars, our in-house restoration technician Mauro is hard at work continuing to teardown, inspect and catalogue the front end parts of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2.

The steering on any sportscar is what is known to give that feel we all know and love. And for that, it needs to be in perfect shape. So, it’s now the turn of the steering rack of the DB2. Mauro has carefully removed each component from the rack itself.

These will be inspected thoroughly before refurbishment begins.

Core Components – Teardown of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2 Front Axle

It’s crucial with a restoration to take note of what you take off the car. Our in-house restoration technician Mauro is fanatical about this. So, the job of tearing down the front axle of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 that we have at Bridge Classic Cars naturally fell to him.

Bolt by bolt, piece by piece Mauro has gone through the entire assembly on the ’50s sportscar. Carefully and meticulously Mauro labelled and catalogued each piece ready for assessment and refurbishment.

This DB2 is having a full restoration in-house by our incredible teams. Keep a lookout for more updates on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 on our News Page

Under & Over – Stripping Down the Rear Axle of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Work has begun at Bridge Classic Cars on stripping down and cataloguing the rear axle components for the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 we have in with us for full restoration.

Our in-house restoration technicians carefully removed the rear axle from the car in order to have it in a safe and accessible place to begin the teardown. Mauro carefully removed each component, taking care as to not damage any original pieces of the rear assembly.

The rear end will be completely rebuilt in preparation for the rest of the components coming back from refurbishment.

Safe & Sound – Preparing the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 for Paint

The 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI is a perfect example of the sportscar built under the supervision of David Brown during his time as the head of Aston Martin.

This particular Aston Martin DB2/4 is in at Bridge Classic Cars for a full restoration. Recently it has been worked on by our master fabricator Clinton to make sure that all the metalwork throughout the cars body and frame is in the best shape before the next stage for the car. Now, it’s time to start dismantling and cataloguing the front and rear suspension assemblies plus the steering system. Our technician Mauro meticulously worked his way through each system carefully noting down the position of anything that has an adjustment so when it comes time to reassemble the DB2/4 it can be back in the same position it was taken off in.

You may have seen last time that some of the parts which had been prepared by our technician Lydia went into be primed in our in-house paint shop. Very soon, it will be the turn of this stunning ’50s GT sportscar to enter the booth for our masterful paint team to get it looking absolutely perfect.

Check-in very soon on the blog page for more updates on the DB2/4

First Steps – Priming Parts on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Previously, our in-house technician Lydia was busy preparing some components and pieces from the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 for paint.

Well, those parts have now had their first coats of primer sprayed after being carefully prepared by Lydia. Any form of corrosion whether it is surface or deeper was painstakingly assessed and rectified by our in-house body and paint teams. As you can see, the results are wonderful.

This however is not the final stage for these bits from the DB2/4. Keep a watch on our News Page for more updates on this project and others!

Back to Basics – Parts Paint Removal on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Lydia, one of our in-house technicians here at Bridge Classic Cars, has been hard at work carefully removing the paint from some of the pieces removed during the restoration of the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 we have in with us in Suffolk.

Lydia used all the techniques she has gained in her experience to expertly preserve the material of the part where possible. A mixture of sanding, stripping and thinners were used to get the pieces back to bare metal for assessment if any repairs were going to be needed during the restoration of such an amazing handbuilt car.

With such an in depth restoration, all handled in-house by us here at Bridge Classic Cars, each of the components across the entire car are always dealt with in the same careful and dutiful manner.

Lining up for the paintshop

Clinton is now in the final stages of repairing the boot lid.

Chris and Matt now have the bonnet to prepare and paint the underside. There are certain areas of the bonnet that once fitted to the car are then not easily accessible. Painting the underside now means Clinton can then fit up the bonnet to ensure all of the lines are right before handing the entire shell over to the paint shops for preparation.

Although no records exist for the original colour of Moonbeam Grey we matched the colour from the back of the glove box compartment. This small part looks to have never been removed from the car so was although other colours had been found during the stripping process this has given us the closes match to what would have been a 1955 Moonbeam Grey.

Update on the Aston Martin

Here’s a big update on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. Clinton has been continuing his work on the car and has given us the low-down on what has been done recently.

If we start at the rear of the vehicle, he’s finished putting the four corners in, the outside edge of the boot lid was corroded so this has been repaired with fabrication and welding, a new boot hinge has been created and Clinton is waiting for parts to arrive to complete the boot. One bigger change to the boot has been the removal of two large handles on the boot. When the car arrived with them on, we thought something wasn’t quite right, so we went on a visit to Stratton Motor Company because they had a DB 2/4 in their own showroom. It was there that it was confirmed that the handles should not be on the boot lid.

The front “pod” of the car on the right-hand side had to be repaired due to corrosion. The guys in the fabrication and welding bay are now waiting for the inside of the bonnet to be painted before they can fit the inner frame parts back in. The doors also need looking at as they won’t shut properly.

Paint matching the Aston Martin

Some exciting news on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 project. After discovering the original paint colour on the back of the glovebox while it was being stripped apart back in May, the guys in the paint shop have now managed to match it up very closely. You can see in the photos the new paint sprayed onto metal next to the original paint on the back of the glovebox. We’re looking forward to seeing the car painted now! Keep your eyes peeled for progress on that…

Aston Martin gets another step closer to the paint shop

Lydia has been getting the bonnet of the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 a step closer to the paint shop. The front inside edge had a lot of red oxide left on it so Lydia went about removing as much as she possibly could with thinners and a red scotch pad. There are some parts that aren’t budging so James will look at grinding those out.

Small update on the Aston Martin.

A small update on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. The panel that is inside the boot, where the lock is, was corroded and had paint left on it. Lydia took it into the sandblasting in order to remove all of this.

Re-manufacturing the Aston boot hinge

A wobbly bolt! That’s not what you want on a boot hinge that’s expected to hold up a huge piece of the back of a car.

Not a part you’ll find easily, our Aston Martin DB2/4 boot hinge bracket is having to be re-manufactured to comfortable and securely take the size of the bolt required to hold up the boot itself.

Clinton specialises in metalwork. He works within the fabrication and body work department of our workshops and is gifted with his talents in the fabrication of intricate metalwork. He has re-produced, to original factory specification, the boot hinge that can now take the size of bolt that is required without any movement or ‘wobble’.

Aston Martin DB2/4 Interior Final Piece

It’s the final piece to the Aston DB2/4 carpet remanufacturing. Kath has done a sterling job re-producing the carpets to the factory specification of grey with grey piping.

The very last task on the interior is to complete the rear seat assembly but for now we can move on. Once the body shell is nearing completion we can then line up the rear seat to ensure all measurements are accurate.

Aston Martin DB2/4 Rear End Rebuild

Clinton is continuing to work his magic and do an incredible job to the rebuild and re-shaping of the rear of our 1955 Aston martin DB2/4.

At some point in its life, evidence suggests that the car was involved in a rear collision leaving lasting damage to the back area of the vehicle.

Although we can’t be sure, this could be the reason why the car arrived to us with chrome handles on the rear. These could have been used as a way of further clamping down the boot.

The initial repairs carried out were enough to help shape the rear of the car but we certainly not done to an acceptable standard in our opinion. They were also very much different from how the vehicle would have left the factory, with extra strengthening steel supporting the shape rather than the body supporting itself.

Clinton has removed all of these strengthening bars and is currently, completely rebuilding the rear aperture to once again add strength but in the way it is supposed to be.

This week, Craig and Clinton took a trip over to Stratton Motor Company to have a look at a truly stunning example they have in the showroom. Thank you to Nick and the team for letting us look over the car. We got some useful measurements and dimensions to be able to build our one back up to the way it should be.

Carpet re-fresh continues for the DB 2/4.

Kath has been continuing her work on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4’s carpet. This time, she’s re-made the left-hand footwell carpet, right-hand boot side panel, right-hand rear floor, right-hand rear under-seat, right-hand rear corner, right-hand rear sill, rear quarter panel (which needs the wood in still) and rear scuttle panel.

Aston Martin DB2/4 Carpet Work

Although the interior of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has been re-manufactured not that long ago, it was been carried out to the customer’s preference and not correct in correspondence to the original factory specification. The interior of our Aston is currently undergoing a complete transformation by Kath, Brian and Lydia in our trim shop and the new fit out will see the original colour return.

Right now, Kath is working on re-manufacturing the interior carpet using the existing as a template.

Starting on the Aston Martin carpets!

Kath has been starting on the carpet for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 this week.

The list of carpet pieces she’s made includes the front tunnel carpet, the rear under-seat carpets, the carpet that goes underneath the front of the gearbox, the top gearbox carpet, the gearbox tunnel carpets, the right-hand and left-hand foot well carpets, the carpet that goes around the throttle peddle, the rear foot well carpet and the rear boot-side panel carpet.

Each piece of carpet has got binding around some or all of the edges. This is made from the dark grey leather that was chosen, and is sewn on, right-side to right-side of the leather and carpet. It’s first stitched along the edge, and then the leather gets folded over to the under-side of the carpet and gets sewn again. The new carpet is grey to match the leather binding, whereas it was green and white carpet originally, with green binding.

Front bases now finished for the Aston!

Kath has been fitting the second front base seat cover to its foam and frame for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. It’s exactly the same process as the other front base, which you can read about here.

New sun visors for the Aston!

Brian has been re-covering a few more pieces for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4’s interior.

The rear seat top panels have been done. He took the original leather off the wood and cleaned off any old glue that remained. He used the original leather covering as a pattern on the new leather to draw around and then cut out. Brian then simply had to glue the new leather onto the original wood, wrapping the leather around the edges and sealing underneath to provide neat edges. This panel will sit on top of the rear seat once in the car, which just provides a cover so there isn’t a gap. If you think of a modern car and its parcel shelf, that’s the position this will be in.

The sun visors have also been recovered. Brian started the process by taking the original material off the boards that formed the sun visors. He then used these boards to work out the measurements of new fabric he needed to cut out. He cut out new boards and then glued the new headlining fabric to one side and wrapped around the edges, sealing in place. Brian trimmed down the flange down one side on lengths of piping and glued it to the inside edge of one board. He then attached the other side of covered board to finish the sun visors.

Hand-sewn straps for the DB 2/4!

Another little update on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 coming your way!

In the trim shop, Kath has been re-covering the door straps. She began the process by taking the original leather off one of them and using it as a pattern for both of them on the new leather. Once cut out, she sewed the new leather piece onto each one, by hand. The way that it was sewn couldn’t have been done by machine.

DB 2/4 seats coming along.

Kath has been doing more seat work for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. This time around she’s been fitting the front base seat covers onto their foams and frames. She’s already sewn up the new front bases, which you can read about here.

The process started with Kath adding sections of new foam to the original, where it had deteriorated, and blending it in. She then cleaned off old glue from the wood around the straps and re-painted it. She also tightened up the straps after becoming loose from age. Kath took the original strip of wood from the gap in the foam, cleaned it up and attached it to the end of the calico piece that was sewn into the new front base seat. This piece of wood gets attached to the underneath of the foam and straps frame and helps keep the middle piped section down into place. Kath glued a piece of black calico to the wooden frame, to give a neat finish behind the straps. The front base seat could then finally be stapled onto the wooden frame. After that was done, the metal seat sliders were fixed onto the underneath of the seat and the matching front squab was attached to it on top.

Kath is now in the process of fitting up the other front base, so stay tuned!

Uncovering questionable repairs on Aston Martin DB2/4

Up to now, our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 was not uncovering too many hidden issues. Naturally, we had a lot of repairs and re-shaping to do but nothing too scary.

Having carried out a full bare metal strip down of the car Clinton has uncovered some very questionable repairs that have been done at some stage in its life. The entire rear opening is completely out of shape due to previous damage. Most of the opening is being held in by reinforced steel attached to the aluminium body to strengthen and hold the shape.

This is absolutely not correct and must be addressed. Not a small job to carry out but one that is essential if we are to complete this project to the exacting standards that it should be. Clinton will need to cut out sections at a time, remove the steel work and re-shape the aluminium back to what it should.

The video shows the entire area and how extra metalwork is fitted to help strengthen the aperture.

Clinton Continues DB2/4 Fabrication

We check in to our DB2/4 restoration as Clinton is finalising the bonnet fabrication. Clinton has fabricated brand new hinges and completely reshaped the lower bumper moulding, letting in fresh metal when neccaasary. ‘The car can warp over time, so what may be a very small warpage has a knock-on effect and can result in panels sitting out of alignment across the entire car’ Clinton explains. The only way to ensure we achieve the best possible restoration is by going to the extent Clinton has with the fabrication and preparation of the bodywork.

The next step will be to make sure all of the panels are correctly aligned, ensuring the gaps are all uniform and tidy.

Dash tray work on the Aston.

Brian has been continuing the interior trim work for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4.

This time, he’s been working on a pair of dash trays and a pair of under dash panels. For the dash trays, Brian started the process by taking off the rubber lip that went around the hole, then took off the original fabric pieces. He cleaned off as much original glue from the metal frame of the under dash panels. He then lay out the new headlining fabric chosen for the car, and placed the original fabric pieces on top of it, using them as patterns. Once marked out around, Brian cut out the new fabric and the first piece to glue onto the metal was the centrepiece. Glue was applied to the back of the fabric and to the metal and then Brian slowly attached the fabric to it, after the glue had gone tacky, making neat cuts around the hole so the material sat nicely. The inside sides were also covered in headlining fabric. Brian then cut out grey leather for the outside of the under dash panels. These pieces were glued on, then the finishing touch was to place the rubber lip back on.

For the under dash panels, Brian simply took the original headlining fabric off them, sanded down the excess old glue, used the original fabric pieces as patterns on the new headlining fabric, cut out, and glued the new material onto them.

Progress on Aston Martin panels!

Brian has been re-covering more panels for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4.

This time it’s been the lower A posts, the dash side panels, the rear seat front rail and the boot side panels. He took the original leather off all of them and cleaned off any old glue that was left behind. He then used the original leather pieces as patterns on the new leather, marked out around them and cut them out. The new leather pieces were then glued onto their associated panels, and any foam was added where need be.