1960 Jensen 541R

Jensen Dash Trimming

Kath has been working on both of our Jensen 541 R’s within the Bridge Classic Cars Trim Shop. She has been simultaneously working on interior

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Jensen Owners Club Visit

David Turnage from the Jensen Owner’s Club has visited today to inspect our three Jensen’s. In order to register the cars, a representative from the

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Jensen 541R Interior Restoration

Kath has been hard at work on our Jensen interiors. For the convertible roof she has tackled the following stages

  • Dismantled the headlining
  • Marked out new material patterns onto the new fabric
  • Cut out and numbered the fabric pieces
  • Measured out a strips of calico for the convertible loops
  • Cleaned metal bars
  • Sewn headlining back together
  • Inserted metal bars

Kath has also begun stripping down the Jensen seats. They actually sit on a fibreglass base that attaches to the car. The seats are currently still being prepared to be reupholstered.

Jensen Dash Trimming

Kath has been working on both of our Jensen 541 R’s within the Bridge Classic Cars Trim Shop. She has been simultaneously working on interior components for both of our Jensen 541 R restorations.

The Jensen dials have also arrived in to the workshop, ready to be fitted and wired in to the newly trimmed dash.

Great work, Kath! These new interior pieces will shortly be installed into both cars.

Jensen 541 R Electrical Update

We’ve made great progress on our beautiful 1960 Jensen 541 R. Bob has installed the wiring harness, front and rear lights and indicators. Paul has fitted the bonnet and bonnet support struts.

This restoration is now really starting to come together. The next stages will be to fit the freshly trimmed dashboard and wire in the dashboard instrumentation.

The wiring harness is labeled by Bob before permanent install.

The bonnet in position before being mounted to the bonnet support struts.

Wiring has now been installed and the lights are tested at this stage.

Jensen 541 R Wiring update

Bob, Bridge Classic Cars’ electrical expert has begun installing the electrical wiring into our 1960 Jensen 541 R.

Jensen 541 R Chromework

Chromework has arrived back at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for our two Jensen 541 R projects.

Pictured below is a selection of some of the chrome components that will be fitted to the completed restorations.

1960 Jensen 541R Engine and Gearbox go in

This morning the engine and gearbox have gone into our Jensen 541R chassis. See below for a timelapse of John and Paul guiding the engine into place.

Bridge Visits Denis Welch Motorsport

We had a wonderful time visiting Denis Welch Motorsport. They’ve carried out work on the Jensen 493 Engine that will soon be transplanted back into the freshly painted chassis. It’s now been mounted to the fully refurbished gearbox. It was truly a pleasure to visit the wonderful workshop!

1960 Jensen 541R completed paintwork

Our Jensen has emerged out of the paint shop and can be seen gleaming in the sun. Chris has done a fabulous job on our Jensen 541R. Black is arguably the hardest colour to get just right, however Chris has worked wonders, firstly preparing the panels to be perfectly smooth, before then applying this stunning deep black paint.

1960 Jensen 541R in paint

Our beautiful 1960 Jensen 541R paint is currently setting in our paint booth. As the shall is made of fibreglass, the paint cannot be cured at regular ‘baking’ temperatures. Instead, it’s cured at a less intense 20 degrees. This will mean the car won’t be able to be perfected and polished until next week, but we’re sure the perfect finish will be worth the wait.

1960 Jensen 541R Paint Preparation

Chris has been getting our Jensen 541R ready for paint. He’s been rubbing down and priming the surface to be smooth for paint application. He’s also applied Raptor Coating to the back of panels in order to protect the bodywork form the elements. Now that the car has been masked up, the next stage will see the car finished in a stunning deep black paint.

1960 Jensen 541R Bonnet Repair

Our Jensen bonnet has been in the paint shop. The fibreglass structure has a large crack and so will be repaired to a completely smooth surface ready for repainting.

1960 Jensen 541R

The Engine on our 1960 Jensen 541R has undergone a complete rebuild.

Our Jensen chrome work arrives…

Our heavily pitted hinges Jensen 541R hinges made their way down to London to be assessed with a view to repair by the guys at Douglas Metal Finishing . The results are outstanding…

Douglas Metal Finishing is one of the leading UK Chrome Platers with their established factory set up in South East London. They have the ability to Chrome pretty much anything you can think of.

Whether you want to chrome your classic car or your old scooter we can do the lot. With over 80 years experience we have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in chroming to ensure a top quality end result.

Massive investment in the latest technology enables Douglas Metal Finishing to offer a wide range of finishes. Their up to date satin plant means they can offer satin or bright finishes in nickel, chrome or any of their four shades of Gold.

Jensen (#493) 541R in primer

We are now aligning the doors, boot lid and bonnet and completing the primer stage of our 1960 Jensen 541R.

We will soon be able to enter the paint room for Chris to carry out the full re-spray.

Manipulating the ill-fitting Jensen 541R doors

Dave has been battling with the mammoth task of encouraging the Jensen 541R doors to fit as they should.

The initial fit out was a long way from where they need to be with the expected perfect lines being far from perfect.

This unexpected task, although very time consuming and labour intensive has been very successful and resulted in the doors now fitting beautifully.

Jensen Owners Club Visit

David Turnage from the Jensen Owner’s Club has visited today to inspect our three Jensen’s. In order to register the cars, a representative from the club is required to verify the paperwork and confirm the authenticity of the vehicles.

And, as always, he arrives in style…