Dave has created this masterpiece for our Race -inspired Jaguar E-Type project.
Sticking with the lightweight ethos of the build, the transmission tunnel will be fully on view. And what a view it is. Dave is a master welder and has created this beautiful transmission tunnel from sheet metal. Superb work, Dave.
Kath has been hard at work on our unique Jaguar E-Type Racecar. The interior is going to be very different to any other E-Type. The stripped out, lightweight interior will be functional, sleek and stylish.
Kath has made door panel inlays in orange leather. She’s marked out the leather before backing onto board, trimming off any excess.
Kath has then sewn around the edges in a slightly lighter contrasting shade of orange. She has then glued them into position within the metal doorframe with contact adhesive. There will be some additional components to come on our door panels but they are already looking great.
Our jaguar E-Type Racecar has been in the Trim shop visiting Kath and Brian last week.
They have been fitting the bold orange carpets into the veheicle.
They firstly started making paper floor mats in the floor pan as a template when cutting the carpet. The carpet then gets test-fitted and adjusted to fit perfectly if needed. This process was used for the front carpet mats, rear underseat, rear ramp area and the boot…
When all the carpet pieces are cut to size, they are ready to bind. Binding is the process of wrapping leather around the carpets, creating a piped edge. Kath has sewn the leather onto the front of the carpet, before folding the edge over to sew down the inner edge. This helps the carpets to sit perfectly in place and stops the fabric from fraying.
The cross-members were then also trimmed with carpet, following the exact same process before being glued down to the vehicles tub.
Next up, sound deadening is installed and stuck into place before being bonded to the carpet. We’ve now trimmed most of our E-Type’s interior. The next major phase will be to begin re-installing seats and switchgear.
Great work, Brian and Kath!
Having carried out a number of Jaguar E-Type restorations we have been very fortunate to have met some fantastic contacts and friends all with shared interests. This has come in extremely useful as a call to one of our good friends has meant we have managed to source two very rare parts that were missing from our Jaguar E-Type race car project, the gearbox column cover and hand brake.
Paul has been working on our unique race inspired E-Type. He’s had to modify the throttle linkage to fit our carburettors which are upgraded from standard. The linkage has now been fitted into the engine bay which is now tantalisingly close to completion.
Lovely work, Paul!
Mauro, one of Bridge Classic Cars’ vehicle technicians has been hard at work fitting more components onto our Jaguar E-Type. He’s recently fitted the fuel filter, fuel pump and exhaust heat shield.
Mauro has also tidied up the radiator hoses and completed that job.
Mauro has been working on our stunning Jaguar E-type racecar. We’re now at the final stages of re-fitting all the vehicles refurbished or new parts. He’s fitted the below components recently.
We’ve chosen the interior leather colour and carpet colour for our Racing E-Type.
The leather will be finished in tropic orange to compliment our exterior colour. We’ve selected a matching, darker hue for the carpeted areas. We have access to an almost limitless array of colour options for our bespoke interiors. This means we can stay as true to the original or go as wild as you can imagine with our custom made interior trimming.
Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race Recreation is nearing completion with around two weeks until testing can commence.
Mauro has been working through the big list of to do’s…whilst adding a few more along the way.
We have successfully completed; the brake lines, fitting up of the doors and windows, fitting the prop shaft, fitting the pedal box, brake master cylinder, clutch master cylinder, the alternator, wiper mechanism, brake fluid reservoir, front hub dust shields, anti roll bar, gear lever, brake servo, washer reservoir and jets.
We’re currently deciding on which material to use for our E type interior. we initially looked at a colour matched orange leather, however the first samples we received back clashed against the exterior. Were now looking at alternative samples to find the perfect colour for our interior.
Within our trim shop we can build completely bespoke custom interiors, keeping them as original or as unique as our clients request.
Bob, Bridge Classic Cars’ Electrical Technician has been working on our own E-Type racecar project. He’s currently wiring in all the gauges and instrumentation associated with the dash.
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Our Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Racecar has been over to Demand Engineering for a full stainless steel exhaust. We elected to go for a side exit exhaust to suit the ethos behind this lightweight race-car build.
Tom has also fitted lightweight perspex glass to the rear windscreen, whilst strengthened glass is fitted to the windscreen.
Andrew and Ady have been hard at work this morning fitting the engine and gearbox into our E Type Racecar. Having reached another one of this build’s big milestones, we’re all the more excited to see this lovely machine back. E-Type’s have a wide variety of prop shaft lengths. We’re now looking to source the correct one for our engine and gearbox.
She’s really starting to look the part now! Our stunning E-type racecar is now sitting proudly on wheels. Painted in our in-house paint shop by Darren to match the metalic grey and with tyres fitted by Graeme from We Fit Any Tyres Anywhere.
Paul has also sourced new period correct gauges for our E-type to sit within our new look dashboard.
A few more additions have been made to our Racecar in the last few days. The chrome fuel filler cap and steel pressed number plates are now fitted. Here at Bridge Classic Cars we love authentic steel pressed plates.
Having acquired our race car seats recently they have now arrived with us and are in the trim shop ready for Donna to get her hands on them. They originally came out of a Jaguar E-Type race car during an upgrade and we will look to strip them and re-cover in our colours ready to be fitted in our car.
Tamas is busy templating the side windows of our 1967 Jaguar E_Type race car. Being a race car recreation the windows will be manufactured in perspex rather than the traditional glass to give the look and feel of a race car. The front side windows will also have a large slide opening for ventilation with the rest of the screens being fixed into position with no opening mechanism. The template will be slightly larger that the original glass windows as it is our intention not to fit the bright-work trims that you would ordinarily find around the edge.
Introducing the world’s first Volcano Orange and Magnetic Grey Jaguar E-Type.
This one-off prototype race car has been built and designed in-house by us here at Bridge Classic Cars.
The colour is based on the McLaren Volcano Orange and is built up of a three-stage finish with a unique Diamondburst Tixo Clearcoat lacquer. The internal area and engine bay is finished in Ford’s Magnetic Grey.
Looking through the oven window as Darren carries out the long awaited but ridiculously exciting race car respray.
Work began on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type race car in January 2017 and now we can finally reveal the first look of our incredible colour combination; Volcano Orange and Magnetic Grey, most likely to be the only Jaguar E-Type in existence using this colour combination. A three colour combination makes up the Volcano Orange, we were first inspired by the colour on a McLaren parked up in a car park at Sandown Racecourse.