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1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Workshop Walkabout

We took a walk around our busy workshop this afternoon to see what all our technicians are working on right now. First up we have

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Workshop Walkabout

We took a walk around our busy workshop this afternoon to see what all our technicians are working on right now.

First up we have Paul, who’s looking into an oil leak from the 1967 Jaguar E-Type. “I’m taking the sump off to further inspect where the oil’s coming from” he explains. “It’s quite possibly that the crankshaft seals that have gone.” With some further inspection, we’re sure Paul will figure out the issue.

Here we have Tamas and Andrew, both working on different parts of our 1963 Morris Minor 1000. Tamas is preparing sections of the car ready for assembly, in this picture he’s working on the foot well. Meanwhile, Andrew is sandblasting various parts for the car.

John our Workshop Manager has been working on the dashboard fittings on our 1960 Jensen 541R. “I’ve been fitting the glove box” explains John “along with the cooling fan control unit.”

And lastly we have Dave, who’s been working on a new gearbox mount for the 1958 Jensen 541R. “I’ve made the part already” says Dave “but no doubt there’ll be several versions I make before I find one that fits perfect.”

There’s always lots happening in the workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars. The team are a little camera shy, but it’s nice to catch them off-guard doing what they do so well!

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series One In the Paint Shop

In the Bridge Classic Cars Paint Shop, Chris has been working on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type. He’s done a superb job repainting the bonnet of this series one.

Chris has also painted the newly reshaped light covers for the same black E-Type. Top work, Chris

1967 Jaguar E-Type Light Shield Modification

Dave, one of Bridge Classic Cars’ technicians has been working on modifying the light shield surround on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type. There was previously a slight gap between the light shield and the bodywork. Dave has let in fresh metal and shaped to fill the gap perfectly. It will now go down to our Paint shop to by painted body colour.

1967 E-Type Choke Unit Leak

Pete has been working on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type. There was a leak coming from the choke unit. We have identified it was a failing washer that was causing the leak. Pete’s installed new copper washers to remedy the fuel leak. Top work, Pete.

Jaguar E Type Brake Upgrades

This gorgeous 1967 Series 1 Jaguar E-Type is in the classic car workshop today for a front brake upgrade. The original front brakes are single piston callipers. We are installing uprated two piston callipers which will be able to apply significantly more pressure through the brake pads. Pete has now installed the new brakes.

Whilst in our care this lovely E-Type will also have the following items adressed.

-Leak in fuel tank

-Nearside hydraulic reservoir leak

-Fuel weep on carb bank

-Headlamp cowl fitment needs adjusting

-Wind noise from nearside door trim

-Replace dash top trim where torn

-Replace trailing edge bonnet grille

The return of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type

It will be lovely to see the return of our 1967 Jaguar E-type into the workshops on Tuesday next week. Having now been on the road for some time with it’s new owner it is time to go over the odd snags and the first full service since leaving us. Mauro has been on the road all day today and the car is now with us ready for next week.

The Ickworth Hotel Photoshoot – 1967 Jaguar E-Type

The photo shoot of one of our most popular restorations was held on 23rd May 2018 at the stunning setting of The Ickworth Hotel.

A huge thank you to Viv, Faye and the team down at the hotel for welcoming us so warmly on the day.

The perfect back drop for one of our most beautiful restorations. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to complete the project, just one week after the famous pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day driving away in a Series 1.5 roadster.

The Ickworth Hotel Photoshoot – 1967 Jaguar E-Type

Behind the scenes of today’s shoot.

We were lucky enough to have unlimited access to one of the most beautiful locations in Suffolk. The Ickworth Hotel is a luxury family friendly hotel nestled in 1800 acres of Suffolk National Trust parkland; the perfect venue for family holidays, weddings, celebrations, cycling bikes, strolling on foot or clambering up ancient trees. While the kids play in the crèche, swim in the indoor pool or sip champagne in the historic walled gardens. Family time or me time – you’ve got all the time in the world.

We quite often receive lovely feedback from locals when we arrive for our shoots but no car has generated as much attention as our E-Type did today. With lots of onlookers stopping by to have a chat and many guests sneaking some phone pictures from their hotel windows.

We love bringing people together with our builds. Classic Cars are truly stunning and should be appreciated by everyone, enthusiasts and admirers alike.

One gentleman popped over from his DB9 to have a chat with us. Once an E-Type owner himself he has dreamt of owning a DB9 for many years and has finally got his wish with this stunning machine.

The bonnet’s open so why not!

The bonnets open on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 stunner so I thought I’d capture a couple of shots of the incredible engine bay.

The sun is shining and we are out testing our E-Type

The sun is shining so what better way to spend the day but to test drive some of our lovely cars that are nearing completion.

Th 1929 Morris Cowley, the 1975 Maserati Merak, the 1974 Triumph GT6 and our stunning 1967 Jaguar E-Type have all taken to the roads today.

New additions to our 1967 Jaguar E-Type

As we draw even closer to the completion of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type restorations we have a few new additions to mention;

The interior is almost all in now, just completing work on the centre console but the rear seats, boot area are now all in and looking incredible.

The rear view mirror is now fitted.

And the brand new wire wheels and tyres have now been fitted up.

Hidden Bluetooth Amplifier

Ideal for hidden audio solutions!

Our hidden Bluetooth amplifier allows you the option to retain the appearance of your vehicle interior whilst offering a quality sound from your mobile phone or other portable music devices either via Bluetooth or via the headphone jack.

There is no need to have a radio installed in your vehicle, however, you will require at least two speakers or one of our dual voice coil single speakers. The amplifier can be hidden away behind the dashboard, under the seat or even in the boot and is capable of powering 2 or 4 speakers.

Specifications

Maximum output @ 4 ohms 4 x 250 watts
RMS output @ 4 ohms 4 x 60 watts
Frequency Response 0 HZ – 20 KHZ
Fuse Rating 5 Amps
Power Supply 10 to 16 volts
Sensitivity 150 MV
Channel Separation > 50 DB
THD < 0.1 %

Dimensions – 113 x 80 x 45mm

And due to air conditioning system installed we have a lack of room to play with in our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2.

With that in mind we have manufactured our speaker boxes to house the hidden speakers which will be strategically placed throughout the car.

The E-Type Interior Refit

We are now on to the final stretch of the full restoration of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2. John is fitting up the black interior with all of the modern additions including the bespoke Air Conditioning panels and the fully concealed blue-tooth audio set up.

The newly rebuilt engine is set up and running

We have successfully set up the engine and carbs of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1 and here we have her running for the first time.

This afternoon, Tommy was also successful in setting up the clutch and braking system.

Whilst Pete was kept busy reassembling the bonnet ready to be fitted up.

Sourcing a broken spring

Sounds like a simple task but it is very much the opposite.

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 door catch may look the part having been fully refurbished but upon closer inspection you’ll see the small spring is a broken. Typically, this spring is probably the most important aspect of the mechanism and is almost impossible to source on it’s own without buying a completely new unit.

Tommy has managed to reproduce the spring, strong enough to withstand the strains that is required. It is times like this where the talents of a classic car restorer really shine through. It may be simpler to buy a new one to fit but it’s much more cost effective to utilise the skills that you have available to you.

Progress on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type

We’ve reached the end of another busy day here at Bridge Classic Cars and as I switch the lights off in our workshops I have, sitting in front of me, our stunning 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1 project.

It’s lovely to look back at just how far we’ve come with this car.

…and not far from being complete, here she is now.