1987 Daimler Double Six

At the Core – Servicing the 1987 Daimler Double Six

As part of its restoration and first fire-up since work began, the team at Bridge Classic Cars have serviced the V12 which sits at the heart of the 1987 Daimler Double Six.

With this generation of Jaguar-based V12, it is not always the easiest to change the spark plugs. So, the team have been carefully disconnecting and moving the various hoses and lines out of the way to get to the spark plugs and remove the distributor cap.

After that, everything could be changed over to new pieces and then put back together with the hoses laid back over and routed in their correct place.

Update – Reassembly of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The 1987 Daimler Double Six has been coming back together in the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ.

The workshop team have been getting the classic Daimler back together in order to perform the first fire-up of the V12. Firstly the team have put the newly repainted and refurbished fan shroud onto the cars core support so the various leads and hoses can be routed on the front of the car. At the same time, the team have worked on refitting the chrome trim to the flanks of the Daimler as well as spraying the wheel wells with durable, hard-wearing black paint.

This is all part of the cars restoration journey, in which the team will fire up the car to check all the necessary systems which were removed from the car.

Refinished – 1987 Daimler Double Six Parts in Satin Black

The Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop have been working on refinishing some of the final pieces for the 1987 Daimler Double.

Various brackets, panels and the fan shroud have all been stripped, cleaned and prepared before being taken into our paint booth/oven to be finished in Satin Black for the project.

Once these have completely cured, the workshop team can begin getting them fit back onto the classic Daimler in with us for restoration.

Going Back Together – Refitting the Bumpers and Adjusting the Sunroof of the 1987 Daimler Doube Six

The workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars are working on refitting and adjusting various parts to the 1987 Daimler Double Six as part of its restoration with us.

The team have worked on getting the sunroof of the classic Daimler back into the car following the adjustments needed to the rails and to fit a new seal for its final installation back into the car.

Then, the team could turn their attention to the rear bumper of the Double Six. The bumpers have been stripped down and cleaned up including the brackets which were carefully ground back and then refurbished to be reused on the car as they were in good condition after removing the surface rust. The only new pieces needed for this part of the restoration were the bumper inserts which were sourced and fitted to the car.

Like New – Painting the Bumper Brackets on the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The bumper brackets for the 1987 Daimler Double Six have been worked on by the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop.

The pieces have been carefully cleaned and prepared to then go into our in-house paint booth in order for the team to finish them as part of the reassembly of the classic Daimler.

Piece by Piece – Putting the 1987 Daimler Double Six Back Together

The restoration journey of the 1987 Daimler Double Six is moving ahead with the workshop team at Bridge Classic Cars. The team are in the process of putting the classic Daimler back together piece by piece.

Scott and Paul have worked together, to begin with reinstalling all the necessary trims back into the panel work of the car. Along with that, they have installed the new back boxes into the car around the heat-shielding.

In Place – Fitting the Sunroof and Working on the Headliner of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The trim team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working alongside the workshop team on the roof of the 1987 Daimler Double Six.

The workshop technicians fitted the sunroof and its mechanism into place on the classic Daimler as part of its reassembly following its time with the paint and body team. Once in place, the trim team could begin to work the headliner into position around the opening.

Brian, one of our trimmers, carefully cut into the new headlining to be able to fix the headliner into position around the channels and to the roof itself.

Coming Back Together – Reassembly of the 1987 Daimler Double Six Begins

The restoration workshop at Bridge Classic Cars have begun the process of reassembling the 1987 Daimler Double Six following its time with our paint and body team.

The team began by getting the sunroof panel installed into the mechanism to be able to fit back into the roof of the Daimler so the trim team can come to help with the trim panels that surround it.

After the sunroof was back in the car, the team moved on to getting the sill plate mounted into the car and test fitting the polished plates onto the car.

Clear View – Polishing the Paintwork on the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The freshly painted 1987 Daimler Double Six has been in the paint preparation area for the Bridge classic Cars paint and body team to begin getting the car into bright, gleaming condition.

The team began by gently and evenly cutting back the freshly cured paint with progressively finer abrasive pads to safely remove any nibs or other pieces caught in the clear coat of the car. After this had all been taken back to an even ”flat” state, the team could begin bringing back its shimmer.

Using various compounds and polishes, the team built up the beautiful sheen across the body of the classic Daimler until it was like a deep blue mirror.

The perfect finish.

Cut & Polish – Finishing Work on the Panels of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the final stages of the paint journey on the 1987 Daimler Double Six’s panels.

The team have gently cut back the paint and clear-coat on the panels with finer and finer abrasives in order to create a uniform finish for the pieces. Then, they can be machine polished and buffed to a mirror finish.

Inside Out – Raptorguard on the Inner Wings of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have sealed the inner wings of the 1987 Daimler Double Six which is in for restoration.

The team sealed the inner wings using a product called Raptorguard. This is a hard wearing urethane which will protect the inner arches and wing of the car from absorbing moisture from any dirt collected inside the panel. This is something we do on most of our restorations to protect the longevity of the pieces and ultimately the car itself.

In Colour – The 1987 Daimler Double Six Now in Colour

The 1987 Daimler Double Six has been taken into the in-house paint booth at Bridge Classic Cars once again to carry on its journey into full colour.

The team have spent countless hours making sure that each process and stage of the paint and bodywork for the classic Daimler is flawless and smooth. Each layer of paint is inspected and assessed even on the inside of the panels. With the inner panels now painted, the team masked up the bodyshell and could begin the process of laying down the dark blue onto the Double Six.

Patiently and methodically, the paint team swept layers of the deep blue across the body and wings of the car. One after another, the layers were built up to give the car its glossy and bright finish but to also build up the depth and contrast in the colour.

With this stage done, the Daimler is now curing before the paint and body team begin colour sanding.

Prepared – Readying the 1987 Daimler Double Six for Colour

The paint and body team have been working to get the 1987 Daimler Double Six ready for the first coats of dark blue paint to be laid on the panels of the classic saloon car.

To begin, the Bridge Classic Cars in-house team painted the bonnet and boot lid of the classic Daimler. Once these had begun to dry, they were moved into the preparation area to fully cure while the body and wings were moved into the booth.

Then the team could begin to mask up the car ready to lay down the first coats of colour onto the body of the Double Six…

First Colour – First Coats of Colour on the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have had the 1987 Daimler Double Six in our in-house paint booth for the first layers of colour to be laid down.

The team have begun the process of colour by first painting the inner sides of panels, doors and also inside the door jams and inner arches of the classic Daimler. Each of these pieces has gone through the same process as the rest of the car in the run up to this huge milestone in the restoration.

Once this stage of paint has cured and hardened, the car will taken out and remasked ahead of its full repaint.

Build Up – The 1987 Daimler Double Six in High Build Primer

The paint and body teams at Bridge Classic Cars have been busy preparing the body and panels of the 1987 Daimler Double Six for the final stages of high build primer.

The classic Daimler, which is in with our restoration teams, has been worked on extensively by our paint and body team to get the classic saloon in to perfect condition before the first layers of paint. The body shop have meticulously sanded down, cleaned and prepared each individual part at every stage of its journey into the in-house paint booth.

This step, which is one of the final stages before colour, is the use of high build primer on all panels and in all visible areas or areas which have been worked own by the body and fabrication teams including the inside of the door jams and the all important in arches. With the high build primer now on the car, it will be taken back out of the oven to be inspected and any adjustments made before the next stage begins.

Step by Step – Priming the Panels of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The panels for the 1987 Daimler Double Six have been moved into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth for primer.

The paint and body team have been working on perfecting each individual part and panel of the classic Daimler. The team have worked on, cleaned down and prepared the pieces for their first layers of epoxy primer to get them into the same stage as the bodyshell which the team are working on alongside.

The first layers of primer have been laid on the panels and will cure before several more stages of refining and working before colour.

Finesse – Final Sanding on the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The body shop team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on the final sanding of the 1987 Daimler Double Six’s Polyester Primer before it goes in for the final stage, high-build.

These final stages of pre-paint are crucial for the final finish of the car in colour. The team use guide coating to find high or low spots which need to be worked on to get every surface in perfect order.

This is a time-consuming but necessary step to achieve the best results for the car.

Final Coat – 1987 Daimler Double Six in Epoxy Primer

The 1987 Daimler Double Six has been back into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth to have one of the final stages of primer laid down on the classic 4 door saloon.

The paint and body teams have worked their magic on getting the classic Daimler into the best shape it possibly can be before it was taken into our booth/oven for the last stages before colour is put on. The team made sure that each individual panel was fair and straight before meticulously cleaning down every surface and blowing off any dust or fibres which may have been on the body. The final stages of primer are the most crucial as it is what the colour will lay directly onto so the bodywork and the primer needed to be absolutely perfect.

We’re excited to show you the next phase with the Daimler very soon, so keep an eye out on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates.

Refined – Perfecting the Bodywork on the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The Bridge Classic Cars body shop has been working on getting the 1987 Daimler Double Six into the best possible shape ahead of being moved back into the paint booth.

The team have begin body filler work, which as a rule is used as sparingly as possible and the vast majority of the filler put onto the car is sanded away. But, it is necessary to get each panel the right shape and curve flowing into the next piece.

With this, the team will sand away 99% of the filler and then the car will go back into the spray booth to have its next round of primer applied. The next stage of the process to getting this stunning classic Daimler back in the best shape possible.

Primed & Read – 1987 Daimler Double Six in Primer

The 1987 Daimler Double Six has been taken back to bare metal in the places where the repairs were carried out by the Bridge Classic Cars fabrication team. Now, in the hands of our body shop technicians, the car has been refined and perfected before being thoroughly cleaned before going into the paint booth.

The classic Daimler is being finished in its first round of epoxy primer ahead of the team paint matching the reworked areas to the original dark blue paintwork. The team laid down the primer layer by layer carefully allowing it to settle flat and evenly across the luxury 4 door saloon. With this stage done, it will be transferred back into the preparation area for the team to begin sanding and finishing before it goes back into the paint booth for the next stage.

All in the Details – Preparing the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been working on preparing the 1987 Daimler Double Six for paintwork to begin.

The body team have been carefully and meticulously sanding and working each panel ahead of its appointment with our in-house paint booth.

While the team were working on each individual panel to get them perfect, they also welded up and finished off some of the small pinholes to get that flawless finish when it comes time to paint.

Each of the welds then had minimal filler work carried out just to flatten any low points caused by the finishing work.

Covered – Retrimming the Window Trim, Headliner and Sunroof of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The sunroof, headliner and window trim from the 1987 Daimler Double Six are in the Bridge Classic Cars trim shop to be recovered in matching beige material.

Brian has been working on getting each individual piece cut out and perfectly retrimmed after being carefully stripped back and prepared for this stage. Each individual piece has been hand-worked to give the best fit and finish for the classic Daimler.

Top Work – Rust Repairs to the Sunroof of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The fabrication team in the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop at our Suffolk HQ are hard at work repairing the rust issues in the sunroof of the 1987 Daimler Double Six.

Monty has been working his way methodically through the entirety of the classic Daimler. This time he has turned his attention to the sunroof and sunroof opening of the car, which is showing some noticeable signs of corrosion both on the interior and exterior of the car. Firstly, the sunroof panel was removed and stripped back to best assess the piece.

With everything cleaned back, the level of corrosion could be seen and assessed. Monty began handmaking the various patch panels and pieces needed for both the roof panel and the sunroof rails. With all of these pieces carefully templated and made, the process of welding them into the car could begin.

Because of the tolerances in the sunroof mechanism, the welding process has to be precise and accurate as to not warp any of the pieces with the heat generated by welding.

Top End – Retrimming the Window and Sunroof Pieces from the 1987 Daimler Double Six

Several pieces from the interior of the 1987 Daimler Double Six have been transferred to the in-house trim shop at Bridge Classic Cars.

The trim team have been carefully deconstructing and stripping back the various pieces of trim and panels from the roof of the classic Daimler. The sunroof of the car was removed in order to be inspected and assessed before it will be retrimmed by the team.

Next, the headliner of the car was stripped back and the foam sanded to be readied for the new headliner for the car fitted very soon.

Finally, the trim team carefully took apart the rear window trim and after cleaning up the surface retrimmed it in brand new foam strips.

Preparations – The Doors of the 1987 Daimler Double Six in Primer

The doors from the 1987 Daimler Double Six have been moved from the body shop to the paint shop at Bridge Classic Cars.

The doors have been prepared for their first coat of primer before being taken back through into the body shop to be perfected and shaped in anticipation for the body shell to be moved into the department from the fabrication shop and readied for primer.

Sealed – The Boot Floor of the 1987 Daimler Double Six Seam Sealed

After the repairs to the boot floor of the 1987 Daimler Double Six – The Bridge Classic Cars teams have been working to make sure everything is sealed up tight.

The body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been underneath the and in the boot of the classic Daimler to seal any joints between the panels which make up the boot floor. This is crucial for the longevity of not just our repairs on the car but the longevity of the whole car itself.

Top to Bottom – Repairing the Boot Floor of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The Bridge Classic Cars fabrication shop have been working their way through the rust repairs on the 1987 Daimler Double Six.

Monty has been cutting out the corroded metal in the boot floor of the classic Daimler. Using the pieces cut out of the boot, he created new pieces for the car which were then test fitted to check before being welded in. The hand-made floor patch also had the strengthening beads rolled into the material to follow the original channels in the existing floor to create one complete uniform piece once painted.

A small patch panel also needed to be made for an area of corrosion behind the fuel tank. Like the others, the area was cut out and rust treated before the new piece was welded in.

Back to Bare – Stripping Parts for the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The paint and body team at Bridge Classic Cars have been busy stripping down some of the finished panels from the 1989 Daimler Double Six ahead of its respray.

The team has been carefully stripping back the deep blue paintwork on the panels back to bare metal to be assessed for any bodywork that may be required to get them looking absolutely perfect before they go into the booth for their first coats of primer.

The Other Side – Rust Repairs to the Arches and Door on the Passenger Side of the 1987 Daimler Double Six

The fabrication shop at Bridge Classic Cars have begun work on the rear passenger side of the 1987 Daimler Double Six to fix any of the rust issues in this area.

Our fabricators have replaced several areas around the wheel arches and sill which had entirely rusted through. Monty, our fabricator, has hand made new patch panels for these areas to make sure that everything in that area is solid and rust-free.

The fabrication team have also had to make a new wheel arch edge for the classic Daimler. This had unfortunately been affected by rust and spread into the bottom of the rear door. Each of these pieces were then cut out, prepared and new pieces welded in to remove any trace of corrosion.

With the new metal in the rear quarters of both sides, Monty can keep moving rearwards on the Double Six to get the body completely rust-free before it goes into the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop.