Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,904. Miles since Jan ’15: 2. Latest costs: £503 for steering linkage and rack renewal, crank adjustments, re-greased hinges, re-fitting missing chrome window trim, new battery, locating oil leak, fitting a solenoid.
It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Gavin Chide at Dorris Motors re-greased the boot hinges which were sticking again. Having fitted the solenoid I got from eBay, I decided to take the old girl for a spin to see if the performance had improved. The engine started beautifully and the Ford took to the road again. Then it cut out about two minutes into the drive and refused to re-start. There was no smell of petrol and the starter was turning over quite healthily. A quick call to Dorris Motors was all that was needed to get a flat-bed truck sent out to recover the car which only took a few hours. At the time of writing a replacement wiring harness for the ancillaries is in the post, traced to an Dutch seller via eBay. I have noticed an oil leak from the right side of the engine and I will have this seen to while the car is being looked after by Gavin Chide.