Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,907. Miles since Feb 2015: 3. Latest costs: £287 for refitting rear axle bushings, gear linkage adjustments, de-greased hinges, re-fitting missing left mirror, installing new washer-fluid tank, relocating oil leak.
It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Gavin Chide at Dorris Motors de-greased the boot hinges which were over-lubricated. I had to buy three wiring harnesses from sellers in Estonia, Belgium and Austria before getting one that worked. Gavin Chide couldn’t fix the oil leak from the right side of the engine and overcharged for the harness work.
I had the car transported to Custom Wheels Ltd for further work which seemed to be successful. Having fitted the working wiring harness, I decided totake 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. There was a rumbling from the front when the steering was on full lock: the ball joints were tiring. Then it cut out a few miles into the drive and refused to re-start. There was no smell of petrol and the starter was turning but failing to catch.
A quick call to Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage 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 distributor and a new carb are in the post, traced to an Swiss seller via eBay. I have noticed an oil leak from transaxle and I will have this seen to while the car is being looked after by Len.