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 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. There was a rumbling from the front when the steering was on full lock: the CV joints were tiring. Then it cut out saaa 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.