Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,911. Miles since February 2015: 4. Latest costs: £169 for refitting boot hinges, £7401 for harness work (under review) – see last month. £23 for replacing C-pillar vents again, £12 for tightening driver’s seat runners, £19 for re-fitting mirror, £100 for repairing a transaxle leak, £50 for flat bed truck, £30 for fixing a leak in the washer fluid tubes.
It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage replaced the boot hinges again. Over-lubrication with the wrong grade of oil meant the old ones failed to align and they became distorted during a closure test. A distributor cap and new carb showed up from a dealer in Antwerp but it was the wrong type, a three hole when I needed a four.
I then ordered a generic part from a remanufacturer in Estonia and Len had a lot of trouble fitting that before eventually cannibalising parts from the old one and fitting them to the new one. He tightened the driver’s seat runners which had worked free during the last trip plus he attended to sundry other jobs which Gavin Chide never got around to or said he “forgot”.
Having fitted the working distributor, 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 steering column when it was was on full lock: the steering column mounts were tiring. Then the car cut out a few miles down the road and refused to re-start. There was no smell of petrol and the starter was turning but failing to catch.
A quick call to “Truck” Stan at the Granada Garage was all that was needed to get a vehicle sent out to recover the car which only took a few hours. At the time of writing four replacement fuel pumps are in the post, traced to a Luxembourg seller via eBay. One will work, I am sure.
I have noticed some rust inside the c-pillar and I will have this seen to while the car is being looked after by Len.