Our Cars – 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

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.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

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”.

1975 Ford Granada water pump gasket. This hasn´t failed so far. That´s a tribute to the Grannie´s engineering.
1975 Ford Granada water pump gasket. This hasn´t failed so far. That´s a tribute to the Grannie´s engineering.

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.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

2 thoughts on “Our Cars – 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

  1. Myles. This month’s photo looks the dog’s with the light really catching the flanks a treat. Just to thank you for introducing me to the crowd at the Gunwhale & Capstan. They’re a really great bunch loads better than that stuckup lot at The Beechwood Public apologies well due to your goodself for anything I wrote last month. How was I to know that what was sold me as a kosher Ghia was a 2.0L that some chancer upgraded and did an engine swap to? I should have wondered why that vinyl roof wore so bad and the V6 moved on its mountings. If that wasn’t gutting enough that little toss bag Tim on the Ghia register got really snarky with me like I’d done it on purpose which no way is true. Anyway after me lording it over you last month I’ve eaten humble pie til it come out my ears and it was good of you to have no hard feelings and be so welcoming. A bit confused as to why you didn’t turn up in your Grannie. A little bird called Len Gudgeon says it’s working a treat and that fuel pump problem you reckon is just a misreading fuel guage. I always carry a spare gallon mate. See ya!!!

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