Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,914. Miles since March 2015: 3. Latest costs: £169 for refitting door hinges, £74.01 for harness work. £23 for replacing gear lever bezel, £12 for tightening rear-view mirror ball joint, £19 for oil and oil filter, £20 for clearing fuel line and £100 for clearing air intake, £50 for flat bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting c-pillar rust. £120 for fuel pumps (plus fitting).

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 repaired the passenger door hinge and adjusted the detent. Under-lubrication with the wrong grade of oil meant the old ones wore prematurely.

A short discussion with Gavin Chide resulted in his astronomical harness work bill being re-issued. The original bill for £7,401 should have been£74.01. I accepted that and we are all square again. The rust spot on the outside of the C-pillar turned out to conceal an extensive area of rot underneath which Len Gudgeon dealt with, taking about three weeks to prepare the area and source the right paint for the re-spray.

A functioning lamp, about to be re-installed.
A functioning lamp, about to be re-installed.

The first fuel pump worked.  I have three for sale if anyone is interested. Having fitted the working fuel pump, 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. As I reached the corner of Trivenden road the car stalled, dieseled for thirty seconds and then the engine stopped completely. 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 renovated carburettors are in the post, traced to a Norwegian seller via eBay. One will work, I am sure.

I have noticed some rust inside the a-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.

3 thoughts on “Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

  1. Gorfey. You still banging your head against the wall with the Grannie then? Spend you savings away on eBay my son, but it just sounds like silt in the tank to me. Anyway, just a quick farewell note from yours truly. After that business last month I though stuff it with Grannies. I don’t want to sound like a snob, but there’s not much breeding there is there? So now I find myself the proud possessor of a fine sporting saloon with a 3.3 litre straight six no less and, lest you think I’ve got myself a pair of those lederhosen and gone all BMW, you’ll be wrong. Give up? Thought you would Gorfey – you Ford wallahs always was too stuck in the wool. OK, it’s a Vauxhall Ventora – 120 plus pure British beefy horsepower from Luton’s finest. Watch out in your mirrors Gorfey, I’m coming up fast!! By the way, are you in the market for clearing two lock-up fulls of Granada spares? Gavin Chide made me a lousy offer which I accepted then he never turned up. Typical. BTW the Grannie looks really low on its springs in this month’s photo – look out for rusty suspension mountings. Catch you soon. Then you can eat my exhaust. Byeeee!!

  2. Myles Gorfe writes: “Get stuffed. The Granada´s rear suspension was dealt with months ago and when I drove the car it rode like a Roller, more than you can say about your Ventora. Does it speak with an American accent then? Those car are disasters on wheels which is why you never seen any around except at poncy country fares with a doddery old bloke slapping on the polish cause he has nothing else to do. Sad. Happy driving….or should I say polishing.”

  3. Gorfey.Rode like a Roller???? Is that a Steam Roller or a Roller Coaster? I kept forgetting to tell you that your towbar isn’t fitted properly. Tow a big rig with a bar like that and you’ll end up bending the car down the middle. Honest!

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