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).
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.
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.