Fake Reverse Rake C-Pillars

Monovolume and estate cars tend to alarm designers.

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In Britain such vehicles are habitually likened to “breadvans” even though nobody has seen a breadvan in about four decades. One way to try to disguise the actual profile of the car is to play about with the graphics of the windows and create a false reverse-rake C-pillar. To my knowledge the first to try this was Honda who deployed it on a supermini concept car in the early 90s. I have not been able to find this but someone at Toyota saw it and used it on the Toyota Picnic. Continue reading “Fake Reverse Rake C-Pillars”

Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,915. Miles since April 2015: 1. Latest costs: £169 for removing carburettor, £74.01 for installing the carburettor. £23 for repairing the headliner, £12 for loosening the rear-view mirror ball joint, £19 for new coolant and adjusting the air filter, £20 for a puncture and £100 for a new period Ford radio, £50 for the flat-bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting of a-pillar rust problem.

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 installed the new carburetor but had huge difficulties with a sheared bolt that had to be drilled out. Gavin Chide revised his bill from £74.01 to £89.34 due to an error with the VAT calculation. The rust spot on the outside of the A-pilllar turned out to conceal an extensive area of rot underneath which Len Gudgeon dealt with, taking about three and a half weeks to prepare the area and source the right paint for the re-spray. Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”