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.
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.
The carburettor worked without a hitch. Having fitted the unit, 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 main road the car stalled, juddered 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. All the bolts for carburetor and manifold are tight and there’s no clear sign of a vacuum loss. At the time of writing some new spares are in the post, traced to a Spanish seller via eBay.
I have noticed some rust inside the b-pillar and I will have this seen to while the car is being looked after by Len.