Run by Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,918. Miles since May 30 2015: 3. Latest costs: £169 for removing carburettor, £89.01 for installing the carburettor. £23 for repairing bonnet insulation, £12 for loosening the rear parcel shelf to find a rattle, £19 for new oil and adjusting the second air filter, £40 for two punctures and £310 for a new heater matrix, £50 for the flat-bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting of b-pillar rust problem.
It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage has got the carburetor sorted out finally and revealed a fuel tank problem. Gavin Chide has been paid and that matter is now closed. The rust spot on the outside of the B-pillar 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 heater matrix failed and there seems to be sludge in the coolant again.
Re: the last stalling problem, it turns out the car needed a new fuel tank. The old one was nearly perforated and very much clogged with debris from low-quality petrol. Furthermore the air filter had been fouled by some a sticky black powder, eventually traced to some rotting insulation material. The carburetor still worked without a hitch with the vacuum loss problem remained – sorted out finally.
Having fitted the new fuel tank and lines, 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 catching only now and then.
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. Len Gudgeon has not managed to trace the fault at the time of writing.
I have noticed some rust on the rear wheel arch and sills and I will have this seen to while the car is being looked after by Len.