Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Executive Classic Cars Editor Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,918. Miles since June 29 2015: 0. Costs: £902 labour, £1200 spares including rear axle mounts, exhaust piping brackets, paint, filler, sandpaper, plastic bucket, heater matrix, oil filler cover, petrol tank neck (cracked).

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 has been unable to resolve the non-starting problem reported last month. The rust spot on the rear wheel arch and sills turned out to conceal an extensive area of rot underneath which Len Gudgeon dealt with.

He took about three and a half weeks to prepare the area and source the right paint for the re-spray. The wing had to be cut out and a new one welded into place. The chrome trim won’t stay clipped in place. Much of the rear suspension had to be removed. Actually all of it.

The fuel tank was removed as Len traced the rot from the sill inward to the wheel arch, down to the floor pan where it continued in random patches to the points where the rear axle assembly was attached. The exhaust came out too. All in all, quite a lot of work and it has involved getting a hold of a random list of affected parts. The bolts holding the rear axle on were seized and needed drilling out.

The heater matrix failed (it was a used part from Croatia) and there seems to be sludge in the coolant yet again. Len is trying to track down the source of the sludge. I hope to get some new chrome trim clips from Kimber Car Parts.

I have noticed some rust on the roof 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.

2 thoughts on “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

  1. A Reader Writes :

    “Oh My Gorfey. You’d do better just flushing your money straight down the bog!!! The old Ventora’s going from strength to strength by the way. Took the Missus (remember them???) to the coast at the weekend. V. nice weather but a few yobs around so parked up and stayed with the beauty (car that is LOL) to eat sanwiches -cold beef and pickle not bad. Come back round trip 43 miles and got 28 mpg with a light foot. Gave her a good clean including underside (never know if a bit of salt isnt left over from winter) then went online. Saw your post and had myself a good old chuckle. Sorry I know I shoulnt but I cant’ resist!!!! BTW. A bit of advise from my Granada days. Them Crotatian heater matrixes are just Transit part with an iffy mod. They never work. Guess the saw you coming — Again!!!!”

  2. Myles Gorfe writes: the repair work is coming along a treat. Len Gudgeon has sourced a rot-free rear underpan to weld into place.
    About the heater matrix; no, it´s a box fresh genuine Ford part, made in Dagenham so p*** off.

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