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).
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.