Run by: Acting Classics news sub-editor Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,913. Miles since September 20. Costs: £502 labour, £879.99 spares including replacement rear seats, interior trim and backrest, headliner, water pump, spark plugs and centre-section panels.
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 in September. Well, the car will start but only if it is in reverse. Whenever first gear is engaged it stalls.
Len Gudgeon has found a proper heater matrix, box fresh from a supplier in Croatia. Apparently it was found at a Ford dealer closed during the war and, until recently, the building was unsafe due to unexploded marine flares stored there by Spanish troops. He’s removed the Cortina unit made of cannibalised parts. As the matrix is the right size Len had to re-instate the section of the body he cut out in September. Access was still hard so another bit of floor pan had to come out temporarily.
Kimber Car parts are promising delivery of the chrome trim clips in January. I have phoned weekly and their staff (Bob and Sharon) are very friendly. The eBay seller in Stirling auctioned the parts and despite staying up until 3 in the morning my bid was beaten. They sold for £12, four times the reserve.
Len has replaced the roof and it looks great and the A, B and C-pillar welds are better than Ford’s originals which is saying a lot as they were always the best in the business. Unfortunately the rear seats were damaged during the repair of the roof so I had to hunt down two full interiors from Ghia coupés which means I will change all the interior trim so it matches.
The water pump problem was quite straight-forward, a classic Granny issue which Len has fixed, a job most Granny owners could do with their eyes closed.
In order to check the car I got it started and reversed it down the drive for a few miles. It ran fine but after three miles the engine stalled again. Luckily I was able to call for Stan’s flatbed truck and was picked up after only an hour.
While the car was being pulled onto the deck I noticed some serious rot in the centre section that had been previously obscured by mud and grit. According to Len Gudgeon the section between the sills where the seats are mounted will have to come out. He’s working on that now.