Run by assistant acting classics news editor-at-large, Myles Gorfe. Distance covered since December 5th 2015: zero. Costs: being revised upwards.
It’s been a busy month for the Granada. Len Gudgeon at Gudgeon’s Galaxies is still working on the starting problem reported in September. It looks like only an engine-out-full replacement job will sort this one out and so I have got onto eBay in search of a suitable replacement.
Last month I mentioned some rot in the central area under the cabin. With the car up on the stand it was possible to scrape off more muddy sand to investigate. It looks like the footwells and the areas where the front seats are mounted are shot through with patchy rust. Len Gudgeon reckons I can get away with removal of the metal between the front bulkhead and the rear seats, with part of the transmission tunnel kept in place as a guide.
Then that will be removed and replaced too using the new metal as a guide. As a result the interior will have to come out again. This will take some time but luckily this means I have time to spare to find the replacement engine.
Kimber Cars have told me they can’t get the chrome clips at all. Their supplier has gone into liquidation and his stock has been scrapped. I will take another look at the Granada forums or eBay to see if there are some available. Len Gudgeon is moving into the Galaxy servicing business. He says the only Granada he has on his books is mine. Hence the name change to Gudgeon’s Galaxies.
Finally, I received a call from a friend of friend who says a two-door Granada is needed for a telly drama that’s planned. He said mine might fit the bill. I’ll keep you posted.