Myles Gorfe, our acting resident assistant classics sub-editor-at-large, gives a run down on the latest news from his 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L.
It’s been a busy few months for the Granada, as usual. The rust in the floor pan has been dealt with but this has resulted in a lot of searching for replacement trim – must have used 40-odd hours on eBay in the last two weeks alone – and mechanical components … (not to mention a lot of driving about) … as the new parts and old ones aren’t fitting like they should. Seems like two different cars now it’s been welded up. The doors are a particular problem. Getting them to
hang properly meant re-welding the b-pillars with new sections and putting the car on a jig to ensure correct alignment. The window winder mechanisms failed during removal and had to be replaced. Seem to be a fragile mechanism but nothing like as bad as the stuff Vauxhall used. I had a mate who ran a 1994 Cavalier and in four months he replaced 28 sets of window winders. Every Saturday morning he’d be up at 8 and he’d replace three out of four. Sometimes the whole lot. Typical Vauxhall.
I still don’t have matching window winders with the right knobs. The 1975 ones seem to be a bit different than later models. The engine has been removed, overhauled with new liners, new rockers and a new sump which I had machined from a new block. Having tracked down three from scrapyards I found none made a good seal with the engine block. The fuel pump is still working though prone to momentary stuttering on heavy revving (at least it does pump sometimes unlike Vauxhall one’s which are always on the blink). The rear suspension has been renewed with replacement bushings. The earlier replacements sheered even though the car hadn’t moved much. It might be damage from the towing.
Nothing looks as good as Grannie with fresh paint and apart from some orange peel on the lower doors (being dealt with) it all shines like a new apple. There’s some overspray on the door rubbers – removing that caused them to suffer cuts and abrasion so I need a new set. If anyone in Granada circles has a set for sale, I would like to hear from them. The current ones will do for a while but they are not completely water tight. With all that done it was time to take the Granny out for a spin. The engine fired up cleanly and the Granny lunged forward. First, second, third and then a slip in fourth and after a mile the front windscreen popped out as I was going over a sharp bump on the road. A quick call to Truck Stan at Granada Central Garage was needed and after an hour I was back in the workshop, with the car on the jig to see if the chassis had become misaligned due to the re-welded floor pan. At present the doors won’t shut properly either (if anyone has a glove box compartment for a 1975 Granada, please get in touch. Mine has gone missing).