Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

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.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
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

Working on the 1975 Granada floorpan. Bloody well engineered!
Working on the 1975 Granada floorpan. Bloody well engineered!

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 ones 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).

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

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

  1. A Reader Writes :

    Hello Gorfey. So you finally got your head from under the bonnet then? I was going to send a search party! Your comments about Vauxhall are typically ignorant. As anyone else could tell you that unlike Ford’s and Opel’s Vauxhalls were hand made in the old way and like all proper coachbuilt cars no two was ever the same. So your mate who had a Cavalier was chasing his tail poor sod. Theres only two people left alive who know how to trim and shim Cavalier window winders properly and your mates not one of them obvious. Oh yes. Since you ask the old Ventoras been a peach all summer – I realised she’s too valuable to risk on todays roads any more so trailed her down to Bexhill for the Ventora Owners Association meet and got a judges commendation. Bet youve never had one of those EH!!!!

  2. Myles Gorfe replies: my car´s not a raspberry and champagne car. It´s a working car and that means no trailers, thanks very much. And no, I won´t swap my Granada for your pseudo yank tank Vauxhall.

    Also, I need a gear lever surround, brown plastic 1975-1997 model year. Mine seems to have cracked.

  3. It is a testament to the quality of glass that Ford employed that the windscreen popped out all of a piece instead of exploding into laminated cubes. Contrast that with the flimsy glass used by Vauxhall and it is no contest. For example, the screen on my friend’s Belmont put up no resistance when it was lightly struck by a loose sheep on the A34. He could’ve run over cattle all day in the equivalent Orion, and enjoyed a better base spec too.

    1. Myles Gorfe writes: the glass popped out but didn´t fall off the car It gives me a chance to renew the rubber. Problem is, that getting the glass back in is tricky. Ford had a special machine for the job – they were at the cutting edge of manufacturing. Vauxhalls glass can be pushed into place by hand. I´m off to Chester to look at 1979 Granada estate.

  4. A Reader Writes :

    What a bunch of Ford fanboys we got here. Listen Sunny Jims Vauxhall was doing curved side window glass when Fords still looked like my grandads greenhouse. What Vauxhall didnt know about glass wasnt worth knowing. Is that clear? Clear! Geddit!!!! Gorfey. If you need more durable gearstick surround I think they sell them in chemists!!!!!

    1. I get a lot of spam email about that. Honestly, you buy one packet of Viagra from a Canadian pharmacy and you never hear the end of it.

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