After a bit of a hiatus, DTW’s non-executive classics sub-editor at-large, Myles Gorfe, reports on a busy month for his car, a 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L. Costs: £310.00 for towing. £190.34 for sundries. Miles travelled: 0
Myles Gorfe writes – It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. After a bit of a hiatus, work on getting the car back on the road began to continue, albeit in a stop-go kind of way. To recap, the engine stalled during the last test. This has to be handled by my new mechanic, Ken Cutler of Ken Cutler & Co. Carriages.
I suppose I should back-track a bit and explain that my last mechanic, Frankie J, took early retirement in December – he had the car after it stalled and was booked to work on it. The Granny was among six (or seven) projects that needed to be finalized before Frankie’s garage lease expired.
Those jobs included: an engine and gearbox replacement job of a smart and tidy 1981 Escort DL 3 -door (mint in tamerlaine red), an engine and gearbox replacement job of a sharp-looking 1990 Sierra GLX (painted in obsidian black), brake pad renewals on a rare and pretty 1987 Fiesta Ghia (yum), a wing-replacement and respray of a very fine 1998 Maverick diesel (otherwise in mint condition), a headliner renewal of an elegant 1988 Orion in evening dusk blue, a gasket and timing belt job on a lovely 1986 Capri 2.3 “Holiday” special edition (a dealer special, obviously, not OEM) and an engine swap project involving a 1977 Lamborghini Espada and a Toyota Hi-Ace.
I had a chance to sit in the Espada (though obviously not to drive it as the engine was out) and couldn’t believe how cramped and tacky it was. The rear seats were a joke and the boot couldn’t hold a fraction of the Granada’s. Also, I could barely see the speedo and rev counter – something that Ford took care about with all their cars.
Basically everything you’ve heard about the Espada is true – more expensive, less comfortable and harder to drive than a Granada Mk2. With all that on his plate and the lease on the shop ending, Frankie J. was pretty busy right up until December so he only had a chance to re-do the headlamp mountings and the chrome finishers on the boot (I have restored then but it’s not shown in the photo above) before handing over the car to Ken Cutler on Dec 24th.
Actually, it was a bit of a race towards the end. I turned up on the 23rd and even while Frankie J. was hoisting the Hi-Ace engine into the Espada, his staff were boxing tools, clearing out waste and cleaning up the work-shop. So, finally there was just the Espada, the Hi-Ace donor van and the Granada left in the almost-empty garage on Christmas eve.
It was an exciting moment to see the Granada winched onto to Cutler’s “Liberator” tow-truck and brought the ten miles over to his garage where it is now ready to have the last details sorted out, and to fix up the stalling engine.