Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

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

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

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 Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

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

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Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by assistant acting classics news editor-at-large, Myles Gorfe. Distance covered  since December 5th 2015: zero. 

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Costs: being revised upwards.

It’s been a busy month for the Granada. Len Gudgeon at Gudgeon´s Galaxies is still working on the non-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.  Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Acting Classics News Sub-Editor Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L – reversing is no problem.

Total Mileage: 299,913. Miles since September 20 2015: 5. Costs: £502 labour, £879.99 spares including replacement rear seats (and interior trim) and backrest, headliner, water pump, spark plugs, 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. Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Driven To Write’s All Time Best Cars Ever: 19 to 10

Here is part four of the much-heralded and long-awaited top fifty most brilliant cars ever. There are pub arguments waiting to be decided in the light of this.

2000 Rover 45 2.0 V6
2000 Rover 45 2.0 V6

19: Rover threw everything they could at the 45 in a game attempt to impede the sales success of the perennial Golf and evergreen Focus: wood, leather and a 2.0 litre V6. This car then is the spirit of the Battle for Britain, manifest in the metal of a car. Hmmm. You’d never think there was any 1992 Honda Domani underneath the reserved, Saville Row exterior of this classy vehicle. Above all, it was a Rover.  Continue reading “Driven To Write’s All Time Best Cars Ever: 19 to 10”

Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Assistant Motoring Editor Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Total Mileage: 299,918. Miles since August 16 2015: 0. Costs: £1600 labour, £1350 spares including a new roof, window trim, headliner, interior trim, fuel lines and various heater matrix units.

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 last month and the month before. The engine has been dismantled twice.
The Granny has developed an appetite for heater matrix units. As of today I have bought twelve of them and none has worked or worked for long. Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Executive Classic Cars Editor Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Total Mileage: 299,918. Miles since June 29 2015: 0. Costs: £902 labour, £1200 spares including rear axle mounts, exhaust piping brackets, paint, filler, sandpaper, plastic bucket, heater matrix, oil filler cover, petrol tank neck (cracked).

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 last month. Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Total Mileage: 299,918. Miles since May 30 2015: 3. Latest costs: £169 for removing carburetor again, £89.01 for installing the carburetor. £23 for repairing the insulation under the bonnet, £12 for loosening the rear parcel shelf to find a rattle, £19 for new oil and adjusting the second air filter, £40 for two punctures and £310 for a new heater matrix, £50 for the flat-bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting of b-pillar rust problem.

It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage has got the carburetor sorted out finally and revealed a fuel tank problem. Gavin Chide has been paid and that matter is closed. Continue reading “Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Bridget Gorfe’s Diary

In the spirit of even-handedness, we feel we should present selected extracts of this disturbing counterview to the recent pieces we have published by Myles Gorfe.

Micra

SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER 2014 (12.45am) : Sunday lunch is in the oven and Myles has just come in from working on the Granada. The poor love looked so miserable. He spent all morning fitting a new part he bought on Ebay and it doesn’t work. He’s just popped up to his man-cave to order another.

SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER 2014 (3.45pm) : Oh well, that was Sunday lunch. The kids liked it anyway but Myles was a no-show. I’ve kept his warm. He’d promised to have a look at my Micra today but it looks like that won’t happen. Continue reading “Bridget Gorfe’s Diary”

Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Total Mileage: 299,915. Miles since April 2015: 1. Latest costs: £169 for removing carburettor, £74.01 for installing the carburettor. £23 for repairing the headliner, £12 for loosening the rear-view mirror ball joint, £19 for new coolant and adjusting the air filter, £20 for a puncture and £100 for a new period Ford radio, £50 for the flat-bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting of a-pillar rust problem.

It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage installed the new carburetor but had huge difficulties with a sheared bolt that had to be drilled out. Gavin Chide revised his bill from £74.01 to £89.34 due to an error with the VAT calculation. The rust spot on the outside of the A-pilllar turned out to Continue reading “Our Cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Total Mileage: 299,914. Miles since March 2015: 3. Latest costs: £169 for refitting door hinges, £74.01 for harness work. £23 for replacing the gear lever bezel, £12 for tightening the rear-view mirror ball joint, £19 for oil and adjusting the oil filter, £20 for clearing fuel line and £100 for clearing sawdust and sand from air intake, £50 for the flat bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting of c-pillar rust problem. £120 for fuel pumps (plus fitting).

It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage repaired the passenger door hinge and adjusted the detent. Under-lubrication with the wrong grade of oil meant the old ones wore prematurely. Continue reading “Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our Cars – 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Total Mileage: 299,911. Miles since February 2015: 4. Latest costs: £169 for refitting boot hinges, £7401 for harness work (under review) – see last month’s news. £23 for replacing the C-pillar vents again, £12 for tightening the driver’s seat runners, £19 for re-fitting the right mirror, £100 for repairing a transaxle leak, £50 for the flat bed truck, £30 for fixing a leak in the washer fluid tubes.

It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage replaced the boot hinges again. Over-lubrication with the wrong grade of oil meant the old ones failed to Continue reading “Our Cars – 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,907. Miles since Feb 2015: 3. Latest costs: £287 for refitting rear axle bushings, gear linkage adjustments, de-greased hinges, re-fitting missing left mirror, installing new washer-fluid tank, relocating oil leak.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

It´s been a busy month for the Grannie. Gavin Chide at Dorris Motors de-greased the boot hinges which were over-lubricated. I had to buy three wiring harnesses from sellers in Estonia, Belgium and Austria before getting one that worked. Gavin Chide couldn´t fix the oil leak from the right side of the engine and overcharged for the harness work; I had the car transported to Custom Wheels Ltd for further work which seemed Continue reading “Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,904. Miles since Jan ´15: 2. Latest costs: £503 for steering linkage and rack renewal, crank adjustments, re-greased hinges, re-fitting missing chrome window trim, new battery, locating oil leak, fitting a solenoid.

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

It´s been a busy month for the Grannie. Gavin Chide at Dorris Motors re-greased the boot hinges which were sticking again. Having fitted the solenoid I got from eBay,  I decided to take the old girl for a spin to see if the performance had improved. The engine started beautifully and the Ford took to the road again. Then it cut out about two minutes into the drive and refused to re-start. Continue reading “Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”