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  1. After some very valuable tuition from a professional detailer I've had another crack at the polishing. I'm now much happier with it and look forward to getting out on the road. Its certainly not pebble beach but its good enough for me. Not bad for somebody who hadn't painted before.
  2. I've don't have any plans for another car straight after this project. I'm going to enjoy the Granada and get my weekends back. Another car project will probably happen at some point. I like most cars so would consider almost anything.
  3. Yes that's me. I'll be doing a video on the car once I get it out on the road.
  4. Longstone Tyres. They do all sorts of old style tyres in uncommon sizes. Vintage Tyres and Brockley Tyres are also worth checking out.
  5. Here's some pictures taken over the past 26 years. 1994 or close to it. Taken by Steve my boss at a show. Car came off the road not long after this was taken. Stickers relate to a charity run it did to Euro Disney or Disneyland Paris with some other cars. 2005 arriving with Dave the previous owner. Had sat in a garden from the mid 90s to 05. Non runner at this point due to failed water pump. Engine removed around 2006 or 2007, not sure. Unable to weld Dave begins collecting panels and parts for the restoration. 2015. Dave takes the car apart some mor
  6. Blimey! Already onto the next page in 2 days! Glad you guys like the car and have enjoyed the thread so far. It's been a crazy amount of work but I'm well pleased with it. The car is only part of it, all the skills learnt and stuff I've been able to do while building it. Good fun, an experience I'll never forget. This thread might be quiet for a few weeks while I finish the polishing and wait on the weather to improve. Don't fancy going out right now in all those salt ridden puddles! In the meantime I'll try to answer some questions... What's it worth? Super nice ones can
  7. Completed the last few jobs for assembly. Been saving some of these jobs for the end of the build. Went around the car and applied the relevant stickers for stuff like coolant and sunroof etc. Also fitted the ford stickers to the sills. These are a reproduction item as originals cost very silly money. Filled the glovebox up with tat! Cleaned the vinyl roof The tyres on the car were an ancient set of Viking Norways from 1985. I needed 5 new tyres and decided to fit some period correct ones. These michelin's would have been fitted to
  8. It has various security devices fitted. Sorted all that out some time ago. Cheers
  9. Thanks guys, glad you enjoy the thread! It's great to have finally reached this stage and I'm really looking forward to the first test drive on the road. I expect some teething issues but that's all part of the fun with a car like this. I bought the car very early in my restoration career and had no idea what I was letting myself in for. If I could go back to 2016 I would have certainly thought a little harder about buying it or not! Hopefully in the future some of you can see the thing for yourselves. I've no plans on locking it away and fully intend on driving and enjoying it
  10. I've done quite a bit more work since the last update. Over the past year or so since I painted it I've spent a lot of time with the car and got to know every defect no matter how small. Something I decided to do a while back was repaint both quarter panels when I had the opportunity. When I painted the car originally I had never done anything like it before. As a result my filler work was basic and only focused on areas I could see or feel. The results of that method are missing ripples and shallow dents. Once the paint goes all of them show up when you look down the side of the
  11. There are some stickers for the engine bay which I'll be doing later. The engine itself doesn't have anything on it to my knowledge.
  12. I do and will be using that next time. Don't often need it and being in the other workshop I carried on with some other jobs.
  13. I'm continuing to progress with various jobs all over the car. These include the usual niggles you come to expect when trying to get a car back on the road. I've checked the electrics. Everything works except two things... Fuel gauge reads much lower than it should, needs investigating, I've checked the sender and it's fine Dashboard illumination is very poor, possible bulb or rheostat issue I've changed the front springs. This is a pig of a job with the car assembled but I had no choice. One of the original front springs gave up and went soft after I put the en
  14. Cheers guys! Appreciate all the interest and support over the years on this thread. There were many times where I wondered if I'd ever get this far. Being able to post here really helped with the motivation and help me stay focused on what I was going to do next. I knew it would run once I put the heads on and turned it by hand but it's always a nervous moment. Until that oil pressure gauge shoots up you can never be 100% sure. I've still got lots of bits and pieces left to do but I'm a very happy man. I'm leaving it on the axle stands for now and will finish up everything under
  15. Its running! Pulled some late nights and fitted the gearbox, driveshaft and exhaust ready for the big moment. Doesn't matter how many times you do it its always a bit scary. This one especially being my own car! Here's a short vid of the first cough then start and some initial tuning. First Start.mp4 I'm now working my way through the various jobs left to do including some engine teething issues such as... Fuel leak from carb - already fixed it, filter bolt wasn't tight Valve clearances need doing Oil leak from crank pulley due to it being in very poor condit
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