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TripleRich last won the day on July 16 2017

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  1. With the outside of the car now mostly complete I've moved back inside and under the bonnet. The build is going quite well and I'm not too far from finishing the interior. First job was to wax the doors. I'm waxing the entire car as I go along, certainly don't want the bloody thing rusting again! With the doors waxed I made up some new moisture barriers. Gave the door cards a serious clean along with various other bits. Fitted them in place and cleaned again. Very pleased with the cards, they are in excellent condition and are now safe back where they belong. I'm also fitting various bits in the engine bay. One large item that needed doing was the power steering reservoir. Took it back to bare metal, primed, painted and fitted. I've done this to lots of other bits but haven't photographed everything. The throttle, clutch and speedo cable are now fitted along with the oil pressure line that runs to the gauge. Bonnet seal has also been cleaned and refitted. Lots of small parts and cleaning to build up the rest of the dashboard. Much of this is fragile plastic so great care has to be taken whilst trying to persuade it all to fit properly. I've fitted an original spec radio and wired it to the cars stock single speaker. I'm installing a decent sound system elsewhere that will be hidden. That way the stock setup can be shown/experienced in all its 70s glory. I've thrown the wheel on too to see how things are going to look. This is an optional sports wheel that was part of the S pack for Granada. It needs a good clean and some paintwork before it goes on properly. Hundreds of small parts are being fitted along the way. Much of them are new and anything that shows any signs of wear is being cleaned, painted, repaired and tested. Here is just a small selection of the parts bins... I I've fitted various other interior parts such as rear view mirror, interior lights, centre console, lighter, switchgear, etc. Lots more bits to do but its progressing quite nicely towards my target of being roadworthy for the summer.
  2. Got quite a bit done yesterday. The exterior of the car is pretty much complete (except the wipers) and all the glass is finally safe back where it belongs. Started off fitting some new clips & the final moulding to the doors. I've also fitted the mirror which has been cleaned, polished and checked for correct operation. The hardware inside the door which holds the mirror in place is also new. Next I cleaned out, lubricated & waxed the window regulators. I also gave the glass a thorough clean and fitted all the various parts to the doors. The window channel rubbers are new and a slight upgrade over the originals. Both windows go up and down very nicely. After fitting all that I put some new clips in for the door capping. Cleaned the chromes and fitted a new weather strip to each one. They are then pushed into place being careful not to scratch the paint. The small plastic feet fitted to both ends of the trim are also there which is nice as they are often missing. I've also salvaged & fitted the metal window guides that clip into the window frame. There is one per side and most cars have these missing. They rotted very quickly when new and this is the first Mk1 I've seen with them fitted. They were very rusty so I've cleaned them up and repainted them. Plenty of wax too. All this has been done to both doors. They can now be waxed and have the cards fitted. I've tweaked the door alignment slightly and got things as close as I can. Very happy with the result, most of the important bits all line up and those that don't are close enough. I'll continue back inside the car next time. A few more weeks and I can focus on mechanical stuff again. I like to build a car in this order if possible. Its much easier being able to do all the fussy trim, engine bay & interior work without things like the engine & wheels in the way.
  3. Larger Mk2 Granada with a V8? Yes please! Did any make it, I've never seen one?
  4. Another decent chunk of progress made today. The main parts of the car have now been flat & polished. I still have the scuttle, valences & door shuts to do but they can be done any time. The front wing was the first to tackle. It's come up very well and most of the imperfections have now gone. Door in 1200 & polished. I also did the rear quarter, about 4 - 5 hours to do these 3 panels. With that done I can continue to work on the trim. Started off with the mouldings for the front & rear wings. All the clips & hardware are new and the mouldings have been cleaned and the insides waxed. Next are the wheel arch trims which are very hard to find for these cars. Each corner of the car requires a particular shape so there are 4 part numbers for these trims. If you see one for sale it's very hard to tell which arch it's for. Owners can spend a lot of time & money to get a full new set. I have a mix of new & very good used ones. Again the previous owner’s parts hunting are paying off big time. I've fitted quite a few of these and they aren't much fun. The fit is quite poor & years of storage cause them to become misshapen. Takes a bit of work to get them to fit properly. I've screwed them on so I can remove & clean the arch in future. Originally they were pop riveted. Fitted the mouldings for the front wings in the same way as the rear. The door requires a different type of clip which should arrive in the post next week. Fitted the correct style of mirror to the passenger side. This would have been an option when new. I've fitted one as it's very much needed in a LHD car! Very pleased. I hope to get the doors done next time.
  5. Years ago cars were polished in the factory by hand... Today paint has become a real science and car companies do everything they can to get the best possible finish in the fastest time. New cars do still suffer from imperfections and orange peel, some much more than others. There are basically 3 types of car paint... Solid - Colour & gloss in one product Metallic - The colour goes on in whats called base coat. This has a matt or satin finish to it and needs coats of lacquer to complete. Pearl - Similar to metallic but instead the lacquer is not completely clear and contains other stuff. This paint can have several stages in it and is hard to get right. From a restoration perspective I have to use whatever system the car was painted with originally if I want to use the original colour. Carnival red is a solid colour which worked out great for me as it's the easiest to paint & polish! Edit - These types of paint are now mostly used with water based paint systems. The older solvent based 2K is slowly disappearing. We're allowed to still use the 2K system as it's restoration work and we use a small quantity per year compared to a normal body shop.
  6. Got quite far flat & polishing the car today. The bonnet, boot lid and drivers side are now complete. About 6 hours of work. First I spent some more time on the bonnet and got it looking better. Pleased that most of the surface imperfections on this panel have now gone. Next up was the front wing. The shape of panel means I have to take more care and use a combination of machine & hand polishing. First pass with 1200 to take the top of the orange peel off. I then use the finish below as a guide coat for the 1500 grit stage. Second pass with 1500 3000 grit trizact disk 6000 grit trizact disk Polish with 3M green mop & compound Worked my way down the car and did the door and rear quarter. The quarter took a long time, its huge! Then the boot lid That completes the drivers side. I'll do the other side next week. Very pleased with the result. Removed most of the orange peel & surface imperfections in all the panels I treated. Looks like a professional job now, amazing what you can do with the right equipment. There were a few bits I was worried about but they just polished away. Good learning experience all round, looking forward to the other side.
  7. Nice car, would have impressed the neighbours back in the day! Looks to be a Consul L as it has a few options like the vinyl roof, mirrors and the Consul specific grille. GTs had Granada grilles and base models wouldn't have had the vinyl roof so it's probably an L.
  8. I try not to get worried about what might or might not happen out on the road. If something does happen I've got plenty of spares, half a tin of paint and some tools. Fixing a dent, scratch or mark is easy enough as it's a solid colour.
  9. I've made some more progress over the past two weeks. Few more bits have made their way onto the car and I've started polishing the paintwork. I've not polished the paint until now for two reasons... I didn't have the balls to take 1200 grit sand paper to my paint job I needed to perform one or two additional bits of paint correction and they are now complete. (I missed a nasty ripple in one of the rear wings and needed to fix it). Tried living with it for 2 months and couldn't stop looking at it all the time. First up the washer bottle bracket which was very rusty/damaged has been repaired and painted. I've already polished what I can of the engine bay. When new the finish in here was very poor and it's one of the reasons for all those scabby Ford engine bays years later. I've got a good coat of paint in here and it's shiny so I'm already beating the original factory. I will continue to hand polish various areas under here as and when I get the motivation. Next I've fitted the rear windows. This is probably the worst bit of design on the whole car. The window is held in by the pop out catch at the rear and two very small bits of metal on the B post. With the window popped open it eventually falls out while driving so they will remain shut from now on! This is a well-known fault with the face lift coupe. I've also fitted the remaining trim pieces inside the rear of the car. Starting to look quite nice in here now. Polishing the paint is a slow and scary process. I've never done it to this level before but it won’t polish itself so I've made a start. All the bits I've put on the outside of the car so far have been chosen because they don't really get in the way of the process. There is nothing fitted to the sides of the car so I have access for polishing. Here you can see the finish as it is off the gun. Deep shine but plenty of orange peel and when you start looking there is a fair bit of dirt in places. I expected this as I'm a novice painter. First thing to do is use a de-nibbing tool to remove any spots of dirt & dust. I'm using 2000 grit on the tool as it's what’s in stock. You end up with loads of little dull spots after completing this. Next I use 1200 grit paper on a DA with a soft interface pad. This takes down the orange peel and also removes any small bits of dirt and dust. Be careful of the edges! Next I move to 1500 grit on the same tool and sand until I have a flat matt finish. All the time I'm terrified of seeing primer but if you study the picture I'm really removing only the very top surface of the paint. There is no danger of rubbing through provided I stay off the edges and stick to the method. Next I move onto 3000 grit 3m Trizact disk. This removes all the 1500 grit scratches and starts to move us back towards a shine. After this I should have gone to a 6000 grit Trizact but I didn't have any. I've ordered some so will have a go next weekend. In the absence of those I moved to polishing using 3m green & blue pads/compounds and a decent polisher. Not bad for a first go. I didn't make any major mistakes but due to lack of confidence I've not fully removed the orange peel near the edges and a few small areas. I also needed to spend more time on the polishing stage. I'll revisit the again with 1500 and follow up with both Trizact disks. Here's a comparison. Before on the left and after on the right... Will take me a few days to complete this, nice boost to confidence as I didn't mess it up! Was more worried about this bit than the actual painting.
  10. Thanks for all the comments and interest guys. It really helps keep the motivation going knowing there's a group of people interested in seeing the exploits of a crazy bloke who appears to live at work. I'm looking forward to getting out and about with it next year.
  11. I have and will to continue to work on these a lot. Biggest problem they all have is how well they hide the rot. Below are two examples of 2.8s and both looked alright on the outside. They cost a fortune to weld up once you start digging, anyone trying to keep an original example going has my respect and sympathy.
  12. Cheers Dan. I look forward to more progress on your Capri when the weather comes back. I'm trying to catch you up! I need to get a move on with the mechanical side of things.
  13. Made some more progress yesterday. The car now has a working heater system. Started off making a new foam mat that goes on the bulkhead behind the heater box. It's not very easy to put on due to the shape of the bulkhead but I managed it without any nasty creases. Next I fitted the bits that hold the bonnet shut. I've also cleaned and fitted the bonnet cable. Next is the heater box itself which contains the blower motor, hot/cold flap and the matrix itself. These come apart but you have to be careful as the the cases are very brittle. The matrix in this one has been replaced so I was hopeful that it would be ok. Unfortunately it leaked when I tested it. Not really surprised as it's probably 25 years old. I went to the company Granada cave and came back with 4 used units that looked serviceable. Cleaned up the first one and it didn't leak so I painted it. These are original units so they have the advantage of being a perfect fit in the heater box. My leaking unit didn't fit properly and would have rattled over bumps. I also tested the blower motor and it sounds fine. With the box cleaned and the flap re-foamed I put everything back together. Bit tight getting it into the car but managed to get it there without dislodging any of the foam gaskets to the bulkhead. That completes progress for 2019. I'm going to leave it over the Christmas break as it's been pretty flat out for the second half of this year. Painting the car was a much bigger task than I'd anticipated and swallowed 200 hours. The refit so far has been quite intense with some of the work being done after work during the week. So far I've spent about 90 hours putting the car back together. Looking forward to a break. I hope to have the car on the road next year and provided I don't have too many setbacks with the mechanical side of things it's certainly possible. Merry Christmas!
  14. Rare car, easy to spot an early one as the rear trim is painted body colour and the dash vents are different. The vinyl roof & fog lamps would have been an option. The side trims have been pinched from a later Granada. It will be slow, the 1.7 made 75HP when new.
  15. Today I fitted a few more bits. Started off with the fog lamps which where standard equipment on this car. I bought a new set some time ago as the original ones were not very good. The bezels for them are also new. Plenty of wax needed for protection of these as they only last a couple of years before they start looking worn out. I've also fitted the number plate which completes the front of the car. Next I made a start on the braking system. The original servo still works but looks terrible so I cleaned off all the old paint and surface rust. Saved the Ate sticker and will put that back on later. Looks to have had a much larger sticker on top at some point but that's long gone. Some etch primer and satin black sorted it out. It's now fitted with new hardware and connected to the brake pedal. While looking for some more bits I found the boot lock. Fitted it back in with the correct hardware and a new rubber gasket. It still works fine and I can now shut the boot properly. I have a 'new' master cylinder for the car. It's been sitting in the box for ages but on inspection it's still in as new condition thanks to the oil that was put into it when it was made. Still a long way to go but each bolt brings me a step closer. It's come on a fair bit since September so I reckon we're still on course for a drive next year.
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